TNOC

ALDA Partner at TNOC: join the sessions

The Nature of City Festival (TNOC) is an annual experiment in multidisciplinary collaboration designed to go beyond borders to radically imagine our cities of the future. The Festival, which was developed by the Nature of Cities Organization in collaboration with a wide variety of global stakeholders, is taking place on 29-31 March 2022 and it will engage ALDA as a 2022 edition Partner. It’s a synergy that was born in 2021 during the last edition of the TNOC Festival, through the involvement of the LIFE METRO Adapt project as one of the main co-organizers, as it brought to the Festival a wide variety of activities and sessions, disseminating the project results and knowledge generated to the broader public.

This year, the agenda of ALDA within the festival is rich in content and events, with a special focus on water, biodiveristyagriculture and climate. Thus, based on the expertise gathered thanks to “Life Beware”, “Life Falkon”, “Capperi” and “Climate of Change”. Experts, students, and each of you can join ALDA in these 3 days of festival! Let’s see how to register

✍️  The registration is free and open to everyone, and you can register to the following link https://tnocfestival2022.sched.com/signup

  • click , at the bottom of the page, on “ACCESS THE FESTIVAL” and use the Password “WELCOME”.
  • Once you are in, remember to select your timezone on the left and then search for the session that you like the most and register

March 29th, 2022 16:00 – 17:30 CEST
Reshaping Cities: How Urban Areas Can Tackle Climate Change

The seed session will focus on the topic of Cities’ resilience to Climate Change and, thanks to the contribution of four projects, it will highlight various ways and best practices in which urban areas can successfully address this issue, in an innovative way.  Starting from the experience of  Life Beware , a project co-funded by the European Union under the LIFE Programme, and following with the contribution of three other Life Projects, the participants will be able to know the best practices developed within these projects and how they successfully impacted the territory. The whole session will be held by a facilitator and the second part will be more interactive. 

The session will present :

  • Life Beware: The Mayors’ Adapt Strategy and its drafting through an active participatory process;
  •  Life Metro Adapt: The implementation of Nature Based Solutions in the Metropolitan Area of Milan;

  • Life Veneto Adapt: The integration of adaptation measures in existing urban plans such as SEAPs (and convert them to SECAPs);
  • Life Baetulo: The application of an integrated (and multi-hazard) Early Warning System in a city;

The involvement and collaboration of four Life Projects is particularly relevant considering that this year is the 30th year anniversary of the Life Programme

 

March 30th, 2022 16:00 – 17:30 CEST
Nature Based Solutions for a more resilient territory –  How can Municipalities better implement them?

The LIFE BEWARE project (BEtter Water Management for Advancing Resilient Communities in Europe) promotes the adoption of these sustainable interventions, both in urban and rural areas, through a participatory approach.

The main objective of this workshop is to promote and encourage the replicability of Nature Based Solutions. The workshop is held by Technicians and Professors of the Department of Territory and Agro-Forestal Systems (TESAF) of the University of Padua and it is targeted to EU Municipalities. The goal of the workshop is to teach local administrators how to better implement these measures on their territories, starting from the experience and the best practices of the Life BEware Project.

The workshop will be participatory and will also show videos of the measures implemented.

30 March 2022 | 11.00 – 12.30 CET [Room NORTH-04]
WINGED CITIES 1 –  Birds and the challenges of urban life 

Humans and birds have always lived together. However, if some species are wonderfully adapted to urban life, this also exposes them to pollution and other problems. Starting from the lesser kestrel case, this workshop will shed light on the challenges of urban life that birds are exposed to together with a set of world-recognized experts on the topic.

 

31st March 2022 | 11.30-12.30 CET  [Room NORTH-05]
WINGED CITIES 2 – Practical issues for bird-friendly cities

During this session, we will discuss with NGOs and experts strategies and practical solutions for creating bird-friendly cities, starting from the LIFE FALKON action to improve lesser kestrels conservation.

Relevant speakers will contribute to the discussion together with the project partners CNR-IRSA Consiglio Nazionale delle Ricerche – Istituto di Ricerca sulle Acque and HOS/BirdLife – Hellenic Ornithological Society

As an examples: Juan Josè Negro  from CSIC-EBD, Davide Dominoni from University of Glasgow, Dan Chamberlain from Turin Universit and Martin Gaetlich from Hellenic Ornithological Society

29th March 2022 | 11.00 – 12.30 CET
Theatre and urban regeneration: the Silent Play with LaPiccionaia

Skills session: Can theater contribute to the regeneration of the cities, fostering the perception of the territory as a Common Good? Let’s discover Silent Play, a project of itinerant performances developed by La Piccionaia, in which places become the subject of a shared experience.

Silent Play is created through a participatory creative process which engages the local communities and their relationship with the territory, improving it in terms of belonging and care. Through the example of CAPPERI project, we will see how Silent Play can be used as an educational tool, especially when it comes to youth, to foster their engagement in the regeneration of places, in a vision of social and environmental sustainability.

 

29th March 2022 | 16.00 – 17.30 CET
Skills and competences for sustainability in agriculture with IRS

During this skill session IRS, one of the partners of the CAP-PERI project, will debate with participants on the main competencies for sustainability with a particular focus on the agricultural field and the Common Agricultural Policy. A specific focus will be dedicated to how social research methodologies can be used to increase competencies and skills on sustainability in the agricultural field.

29th March 2022 | 16.00 – 17.30 CET
Learning Bubbles with ReplayNetwork

Presentation of a methodological system aimed at re-establishing the conditions of equity in students’ access to teaching, with a cooperative pedagogical approach between different educational actors and involving complementary and outdoor learning spaces such as urban community gardens, through the setting up of Learning Bubbles.

30th March 2022 | 11.00 – 12.30 CET
Tips for a more sustainable student lifestyle with CESIE 

From high school to university: how can students and other internal stakeholders of educational environments support sustainable behaviours and practices aiming to reduce negative impact on earth. During this session we present and discuss EU initiatives and participants’ experiences:

  • CAPPERI educational activities in school to raise awareness regarding the role of agriculture in local society
  • UNI-ECO practical and collaborative tools for sustainable development in university campus
  • Cre-think Co-creative RETHINKing for sustainable cities

 

30th March 2022 | 16.00 – 17.30 CET
Organic farming and the importance of the Mediterranean diet in the prevention of cardiovascular and metabolic diseases with ISBEM 

This session will underline the importance of organic farming, technologies, development of rural areas and lifestyle changes, including the adoption of Mediterranean Diet, to favorably affect blood pressure, hypertension, diet-associated metabolic disorders, such as obesity, type 2 diabetes, which may be important risk factors for the pathogenesis of other diseases including metabolic syndrome and cancer. 

VIRTUAL FIELD TRIPS

 

29th March 2022 | 11.00 – 12.00 CET:
Community gardens of Palermo: the countryside in the city with CESIE

Palermo in recent years has seen numerous community gardens flourish, precious spaces not only for the production of genuine vegetables and fruit, but also spaces for social inclusion and urban regeneration. Through a brief urban exploration, we will find the countryside in the city of Palermo.

 

30th March 2022 | 11.00 – 12.00 CET
Urban Gardens in Rome
 with ReplayNetwork

Virtual tour of some Urban Gardens of Rome (Orti Tre Fontane, Orti Urbani Garbatella, Orti coop. Garibaldi, ecc).

31th March 2022 | 11.00 – 12.00 CET
South Milan Agricultural Park: places and activities
with IRS 

The South Milan Agricultural Park is a green belt around Milan that includes 61 municipalities. It was established in 1990 thanks to an important movement of associations and groups of volunteers. But also thanks to intellectuals, administrators and over 1.400 cropping farms working in it to preserve, safeguard, and enhance the productive, natural and historical heritage of Milan countryside. It is 47,000 hectares wide, and it comprises different areas such as agricultural land proper and peripheral boroughs of Milan. The Park’s territory is dotted with rural villages, farmhouses, abbeys and a rich network with natural waterways, canals and a rural road system. Due to its extension, the virtual tour will focus only on one part of the Park; presenting places and activities related to the CAPPERI project topic.

 

31th March 2022 | 11.00 – 12.00 CET
Urban and rural: the Carpaneda area in Vicenza with LaPiccionaia

Virtual tour of the periurban area of Carpaneda in Vicenza: a surviving agricultural area, wedged between the urban centres of Vicenza and Creazzo, surrounded by industrial sites and open, to the north, to the hills and mountains of Lessinia.

The perfect place to frame a key topic, such as the relationship and interchange between the urban and the rural dimension. In more the need to develop and promote a “culture of agriculture” open to all citizens, related to food, health, safeguarding of biodiversity and rural landscape, and adaptation of the territory to the challenges posed by the climate change. A place CAPPERI project has chosen for its high educational value, especially for the younger generations.

31th March 2022 | 16.00 – 17.00 CET
Virtual Tour of Social and Urban Gardens in Mesagne
with ISBEM

During the festival, you will also have the opportunity to discover about “Climate of Change” through many activities, such as micro talks about the campaign and the petition, discover a documentary entitled “Silenced realities”, to see how environmental sustainability helps us  reimagine the cities through field trips and highlight the changes needed during a seed session. By participating in the TNOC festival, we hope to emphasize even more how a change in our societies and cities can lead to an improvement of the environment. Meanwhile, have your impact and sign the petition “End Climate Change, Start a Climate of Change!”

Last but not least, the sessions will all be translated in 18 languages: Arabic, Bengali, Chinese (Simplified), Chinese (Traditional), Dutch, English, French, German, Hindi, Italian, Japanese, Korean, Portuguese, Russian, Spanish, and Tamil. Participants can choose which language they want to read and can also choose a spoken voice to listen to the translation.

The Nature of Cities Festival offers free participation to the three days of the festival in order to guarantee inclusivity, if you enjoy it and its organization there are many ways in which you can actively support it, check them here

If you wish to know more about each project, please do not hesitate to check their website:  Life BewareCapperiLife Falkon and Climate of Change


Deal

Shared Green Deal project: ALDA’s commitment to inclusivity and diversity

Deal

The  SHARED GREEN DEAL (SGD) kick off consortium meeting took place online from the 1st to the 3rd of February.

Before going into depth of the kick-off meeting, few words on the project itself. From a general perspective, SHARED GREEN DEAL directly addresses European challenges with an aim to share actions, understandings, evidence, insights, responsibilities and benefits across stakeholders including policymakers and civil society. Issues of inclusivity and diversity are at the heart of the project to particularly account for disadvantaged and vulnerable social groups.

Moreover, SHARED GREEN DEAL is funded by the European Union’s Horizon 2020 programme and is structured around lessons from a set of 24 social experiments around six priority Green Deal topics. The social experiments will be delivered across different member states, covering different social science and humanities disciplines, with multi-stakeholder, practice-based and policy-science expertise, including gender studies as a key component throughout.


Issues of inclusivity and diversity are at the heart of the SHARED GREEN DEAL project to particularly account for disadvantaged and vulnerable social groups


Within this framework, ALDA is in charge of creating and launching a multi-stakeholder, transdisciplinary and transnational “SHARED GREEN DEAL Network” of individuals and organizations, that will assist the European Commission with its Green Deal ambitions and disseminate the Project’s resources and findings, thus maximizing its impacts and enabling longer-term system change throughout the 2020s and beyond.

Going back to the kick-off event; February 1st was firstly dedicated to assessment and project’s plan, then it focused on the three sister Horizon projects. In this context, ALDA’s Project Manager Nadia di Iulio illustrated the REAL DEAL project, another Horizon project that will be implemented by ALDA in the following years.

The second day was meant to understand the social experiments that will be implemented throughout the project by six partners. Moreover, the Consortium had an overview of the Responsible Research and Innovation (RRI) Method, its role within the project, as well as the implementation of the gender dimension throughout all SGDs activities, through a Gender Action Plan.

On February 3rd, Valeria Fantini, ALDA responsible PM of the project, presented the key roles of the Assocaition in the implementation of SGD, by highlighting the timeline and the main tasks. At the end of the session Valeria set up an “online mural” in order to gain the Consortium’s inputs on their long-term shared visions for the future of “SHARED GREEN DEAL Network”.

Finally, the project is expected to deliver changes in societal practices and in the behavior of individuals, communities, public and private organizations, through the development of effective new strategies in support of a responsible, equitable and desirable Green Deal.

Are you interested in the project? Follow it on Twitter and LinkedIn or sign up for the newsletter.

 

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SHARED GREEN DEAL is a project bringing together 22 leading organisations from across Europe including eight universities, three research institutions, eight network organisations and three SMEs. The partners cover core elements of the European Green Deal cross-cutting priorities such as civil society, democracy, gender, energy, environment, circular economy and innovation.


LED

Time to Lighting Europe and Democracy – Join LED 2021: civil service project

LED

LED project is here for you! If you are 18 28 years old willing to spend one year of civil service and you are passionate about Europe, its cities and countries take a look at this opportunity.

From a general standpoint, the overall objective of the project is to promote peaceful and inclusive societies for sustainable development. How to do it? Activities are several, both carried out together, and by each volunteer depending on the location. Thus, the project is developed in Italy, as well as in the ALDA’s offices in North Macedonia (Skopje), France (Strasbourg) and Belgium (Brussels).

Concerning the general activities, these will include communication and information related to the aims and characteristics of the project and of the civil service addressed to

  • to schools and citizens;
  • in-depth meetings on the following topics: active labour policies, non-profit world.



When it comes to specificities of single activities, one can find:

  • Funding research;
  • Research and monitoring of European and international calls for proposals
  • Project design, development and writing
  • Project management support
  • Strengthening of local networks and networking
  • Dialogue and relationship with European institutions

Be among the participants and make the most of your experience as civil service. Do not miss the deadline and apply to LED by 10 February 2021. Please make sure that you have your SPID account activated to present your application.

Useful information:

  • 2 places for Skopje
  • 3 places for Strasbourg
  • 4 places for Brussels

 

Useful links:

Read the full description of the LED 2021 project (in Italian)

Official call on “Politiche Giovanili” website

Apply to the call


SME

Small Medium Enterprises (SMEs), Public Authorities, and NGOs survey on Environmental Footprint

SME

Small Medium Enterprises (SMEs), Public Authorities, and NGos have your say on environmental footprint!

Since December 2022, ALDA, in partnership with Green Soluce and Studio Fieschi & Soci , has started a new initiative, aiming at the realization of the European Commission Tender entitled “Capacity Building and Information on Environmental Footprint”.

More in details, the goal of the actions is to build the capacities not only of Small Medium Enterprises, but also the those of Local Authorities, NGOs working on environment. Similarly, associations of SMEs are also taken into account as far as the new methodology of European Commission for environmental footprint of products and organizations concerns.



Through this project, activities will focus on understanding and providing capacity building, while disseminating information to the different stakeholders, on technical aspects of Product and Organization Environmental Footprint (PEF/OEF).

If you are a Small Medium Enterprise, a Public Authority or NGO fill out the survey here: EF METHODS: SURVEY ON USES AND FEEDBACK. The survey will close on 11th February.

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The European Commission adopted a Recommendation on the use of common methods for measuring and communicating the life cycle environmental performance of products and organisations. The Recommendation introduced two methods, the Product Environmental Footprint (PEF) and the Organisation Environmental Footprint (OEF).

The European Commission has commissioned Green Soluce and its partners to carry out surveys and capacity building events in Europe on these methods in order to raise awareness and deployment.


Capital

The European Youth Capital (EYC) 2025 – applications now open

Capital

The call for applications to become the European Youth Capital (EYC) for 2025 has just been opened. This is already the 17th time that this title will be awarded: The first European Youth Capital was Rotterdam in 2009, while for 2024 this distinction will go to Ghent.

What is the European Youth Capital (EYC)?

The European Youth Capital (EYC) is a title awarded by the European Youth Forum and is designed to empower young people, boost youth participation and strengthen European identity. Young people should have equal opportunities to shape social, economic, and political life wherever they live.



They bring new and innovative ideas to refresh local democracy which is to the advantage of all residents of the city. This project helps young people and cities to work closely together and sets an example for other European municipalities to follow.

Who can apply?

The European Youth Capital (EYC) competition is open to any local authority from the Member States of the Council of Europe, which are parties to the European Cultural Convention. You can apply here.

The deadline for applications is 21 February 2022.

For more information, please visit the European Youth Forum’s website.

As for last year, ALDA is willing to spread this great opportunity, inviting everyone to join the call!


Workshops on social and entrepreneurial skills - focus Spain

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The partners of the ERASMUS project SMELT – Skilling Marginalised people to enter the Labour markeT – are now working on their first project’s output, namely the delivering of a workshops on social and entrepreneurial skills to enter the labour market. The training is targeting vulnerable people, unemployed and those that are struggling in finding a job. What competences are participants going to acquire?

  • Writing CV;
  • Attending a job interview and
  • Learning how to find a job

Furthermore, from a general perspective the module will develop participants’ knowledge on their rights as workers; while, on a more specific level, the course will provide insights on different types of contracts existing in Spain, as well as on the European and Spanish labour market. Thus, SMELT partner “Asociacion Mar Violeta”, based in Spain- Gijon, will launch the training course on the 8th of February.


Join the workshops on social and entrepreneurial skills - focus: Spain


At the end of the course an easy handbook will be designed together with participants, with the purpose of creating a user-friendly manual synthetizing the content of the training and accessible to everyone.

Useful information:

  • the training will be organized in 4 days, from 8th to 11th of February, from 10AM to 2PM and delivered by experts of the “Association Mar Violeta
  • online training
  • language course: Spanish
  • contacts: asocmarvioleta@gmail.com
  • at the end of the course a certificate of attendance will be issued

Project partners are looking for participants, who feel they need to improve their competences within the working sector. Do not hesitate to join: the social and entrepreneurial workshop is ready to help you!

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Check the dedicate page of SMELT project