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 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 et 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  Méfiez-vous de la vie , 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?

Le 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 et HOS/BirdLife – Hellenic Ornithological Society

As an examples: Juan Josè Negro  du CSIC-EBD, Davide Dominoni de l'Université de 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:  Méfiez-vous de la vieCapperiLife Falkon et Climate of Change