An exclusive free course for ALDA members only!

We are happy to announce the launch of the second free course accessible to all ALDA members, an online training in English starting on June 9, 2020 that will take place every Tuesday, for 4 consecutive weeks!

This will be an unmissable opportunity for our members, to have an insight into the future of Europe and to understand how the covid-19 outbreak is reshaping decision making within EU Institutions.

  • On June 9 the first lesson, held by ALDA Secretary General, Antonella Valmorbida, will focus on the Future of Europe: how is the EU responding to the current emergency and what are its future challenges?

During the remaining three modules of the course, then,

  • On June 16, our Head of the Project Development Unit will present the Obiettivi di sviluppo sostenibile and the best ways to implement them within your projects.
  • On June 23rd, together with our team of experts, we will look at the new European Policies and new Multiannual Financial Framework (2021-2027) with a deeper insight on the impact of the current emergency.
  • And on June 30, ALDA’s Fundraising and External Relations Manager will share her tips and tricks in the terms of fundraising strategies for non-EU funds.

IMPORTANT! The lesson on the new MFF 2021-2027, held by Head of the Resources & Projects Development Unit Marco Boaria, will also be part of the ALDA Talks series and be open to everyone. 

This will be streamed on June 23rd at 4pm CEST and will be available later, too, on the ALDA YouTube channel.
If you wish to attend this ALDA Talk, you can already register by clicking qui.

Please note: the course is meant to be attended in live streaming; the trainers will share with attendees the materials used during the lessons. Do not hesitate to contact us at membership@aldaintranet.org | +39 334 2491919 for any doubt or question.

Looking forward to meeting you online!

We are happy to announce the launch of the second free course accessible to all ALDA members, an online training in English starting on June 9, 2020 that will take place every Tuesday, for 4 consecutive weeks!

This will be an unmissable opportunity for our members, to have an insight into the future of Europe and to understand how the covid-19 outbreak is reshaping decision making within EU Institutions.

  • On June 9 the first lesson, held by ALDA Secretary General, Antonella Valmorbida, will focus on the Future of Europe: how is the EU responding to the current emergency and what are its future challenges?

During the remaining three modules of the course, then,

  • On June 16, our Head of the Project Development Unit will present the Obiettivi di sviluppo sostenibile and the best ways to implement them within your projects.
  • On June 23rd, together with our team of experts, we will look at the new European Policies and new Multiannual Financial Framework (2021-2027) with a deeper insight on the impact of the current emergency.
  • And on June 30, ALDA’s Fundraising and External Relations Manager will share her tips and tricks in the terms of fundraising strategies for non-EU funds.

IMPORTANT! The lesson on the new MFF 2021-2027, held by Head of the Resources & Projects Development Unit Marco Boaria, will also be part of the ALDA Talks series and be open to everyone. 

This will be streamed on June 23rd at 4pm CEST and will be available later, too, on the ALDA YouTube channel.
If you wish to attend this ALDA Talk, you can already register by clicking qui.

Please note: the course is meant to be attended in live streaming; the trainers will share with attendees the materials used during the lessons. Do not hesitate to contact us at membership@aldaintranet.org | +39 334 2491919 for any doubt or question.

Looking forward to meeting you online!


Find out the guidelines of Nature-Based Solutions with Metro Adapt

One of the main strategies that a metropolitan area can implement to improve the effectiveness of climate change adaptation measures is the design and development of the so-called Nature-Based Solutions.
Nature-Based Solutions (NBS) are interventions inspired and supported by Nature that guarantee environmental, social and economic benefits, contributing to improving climate change adaptation in urban areas and increasing territorial resilience. These are hence cost-effective solutions that contribute to biodiversity defense, species conservation, sustainable energy production, waste management and social cohesion, among others. The main types of NBS that are applicable to the urban context concern are water management, green on built environment and ground green spaces.
Within the Metro Adapt project, co-funded by the LIFE Programme of the European Union, a catalogue of 20 NBS has been produced to illustrate the solutions that can be implemented in urban and peri-urban areas, specifying their scale of application, describing their environmental and socio-economic benefits, the advantages and disadvantages and providing examples of good practices.
Furthermore, the LIFE Metro Adapt project developed some guidelines directed to public administrations in order to provide them with useful knowledge for NBS implementation, to foster a better management of water resources and the mitigation of the heat island effect. The guidelines identify four different types of tools that can be used by local entities:
  • strategies and plans;
  • cognitive tools;
  • regulations and technical guidelines;
  • public-private agreements.
The full document is available QUI.
Life Metro Adapt – enhancing climate change adaptation strategies and measures in the metropolitan City of Milan is an EU project funded by the Programme for the Environment and Climate Action (LIFE) that involves six partners and aims at fostering the creation of a common well-structured governance related to climate change adaptation among the local authorities of the Metropolitan Area of Milan; and to produce tools that allow local authorities to implement cost-effective climate change adaptation strategies and policies adapted to the local context.

One of the main strategies that a metropolitan area can implement to improve the effectiveness of climate change adaptation measures is the design and development of the so-called Nature-Based Solutions.
Nature-Based Solutions (NBS) are interventions inspired and supported by Nature that guarantee environmental, social and economic benefits, contributing to improving climate change adaptation in urban areas and increasing territorial resilience. These are hence cost-effective solutions that contribute to biodiversity defense, species conservation, sustainable energy production, waste management and social cohesion, among others. The main types of NBS that are applicable to the urban context concern are water management, green on built environment and ground green spaces.
Within the Metro Adapt project, co-funded by the LIFE Programme of the European Union, a catalogue of 20 NBS has been produced to illustrate the solutions that can be implemented in urban and peri-urban areas, specifying their scale of application, describing their environmental and socio-economic benefits, the advantages and disadvantages and providing examples of good practices.
Furthermore, the LIFE Metro Adapt project developed some guidelines directed to public administrations in order to provide them with useful knowledge for NBS implementation, to foster a better management of water resources and the mitigation of the heat island effect. The guidelines identify four different types of tools that can be used by local entities:
  • strategies and plans;
  • cognitive tools;
  • regulations and technical guidelines;
  • public-private agreements.
The full document is available QUI.
Life Metro Adapt – enhancing climate change adaptation strategies and measures in the metropolitan City of Milan is an EU project funded by the Programme for the Environment and Climate Action (LIFE) that involves six partners and aims at fostering the creation of a common well-structured governance related to climate change adaptation among the local authorities of the Metropolitan Area of Milan; and to produce tools that allow local authorities to implement cost-effective climate change adaptation strategies and policies adapted to the local context.


It's a wrap! The CLINK project comes to an end

On May 28th 2020, the wrap-up conference of the project “Cultural heritage Linking diversities in Europe – CLINK” took place to mark the end of its implementation. This final event was organised as a virtual gathering by LDA Mostar.

The event was attended by representatives of the project partners, cultural workers, representatives of cultural institutions and associations. Nearly 100 participants discussed the results of the project implementation and exchanged their views on the topic “Regenerating heritage: new life for abandoned industrial, religious, military and public buildings".

Through a number of different presentations and discussions, prominent international speakers from academia and cultural and historical institutions as well as experts in the field of cultural heritage presented the challenges in giving a new life of the cultural heritage. The panelists showcased different aspects of the abandoned cultural heritage and its regeneration. Furthermore, this conference presented the results and outcomes of implementation of the project activities.

In addition to the Conference presentations, the participants were also able to download the materials produced within the project, namely:

The event was concluded with a common statement acknowledging that heritage is a potent driver for community action.

The CLINK project is financially supported by the Europe for Citizens programme, and implemented by LDA Mostar (Bosnia and Herzegovina) as lead partner and LDA Subotica (Serbia); Association des Agences de la Democratie Locale (France); LDA Knjaževac (Serbia); LDA Prijedor (Bosnia and Herzegovina); LDA Sisak (Croatia); LDA Nikšić (Montenegro); Omma Studio (Greece); LDA Zavidovići (Bosnia and Herzegovina); LDA Albanija (Albania) as partners.

On May 28th 2020, the wrap-up conference of the project “Cultural heritage Linking diversities in Europe – CLINK” took place to mark the end of its implementation. This final event was organised as a virtual gathering by LDA Mostar.

The event was attended by representatives of the project partners, cultural workers, representatives of cultural institutions and associations. Nearly 100 participants discussed the results of the project implementation and exchanged their views on the topic “Regenerating heritage: new life for abandoned industrial, religious, military and public buildings".

Through a number of different presentations and discussions, prominent international speakers from academia and cultural and historical institutions as well as experts in the field of cultural heritage presented the challenges in giving a new life of the cultural heritage. The panelists showcased different aspects of the abandoned cultural heritage and its regeneration. Furthermore, this conference presented the results and outcomes of implementation of the project activities.

In addition to the Conference presentations, the participants were also able to download the materials produced within the project, namely:

The event was concluded with a common statement acknowledging that heritage is a potent driver for community action.

The CLINK project is financially supported by the Europe for Citizens programme, and implemented by LDA Mostar (Bosnia and Herzegovina) as lead partner and LDA Subotica (Serbia); Association des Agences de la Democratie Locale (France); LDA Knjaževac (Serbia); LDA Prijedor (Bosnia and Herzegovina); LDA Sisak (Croatia); LDA Nikšić (Montenegro); Omma Studio (Greece); LDA Zavidovići (Bosnia and Herzegovina); LDA Albanija (Albania) as partners.


A new strategic e-meeting for the ALDA Governing Board

Following its most recent online get-together at the end of March, the ALDA Governing Board virtually met again on May 27th, 2020.

Together with our President Oriano Otočan and our Secretary General Antonella Valmorbida, the Governing Board members tackled a dense agenda in relation to the continued Covid-19 emergency and to the ongoing, though adapted, implementation of ALDA’s projects for the rest of 2020.

The session included the approval of 2019 accounts for ALDA and ALDA+ as well as an update for 2020; the approval of ALDA’s programme and budget for the current year; a discussion on the strategic views for the 2020-2024 time period; and a general update of the situation for both ALDA and the Local Democracy Agencies.

In consideration of the latest global developments, in addition, the Governing Board was provided with an update on the management of the Covid-19 crisis and of the related ALDA risk assessment analysis.

The meeting then concluded with a debate on the upcoming General Assembly, and the participants had the opportunity to review together the ALDA calendar and the latest news with regards to ALDA members.

It was undoubtedly a very rich meeting – complete with the hope that the next one may perhaps happen in person again!

Following its most recent online get-together at the end of March, the ALDA Governing Board virtually met again on May 27th, 2020.

Together with our President Oriano Otočan and our Secretary General Antonella Valmorbida, the Governing Board members tackled a dense agenda in relation to the continued Covid-19 emergency and to the ongoing, though adapted, implementation of ALDA’s projects for the rest of 2020.

The session included the approval of 2019 accounts for ALDA and ALDA+ as well as an update for 2020; the approval of ALDA’s programme and budget for the current year; a discussion on the strategic views for the 2020-2024 time period; and a general update of the situation for both ALDA and the Local Democracy Agencies.

In consideration of the latest global developments, in addition, the Governing Board was provided with an update on the management of the Covid-19 crisis and of the related ALDA risk assessment analysis.

The meeting then concluded with a debate on the upcoming General Assembly, and the participants had the opportunity to review together the ALDA calendar and the latest news with regards to ALDA members.

It was undoubtedly a very rich meeting – complete with the hope that the next one may perhaps happen in person again!


Regenerating heritage – a crucial online conference

"Regenerating heritage: new life for abandoned industrial, religious, military or public buildings” is the topic of the Final International Conference within the project “Cultural heritage linking diversities in Europe – CLINK”, organized by dall'Agenzia della democrazia locale di Mostar, which will take place on May 28, 2020 starting at 12pm.

For around 2 hours, cultural heritage experts will present and share inspiring stories about new life for historic buildings. Around 100 participants with different backgrounds are expected to join the online international conference, where questions about new life for old buildings, architecture transformation, restoration and renovation of heritage sites will be discussed.

Cliccate QUI to register and join! The event is free and open with everybody. If you wish to know more about the panelists, you are invited to follow the Facebook page of the project.

This event is the final activity of the CLINK project, aiming to raise awareness on connections of the collective cultural heritage in the tapestry of Europe’s rich and diverse culture. The project has been implemented by 10 partners from Bosnia and Herzegovina, Croatia, France, Greece, Serbia, Montenegro and Albania, and supported through the Europe for Citizens Programme of the European Union.

"Regenerating heritage: new life for abandoned industrial, religious, military or public buildings” is the topic of the Final International Conference within the project “Cultural heritage linking diversities in Europe – CLINK”, organized by dall'Agenzia della democrazia locale di Mostar, which will take place on May 28, 2020 starting at 12pm.

For around 2 hours, cultural heritage experts will present and share inspiring stories about new life for historic buildings. Around 100 participants with different backgrounds are expected to join the online international conference, where questions about new life for old buildings, architecture transformation, restoration and renovation of heritage sites will be discussed.

Cliccate QUI to register and join! The event is free and open with everybody. If you wish to know more about the panelists, you are invited to follow the Facebook page of the project.

This event is the final activity of the CLINK project, aiming to raise awareness on connections of the collective cultural heritage in the tapestry of Europe’s rich and diverse culture. The project has been implemented by 10 partners from Bosnia and Herzegovina, Croatia, France, Greece, Serbia, Montenegro and Albania, and supported through the Europe for Citizens Programme of the European Union.


LDAs Activity Report 2019

The Local Democracy Agencies (LDAs) report of activities and projects implemented in 2019.

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The Local Democracy Agencies (LDAs) report of activities and projects implemented in 2019.

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Urban regeneration through street art: join the STAR webinar on June 4th!

The STAR project Team is happy to announce the international webinar

“Street art against urban and social marginalization” 
June 4th, 2020 | from 10am
organized within the STreet ARt project, co-funded by Europe for Citizen Programme of the European Union, and aimed to build a network of European cities to promote the power of street art as a tool for increasing citizen participation, connecting people of different cultures, regenerating depressed and abandoned areas and reducing marginalisation.
With the Comune di Arcugnano as proud lead partner, STAR involves participants from 14 European countries, i.e. Albania, Bosnia and Herzegovina, the Czech Republic, France, Italy, Kosovo, Latvia, Portugal, Poland, Romania, Serbia, Slovenia, Germany, and the Netherlands.
Relevant speakers such as international street artist 2501, Street Art Museum Amsterdam founder Anna Stolyarova and many more will guide us in a lively debate on the importance and impact of street art for regenerating depressed areas and promoting social inclusion. Finally, we will bring you across Europe by presenting street art works and initiatives that were locally implemented by STAR partners.
The webinar will also bring together different stakeholders working in the field of art and culture, coming from both the public and private sector. If you are interested in street art or art in general, you cannot miss it!
The event will be held in English and take place on the Zoom platform. Participation is free of charge, but registration is necessary at the following link: https://bit.ly/2ZjWzdU. The webinar will then be recorded and shared through social media, the project’s web page and through partners’ networks.
What else? See you on screen! For any further information, please contact Nadia Di Iulio, ALDA project manager of the STAR project, at nadia@aldaintranet.org.

The STAR project Team is happy to announce the international webinar

“Street art against urban and social marginalization” 
June 4th, 2020 | from 10am
organized within the STreet ARt project, co-funded by Europe for Citizen Programme of the European Union, and aimed to build a network of European cities to promote the power of street art as a tool for increasing citizen participation, connecting people of different cultures, regenerating depressed and abandoned areas and reducing marginalisation.
With the Comune di Arcugnano as proud lead partner, STAR involves participants from 14 European countries, i.e. Albania, Bosnia and Herzegovina, the Czech Republic, France, Italy, Kosovo, Latvia, Portugal, Poland, Romania, Serbia, Slovenia, Germany, and the Netherlands.
Relevant speakers such as international street artist 2501, Street Art Museum Amsterdam founder Anna Stolyarova and many more will guide us in a lively debate on the importance and impact of street art for regenerating depressed areas and promoting social inclusion. Finally, we will bring you across Europe by presenting street art works and initiatives that were locally implemented by STAR partners.
The webinar will also bring together different stakeholders working in the field of art and culture, coming from both the public and private sector. If you are interested in street art or art in general, you cannot miss it!
The event will be held in English and take place on the Zoom platform. Participation is free of charge, but registration is necessary at the following link: https://bit.ly/2ZjWzdU. The webinar will then be recorded and shared through social media, the project’s web page and through partners’ networks.
What else? See you on screen! For any further information, please contact Nadia Di Iulio, ALDA project manager of the STAR project, at nadia@aldaintranet.org.


EPD joint statement: Democratic principles in a time of crisis

The Coronavirus (COVID-19) pandemic requires crisis management by governments around the world. In these exceptional circumstances, lives will depend on rapid and e!ective government action. At the same time, it is essential that such action enjoys the consent and support of the people in each country who recognise that the government is acting to protect

the public. A crisis is no justi”cation for undermining democracy.

For authoritarian governments, a crisis can be an opportunity to consolidate power, legitimatising crackdowns through evoking an existential threat to the nation. For emerging democracies, there is a risk that legitimate measures to address public health will undermine progress in consolidating transparency and accountability.

We, therefore, advocate continued adherence to key democratic principles

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The Coronavirus (COVID-19) pandemic requires crisis management by governments around the world. In these exceptional circumstances, lives will depend on rapid and e!ective government action. At the same time, it is essential that such action enjoys the consent and support of the people in each country who recognise that the government is acting to protect

the public. A crisis is no justi”cation for undermining democracy.

For authoritarian governments, a crisis can be an opportunity to consolidate power, legitimatising crackdowns through evoking an existential threat to the nation. For emerging democracies, there is a risk that legitimate measures to address public health will undermine progress in consolidating transparency and accountability.

We, therefore, advocate continued adherence to key democratic principles

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ALDA Activity Report 2019

ALDA’s report of activities, projects and members for the year 2019.

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ALDA’s report of activities, projects and members for the year 2019.

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ALDA Talk #7 - The New Multi-Annual Financial Framework 2021-2027

On May 12 at 11am CEST ALDA hosted the 6 episode of the ALDA Talks series: we discussed best practices in participatory processes, with the examples of four current projects the Association is working on together with members and partners.

Starting from the most local experience, we went on to highlight interregional projects and concluded with a project characterised by a European partnership.

The webinar unfolded with the following speakers and contents:

  • ALDA staff Sofia Corsi represented the Scintilla Project, a participatory process aimed at developing new tools for the revaluation of the Viale Milano neighbourhood in Vicenza, Italy.
  • Gloria Marini from La Piccionaia represented the INTELIGENTE project, which promotes the culture of accessibility among tourism and cultural operators and the active participation of citizens in the appreciation of the natural and cultural heritage as a common good.
  • ALDA staff Ivana Velkova then spoke about Monumentale 9, a project which aims at creating tourism development to increase youth employment and income generating activities by engaging micro-localities, youth greeters and vloggers.
  • Alessandra Dal Pozzolo from Cooperativa StudioProgetto completed the outline with instances from the FromMetoEU project, which aims to provide opportunities for European citizens and migrant communities to work together, in order to promote a new idea of a multicultural Europe.
  • ALDA staff Anna Ditta concluded with an overview of the funding programmes that are available in this sector.

The ALDA Talk was well attended, with 52 participants, and it can now be accessed on the ALDA YouTube channel where questions are welcome to be asked in the comments.

The 7th episode will now take place on June 23rd at 4pm CEST on the topic of the new multi-annual financial framework 2021-2027. The webinar will be held by Marco Boaria, Director of the Programs and Development Department at ALDA as well as CEO of ALDA+.

As usual, it is open to all via link registration, will be held in English and will last for about an hour and a half, including an allotted time for open debate. Register now QUI to join the discussion!

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The topics of our following ALDA talks will be out soon, too!

For further information and to suggest specific topics and/or your participation, do not hesitate to contact Eva Trentin, Membership Office at membership@aldaintranet.org.

On May 12 at 11am CEST ALDA hosted the 6 episode of the ALDA Talks series: we discussed best practices in participatory processes, with the examples of four current projects the Association is working on together with members and partners.

Starting from the most local experience, we went on to highlight interregional projects and concluded with a project characterised by a European partnership.

The webinar unfolded with the following speakers and contents:

  • ALDA staff Sofia Corsi represented the Scintilla Project, a participatory process aimed at developing new tools for the revaluation of the Viale Milano neighbourhood in Vicenza, Italy.
  • Gloria Marini from La Piccionaia represented the INTELIGENTE project, which promotes the culture of accessibility among tourism and cultural operators and the active participation of citizens in the appreciation of the natural and cultural heritage as a common good.
  • ALDA staff Ivana Velkova then spoke about Monumentale 9, a project which aims at creating tourism development to increase youth employment and income generating activities by engaging micro-localities, youth greeters and vloggers.
  • Alessandra Dal Pozzolo from Cooperativa StudioProgetto completed the outline with instances from the FromMetoEU project, which aims to provide opportunities for European citizens and migrant communities to work together, in order to promote a new idea of a multicultural Europe.
  • ALDA staff Anna Ditta concluded with an overview of the funding programmes that are available in this sector.

The ALDA Talk was well attended, with 52 participants, and it can now be accessed on the ALDA YouTube channel where questions are welcome to be asked in the comments.

The 7th episode will now take place on June 23rd at 4pm CEST on the topic of the new multi-annual financial framework 2021-2027. The webinar will be held by Marco Boaria, Director of the Programs and Development Department at ALDA as well as CEO of ALDA+.

As usual, it is open to all via link registration, will be held in English and will last for about an hour and a half, including an allotted time for open debate. Register now QUI to join the discussion!

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The topics of our following ALDA talks will be out soon, too!

For further information and to suggest specific topics and/or your participation, do not hesitate to contact Eva Trentin, Membership Office at membership@aldaintranet.org.