CAT-MED Platform in Parma (Italy) - 1st Tecnichal Workshop and Public Seminar

The city of Parma (Italy) hosted on 29th and 30th October 2013 The 1st Technical Workshop and Public Seminar of CAT-MED Platform that involved the technical team of the General Secretariat of the Platform and regional members in Italy.

The 29th October, it took place primarily a technical workshop focused on the objectives pursued and tools developed within the CAT-MED Platform. The meeting included the involvement of Pedro Marín, General Secretary of the CAT-MED Platform, Sandra Marin, as Platform Coordinator, and Silvia Bossio and Rafael Baez, as responsibles to introduce the Green Apple models, the Indicators Systems and its calculation tools, respectively.

The 30th of October took place a public seminar to exchange experiences among memebers of the CAT-MED Platform, where participants had the possibility to share ideas related to the tasks and objectives of the Platform, including a session dedicated to Smart Cities and Smart Communities.

It was scheduled at the Governor's Palace of Parma, the "Permanent Forum for the development of integrated territorial policies", promoted by the city of Malaga aand the local administration. It was preceded by a technical training day Tuesday, October 29 .

The initiative is part of an European Platform related to the Malaga Charter on Suatinable Urban Models. It was presented by the The Deputy Mayor, Nicoletta Paci, the head of urban planning, private construction, public works and energy, Michele Alinovi, the director of urban planning department, Tiziano Di Bernardo, and the technical officer at urban planning department, Patricia Rota.

"I participated in Malaga, last October - said the Deputy Mayor Nicoletta Paci - at the meeting which involved the cities that have already signed the agreement and the cities that wanted to subscribe to the Malaga Charter. It is a European platform with interesting elements for the urban development of Parma in a perspective that takes into account the social and education aspects, among others. The meeting scheduled for Wednesday, 30 falls in this light. The fact that Parma is part of an international network is, therefore, an advantage for the city with the possibility of increasing the exchange of experiences and good practices and to suggest, also, what has been developed as local initiatives."

" The Malaga Charter - said the commissioner Michele Alinovi - watch territorial policies on 360 degrees perspective. "The new idea of ​​the city" binds to integrated territorial policies where welfare and school are part of a strategic planning. The Forum was hosted on Wednesday 30th at Parma as part of a process that involves several European cities that have joined the CAT-MED Platform for the pursuit of sustainable policies in urban planning." In practice CAT-MED uses a software, a computer platform that allows to monitor land use decisions with reference to quality indicators such as social policy, the loss of land  or sustainable mobility, in order to identify valid proposals.

The City of Parma signed, last February, the Malaga Charter, a European Platform coordinated by the city of Malaga, which aims to create, in cities participating in the Platform, the "Green Apples", models of sustainable neighborhoods from an environmental and social point of view .

For this reason, the City has sought to focus the seminar on Wednesday, October 30th, on issues related to urban regeneration, in order to experiment sustainable urban patterns according to the instances of the Malaga Charter, whose principles will be applied to different local realities. In particular, the critical issuesv that were addressed related to to the Italian territory and within the context of the Mediterranean basin.

It was the Mayor Pizzarotti who opened the work at 9.30 am, followed by the intervention of the head of Town Planning, Public Works and Energy , Alinovi, that illustrate the themes of open urban regeneration for the city of Parma. The current works will continue with the contributions of experts who will address among other topics those related to the fragility of our territories (climatic and seismic risk). The meeting included the involvement of Pedro Marín, General Secretary of the CAT-MED Platform, Sandra Marin, as Platform Coordinator, and Silvia Bossio and Rafael Baez, as responsibles to introduce the Green Apple models, the Indicators Systems and its calculation tools, respectively. As well, It was referred to the experience of the Municipality of Genoa, one of the first cities in Italy to have made ​​commitments to the Smart City initiative of the European Commission. Also, during the development of CAT-MED Project has been activated an experience of participation methodology "metropolitan groups" applied to urban planning that has shown the paths aimed to address the main challenges in the governance of the city.

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