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AdriaClim conference - “Science and governance: a sea of opportunities for coastal adaptation”"

Published on 12/05/2023 (last modified 12/05/2023)



International European projects such as AdriaClima once again demonstrated the need for joint action and cooperation between science and decision-makers in order to prevent and/or mitigate the consequences of climate change related to seas and coastal areas. There are solutions to the global problem of climate change in terms of rising sea and ocean levels, only through AdriaClim a number of tools have been developed to monitor them, but time is running out and it is necessary to act quickly and expertly, these are the messages from the conference  “Science and governance: a sea of opportunities for coastal adaptation” held on May 9 in Ravenna.

The conference organized as part of the AdriaClim project brought together representatives of 19 organizations, institutions, units of regional and local administration and self-government, as well as non-governmental associations and the media, with the aim of presenting the results of the project with all interested parties, especially policy makers, and discussing the relationship between science and politics with the participants. different skills and professional profiles.
The event was attended by leading international experts from universities, research centers and training centers in the field of climate change and coastal adaptation, professionals and technicians, journalists, political actors and decision makers, representatives of non-governmental organizations and civil society.
Thematically, the conference was divided into four thematic sessions with experts, journalists, researchers, scientific communicators and politicians. The moderator was Marco Motta, journalist of "Radio3 Science". International strategies for coastal protection, science as policy support, comparison of viewpoints and local adaptations, participation and communication were discussed.

Gianandrea Baroncini (Municipality of Ravenna), Andrea Valentini (ArpaeEmilia-Romagna), Marin Miletić (IT-HR Joint Secretariat) and Gabriele Fasani (Region of Emilia-Romagna, Coordination of European policy).
The second session was devoted to the need for cooperation between science and politics. "Science in policy support - a comparison of viewpoints in international, national and local dimensions". As part of it, an introduction about the contribution of the AdriaClim project: from global climate models to local indicators was given by Giorgia Verri, followed by presentations by Davide Cesari (Arpae-ArpaeEmilia-Romagna), Maurizija Ferla (Istituto Superiore per la Protezione e la Ricerca Ambientale - ISPRA), Alessandro Bratti ( AutoritàDistrtuale del Fiume Po), Giancarla Gusmaroli (expert in environmental management and adaptation to climate change) and Laura Giusti (Progetto Mediterranean).
The afternoon session continued with a session entitled "Management of local adaptation: plans, actions and citizen involvement" where, after the introduction of the adaptation measures introduced during the AdriaClim project, which was discussed by Christian Marasmi (Emilia-Romagna region), the panelists participated in the discussion talked about the experiences gained during the activities of the AdriaClim project - Roberto Montanari (Emilia-Romagna Coastal Pilot), Gaia Galassi (Marche Region PilotClaudiaFerrari - Venice Municipality), Gianfranco Pozzer (Veneto Coastal Pilot), Pietro Calabrese (Puglia Region Pilot), Maria Limongelli (Molise Region Pilot), Sara Menon (Friuli Venezia Giulia Pilot), Vicko Grkeš (Pilot of Dubrovnik-Neretva County), Martin Vukašin (Pilot of Zadar County) and Maja Vukan (Pilot of Split-Dalmatia County).

"Management of local adaptation: scientific results communicated to the general public" is the name of the fourth, last session, where SelvaggiaSantin (CMCC) gave an introductory speech about the contribution of the AdriaClimactic Literacy project to the oceans, and then panelists Selvaggia Santin (Centro Euro-Mediterraneo sui Cambiamenti Climatici) gave interesting presentations about local plans and experiences - CMCC), Sara Segantin (Geo Rai 3), Luca Ciceroni (Rai Meteo) and Giacomo Zattini (Friday for the future).
AdriaClim is the acronym of a research project financed by the Italian-Croatian Interreg cooperation program, which is dedicated to supporting the development of scientifically based regional and local climate change adaptation plans. AdriaClim deals with climate change threats by developing regional and local adaptation plans based on updated meteorological and oceanographic information obtained through newly introduced observation and modeling systems for the Adriatic Sea.

The total value of the AdriaClim project is EUR 8,823,415.00, of which 85 percent are grants financed from the ERDF as part of the Italy-Croatia cross-border cooperation Interreg program. The AdriaClim project is implemented by 19 partners from Italy and Croatia.