The First Euro-Mediterranean Conference for Smart Urban Development and Blue Growth Opportunities for Cities, Communities and Islands in the Mediterranean, will take place at Limassol’ s Trakasol Cultural Centre from April 14 to 16.
The focus of the Conference is primarily on coastal small and medium-sized cities and communities in the Mediterranean.
These are considered as of crucial importance for a number of reasons, with the most important being:
- The large number of such small and medium-sized cities spread across the Mediterranean coast.
- The commonalities of the general features of such cities and communities, particularly their human scale, liveability and social cohesion, conviviality of their neighborhoods, and their geographical cohesion and historical character, factors that constitute an ideal of sustainable urbanism in many ways.
- Their role as natural but also cultural heritage poles, developed by close interaction and historical bonds shared by the Mediterranean coastal cities through centuries, rendering them, among others, attractive tourist destinations at a global scale.
- Their role as nodes of interaction in the context of sea routes -ports- crossing the Mediterranean sea, rendering them commercial nodes too, while placing also additional problems and challenges that such a role implies.
- Their common destiny in respect of a number of challenges related to climate change, migration, deterioration of sea environment, austerity, water scarcity etc., which underlines the necessity of implementing smart solutions towards a more sustainable and smart profile of resource management.
Based on the multiple nature of the above presented challenges, the Conference is expected to host a variety of participants from the academia, SMEs, industry and professionals as well as decision makers, regional authorities and city representatives in order that, a fruitful dialogue among these groups to be developed and new ideas and technologies, capable of coping with key challenges, to be put at the service of urban settlements in the Mediterranean.
The conference aims to create a platform for interaction and exchange of knowledge on urban development issues to achieve smart and ‘˜blue growth’ ‘“ a long-term strategy to support sustainable growth in the marine and maritime sectors as a whole. Key actors include citizens and policy makers, the scientific community and industry and local stakeholders.
You can visit the official conference website at http://www.smartbluecity.com/