Interreg Attractive Danube Project Meeting

From 20 to 23 June, the 2nd Steering Commitee Meeting of the INTERREG Attractive Danube Project was held in Belgrade, Serbia. Partners from 13 countries along the Danube region and from 19 different institutions of national, regional and local level came together to discuss the project progress and to define the next milestones. The emphasis of this 2nd meeting was placed on the stakeholder workshops which will be conducted in each partner country during 2017. The project partners appreciated theses workshops as a very valuable exchange platforms for representatives from each level where the indicators to measure the territorial attractiveness were discussed in a highly constructive atmosphere.

The 3rd Steering Committee Meeting will take place from 27 to 29 November in Freiburg.

Our first stakeholder workshop is scheduled for 28 September.   

                                                           (Photos by Urbasofia, Romania)

What we are up to a.k.a. new projects

The last few months have been rather busy but thoroughly enjoyable at our offices: two new projects have kicked off, there have been several groups for study visits, we have been in collaborative sessions for future projects, and many other activities (including developing our IT skills).

Thus, we are a little behind with the news of our new projects, although, if you have followed us on Facebook, you are already aware of the Interreg project meeting in Prague. But we have also been to Dobele, Latvia.

Local Renewables Conference 2016

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                                        Historical Merchants’ Hall

Last week took place the seventh Local Renewables Conference in Freiburg. Organized by ICLEI and cities of Freiburg and Basel, the three-day program included plenaries, workshops, speeches, guided tours, cross-border travelling and the most delicious chocolate brownies.

The conference started off with a post-Fukushima theme where it became clear that Japan is transitioning towards locally produced renewable energies. Even though the renewable share in the national power supply is still rather low, the interest and commitment is possibly higher than in Europe. Especially fascinating was the energy and community concept of Miyama.

aiforia Visits Green Demonstration Hall for School Children in Jounieh, Lebanon

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aiforia was recently invited to represent the Green City of Freiburg at Lebanon’s Order of Engineers and Architects’ annual conference and speak on this year’s topic of sustainable development. Yet even more exciting than giving a speech at this prestigious event was the opportunity to some of the ambitious projects and initiatives promoting sustainability in the vicinity of the capital Beirut. One example: The Green Demonstration Hall in Jounieh.

REPORT THE WATER ISSUES ONLINE

IMG_3647.4We are happy to announce that the online reporting tool SeeClickFix is fully operational at our Aquapath’s project page! Whoop!

In case you joined us at the Water Festival on the 4th of June, you may already have had a glimpse of it. During the Festival, we had games and discussions on water topics that had a largely global perspective. But the water at the local level is just as important, especially as