Innovation on Environmental Fields

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The ecosystem of alpine innovation is home to many traditional SMEs that tend to be hostile or unable to change and adopt state-of-the-art ideas to improve their business. In addition, there are many start-ups with high innovation potential, which often have little experience and reduced access to established channels, and finally, there are also public and private actors, who support enterprises through a range of services, which unfortunately are often fragmented, redundant, territorially limited and related to only one field of knowledge (innovation, digitalization, internationalisation or access to finance). The EU Interreg project BE-READI ALPS intends to contribute to the enhancement of the innovative and digital fabric of the Alpine space, designing and testing initiatives to develop an Alpine living lab that stimulates traditional SMEs to launch a "second life", through the creation of value chains extended at interregional level.


In total, about 500 companies are expected to be involved in the pilot actions and about 50 new projects launched by local companies with the support of BE-READI ALPS are expected to be promoted. Further results will be the release of an accreditation methodology to better qualify business support organizations and enhance their transnational cooperation, the creation of a package of business mentoring services and the development of a White Paper suggesting strategic and concrete actions to improve the innovative development of enterprises.

Central Veneto Cities netWorking for ADAPTation to Climate Change in a multi-level regional perspective

The project Veneto ADAPT aimed at developing and testing a coherent approach for enhancing the regional capacity to respond to the impact of climate change, with focus on hydrogeological risk, through a networking initiative developed in the central Veneto conurbation (3,5 million inhabitants) among the territories of Metropolitan City of Venice and the Municipalities of of Padova, Vicenza, Treviso, Cadoneghe, Curtarolo, Vigodarzere.

  • Specific objectives:
  • Develop and validate a common strategy, including a multi-level governance system both at horizontal (among different cities in a conurbation) and at vertical level (among different governance levels and different actors), for increasing urban adaptation capacity to climate change, in order to provide inputs for the climate policy at EU, national and regional level (Action A1).
  • Create a common knowledge base and an inventory of vulnerabilities and risks related to climate change through the implementation of the methodology elaborated by IUAV (Action A2).
  • Develop a wide set of adaptation measures and to integrate them in existing urban plan such as SEAPs (and convert them to SECAPs), Land Use, Urban Green and Water Management Plans (Action C1).
  • Set up a monitoring system in order to measure the effectiveness and impacts of the actions (Action D1).
  • Mainstream and define the adaptation methodology by formulating regional guidelines for the planning of adaptation (Action C2), considering the results of Action A2, C1 and C3.
  • Promote and develop green infrastructures through an integrated ecosystem-based approach in the conurbation of the Veneto Region Central area, through the development of ecosystem based adaptation measures (Action C1).
  • Increase the available volume of flood channels and the use of retention areas (ecological, free-time, water parking), by building a layout of the ecological network among the main conservation areas of the Central Veneto / Venice Metropolitan Area (Action C1).
  • Demonstrate the viability of “Hard” and “Soft” adaptation measures, through the implementation of new technologies, systems, methods and instruments, assessment and evaluation in the framework of 5 wide-scope Pilot Actions at local level (Action C3).
  • Promote and facilitate the use of the Veneto ADAPT methodology in other Cities and Regions in Italy and in UE.

Thanks to the EU Project, the Municipality is able to:

1) prepare the executive plan for the restructuring and renaturalization of the Rio Fuin. The goal is to improve its accommodation capacity by allowing a greater flow of water upstream so as to stem the age-old problem of flooding in the Via Ghirada area in case of heavy rain.

2) proceed with the hydraulic requalification of the Canale delle Convertite, in its covered part, to free it from the roots of the trees that have invaded the site making it difficult for the water to flow.

3) convert the Sustainable Energy Action Plan (SEAP) into the Energy and Climate Action Plan (Paesc) which contains objectives and prevention actions so as to prepare the city for the consequences of climate change.


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