03Mar

Tackling climate change in Venice

There is widespread acceptance that the response to climate change will need to be cross-sectoral, multidisciplinary and innovative. In the context of the IMPRESSIONS project, Prospex gathered a group of 22 high-level experts from a wealth of backgrounds and affiliations, in order to explore the impacts of high-end climate on Europe, and come up with innovative responses.

The 3-day workshop, from 17 until 19 February, welcomed architects, policy advisors, researchers, legal experts and practitioners in Venice, Italy. Designed and facilitated by Prospex, this diverse mix of experts discussed their vision for Europe and explored high-end climate change scenarios for Europe by 2100. Using these scenarios, they stress-tested existing EU policies (such as CAP, Floods Directive and the Habitat Directive) and proposed innovative responses to climate change, ranging from land use planning, carbon taxation and recalibrating the EU’s Common Agricultural Policy.

The workshop included a field trip to the MOSE project (the Venice Flood Defense System), triggering a real-life impression of what climate change adaptation means in practice. Delegations from the local UNESCO Office and the City of Venice recounted some of the recent conservation initiatives taken in the historic city and the lagoon, aimed at preserving the Venetian cultural and natural heritage in the face of climate change.

Stakeholders expressed high satisfaction with the workshop, stating that the cross-sectoral experience allowed for very stimulating brainstorming and debates, breaking through conventional paradigms and barriers.

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