Ecomondo 2022
  • Friday, November 11, 2022
  • 14:00 - 18:15
  • Memo
  • Diotallevi 2 Room South Hall
  • English
  • Italian

Organized by: Ecomondo Scientific Technical Committee & Interreg ADRION Programme and APRE

Circular economy is the cornerstone of the ambitious plan of the European Green deal aiming to make Europe the first climate-neutral continent. The Interreg ADRION Programme and Horizon Programmes are supporting the pursuit of a zero-impact economy by encouraging the cooperation between EU and non-EU countries and take relevant measures to progressively de-couple resource consumption from economic growth. Western Balkans countries are involved in all ADRION funded projects through the cooperation with sister agencies, institutions, and organisations across the Adriatic-Ionian region, same as for Horizon programmes as strategic partners in R&I.  This seminar is aimed at showcasing results, good practices and experiences on circular economy developed thanks to this transnational cooperation. It will be possible to have a closer look into some specific practices used to increase and spread knowledge on practical viability of circular economy principles, through a participatory and collaborative approach, involving research, innovation and business actors, public authorities, as well as civil society. Moreover, the seminar will be aimed at highlighting the tight connection between circular economy and blue growth, where circular economy principles of sustainability and reuse may apply also to the aquatic ecosystems. Invited speakers will provide an additional focus on blue economy in relation to the challenges and opportunities for the Western Balkans, the whole Adriatic-Ionian area and the entire European ecosystem.

Session chair

Andrea Bianchini, Policy Officer - Structural Funds, European Territorial Cooperation, Alpine Convention, European Commission, DG Environment


Innovation on Circular economy in the Western Balkans

14.10-14.20 Introduction

The Programme’s impact on circular economy in the Western Balkans
Lodovico Gherardi, ADRION Programme Coordinator, Regione Emilia-Romagna
Serena Borgna, APRE – Agency for the Promotion of European Research

14.20-15.20 Circular Innovation and Resilient City Labs: the case of the project Circle
Marco Affronte, Municipality of Forlì, Italy
Slaviša Jelisić, Municipality of Laktasi, Bosnia-Herzegovina (TBC)

The challenge of post-industrial regeneration: proGIreg project
Laura Ribotta, Municipality of Turin, Italy

15.20-16.20 Biobased economy: challenges and progress in the Mediterranean region
Chiara Dall'Aglio, Sviluppumbria S.p.A. Società Regionale per lo Sviluppo Economico dell'Umbria, Italy
Milica Vračarić, Regional Agency for the Development of Small and Medium Size Enterprises Alma Mons Ltd. - Novi Sad, Serbia
Stefano Valentini, ART-ER, Italy

16.20-16.30 Discussion and Closure

BREAK (16.30-16.40)

Blue Economy in the Western Balkans between challenges and opportunities

Session chair
Andrea Bianchini
Policy Officer - Structural Funds, European Territorial Cooperation, Alpine Convention
European Commission, DG Environment

16.50-18.00 Marine pollution, the challenge of Blue Economy: the case of SEAVIEWS project
Nikolaos Ventikos, National Technical University of Athens 

Cooling Buildings with Seawater: the sustainable solution of SEADRION project
Tibor Bešenic, University of Zagreb, Croatia
Artan Leskoviku, Ministry of Infrastructure and Energy - National Agency of Natural Resources, Albania

Exploring the potential of the Blue Economy in the Western Balkans, an outlook of the Blue Air project
Cristian Springer, Croatian Chamber of Economy
Nataša Bojkovic, University of Belgrade

18.00-18.10 Discussion and Closure