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ECHOCITIZEN Contest for young talents 15-22 years old


"My City, sounds and emotions" Contest for youngsters 2017

In the framework of the ECHOCITIZEN action a contest amongst young people 15-22 years old, is taking place. 

2017 topic : "Athens: my city is a Soundream"

"What is the heart of a city ? The soul of a city? (...) How do we know a city ? How do you know your city ? " is wondering the writer and essayist Georges Perec. City dwellers certainly experience that : the city narrates our dreams, our desires, our sorrows, our daily joys. The city is made of emotions and sounds that tell us how to live together… 

If you are 15-22 years old, 

  • You are then invited to tell us about your city’s sounds, emotions and images and all this in one minute’s time : this is the challenge that we now offer to you, the youngsters of Athens. With only one constraint, to use your mobile phone to tell us about your city and its sounds from the most positive to the most negative ones… 
  • The instructions are simple :
  • Fill in the registration form, then sign the arrangement and send it back to SDMED using the e-mail This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it.
  • Send us your soundscape (audio file) or video either in Mp3 or in Mp4 to the ECHOCITIZEN e-mail : This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it.
  • You can register until  November 22, 2017 (22: 00 CET) and send to us your video until  December 8 (22: 00 CET). Sponsored by the Hellenic Radio & TV Channel ERT, the contest "My City, sounds and emotions" will also be directed by a jury of artists, audio specialists, representatives of civil society, city professionals, architects, planners and sociologists/psychologists who will decide to award 2 prizes: 
  • Best Soundscape  
  • Best Scenario   
  • Prizes will be awarded to the winners on December 18, 2017 by the ECHOCITIZEN SDMed team and its partners, during an award ceremony that will take place at Panteion University.

Join SDMed at EUGIC 2017 Budapest

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SDMed becomes endorser of the 2nd European Urban Green Infrastructure Conference ! Thus, SDMed Members can now receive the discount ticket of 200 EUR (from 300 EUR) for both days and evening Awards Ceremony when they book:

Join SDMed at: EUGIC 2017 Budapest
2nd European Urban Green Infrastructure Conference
Celebrating Nature-Based Solutions for Cities
29-30 November 2017 Budapest

The Akvárium, Erzsébet tér 12, 1051 Budapest

SDMed Network Members get the 33% discount ticket of 200 EUR (from 300 EUR) which includes both days and the EUGIC 2017 and Green-Go Short Films Evening Awards Ceremony:

EUGIC 2017 Budapest brings together global practitioners and local experts in a truly interactive, dynamic and exciting conference – workshops, story corners, exhibitions, Horizon2020 Projects Session and Industry Speed Dating. 

EUGIC 2017 Conference Highlights

--Climate change, cities, biodiversity and green infrastructure • 

--Implementing projects – challenges and successes • Horizon 2020 Session • 

--Policies, planning, mapping and assessment • Industry Speed Dating • 

--EUGIC 2017 & Green-Go Awards

Expert speakers include:

Dusty Gedge,, EFB President • Laura Gatti, Bosco Verticale, Nanjing Vertical Forest Towers • Dr Manfred Köhler, World Green Infrastructure Network • Holger Robrecht, ICLEI Europe • Vera Enzi, GrünStattGrau and more

Contact EUGIC 2017 with any questions:

About Green Infrastructure : Europe, Greece

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On the TV Antenna of the Greek Parliament, in "Member Card" coordinated by Matroni Dikaiakou, Stella Kyvelou is talking about "Green Infrastructure" in Europe with the presence of Dimitris Papadimoulis, Vice-President of the European Parliament..Sunday 30.4.2017 at..11.00 am


Forum on Economic Impacts of the Cruise Industry

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«Economic Impacts of the Cruise Industry on Coastal, Insular and River Destinations»

Ancient Olympia, Greece, Conference Center of Ephorate of Antiquities of Ancient Olympia ( SPAP), Saturday, May 23rd, 2015

 A Forum organized by the Chamber of Commerce of Ilia on the occasion of the European Maritime Day,in cooperation with the Network of Insular Chambers of the EU (INSULEUR),under the auspices of the Ministry of Economy, Infrastructure, Maritime Affairs and Tourism and the Union of Hellenic Chambers

With the special collaboration of the Association of the Mediterranean Chambers of Commerce and Industry (ASCAME) and the support of the Forum of Ionian –Adriatic Chambers of commerce (AIC Forum);  the Danube Chambers of Commerce Association (DCCA); the Greek Tourism Organisation; the Katakolon Port Authority;the Kyllini Port Authority; the Association of Greek Insular Chambers (EOAEN); the European Small Islands Federation (ESIN); the Panteion University of Social and Political Sciences, ESPON2013 Contact Point and the Research in Shipping and Ports Laboratory of the University of the Aegean (RE.SHI.P)

Following a Public Hearing, organized by the Network of Insular Chambers of the EU (INSULEUR) within the European Economic and Social Committee (EESC) in Brussels, on May 2014, on the Commission Communication "A European Strategy for maritime and coastal tourism", INSULEUR proposed the organization of a Forum  on the “Impacts of the cruise economy in coastal and island (and river) destinations". The Forum was hosted by the Chamber of Ilia at Ancient Olympia, Greece, on the 23rd of May 2015 with the special collaboration of ASCAME and the support of the Association of Greek Insular Chambers (EOAEN), the Forum AIC (Chambers of Ionian-Adriatic), the Danube Chamber of commerce Association, the University of the Aegean (RE.SHI.P) and the European Small Islands Federation (ESIF). The Forum is approved by the European Commission as a parallel event of the European Maritime Day 2015. Experts from different insular or coastal regions (Chambers, destination  management organizations, local authorities, universities and research centres, etc.) will be invited to participate.The Forum  explored possibilities and conditions presented on coastal, insular and river destinations for business and examined the methods, means and procedures for the effective participation of insular and coastal businesses to promote this thematic tourism industry by offering new products and services. It also examined international best practices, current tools, training, etc. The findings will help the Chambers and other local agencies and existing or potential businesses to meet the modern needs of the industry and benefit by it.

Read more: Forum on Economic Impacts of the Cruise Industry 





Please download the Agenda of the MARINESCAPE FORUM PIRAEUS here !


Continuing the successful initiative of the Marinescape Forum last May (1618.05.2014) in Bremen, Germany, this year’s Forum in Piraeus intends to focus on Mediterranean coastal landscapes and marinescapes.

The aim is to bring together a number of regional and national, civil and institutional stakeholders from Europe and the Mediterranean in order to open a dialogue towards solutions that could mitigate the current threats and highlight challenges to coastal landscapes and marinescapes of the Basin.

The discussions will be held through the prism of landscape governance as a means of incorporating civil society in a meaningful and productive way in all decision making processes. This will lead to the development of a Blue Growth Strategy with a sustainable footing, taking into account issues of cultural heritage and natural resources management and local societies’ needs and aspirations. For these reasons the presentations and discussions will highlight the importance of public participation and explore ways for the development of strong community building across the Mediterranean Basin. In order to ensure a sustainable management and planning for Mediterranean Marinescapes, there is an urgent need for understanding of the character of coastal landscapes and marinescapes as well as for a common agreement on marinescape quality objectives.

The Forum is expected to conclude with the Piraeus Statement on Mediterranean Marinescapes which will set out the needs and the principles for sustainable management and planning of Mediterranean Marinescapes, coastal landscapes and islandscapes, and will consider the establishment of a Mediterranean Marinescapes Observatory. 

For further information please download the MARINSCAPE FORUM BROCHURE

You can also download Stella Kyvelou's presentation here.

CISD : Natural Resources and Small Islands

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Το Παρατηρητήριο Πολιτών για την Αειφόρο Ανάπτυξη (CISD) και το Ελληνικό Δίκτυο Μικρών Νησιών (ΕΔΜΝ), στο πλαίσιο των δράσεών τους που αφορούν στη διαχείριση κρίσιμων ζητημάτων Οικονομίας, Περιβάλλοντος και Κοινωνίας με βάση τις αρχές της Αειφόρου Ανάπτυξης, διοργανώνουν Ημερίδα με θέμα «Μικρά Νησιά και Φυσικοί Πόροι», την Τετάρτη, 29 Απριλίου 2015. 

Σκοπός της Ημερίδας είναι η ανάδειξη της ποικιλίας και πολυμορφίας του Φυσικού Πλούτου των Μικρών Νησιών, ως κύριο παραγωγικό και αναπτυξιακό πόρο, αλλά και της ανάγκης περαιτέρω προστασίας του με ταυτόχρονη αξιοποίηση από τους ίδιους τους νησιώτες, στο πνεύμα της Αειφόρου Ανάπτυξης, αποκαθιστώντας διαχρονικά στρεβλές πρακτικές και αγκυλώσεις της Διοίκησης. 
Η συνάντηση φιλοδοξεί να καταλήξει σε σύνθεση ενός συγκροτημένου επιχειρησιακού σχεδίου το οποίο θα τεθεί υπόψη σε όλα τα επίπεδα της Διοίκησης για προβληματισμό και περαιτέρω αξιοποίηση αλλά και θα κοινοποιηθεί στους νησιώτες για την ενημέρωση και ευαισθητοποίηση τους. Το αντικείμενο αν και αφορά στο σύνολο του νησιωτικού χώρου, επικεντρώνεται εν προκειμένω στα Μικρά Νησιά που έχουν απόλυτη προτεραιότητα, καθώς διαχρονικά έχουν τεθεί στο περιθώριο του ενδιαφέροντος της Πολιτείας παρά τον κρίσιμο Εθνικό ρόλο τους, την έμμεση αλλά τεράστια συμβολή τους στη διαμόρφωση του τουριστικού «μύθου» της χώρας, την άμεση δυνατότητα αειφορικής ανάπτυξης σύμφωνα με τις Οδηγίες της ΕΕ.

Η πραγμάτευση του αντικειμένου δεν θα περιορισθεί στις εισηγητικές ομιλίες εξειδικευμένων επιστημόνων αλλά προσβλέπει στην ενεργό συμμετοχή των προσκεκλημένων Κυβερνητικών και κυρίως των Περιφερειαρχών και Δημάρχων.

Η Ελληνο-γαλλική και διεθνής Ενωση SDMed και η Διεθνής Εταιρεία Αειφορικής αστικής Ανάπτυξης και Οικοκαινοτομίας ( SDMed Observation Planning and Eco-innovation) στηρίζουν αυτή την εξαιρετική πρωτοβουλία, στο πλαίσιο και του Μνημονίου Συνεργασίας μεταξύ CISD, SDMed και ΕΚΕΠΕΚ Παντείου Πανεπιστημίου.

Συμβουλευθείτε το Πρόγραμμα της Συνάντησης ΕΔΩ !