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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 !  


Eco-neighborhoods : Where are we in Greece ?

On the occasion of  "World Environment Day 2012", the Greek-French and international SDMed Association ( together with Panteion University-Laboratory of strategic spatial planning and sustainable development, supported by the Association of Citizens " Paremvassi" ( organised in Athens, a public debate entitled " Econeighborhoods - Green neighborhoods:where are we in Greece? "

At the Roundtable, held at the Foundation Michalis Kakogiannis, 206, Pireos Street, Athens, on Thursday, June 7, 2012 from 18.00h-21.00h, were involved:
• Giannis Polyzos, Professor, National Technical University of Athens, former Chairman of the   Athens Master Plan Organisation
• Spyros Pollalis, Professor at Harvard University, President of SA Elliniko
• Margarita Karavassili, Architect - Urban Planner, Special Secretary, Ministry of Environment, Energy and climate change.
• Stella Kyvelou, Architect - Planner, Assistant Professor, Panteion University of Athens, President of  SDMed

The Roundtable discussion was moderated by Pericles Vassilopoulos, Journalist, Vice President of the association of citizens "Paremvassi" and the event was opened by Professor Ismini Kriari, Vice Rector of   Panteion University of Athens.The text of the communication of the event is as follows:

"BedZED, Rackheath, Hammarby, ΒΟ 01 (Malmo), Kronsberg, Vesterbro, Kolding, Mata de Sesimbra, Enternucleos, Faenza, Dunkirk, Lille, Douai, Le Havre, Nanterre, Limeil-Brevannes, Rennes, Angers, Nantes, Poitiers, Mulhouse, Chalon-sur-Saone, Lyon, Grenoble, Echirolles, Narbonne ........ European territory tends to be a major innovative urban environmental site    nowadays ! The speed of  designing and implementing  eco-neighborhoods is today unprecedented!  Sustainable development founds finally its ideal operational application on the territory... ... The themes and options are varied and extremely interesting : alternative means of transport,   limitation of   of private cars, low energy buildings,  zero energy or even positive energy buildings, use of rainwater, green materials, urban and social mix, combination with social housing projects, promotion of sustainable lifestyles in general ...

Eco-neighborhoods are everywhere exemplary   urban projects, promoted by their communities as "vitrines" of technical know-how and sustainability related action and as tools of communication both nationally and internationally .....

And we,  in the Mediterranean and particularly in Greece, where are we?

• Is it, first of all, possible and useful to create an eco-neighborhood policy, in the context of the economic crisis and current recession?
• Who will take the initiative for these exemplary projects, which institution will be responsible for coordinating and implementing such steps?
• Are there already relevant appropriate tools or instruments or should we invent new?
• What lessons can be learned from the up to date small scale pilot attempts  ?
• Can  these "eco-developments  become engines for sustainable urban development and construction of sustainable housing of low or moderate cost?
• Could   eco-neighborhood projects also be a solution for the development of public land and for building housing for low-income households?
• Can   eco-neighborhoods offer an opportunity for the renewal of the urban fabric and   increase of green space, especially in Athens, but also for the renewal of the "brand name" both for   Athens  and for our secondary cities as well ?
• What instruments and tools, either political or economic and financial engineering, could countries, regions and cities of Greece  use to implement such ecodevelopment projects?
• What impact will have Econeighborhoods on the real estate market,   undoubtedly related to the production of "green value"?
• Which could be the best tool for planning and assessment of an greek econeighborhood  ?
The event will bring together every stakeholder who can make it happen: universities, research centers, central government and local authorities, developers, representatives of civil society .. "

For more information, please contact : Panteion University, Ms. Martina Kalokairinou, Tel: 0030 210-9221066 and 0030 210-9236206, email: This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it.  .

The event was fully recorded by the Bodossakis Foundation (


Conference of the Pioneers of the Local Authorities in Energy Cost Reduction


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Conference of the Pioneers of the Local Authorities in Energy Cost Reduction - organised by the ERFC with the participation of SDMed

31th March 2015, Athens, Greece


09:00 - 09:30 Arrivals and Registration of participants
09:30 Welcome by:
• Mr. Yiannis Tsironis – Deputy Minister of Reconstruction of Production, Environment and Energy
• Mr. Nikolas Petropoulos – President of ERFC
• Dr Stella Kyvelou - Panteion University of Social and Political Sciences – President of SDMed Observation, Planning and Eco-innovation
• Mr. Michalis Christakis – President of the Hellenic Association of General Secretaries of Local Authorities 

9:30 - 11:30 
Presentation (analysis) of the Context
1. The ppPp model in Europe, Dirk Knapen Rescoop Europe2. ECOPOWER, Mr. Karel Derveaux 
3. Blue Economy, Mr. Gunter Pauli
4. Social Funding , Goran Geras, EBANKA, Private Cooperative Bank
5. Biogas Heat and ppPp Model, Ingo Wagner (tbc)
6. Consumers become Producers, The Paradigm of Schonau in Germany, Mrs. Ursula Sladek (tbc)

7. EU Financing Enterprise Europe Network, Georgia Tzenou, Dirk Knapen 
8. Guidelines of the ppPp Model, Kappa Network 
9. The Oxfutures Project a Paradigm Action on Energy, Dr. Barbara Hammond 
10. The ppPp initiatives in Greece, Representatives of Greek Cooperatives in Renewable Energy, Waste and Recycling 

11:30 - 11:50 COFFEE BREAK

11:50 - 13:30 
Coordinators Mr. Dirk Knapen &  Mr. Theodoros Patsoules 
Topics of discussion:
• Application framework of the Public, Private, People Partnerships 
• Opportunities / challenges for the development of the ppPp model in Energy Efficiency, Waste to Energy and the Production of Energy from RES
• Suggested actions
• Conclusions 

Participants: Representatives from Energy Sector, Ministry of Environment and Climate Change, Municipalities, Public Power Corporation etc.

13:30 - 14:30 LUNCH BREAK

14:30 - 16:00 
(≈ 15' each) Presentation of Synergetic Projects: 

1. REPUBLIC-MED - Mr George Stavrakakis
2. GRASP - Professor Yorgos Stephanedes
3. INFORMEST – Mrs. Vanesca Simson (REMIDA ppPp Pilot projects)
4. ERFC – Mr. Theodoros Patsoules (Presentation of ESCOs Study objectives)
5. EU Financing in Energy Efficiency Projects 
6. Presentation of New Technologies in Energy Efficiency and Waste to Energy 
7. Presentations of ppPp Best Practices in Greece  

16:00 - 16:15 COFFEE BREAK

Coordinator Dr. Stella Kyvelou, Panteion University, SDNed 
The role of ESCOs in MED EU countries, opportunities / challenges for the development of ESCOs market (Identification of Existing problems, Solution Proposals, Concluded Actions) 
Participants: Representatives from Ministry of Environment and Climate Change, Universities, Banks, Crowdfunding, EU Financing, Municipalities etc.

17:15-18.00 Open discussion 

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   NEW !!!! Download  FINAL AGENDA of the Meeting here !