Info talks to Stefania Manca, Genoa Resilience Manager, about the City’s plan to make Genoa more resilient.

manca.pngInfo: What are the objectives of Genoa’s Resilience Strategy?

SM: It’s forecast that, by 2050, across Europe, 82% of the population will be living in cities– a factor that will demand profound changes in the provision of housing, transportation, energy, education and healthcare.

Genoa’s Resilience Strategy, Lighthouse- Genova Città Faro, aims to make the city resilient to the impact of urban transformation,and the challenges of climate, demographic and technological change. It offers a roadmap that will make Genoa able to adapt effectively and quickly. It uses a new framework to analyse challenges, recognise opportunitie and adopt solutions. 

The framework is based on three core assets:

• Grey: focused on the innovative development of infrastructure, infrastructure security, and systems redundancy

• Green: focused on urban regeneration through adaptation and prevention, progressive decarbonisation, andsustainable development; Genoa will become a more liveable city, reducing inequalities, promoting integrated planning and supporting community ownership.

• Soft: focused on the social and economic impacts on communities and enterprises, and on renewing the city’s ability to reshape and establish new models of working, and new services.

Info: How has the municipality adapted its own structure to support the strategy?

SM: The municipality has created a new management structure, the Ufficio Resilienza e Progetti Europei, and a new position of Resilience Manager to ensure the holistic implementation of the strategy. As Resilience Manager, I act as the link bringing together all stakeholders who are involved.

Info: How is the strategy being implemented, and who is involved?

SM: Ownership and leadership are key to the success of the Resilience Strategy. We have created an action plan with the support of key local, metropolitan, regional and national bodies, representatives from trade, industry and the research sector, climate bodies, and people in the community. We have deployed a range of communication channels to ensure that everyone has a voice in the process. The action plan, which will be regularly updated, focuses on:

  • changing local legislation to support territorial resilience
  • identifying new models of public-private partnerships
  • ensuring actions/interventions are sustainable
  • monitoring outcomes and impacts.

Info: What part has the CEB played in the process?

SM: During the formulation of the Resilience Strategy there has been a close workin relationship between the City and its many partners, including the CEB, to ensure the framework and working methodology were robust and fit for purpose. Our partnership with the CEB is key in enabling Genoa to:

  • mitigate population vulnerabilities
  • adapt to climate change (by addressing hydrological risk in particular)
  • become more economically and socially attractive to investors and external actors keen to take part in Genoa’s transformation.

Info: How will Lighthouse - Genova Città Faro benefit the citizens of Genoa?

SM: The citizens and businesses of Genoa can expect to see short, medium and long-term benefits from the Resilience Strategy, and they will play an active part in the shaping and implementation of projects. 

Within the next ten years people will start to see a new city skyline taking shape as new projects andservices are launched. 

By 2050, urban areas will have been regenerated and Genoa will be a renewed, liveable city, resilient in the face of diverse potential future challenges.

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