BLUE PLANET ECONOMY | EUROPEAN MARITIME FORUM 2021
The Blue Planet Economy event | European Maritime Forum 2021, a completely digital international initiative, was organised by Fiera Roma and MAR – Marine Activities and Research Association, in collaboration with HABITAT WORLD and BIENNALE HABITAT, under the patronage of the Lazio Region, Unioncamere Lazio and the Chamber of Commerce From Rome.
The event aimed at the promotion and creation of new market and development opportunities in Italy, focusing on the Mediterranean area, discussing potential strategies and their impacts on the global maritime economy. This is because the initiative cares about the sustainable future for our planet.
Associations, innovative SMEs, investors, research centres and institutions, took part in discussing and exchanging strategies and good practices useful for build up the future of the Blue Economy.
Among them, Medfort took part in the virtual exhibition and yet, our vice president joined the discussion “Cultural Heritage: Imaginary and History ” illustrating the importance and need to enhance material remains, such as the fortified heritage of the Strait of Messina, as well as the intangible and natural heritage of the same area taking as an example specific places of the Calabrian coast.
The event was included in the official calendar of the initiatives related to EUROPEAN MARITIME DAY 2021, a programme consisting of over 240 events in 25 countries in Europe and around the world, entirely dedicated to the protection, defence and sustainable development of the planet’s maritime resources.
AFFILIATION OF MEDFORT WITH EFFORTS
We are pleased to announce our affiliation with EFFORTS – EUROPEAN FEDERATION OF FORTIFIED HERITAGE SITES.
EFFORTS is a European network-organisation founded in 2017 and aims to share and exchange knowledge and practical expertise on fortified sites such as walled towns, fortresses and military defence lines.
For this organisation, fortified sites represent a precious testimony to the collective memory, represent a unique expression of Europe’s cultural heritage. This peculiar cultural heritage demonstrates the intrinsic need to defend borders in the past, however, today they are symbols of our common European history and unite Europe instead of dividing it.
EFFORTS believes that European cooperation is the key to achieve considerable goals in favour of the safeguard and re-use of fortified heritage at the European, national, regional and local level. According to this view, this will help develop in a sustainable perspective our society.
We are looking forward to starting this cooperation with EFFORTS!
FORTS THAT BIND – ITINERANT PHOTOGRAPHIC EXHIBITION
FORTS THAT BIND is an itinerant photographic exhibition that was created in the context of the CAMAA project. It began in January 2015 in Koper (Slovenia) and afterwards was hosted in Venice and Palmanova, Ljubljana, Ferrara and then in Corfu and Igoumenitsa before continuing its trip to the island of Crete, Greece in 2020.
In 2020, MEDFORT participated in both exhibitions organised in Chania (8-22 July) and Rethymno (13-27 September) in Crete with a photographic contribution with the Siacci Fort as the subject. Thus, MEDFORT launches its message: PRESERVING FORT – BUILDING COMMUNITIES.
PRESENTATION OF THE ENHANCEMENT PROJECT OF THE FORTIFIED HERITAGE OF THE STRAIT OF MESSINA
Presentation of the enhancement project of the fortified heritage of the Strait of Messina. The project aims to take strategic action in order to enhance and add more value to the fortified complexes scattered around the Calabrian and Sicilian coasts.
This project is a branch of the wide enhancement plan that includes the Mediterranean Fortified Heritage, established and shared by the European and Italian fortified cities.
Dr Barbara Mordà and Dr Veronica Calveri, respectively vice president and secretary of the STUDY CENTRE, illustrated the principal activities of MEDFORT according to the principles of the Faro Convetion and the Corfù Charter during the conference press organised by the Municipality of Messina (Sicily).