Sustainability and circular economy, from Milan to South America

Sustainability and circular economy, from Milan to South America
Sustainability and circular economy, from Milan to South America

Milan, June 22 (askanews) – A new stage of the technical visits of the Circular Economy and Green Cities Forum was held in Milan, organized by Globe Italia together with the Italo-Latin American organization IILA, ​​to present the best experiences of Italian sustainability and resilience to the countries of South America. The representatives of the embassies of Guatemala, Costa Rica, Colombia and the commercial office of Chile in Italy were able to meet the councilor for Mobility and Public Works Marco Granelli in the new offices of the Municipality of Milan at Corvetto, addressing the decisive issue of transition environmental. From here we then moved to the discovery of various innovative projects. “The visits – Sarah Cordero, IILA socioeconomic secretary told askanews – are very important, because they allow us to put people in direct contact with the various experiences and we can listen, but also ask questions to those who are really carrying out the projects. Here in Milan we have seen many excellences in different sectors, from peri-urban agriculture to building resilience and these are experiences that we can replicate in our countries, with technical collaboration of the people we met today “. The visit, in the broader context of the circular economy project supported by the Foreign Ministry, led the South American delegates to discover the energy requalification of public housing in Chiaravalle, as well as addressing the issue of full electric public transport: both aspects that take on great social relevance in the context of thoughts on the future of cities. “This visit – Luis Carranza, Ambassador of Guatemala told us – presented us with a modern face of Italy, with practices that can be applied in Latin America. The green and circular economy in South America is emerging and what Italy is doing now can be a replicable example in some parts of our continent “.” I saw that Milan – added Ronald Flores, Ambassador of Costa Rica in Italy – not only committed to supporting these technical projects, but also wanted to involve the inhabitants, because without people it is impossible to give continuity to this type of project “. Other stops of the visit were two squares in the Corvetto area where they applied the principles of tactical urbanism to recover public and community spaces, but there were also projects related to agriculture on the borders of Milan, in the Nosedo farmhouse, and then stopped in the large water purification plant also in Nosedo, managed by MM – Water service, this is also a place that dialogues with the green spaces on the outskirts of Milan. And the most intense sensation, in all the events, was that of the exchange of the ideas. “It is a free market of good ideas and good practices – commented Santiago Avila, councilor of the Colombian embassy in Rome – which can bring together various elements with the main objective of improving people’s lives. If life in the cities improves, everyone benefits from it and in the same way the coexistence between urban and rural environments can be improved, especially those surrounding cities “” All the examples we have seen – added Felipe Repetto, head of the commercial office of Chile in Italy – they showed us how circularity allows us to give value in all dimensions. From the wastewater treatment plant in which you are already thinking of recovering nitrogen or phosphorus, to how the recovery of a territory to create a square, for example, has a very important social value “. The last stages of the visit concerned the redevelopment of Piazza Adriano Olivetti, the new public space for the city, and that of the Porta Romana airport, part of the large regeneration project of the railway yards, modeled on the New York High-Line, which the delegates were able to observe from the terrace of the Prada Foundation . “I saw a lot of interest from the representatives of the embassies in these experiences especially here in Milan – concluded Federico Lioy, vice president of Globe Italia – where they were able to compare themselves with various experiences and various sustainable and circular economy realities that I think could be of success for Italy and are to be told and exported to the world “. The calendar of technical visits, also carried out co n the patronage of Symbola, still foresees two stages, the first of which will concern Sicily.

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