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Generic Skills
B.1. Understanding of integrated and sustainable urban development: 
Educational background: University Degree in Law (2002 - University of Pavia), thesis “the reformation of Local Public Transport in Lombardy” Professional background: Responsible Technical Secretary of Master Plan Navigli (Politecnico of Milan 2002-2005): -to clarify the legal-administrative framework around the ancient canals system of Milan, named “Navigli” and to rationalize the fragmentation of administrative competences (at national, regional and local level). -to develop projects related to the requalification of the Navigli in Milan with particular regard to the area of the Darsena, (here the result of the International Design Competition http://www.expo2015.org/it/cos-e/milano/la-darsena-di-milano ). Navigli Lombardi Territory Regional Plan (2008-2010) working group “governance”: http://www.territorio.regione.lombardia.it/shared/ccurl/312/132/navigliLombardi_PTRA_rid.pdf). The aim of the TRP, a tool for governance and planning development in the area, is to promote the utilization and a balanced development of the areas in the municipalities along the canals. As a consequence of its publication, all urban development plans which fall within the considered area are subject to inspection by the regional authorities in order to ensure that they are in compliance with the contents of the TRP. PIA Navigli (2012-2015): actions based on cultural and tourism promotion of the municipalities along the Navigli system (http://pia-navigli.it/index.php/en/)
B1. Assessment: 
1: The candidate did not demonstrate convincing proof of his understanding of integrated urban development in his reply. However, his CV shows that he has at least 2 years' experience in urban development (since 2011 till today - project manager in several cultural valorization and urban renewal projects). Also, his participation in the development of Navigli Lombardi Territory Regional Plan (2008-2010) is a valuable addition to his experience in urban development.
B.2. Understanding of exchange and learning processes at transnational level: 
Cast off! Water Tourism as a Job motor (2014-2015) in observation of the State of Brandeburg Ministry of Labour directives regarding the transnational exchange of expert knowledge for the development of a future oriented labour policy in the State of Brandeburg. Project partner Member of World Canals Conference Organizers working group (2015-2017) to coordinate WCC organizers and to support an effective exchange of best practices among inland waterways managers. The WCC brings together canal enthusiasts, professionals and scholars from around the world, to discuss about the protection of historic canals, the revitalization of harbour sites; canals as a means to promote tourism, spur economic development and urban renewal. World Canals Conference 2014: Lead member of the Organizing Committee and lead member of the Scientific Committee for the organization of the WCC2014 in Milan http://www.wcc2014.net/en/ Waterways Forward (2010-2012) – UE Interreg IVC: project manager and communication manager for “Navigli Lombardi”. Waterways Forward (17 partners from 11 EU countries plus Norway and Serbia) had the main objective to improve the management of regional inland waterways by promoting an integrated, sustainable and participatory approach, taking account of the multi-functional role of waterways. http://www.waterways-forward.eu/ Voies Navigables d’Europe (2005-2007) UE Interreg IIIC: External expert supporting the project partner “Lombardy Region”
B2. Assessment: 
1: The candidate demonstrates convincing proof of his understanding of exchange and learning processes at transnational level (e.g. his participation in Interreg IVC and Interreg IIIC projects, in World Canals Conferences etc.).
B.3. Proficiency in English: 
With reference to the Common European Framework of Reference (CEFR): level C1: - listening I can understand extended speech even when it is not clearly structured - reading I can understand long and complex factual and literary texts and understand specialized articles and longer technical instructions - spoken interaction: I can express myself fluently and spontaneously so that I can formulate ideas and opinions with precision and use language flexibly and effectively for social and professional purposes - spoken production: I can present clear, detailed descriptions of complex subjects, integrating themes and developing particular points - writing: I can express myself in clear, well-structured text, expressing points of view at some length. I can write about complex subjects in a letter, an essay or a report, underlining what I consider to be the salient issues (here some examples https://landscapeiskingston.wordpress.com/2014/04/03/the-history-of-europes-waterways-is-interwoven-with-the-adjacent-landscape-2/ , http://www.wcc2014.net/wp-content/uploads/2013/11/From-the-Area-Plan-to-the-Current.pdf). My English knowledge permitted an active and appreciated participation to transnational projects listed above and to organize relevant international events such as: WCC2014 and Water Cultural Landscapes Furthermore, I have attended the WCC2011 in Groningen and the WCC2013 in Toulouse as a speaker
B3. Assessment: 
1: The candidate points to convincing evidence of his proficiency in English.
Expertise for the design and delivery of transnational exchange and learning activities:
C.3.1. Ability to communicate complex concepts to non-English speakers: 
In charged to introduce the WCC2014 during the WCC2013 (Closing plenary session) in Toulouse (France) I made and showed a video to introduce Milan and the Navigli system: my speech was synchronized on the images that scroll across the screen. In any case, the only images allowed to the public of various nationalities (including delegation from China and Far East and European delegations non English speaking) to understand the succession of contents (e.g. historical, natural, infrastructural, social) https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=K5_oTa2qzmE In charged to show the “I Navigli” app (for Android and I-OS) during the Press Conference (held in the headquarter of Lombardy Region, in December 2012) for the Launch of the WCC2014. I made and showed an intuitive short video about the main functions of the app https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=D_KH_kOQUkM For the event, invited and present journalists, IWI Board and officers& directors of Lombardy Region and the City of Milan Familiarity about the use of “prezi” and “bunkrapp”(and other less used software) but till now for internal use in “Navigli Lombardi” only.
C3.1 Assessment: 
1: The candidate points to more than one valid example of how he is able to communicate complex concepts to non-English speakers (e.g. a video introducing Milan and the Navigli system; the “I Navigli” application (for Android and I-OS) combined with an informative video etc.).
C.3.2. Ability to draw out, support the verbalization and documentation of knowledge and practice from participants: 
Via the following links, some examples of material produced to support exchange of experiences: WCC templates- presentations A template to collect abstracts (to have a better comparison) was created for the WCC2014. It was useful also to distribute contents among participants to the event with the same format, but cataloged by subject http://www.wcc2014.net/en/inviare-un-abstract/ Waterways Forward Visual info realized with the collaboration of the communication team of the WF project, was realized to describe some contents of a recognized “good practice” with regard to the fruition of the Navigli system http://www.waterways-forward.eu/wp-content/uploads/2011/09/Italy-Nav-Lom-G2.pdf and here preliminary reports about good practices identified (GP#1 and GP#2, pagg. 1-10) http://www.waterways-forward.eu/governance/1691/ Water Cultural Landscapes A published article to stimulate the debate in advance to the workshop organized for Water Cultural Landscapes https://landscapeiskingston.wordpress.com/2014/04/03/the-history-of-europes-waterways-is-interwoven-with-the-adjacent-landscape-2/
C3.2 Assessment: 
1: The candidate provides a number of convincing examples of outputs to support the verbalization and documentation of knowledge and practice from participants (e.g. WCC templates for presentations and collection of abstracts; distribution of contents among participants with the same format but cataloged by subject; visual info etc.).
C.3.3. Ability to capture learning for participants to take away: 
Many reports have been delivered to the Regional Stakeholders Platform for internal use; they are in Italian and are not published on web here, via the following links, articles published about: - Italian-Swiss project “Intrecci sull’acqua” http://blog.inlandwaterwaysinternational.org/?p=360 - Water Cultural Landscapes https://landscapeiskingston.wordpress.com/2014/04/14/milan-design-week-culture_water_landscapes/ or project outputs from Waterways Forward: http://www.wcc2014.net/wp-content/uploads/2013/11/WF-DEMO_TOOLBOXFINAL.pdf http://www.wcc2014.net/wp-content/uploads/2013/11/WF-Final-Brochure.pdf Waterways Forward videos published via Navigli Lombardi website: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=yh6MRhjcRrw https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=-nYWethl9l0
C3.3 Assessment: 
1: The applicant points to more than one valid example of how the results were captured for the participants to take away (e.g. published arcticles and uploaded videos summarizing information).
C.3.4. Ability to produce concise reports that incorporate good practices and policy messages: 
Via the following links, relevant examples of reports incorporating good practices and policy messages with regard to projects or events to which I participated to the realization. Outputs from the Waterways Forward project: The final document about “Policy Recommendations” http://www.waterways-forward.eu/policy-recommendations/ “Good Practices” and here preliminary reports about good practices identified (GP#1 and GP#2, pagg. 1-10) http://www.waterways-forward.eu/governance/1691/ WCC2011 conclusions – Groningen declaration http://www.wcc2014.net/wp-content/uploads/2013/11/Groningen-Declaration.pdf Input for the WCC2014 in Milan about the Navigli case study: - “from the Navigli Area Plan to the current actions and strategies for future challenges” http://www.wcc2014.net/wp-content/uploads/2013/11/From-the-Area-Plan-to-the-Current.pdf - “The Navigli Lombardi Company: a case of inland waterways promoting tourism” http://www.wcc2014.net/wp-content/uploads/2013/11/The-Navigli-Lombardi-Company-a-case-of-inland-waterways-promoting-tourism.pdf Furthermore, my role as Secretary of the Board of Directors (since 2004) of Navigli Lombardi requires me to prepare short but precise reports about different topics with regard to strategic or operative decisions of my Company as well I have to prepare the minutes of the meetings turning their decisions into acts for effective actions
C3.4 Assessment: 
1: The candidate provides convincing examples demonstrating his ability to produce concise reports that incorporate good practices and policy messages (e.g. citation of specific documents such as "From the Navigli Area Plan to the current actions and strategies for future challenges", Groningen declaration, “Policy Recommendations” for the Waterways Forward project).
Summary Expertise for the design and delivery of transnational exchange and learning activities: 
A long experience of territorial cooperation projects and transnational partnerships have improved the ability to adapt methods and tools to various levels of understanding/knowledge/experience, and enhanced a strong team ethic and sensitivity to partner dynamics and cultural differences. Those qualities were gained from Interreg IIIC “Voies Navigables d’Europe” (2005-2007) up to InterregIVC “Waterways Forward” (2010-2012), “Cast off! Tourism as a job motor …”(2014-2015) and the recent organization of the World Canals Conference 2014 in Milan. Skills recently expanded by the experience of a project for exchange of knowledge and good practices among universities “Water Cultural Landscapes” (2013-2014). Furthermore, the expertise about territorial dynamics has been supported by experiences at a local level: starting from “Master Plan Navigli” (2002-2004) up to the “Territory Area Plan Navigli Lombardi” (2008-2010). Those projects have increased: - the capacity to dialogue and involve private and public stakeholders at different levels; - the ability to produce concise reports that incorporate good practices and policy messages. Then, the most recent experience of cultural events organization (in the framework of “Expo in Città 2015” supporting the cultural offer during Milan EXPO2015) in collaboration of territories of Lombardy permitted the valorization of networks and local offers.
Assessment: 
The candidate meets the criteria regarding the expertise for the design and delivery of transnational exchange and learning activities. There are no identified inconsistencies between the summary and the replies, nor between the information in the application form and CV.
Thematic expertise:
Theme / Policy: 
Local Governance
D.1. Deep knowledge on the selected theme and related policy challenges, including up to date practice, research, etc.: 
1. Local governance - actions (2004-now) As responsible of the Technical Secretary of the Master Plan Navigli (2002-2004) and thanks to my administrative background I worked for the creation of the Navigli Lombardi Company (hereinafter: the “NLC”), where I’m employed since 2004 till now. “NLC” is responsible for the tourism promotion and the cultural heritage valorisation of the Navigli System, a network of five historic canals dating back to the 12th century. The NLC operates on behalf of its Members (the Regional, Provincial and Municipal Authorities, Chambers of Commerce), in order to: - create services for the development of tourism in the area; - plan and carry out development projects for the area through public-private partnerships in a teamwork context; - plan and organise events and occasions for sport, leisure, art, design, music, performances. The activities and the role of the NLC are to be analysed against a background, which is defined, on the one hand, by the search for public-private partnerships and, on the other, by the recognised need of promoting tourism as a tool for local development. The NLC represents the integrated organisational and legal tool whereby its shareholders intend to: - Avoid the overlaps that might be caused by the action of single members; - Integrate the activities to be implemented so as to improve their effectiveness and efficiency; - Co-ordinate common services; - Co-ordinate, promote and carry out tourist activities to advance the knowledge and use of the local canals. Local governance - planning PTRA Navigli (2008-2010) Starting from my experience of Responsible of the Technical Secretary of Master Plan Navigli (2002-2004), I was part of the working group for the Navigli Area Plan (Lombardy Region DG Territory and Navigli Lombardi Company) When drawing up this work, the following documents were taken into account: • The Regional Area Plan approved in 2008, which supports the activities of territorial governance of the Region setting out macro objectives and plans. • The Navigli Area Plan, specific focus on the area which interests us already identified in the Regional Area Plan, • The Regional Landscape Area Plan (PTPR), approved with the decision of the Regional Council no. VII/197 of 6th March 2001, which disciplines and orients the care of and development of the landscape of the entire Lombard region, pursuing the following objectives: 1. conservation of those qualities which define the identity and legibility of the landscapes of Lombardy 2. improve the landscaping and architectural quality of transformation projects in the area 3. spread an awareness of landscape assets and the way in which they are used by citizens. • The draft for the Regional Landscape Plan (PPR), which devotes an article of the section on regulations and standards to the historic canal system; this article sets out some criteria for the conservation of the fundamental traditional landscape features and lays down various restriction bands which lay down certain limitations on the transformation of the landscape. • The Master Plan for the Navigli of Lombardy constitutes the body of knowledge which forms the reference point for any planning and interventions planned to date in the area. What is unique about the work carried out in the Master Plan is that is has managed to bring together the regional Administrations concerned as well as a number of experts from Milan Polytechnic, Bocconi University, and the State Universities of Milan and Pavia and has involved various levels of local government in the decision making process and committed them to providing financial resources for the project. In particular, in the construction phase of the Plan for the Navigli Area, a cognitive analysis of the area concerned was carried out in order to highlight possible development potential and any critical issues to be investigated and resolved. This study yielded certain important data which was useful for the purposes of this report. They can be summarized as follows: - there has been a steady decrease in the land area devoted to agriculture in the areas surrounding the Navigli Grande, Martesana and Paderno, while farmland is still to be found in the vicinity of the Navigli di Bereguardo and Pavese canals; - there has been an increase in the percentage of SMEs and businesses in the services sector (Naviglio Grande), with the presence of large commercial hubs to the south of Milan (Assago and Rozzano) while the most heavily industrialized area in the Navigli system is in the surroundings of the Naviglio di Paderno; - the resident population counts a high percentage of the elderly and is densely concentrated, outside of Milan, especially to the east and south of the regional capital. The most densely populated canal is the Naviglio Grande; - major projects are in the pipeline for the infrastructure network which closely concern the Navigli area (High capacity rail, BRE‐BE‐MI. New Eastern ring‐road for Milano, Boffalora Malpensa, Pedemontana); - services catering to tourism are few and badly organised; the Naviglio Grande is in the best position in this regard; - the presence of the Parks ensures the conservation of the natural areas of the Navigli system in the areas covered by them, while the widespread presence of places of varying historical and architectural interest are not taken fully developed; - The morphology of the Navigli involves natural changes in level which means there are waterfalls which can be used for energy generation.
D1 Assessment: 
1: The candidate shows sufficient professional experience in local governance. His educational background is not specifically related to the theme but his work for the Navigli Lombardi Company has provided extensive professional involvement in local governance.
D.2. Ability to produce thematic inputs to feed in the learning process of in projects in which you have been involved: 
I’m going to highlight here below n°2 examples of thematic inputs with regard to the governance of the Navigli system 1) the case of Navigli Lombardi of the Waterways Forward project, 2) “Navigli Area Plan” for WCC2014 1) The case of Navigli Lombardi, for the Waterways Forward project From a legal point of view, the NLC is established under the form of a limited liability co-operative society, the aim of which is not to distribute profits but rather to pursue a mutual aim among the members. The Company, therefore, represents an organisational model that involves all the political and government levels, namely, the regional, the county and city council ones. As to internal governance, the NLC’s deed of settlement provides that the Regional Government owns the majority of the capital shares and, accordingly, it appoints the Company’s President. The remaining shares are equally shared among the other founding members. The board of directors is composed of 5 members. The analysis of the activities, functions as well as of the legal and organisational of the NLC suggests some remarks, especially with reference to the tourist and land development promotion model performed. Firstly, the NLC seems to be characterised by the following strengths: • A mutual purpose that is shared among the members; • The capacity of substitute for the members when they are unable to act (subsidiarity principle); • The co-ordination level of action; • The participation and responsibility of local governments; • The integration of inland navigation, tourism and local marketing and promotion activities. Secondly, whereas the significant number of public authorities involved in the NLC might make co-ordination efforts difficult, their commitment in a single organisation represents a common ground onto which to experiment new partnership forms and new joint programming policies. This complex legal and governance structure allows to strike a right balance among the different visions existing in the NLC so as to enforce an integrated and overall land development approach. Through a flexible and adaptable governance model, it is possible to make differences and distances become simultaneously strengths. And this is particularly needed at the local level, where territories do not represent a unique and unified reality. They are rather defined by a wide range of multilevel and different situations. These, in their turn, require a set of public policies and approaches, which are to recognize and assess the various potentials existing, especially by encouraging PPPs. Thirdly, the legal form of the NLC is exactly a PPP, since it is the expression of different stakeholders, namely, public bodies and non profit organizations. By means of the NLC different and often alternative visions are integrated and effectively summed for the promotion of tourist activities and local development. Moreover, the presence of local governments, public authorities and private organizations makes the NLC an “integrated local tourist system”. The specific legal and organizational form adopted by the Company enables it to represent a joint programme, which includes: the selection of priorities; the commitments that each partner involved is willing to take on; the outlining of the resources needed to carry out the activities. Finally, such a joint programme among different institutional stakeholders makes the territory a distinguished a tourist destination with a high level of involvement and commitment on the part of all the actors. Through the NLC, they may carry out a wide range of activities, which are subsequently incorporated in the legal framework. The Company, accordingly, is entrusted to implement the inputs that the local members and partners recommend. Thus, the NLC can actually perform those actions and functions which are regarded as the most effective and consistent ones to support and appraise the potentials of the territory. Fourthly, the bottom-up process, which the establishing of the NLC has contributed to set off, has also supported the Regional government to outline a legal framework, called “Navigli Area Plan”. This plan is expected to represent the guide lines for the future programming concerning local development actions. It is noteworthy that it is the first plan of this kind that was not granted either to deal with a large infrastructure, like the Malpensa airport or to solve an emergency situation, but was endorsed to fully recognize a specific cultural, architectural, natural and tourist area surrounding inland waterways. As a matter of fact, this integrated approach to inland waterways functions seems to represent a good practice whereby to implement effective and modern tourist promotion and local development activities both at the Italian and at the European level http://www.wcc2014.net/wp-content/uploads/2013/11/The-Navigli-Lombardi-Company-a-case-of-inland-waterways-promoting-tourism.pdf 2) “Navigli Area Plan” for WCC2014 The Regional Area Plan contains general guidelines for regional planning for the sector and defines the general trends within Italian and European Union planning limits; it also identifies in the Area Plans the planning instruments for the development of certain specific areas as an opportunity to promote regional competitiveness and a restoration of balance in the area. The main objectives in sight are the following: o boost the exploitation of the historical/architectural and natural/environmental heritage that characterizes the Navigli area, regulating the transformation of the area by means of proper use of resources and limiting the damage caused by heavy urbanisation and congestion of the areas along certain stretches; o safeguard the sum of the resources and cultural heritage from risk factors such as deterioration, poor conservation measures and improper use of the surrounding area; o ensure the coordination of intervention and planning instruments used at an inter‐commune and interprovince level, in order to create opportunities for sustainable development and improve the quality of life and achieve a high value area in the heart of Lombardy. To sum up, it must be possible to translate the general objectives into specific objectives and actions which combine the two overlapping requirements of: o conservation, or safeguarding the Navigli as a territorial system which represents the Lombard identity; above all to safeguard those values in the landscape expressed by the close relationship between the historical/cultural heritage and the natural/environmental makeup; o sustainable development, capable of making full use of the assets of the area and environmental resources so that economic benefits (tourism, renewable energy, sustainable farming) combine with the maintenance and growth over time of these same assets. In order to define a system of objectives in keeping with regional planning and the planning initiatives already under way in the Navigli area, it is also essential to grasp the specific nature of the area through a profound understanding of its particular qualities, but also its weak points and critical issues, in order to be capable of identifying development policies on themes of priority importance on which to concentrate the actions of the plan. The six theme of the Plan which coincide with the areas of activity focused on by NLC, are: Landscape, Territory, Tourism, Agriculture, Environment, Energy. The themes identify the six development sectors in the area plan which together contribute to the development and increasing the appeal of the area by means of initiatives which aim to improve the quality of life in the areas along the canals. Improved access to the area and a reduction in traffic congestion, the reuse of abandoned or disused areas, increased energy efficiency by the end users, support for energy generation from renewable sources, for example, taking advantage of waterfalls for generating electricity, all these are objectives which the plan, in the course of its planning and design process will set out in a series of specific initiatives. An analysis of the objectives of the plan, related to the themes identified, has led to the construction of an objective tree (see further below) which for each individual theme identifies possible specific objectives. CONSERVATION AND DEVELOPMENT OF THE NAVIGLI AS REGIONAL IDENTITY Thus it can be seen that the history of the Navigli is interwoven with that of the Lombardy Region. Over the course of history, these feats of hydraulic engineering of great ingenuity and technical complexity determined the structure of settlements and the rural organization of the countryside, playing a decisive role in the economic development of Lombardy. Countless homes of the nobility found an ideal location along the canal banks of the Navigli and these contributed to the development of the canals and the historic centres which sprang up along the banks. These signs of the history of the area together with the marvellous natural environments, are treasures to be safeguarded and further developed. Therefore the main objective of the administrators of the area must be to boost exploitation of the historical/architectural heritage and natural/environmental resources which the area offers, regulating the transformations of the area by means of proper use of resources and limiting the damage caused by heavy urbanisation and congestion of the areas along some stretches of the Navigli canal system. The Navigli system is endowed with landscape and environmental resources which make up the identity of the Region and must be recognized for the valuable asset that it is and safeguarded against risk factors such as deterioration, poor conservation and inappropriate use of the surrounding area. It is also essential to analyze the interests at stake in order to develop policies of governance for intervention and planning instruments in such a way as to create opportunities for sustainable development and improving the quality of life to attain a quality area in the heart of Lombardy. The labours of man, which over the years have enriched the canals and the canal banks, have turned this complex system into something that can be considered a work of art even according to the current understanding of the term, a testimony to the genius and skilled workmanship of man, a material document attesting to centuries of Lombard history. The relational fabric which has been woven between the historical/testimonial values, the natural features and the farming tradition in this area gives the areas crossed by the Navigli canal system a complex environmental identity which is clearly perceived and deeply felt by the local populations. In this sense the Navigli system may be considered a part of the cultural heritage and regional identity which must prevail over other potential resources in the area and orient the manner in which they are used so that they be compatible with the high quality of the context.. SPATIAL LEVELS AND AREAS OF INFLUENCE OF THE PLAN Each Naviglio, even though it is part of a system the components of which were developed for the same purpose, has its own individual characteristics, starting, above all, with the territory it traverses. The surroundings of the great Adda and Ticino rivers are characterised by lush vegetation protected by the Regional Parks. Nearer to Milan, however, urban settlement is increasingly congested, and finally, to the south of Milan, the landscape is still characterised by farmland. Each Naviglio was built at a different moment in history, and moreover, in the course of time, has developed its own particular link with the surrounding area, becoming the characteristic and determining aspect of the landscape, not only for the countryside, but also for the urban centres that spring up along its banks. For this reason, the Navigli area Plan takes its form from the physical characteristics of the territory surrounding each individual Naviglio. Within the context of the Plan, different spatial levels have been identified: a) the body of water of the Naviglio itself; b) a long stretch along the banks pertaining to the Naviglio, most directly influenced in terms of area, landscape and ecosystems; c) the territories of the municipalities or Communes traversed by the canal; d) the territories of external municipalities or Communes affected by the relationships (R ) with the Navigli canal system. The strip “b” represents a physical boundary line of the environmental and landscape heritage to be developed which constitutes the very identity of the Navigli canal system, closely linked to the particular qualities of the artefacts and their recognisable context. This line marks the boundary of the areas already defined by ministerial restrictions (e.g. concerning architecture, the environment or the landscape), implemented by further areas not subject to any specific restrictions, but which have such homogeneous characteristics as regards landscape and environment that they form a sort of protective barrier http://www.wcc2014.net/en/i-temi/governance/ http://www.wcc2014.net/wp-content/uploads/2013/11/From-the-Area-Plan-to-the-Current.pdf
D2 Assessment: 
1: The answer provided by the candidate is unnecessarily detailed and does not relate to the specific ability required in D2. However, the candidate's overall experience and the examples provided to previous questions would suggest that he does have an ability to produce thematic inputs to feed in the learning process of projects.
D.3. Ability to produce concise reports that incorporate learning from exchange & learning activities, put forward good practice: 
With regard to my experience of reports, here, having the role of co-author, some examples of report incorporating good practices and/or policy messages for policy makers Local governance The case of Navigli Lombardi, DEMO TOOLBOX Waterways Forward project G #1 (pagg 10-11) “Stakeholder involvement tool for local development” http://www.wcc2014.net/wp-content/uploads/2013/11/WF-DEMO_TOOLBOXFINAL.pdf (Project partner and co-author) Governance model for Waterways Project (pagg. 10-12) http://www.wcc2014.net/wp-content/uploads/2013/11/WF-Policy-Recommendations-Governance-Model.pdf (Project partner and co-author) Policy Recommendation N°11 Tailored Governance models It is recognized that there is not one Governance model for inland waterways that fits the needs of all regions / countries. However waterways are cross-border in nature and it is important that coordination and cooperation models are development to facilitate the transnational development of inland waterways http://www.waterways-forward.eu/wp-content/uploads/2012/10/Policy-Recommendations-Summarised.pdf Navigli Area Plan SWOT Analysis Navigli system (working group member) http://www.wcc2014.net/wp-content/uploads/2013/11/da-PTRA-Navigli.pdf
D3 Assessment: 
1: The applicant provides more than 2 valid examples demonstrating his ability to produce concise reports that incorporate learning from exchange & learning activities, put forward good practice (e.g. "Governance model for Waterways Project" and "Policy Recommendation, N°11 Tailored Governance models").
D.4. Understanding of how to maximize the use of project results for benefits in capitalization, policy design, awarenes: 
The case of Navigli Lombardi Company a case of inland waterways promoting tourism has been showed during the Master Classes in Dublin of the Waterways Forward project with the help of Prof. Alceste Santuari (Ph.D. University of Bologna) as a governance model and during the World Canals Conference 2014 in Milan to be discussed during the “governance” workshop. http://www.wcc2014.net/wp-content/uploads/2013/11/The-Navigli-Lombardi-Company-a-case-of-inland-waterways-promoting-tourism.pdf This model has been adopted also by “SIRGA”, the Association of municipalities along the canal de Castilla for the restoration and safeguarding of that Spanish historical canal system. G 19: Involvement of public and private stakeholders in the economic management and recovery of the Castilla Channel resources: the case of Melgar de Fernamental (Burgos) (pagg.41-42) http://www.wcc2014.net/wp-content/uploads/2013/11/WF-DEMO_TOOLBOXFINAL.pdf Presentation of the case study during the transfer visit of the Waterways Forward project in Lille http://www.vnf.fr/vnf/img/cms/Tourisme_et_domainehidden/VNF_TV1+2_fren_201304121100.pdf (pagg.16-17) Link with Good Practices identified by Waterways Forward project G 14: Public private company for development of waterways corridors (pagg.34-35) http://www.wcc2014.net/wp-content/uploads/2013/11/WF-DEMO_TOOLBOXFINAL.pdf
D4 Assessment: 
1: The candidate demonstrates a good understanding of how to maximize the use of project results for benefits in capitalization, policy design, awareness (e.g. 1) showing the case of Navigli Lombardi Company as a governance model during master classes and a conference; and 2) adoption of the model by SIRGA, the Association of municipalities along the canal de Castilla for the restoration and safeguarding of that Spanish historical canal system).
Summary Thematic expertise: 
As responsible of the Technical Secretary of the Master Plan Navigli (2002-2004) and thanks to my administrative background I worked for the Navigli Lombardi Company since its start-up phase (2004) till now. The activities and the role of the NLC are to be analyzed against a background, which is defined, on the one hand, by the search for public-private partnerships and, on the other, by the recognized need of promoting tourism as a tool for local development. As NLC’s project manager I’ve operated to: create services for the development of tourism in the area; plan and carry out development projects for the area through public-private partnerships in a teamwork context; plan and organise events and occasions for sport, leisure, art, design. From a legal point of view, the NLC is established under the form of a limited liability co-operative society, the aim of which is not to distribute profits but rather to pursue a mutual aim among the members. The Company, therefore, represents an organizational model that involves all the political and government levels, namely, the regional, the county and city council ones. The Master Plan for the Navigli constitutes the body of knowledge which forms the reference point for any interventions planned to date in the area and in the construction phase of the Spatial Plan for the Navigli Area, a cognitive analysis was carried out in order to highlight possible development potential and any critical issues to be investigated and resolved.
Assessment: 
The candidate meets 4 out of 4 criteria and should be validated for the theme "Local Governance". There are no identified inconsistencies between the summary and the replies, nor between the information in the application form and CV.
Theme / Policy: 
Arts and Culture
D.1. Deep knowledge on the selected theme and related policy challenges, including up to date practice, research, etc.: 
Employed in Navigli Lombardi since 2004 (activity as project manager) with different roles but always related to the cultural heritage valorization of territories and communities of the Navigli system. Here a short description of the meaning of the cultural heritage of the Navigli, with regard to my role of project manager for “tourism & culture”. The heritage of Lombardy canals There are 5 canals in the Navigli Lombardi system: Bereguardo, Grande, Martesana, Paderno and Pavese. These are the oldest artificial canals in Europe. Built from the 12th century onwards, they made it possible to link Milan with Lake Maggiore (by means of the River Ticino), Lake Como (through the River Adda) and the city of Pavia and River Po. They were major waterways for the purposes of transport and irrigation of the fields. A valuable heritage developed along these canals over the centuries with the summer residences of the nobility, mills, castles, abbeys, and rural and natural landscapes of exceptional beauty. Milan arose in the centre of the Po Valley and had no access to water. But the ingenuity of 12th century engineers drew water from the Ticino and Adda rivers, channelling it into a complex system of waterways completed in the 19th century which comprises the five canals of Lombardy. The water flowing through these canals was the life blood of the countryside, irrigating, flooding. It fed, washed and provided for the basic necessities of the peoples of many areas. It generated energy for mills and later, for factories, and even later, for hydroelectric stations. It created links between individuals and towns, stimulating tangible and intangible exchange with the transport of goods and people, fostering the development of cultures and traditions... Over the centuries the canals have spurred progress among the local populations and given shape to the works of man Through the centuries many historical characters contributed to the greatness of the Navigli, such as the Visconti House, the Sforza House, Leonardo da Vinci, Mary Theresa of Austria and Napoleone Bonaparte Nowadays, the re-discovering of arts and culture contribute to the raising of awareness among residents and visitors of the area and are an opportunity for new jobs and new entrepreneurs http://www.wcc2014.net/wp-content/uploads/2013/11/Navigli-Lombardi-Heritage.pdf During last 3 years (2013-2015), 2 projects in particular have been dedicated to this: “the Leonardo’s routes” and the yearly event “FAN – Navigli Acqua Festival”
D1 Assessment: 
0: The candidate demonstrated less than two years of experience in the selected theme and related policy challenges, including up to date practice, research, etc. Indeed, he has worked on several projects for cultural valorization but his answer provides mostly a description of the cultural heritage of the Navigli instead of deep knowledge on the general theme of "Arts and Culture".
D.2. Ability to produce thematic inputs to feed in the learning process of in projects in which you have been involved: 
Here something about 2 examples of thematic inputs with regard to art events and cultural heritage promotion: FAN Navigli (2013-2015) and Leonardo’s Routes (2013-2015) The FAN FESTIVAL is what makes the Navigli great during the festival that celebrates the historic Milanese canals is the element from which they are made: water. FAN – Navigli Acqua Festival is figurative art, design, planning, music, cinema, theatre and dance. A calendar of events and initiatives on the Navigli, where the creativity and productivity of the area fed by the waterways turns into two weeks of fun, culture and entertainment from morning to night. This PROJECT, launched in 2013, will grow over three years and reach its apex in May 2015 to coincide with the inauguration of the Universal Exposition. 2013 was “Year Zero” and was a resounding success beyond all expectations. 2014 is the first true edition of the Festival with a calendar of events in Milan and on the Navigli canals dedicated to the excellence of the produce of Milan and Lombardy, innovation and cultural traditions. (April-May 2014). It included also a workshop on landscape topics with the participation of students from Italy (Politecnico of Milano) and UK (Kingston University) “Water Cultural Landscapes” (see above for details) In 2015 the calendar of events covered many weeks from May to October during the Milan EXPO2015 The festival will feature two main events: • Art parade: an open air exhibition in the inner circle of the city, along the marble route, in order to promote FAN. In order to promote the exhibition, it has been decided to use a symbol, a sort of marker which immediately brings to mind water and therefore the Navigli. The element chosen for the 2013 edition was a boat (e.g. an origami boat), with a meaning that is simple and immediate as well as evocative and rich in emotional connotations. The objective is to “invade” the city with boats which will be represented by means of simple gadgets or flyers but also through actual art installations. • Calendar of events, activities and performances along the Navigli during the period of reference. The Navigli will be transformed into a workshop of ideas and initiatives which will bring together all kinds of different forms of creative expression under a single umbrella. The 2013 edition of “FAN”, which is intended to be an experiment to demonstrate the potential of the Navigli System and the Darsena dock as its hub, and will feature a series of micro events (exhibitions, workshops, installations and artistic performances) in collaboration with a number of subjects operating in the arts and academia (NABA, Politecnico, Columbia University, Cracking Art Group and other professional artists). As far as the logistics are concerned, floating pontoons are constructed which, together with courtyards and some of the most picturesque locations along the Navigli will host the various events. The aim is to create an art park, restoring vitality and stimulus to an area which is a symbol of the city, improving the quality of life of the residents as well as the level of services on offer. Here a short description of each “chapter” included in the FAN Festival ART PHOTOGRAPHY WORKSHOP “Navigli Station: …from another side” In collaboration with NABA, organised by Stefano Boccalini 15 selected students will undertake a voyage along the Navigli and use photography to produce unique interpretations of the water as it is filtered through the poetic sensibility of these young artists. The images will be collected and exhibited in a show during the festival. Apart from displaying the photos, the exhibition will feature a multimedia show and corollary events such as seminars and presentations/projections in the presence of the students and teachers who carried out the project. Architecture and Design WORKSHOP “(Un) Taming The Navigli” Liberating the hidden potentialities of the canal system Spring 2013 Workshop In collaboration with: • Frederic Levrat - Columbia University GSAPP, New York • Oliviero Godi – Polytechnic of Milan, Department of Architecture 24 selected students worked for 6 days in a floating workshop specially built on the Naviglio Grande https://www.behance.net/gallery/6394421/UNTAMING-THE-NAVIGLI-International-Workshop https://landscapeiskingston.wordpress.com/2013/04/09/un-taming-the-navigli-milan/ http://fan.naviglilombardi.it/un-taming-the-navigli/ CRACKING ART GROUP Frog invasion In collaboration with Cracking Art Group. Thousands of frogs will invade the Navigli and the Darsena dock for the duration of the festival. Performances will also be organised to set the frogs floating down the Navigli. Once the festival is over, the frogs will be put on sale and the money raised will go towards the restoration of a heritage site along the Navigli selected in collaboration with FAI, the Italian National Trust. CONTAINER LOUNGE – Greentainer In collaboration with Exposure Architects. During the days of the festival a floating container will be positioned along the Navigli: a location 60mq (12x5m) comprising a closed space with glass walls (2,45 x 12m) for small-scale events (exhibitions, concerts, readings, creative workshops), as well as workshops and relaxation areas for visitors. A free WiFi area will also be set up during the festival for all the visitors to the event. THE LONG SCARF FOR THE NAVIGLIO GRANDE There will be an event during the Festival to promote an initiative by Associazione Culturale Coinvolgente. A scarf will be made for the Naviglio Grande, to wrap around it and protect it, made by those who love it. The scarf, which to date is 2 km long and has been worked on by hundreds of people, will be displayed along the banks of the first section of Naviglio Grande. There will also be a space along the Naviglio where visitors can use the facilities and contribute to the initiative by making their own piece of scarf 30 cm wide and at least 40 cm long from fabric remnants. BOOK BARGE EXHIBITION There will be a space on the water devoted to books and publications focusing on the Navigli. To coincide with the inauguration of the archive, the Centro Documentale Navigli, there will be an exhibition on board a boat so that in the course of the normal ferry schedule, passengers can take a look at old navigation log books and maps. A wealth of precious books will be on display in the company head offices along the Navigli together with other publications on the Navigli canal system. These can be consulted in special reading areas set up in the exhibition spaces. http://fan.naviglilombardi.it/ Percorsi di Leonardo “Percorsi di Leonardo” (2013-2015) Leonardo da Vinci spent much of his life in Milan and Lombardy. He first arrived in 1482 at the age of 30 to enter the court of Ludovico il Moro as an engineer to build defensive fortifications and war machines and as he said himself: “(…)In time of peace I believe I can give you as complete satisfaction as anyone else in architecture and in the construction of buildings both public and private, and in conducting water from one place to another. Also I can execute sculpture in marble, bronze or clay, and also painting, in which my work will stand comparison with that of anyone else whoever he may be.” He remained at the Court of the Sforzas until 1499, when the French took possession of the Duchy of Milan, and the first place he stayed when he left was Vaprio d’Adda where he was a guest at Villa Melzi. He then returned to Milan, summoned by the Duke d’Amboise, and stayed there from 1508 to 1513, to then return to Florence and travel to France, to Amboise, where he died in 1519. Atlantic Codex, the largest codex which is kept in Milan in the Veneranda Biblioteca Ambrosiana. And it is to his genius that we owe the mitre gates for canal locks known as da Vinci gates which he drew (Codiex Atlanticus f. 656a r, Milano, Biblioteca Ambrosiana) for the Martesana which finally entered Milan in the final years of the 16th century and fulfilled the dream of the Sforzas to join the waters of the Adda with the Ticino. Da Vinci gates are still in use on canals all over the world. Navigli Lombardi is working to reconstruct a Leonardo Trail in the area of the Navigli System, to rekindle a love of history and art but also to draw attention to the ingenious inventions scattered all over the canal system and surrounding areas where Leonardo lived and worked. The stretch of trail proposed in summer 2013 only covered some Leonardo sites in Milan and along a stretch of the Naviglio Martesana, but in 2014 the full trail was ready and can be completed by boat on the Navigli and on cycle paths. It was launched in time for the Milan EXPO2015 as tourism opportunity for territories
D2 Assessment: 
0: The candidate provided less than two valid examples of his ability to produce thematic inputs to feed in the learning process of projects. He provided an extremely detailed description of relevant cultural events but this description is not focused on the specific ability required in D2.
D.3. Ability to produce concise reports that incorporate learning from exchange & learning activities, put forward good practice: 
Arts and culture (examples) With regard to those project described above in section “D.1 - D.2” find here some links incorporating good practices and policy messages for an audience of city practitioners and policy-makers (From Territory Regional Area Plan Navigli) PRIORITY THEMATIC AREA: TOURISM OBJECTIVE 3: REDEVELOP THE HISTORICAL, CULTURAL AND ENVIRONMENTAL HERITAGE In addition to tourist navigation, the other activities of redevelopment undertaken are all aimed at the economic development of the area, through tourist promotion based on the presence of a rich historical-cultural heritage (the first key of attractiveness), on a strong connotation of food and wine (second key of attractiveness) due to the rich presence of farming areas and the supply chain of agro-food transformation with productions of absolute excellence and on the environmental-sports use thanks to the local Parks (Ticino, Adda Nord, Agricolo Sud) and the 150 or so kilometres of cycling paths or routes that can be covered by bike along the banks of the Navigli. The historical artistic heritage of the navigli is the main asset on which we have built, together with the bordering municipalities, a far-reaching project with a tourist vocation which has as its first stage 2015 to offer Milan and Lombardy an instrument that keeps the Expo visitors in the region. Against the background the Navigli history, that history that has always fascinated North Europeans and North Americans, but will also fascinate Russians, Chinese and Indians, has been played out: figures like Federico Barbarossa, Ludovico il Moro, Napoleon, Maria Teresa of Austria but above all Leonardo da Vinci are not a glocal heritage but truly a glob al one. If Barbarossa was the “cause” of the great project of the Naviglio Grande, conceived as an instrument of defence by his troops at the time of rebuilding Milan in around 1170, Francesco Sforza first and then his son Ludovico then conceived and created the great plan to unite the Adda to the Ticino (or, more venally, to transform Milan into the centre of trade between Venice, Northern Europe and the Adriatic coast), and we owe Maria Teresa first and then Napoleon the completion of the Naviglio Pavese, which was started in the 17th century by the Count of Fuentes during the Spanish domination. Numerous manmade elements of the Navigli bear the prestigious names of architects and engineers who for centuries followed on one another in planning and improving the Navigli, and even Leonardo da Vinci left the mark of his genius with the planning of those Porte Vinciane (Atlantic Codex, f. 151 v-b and f. 341 v-b) which are still used on all the canals in the world and which were installed for the first time in 1496 on the Martesana in Milan, in the two basins that ended their route to the Fossa Interna: the Conca dell’Incoronata and the Conca di San Marco. Leonardo used the Navigli as a passenger on the boats on the Naviglio Grande, he studied them for ideas for the works of irrigation canals Ludovico il Moro commissioned from him for the Sforzesca of Vigevano, he drew them to understand the force of the water, he designed various kinds of hydraulic instruments for them, including the excavator to clean the bottom, he described them (Naviglio Grande: “It is worth 50 gold ducats, the Naviglio yields 125,000 ducats a year and is 40 miles long and 20 arms wide”). In a word, he truly experienced them. The first of the two major projects of tourist itineraries on which Navigli Lombardi has worked because created for Expo is named “THE PATHS OF LEONARDO”, which follow three of our Navigli. It was on the Martesana that Leonardo travelled, from Villa Melzi in Vaprio d’Adda to reach Milan at the Conca dell’Incoronata in via San Marco, to reach Santa Maria delle Grazie to paint the Last Supper or the Sforzesco Castle to decorate the Sala delle Asse (but today in Milan there are two other important stopping places, the Ambrosia Library and Art Gallery with the Atlantic Codex and the Portrait of a Musician at the Museum of Science and Technology named after him and which houses the models of his machines), and it was from the Darsena that he set off on the Naviglio Grande to reach the Ticino, the Naviglio di Bereguardo and Vigevano. The idea for the second tourist itinerary comes from the theme of Expo 2015, “BEAUTIFUL AND GOOD WATER”, and aims to put the focus on agriculture in the Navigli System which develops in the Parco Sud, along the Naviglio di Bereguardo, the Lomellina and the Oltrepò. The intention is to give a complete overview, starting of course from the appeal of food and wine tourism with the indication of destinations with productions of excellence (to mention only the best known, carnaroli rice and gorgonzola cheese from Ozzero), to then go from the history of that unique farming landscape, made so by the works of canalization which start from the networks creating during the domination of Rome, but perhaps simply implemented on those dug by the Celts. to the first real irrigation network built by the Benedictines to the colossal works – for the period, but not only then – of the Navigli with their locks and their outlets and the irrigation infrastructures designed and built by Leonardo da Vinci, him again, around the Sforzesca of Vigevano, probably while he was portraying Cecilia Gallerani whom we know today as the Lady with an Ermine. The route can already be taken by bike, with cycling paths or stretches reserved for cyclists and pedestrians, like the banks of the Naviglio di Bereguardo, and a farming landscape which blends in with, alternates and at times is confused with that of the Valley of the Ticino. The first piece in this complex mosaic is “Mouth-watering Navigli”, an initiative started in 2011 on the Navigli Grande and Bereguardo to focus on the agro-food production and local restaurants, and in 2012 on a long stretch of the Martesana. http://www.naviglilombardi.it/wp-content/uploads/2013/10/Navigli-Lombardi_Piano-Territoriale-Regionale-dArea.pdf (Pagg.125-127) ( Leonardo’s Routes) http://www.wcc2014.net/wp-content/uploads/2013/11/Tourism-Navigli_ENG.pdf http://www.wcc2014.net/wp-content/uploads/2013/11/Tourism-Navigli-Leonardo_ENG.pdf (FAN) https://landscapeiskingston.wordpress.com/2013/09/24/milans-fan-navigli-acqua-festival/ https://landscapeiskingston.wordpress.com/2013/04/09/un-taming-the-navigli-milan/
D3 Assessment: 
1: The applicant provides more than 2 valid examples demonstrating his ability to produce concise reports that incorporate learning from exchange and good practices (e.g. provided links to specific reports/documents).
D.4. Understanding of how to maximize the use of project results for benefits in capitalization, policy design, awarenes: 
Arts and culture: examples of outputs The FAN Navigli Acqua Festival (http://fan.naviglilombardi.it/ ) is the adaptation to the Milanese Area of Navigli and the Darsena of part of a project showed during the transfer visit in Lille, organized by Voies Navigables de France, “Jarden Barges” in Dunkerque. It combines urban renewal (the Darsena of Milan as the industrial area od Dunkerque) and new urban functions open to arts, associations and culture. http://www.vnf.fr/vnf/img/cms/Tourisme_et_domainehidden/VNF_TV1+2_fren_201304121100.pdf (pagg.5-10) the App “i Navigli” promotes the Navigli cultural heritage and it permits to personalize own users trails along the canals, its banks and sites of interests (including Leonardo’s sites). It can be considered a product deriving from what learnt by the experience of Province of Ferrara during the Waterways Forward project “Innovative promotional tools” http://www.vnf.fr/vnf/img/cms/Tourisme_et_domainehidden/VNF_TV1+2_fren_201304121100.pdf (pagg. 18-19) and the “Good Practice n°7: “Interactive multimedia tool for heritage promotion” as described by South Tipperary County Council http://www.wcc2014.net/wp-content/uploads/2013/11/WF-DEMO_TOOLBOXFINAL.pdf (pagg.24-25) It is downloadable via Apple Store https://itunes.apple.com/it/app/id594441465?mt=8&ID_MacroMenu=1 and Google Play
D4 Assessment: 
1: The candidate demonstrates a good understanding of how to maximize the use of project results for benefits in capitalization, policy design and awareness (e.g. the FAN Navigli Acqua Festival and the app “i Navigli”).
Assessment: 
The candidate meets 2 out of 4 criteria and does not cover the minimum required to be validated for the thematic field of "Arts and Culture". There are 5 canals in the Navigli Lombardi system: Grande, Bereguardo, Martesana, Paderno and Pavese. Built from the 12th century onwards, they made it possible to link Milan with Lake Maggiore (by means of the River Ticino), Lake Como (through the River Adda) and the city of Pavia and River Po. A valuable heritage developed along these canals over the centuries with the summer residences of the nobility, mills, abbeys and rural and natural landscapes of exceptional beauty. The water flowing through these canals was the life blood of the countryside: it fed and provided for the basic necessities of the peoples of many areas; it generated energy for mills and later, for factories and for hydroelectric stations; it created links between individuals and towns, stimulating tangible and intangible exchange with the transport of goods and people, fostering the development of cultures and traditions. Many historical characters contributed to the greatness of the Navigli, such as the Visconti House, the Sforza House, Leonardo da Vinci, Mary Theresa of Austria and Napoleone Bonaparte. Nowadays, the re-discovering of arts and culture contribute to the raising of awareness among residents and visitors of the area and are an opportunity for new jobs and new entrepreneurs. Events like “FAN-Navigli Acqua Festival” and the itineraries linked to the “Leonardo’s Routes”, permitted to increase my expertise on how art & culture permit to stimulate a sort of “creative space for creative economy” at a European level.
Theme / Policy: 
Sustainable Food
D.1. Deep knowledge on the selected theme and related policy challenges, including up to date practice, research, etc.: 
Recent activity as project manager in terms of research and project delivery. The Navigli System was not only designed for the transport of goods and people but also for irrigation. Farmers still draw water for their crops from the outlets devised by Leonardo da Vinci. Farming traditions go back almost a thousand years and this has led to the rise of a culinary tradition tied to the seasonal availability and excellence of local produce. The cuisine of Lombardy Without a shadow of a doubt “heritage” is the best way to describe the incredible riches of Lombardy in terms of landscapes and flavours. Now as never before, with globalisation too often an overwhelming presence in our lives, the culture and traditions of a place are a fundamental element in our identify, singular values which are preserved by the profound and concrete ties they have with the area. The Milan metropolitan area is defined by a system of relationships which connect the city to the surrounding area, building a network which allows for trade, growth and development of the hinterland. This is a context wherein the Navigli canals are not just a particular feature of the landscape and environment but also an infrastructure project for the area, a development opportunity for reconnecting urban centres and environmental requalification. The canals constitute a true “waterway” with added value to facilitate new development opportunities not only for the city of Milan but for the entire “Navigli System”. In 1999, Luigi Veronelli (journalist, Italian gourmet as well Milanese born and bred) came up with the idea for De.Co. ¬ Denominazione Comunale: a certification of origin and an instrument which local municipalities can use to highlight local specialities, typical local produce in the sector of food, wine or artisan produce. Tradition and flavour find fertile ground in Lombardy where there are numerous historical customs and rural traditions, a rich heritage and a wealth of local produce: rice and cheeses, meats and dry sausage, fruit and vegetables and the finest wines. In order to make the most of this rich tradition, promote awareness of certified Milanese produce and, at the same time, encourage visitors to come to the city and its hinterland and thus boost wine and food and cultural tourism, The places and flavours of tradition”, which also deals with the Milanese hinterland, its canal system (the Navigli) which formed the foundation for its history, culture, farming traditions and crafts in the city. With this premise, in the framework of territorial promotion of the municipalities adjacent the Navigli system, during last 4 years I’ve been working on this topic on 2 different projects: 1) “Navigli Golosi”, 2) “Acqua Bella e Buona” 1) NAVIGLI GOLOSI (“tasting Navigli”) (2012-2015) The Navigli System has strong rural connotations: farming traditions are deep rooted in the area but until recently, finding survival hard in the modern urban world. Now the traditional eating habits of the Lombard region are becoming increasingly well-known, there is a growth of interest in local produce and more traditional Milanese dishes which are appearing more often in menus in restaurants and agritourism farmhouses. Navigli Golosi is an initiative to make the most of the great wine and food heritage of the Navigli. Launched by Navigli Lombardi in collaboration with EPAM (Milan branch of the association for businesses serving the public), Coldiretti (the farmers’ association) and local associations (Consortium of towns on the Navigli), it has scheduled a full calendar of events all over the area of the Navigli with Farmers’ Markets where the public can buy food directly from local producers, and restaurants signed up to the initiative offering traditional local cuisine at particularly appetising prices. The need to create a bridge between the area, its history, the people who have lived there, and development policies has given rise to a system for promoting the area which takes into account a major aspect of Italian culture, its cuisine. 1) to create seasonal festivals along the year (1 for each project partner, following seasons) linked among them. Participants should be stimulated in participating in every festival along the year (also in a period of more years) gaining a special prize at the end of the period. Linked to this initiative, “Navigar mangaindo” (“boating & eating“) ... NavigarMangiando is a new way to enjoy the historic canals of Lombardy. If you want to have a different sort of evening in the period MAY/SEPTEMBER, you can take a boat trip on the Navigli and stop off in a restaurant for dinner. The programme is for evening boat trips to one of the many restaurants along the canal banks where you can have a delicious dinner and relax in the moonlight on the way back to the landing stage you started out from. 2) ACQUA BELLA E BUONA (2013-2015) (“tasty water”) Background and aims of the Project are so simple to seem obvious: 1.for a little less than a thousand years for the Naviglio Grande, and for nearly six hundred years for the Naviglio di Bereguardo and the Naviglio Martesana, the water of these canals has been used for agriculture and to transport goods and people, that is, for the economic development of the territory . Even today, the water of the Navigli is contributing to make their territory as an area of excellence in the Food sector and is a key asset in the tourist development of the Navigli system 2.the historical “appeal” of the Navigli, for the footprint that Leonardo da Vinci left, for the great cultural heritage that represent in themselves and which exist in the adjacent areas, for the excellence of their food production and for the fruition in recreational and environmental offering, will be one of the strengths for Expo 2015, and increasingly forward 3.aim of the project is therefore to develop a complete tourist offer which starting from the Navigli can enhance the excellence of the territory: rice, milk derivatives, sausages and the wines of San Colombano and the Oltrepò Pavese adjacent to the Navigli System the offer will be proposed as: •naturalistic routes, •eno-gastronomic routes, •historical and cultural routes (Leonardo da Vinci, castles, abbeys and so on) •wellness routes (spas, cycling, canoing, running) •workshops about the culture of food and wine those offers will be available by boat, by bike, on foot … An “excellence” that takes shape with the unrivaled quality of RICE and with the refinement of the “risotto” An “excellence” ... that reflects an ancient art in the WINE making, refined till the point of expressing wines full of nuances and intensity An “excellence” ... that dots a gastronomic firmament of TYPICAL products, all constituting an unique and rich tradition A simple look at the physical representation of Lombardy can make people understand why the Lomellina and the area south of Milan have led Lombardy to be the European region that produces more rice ….. and rice of absolute excellence. The goal is obviously to let an international audience discover the ancient knowledge of a culinary tradition built over the centuries, still present daily in Lombard and Italian meals: saffron risotto, risotto with sausage, ... Not far from Navigli there is an area devoted to the wines of absolute excellence: the Oltrepò Pavese with the addition of San Colombano, the only Milanese garrison for wine production. The Oltrepò Pavese binds the culture of the homonymous wine to other typical local products such as Salame di Varzi, the tasty Pavese bacon, the Cotechino (kind of spiced Italian sausage). Land of villages, fortresses and castles: the wine route (which will exalt the proposals of the "wine district") may combine the knowledge of the productions with the historical and naturalistic visits to the hilly bunting. Wine production of the Oltrepò Pavese with geographical indication is divided into: - 1 Docg - 7 Doc A very wide range of products of the dairy supply chain DOP labeled and typical vegetables and salami. Below an exemplifying list of certain typical products or dishes that tourists can discover during our thematic routes, tasting them surrounded by a very suggestive contest that evoke the ancient traditions and the philosophy of agricultural production called “km zero” : • the goose salami from Mortara • the gorgonzola cheese from Ozzero • the cassoeula Agriculture means also environment quality and preservation of nature: these are essential basis for wellness culture. This is the culture of SPA in Pavia and Milan provinces. In some country town such as Salice, Miradolo and Rivanazzano you can do SPA treatments. Furthermore, over 70 km of cycling paths along the Navigli and the possibility to canoeing and kayaking on the Naviglio di Bereguardo assure healthy physical activity useful also for those who will choose our gourmet routes The cultural project is organized to promote rural areas rich in tradition, cultural and architectural elements around two main themes: 1) agriculture + feeding, and 2) memory + landscape. The project will produce itineraries & long events, following the rhythm of the seasons and offering seasonal specialities at events featuring local cuisine based on the produce of the farms and dairies of the areas surrounding European canals. There will be weekend “launching events” and other more structured activities organized as longer festivals. - Innovation on the process/product : the multilayered farms around the main theme of “food and feeding culture” are working together (thanks to their association named “Coldiretti Lombardia”, partner of the project) to promote territories each simultaneously contributing to the development and economic growth in the area. The idea is to strengthen the relationship (and hopefully to create new) between rural areas/farmers, entrepreneurs and tour operators to create (after the end of the project period) tourist offers to be sold to a wider public and The project will promote also a multimedia library specialized on food, nutrition, correct life style & food, cookbooks, typical local products, typical local dishes/courses, places of the tradition Special sites with a strong relationship between local tradition & food will be organized/equipped to permit the public involvements (showcooking, conference areas, exhibition area and interpretation centers). These activities are complemented by the promotion of local products and educational initiatives with laboratories and workshops based on food education, environmental education, protection and enhancement of the landscape.
D1 Assessment: 
0: The candidate demonstrated less than two years of experience in the selected theme and related policy challenges, including up to date practice, research, etc. Indeed, he has worked on several projects related to food habits and food tourism but his answer provides mostly a description of the culinary heritage of the Navigli area instead of deep knowledge on the general theme of "Sustainable Food".
D.2. Ability to produce thematic inputs to feed in the learning process of in projects in which you have been involved: 
From Territory Area Plan Navigli – Agriculture http://www.wcc2014.net/wp-content/uploads/2013/11/da-PTRA-Navigli.pdf (pag.7) & http://www.territorio.regione.lombardia.it/shared/ccurl/312/132/navigliLombardi_PTRA_rid.pdf (pagg.40-46) Workshop “multifunctional uses” – world canals conference 2014 in Milan “The theme “Agriculture” constitutes the strategic response of Navigli Lombardi with a view to a multifunctional agriculture based on ethical business and environmental sustainability criteria, and efficiency in the utilization of production factors in the individual business, between businesses, in the agro‐industry and in terms of respect for the environment. In implementing the Rural Development Plan (Regione Lombardia), the Lombardy Regional Administration aims to carry out targeted projects for raising awareness, informing and training those employed in the sector regarding the spread of environmental certification and accounting systems. The aim is to make the business owner aware of the effects their activity has on the environment and to increase the role of the farming sector in the sustainable management of the territory. There will be incentives for initiatives which improve the efficiency of use of natural resources, especially water conservation systems and technologies and for investments in the production of energy from crops and livestock facilities. Navigli Lombardi, aims to promote integrated system initiatives and is working towards the realization of complex projects focusing on promoting the development of agricultural land. The projects which we would like to see carried out, together focus on improving the agricultural landscape, the usability of the area and the development of the skills and specialties of the area and aim to: • improve the irrigation provided by the canals in order to optimise the distribution of water resources and waste less; • repair the irrigation infrastructure with particular attention to the diversion pipes in order to improve the efficiency of the water networks and reclamation systems; • encourage sustainable development of rural areas through the creation of green areas and wooded buffer zones for the phytopurification of waste water, the creation of ecological corridors and improvement of air quality, • development and sale of local farm produce through management of trade marketing/chain of production. Activities Priority will be given to the following actions: - restoration of rural buildings for agritourism in the vicinity of the urban hubs in order to sustain agritourism through the restoration of the rural architectural heritage; - promotion and development of farm produce and the food and wine traditions in order to promote and support local produce to consolidate the particular identity of the area; - improve the irrigation provided by the canals in order to optimise the distribution of water resources and waste less Strengths: Presence of some areas with a strong farming tradition. ‐ Agriculture plays a role of protection and conservation of the area. ‐ A considerable proportion of the area is woodland. Weaknesses: High presence of environmentally unsustainable agriculture. ‐ Strong pressure of residential development versus agriculture which therefore loses its role in production of environment Opportunities: Improved integration of agriculture‐ environment over the entire area. ‐ Specific projects for development of sustainable agriculture. ‐ Threats: Dependency on market strategies of Mass Retailing and food business. ‐ Progressive expansion of urbanized areas.”
D2 Assessment: 
0: The candidate provided less than two valid examples of his ability to produce thematic inputs to feed in the learning process of projects. He provided a detailed description of the Rural Development Plan (Regione Lombardia) but this description is not focused on the specific ability required in D2.
D.3. Ability to produce concise reports that incorporate learning from exchange & learning activities, put forward good practice: 
Good practice “museo del gusto” presentation for “WCC2014” – workshop “cultural heritage” http://www.wcc2014.net/wp-content/uploads/2013/11/WCC2014-il-museo-del-gusto-a-zibido-Matteo-Mai.pdf & https://landscapeiskingston.wordpress.com/2015/08/10/museo-salterio-milano-taste-and-landscape/ and policy message from “Terra Madre” by Carlo Petrini, founder of Slow Food “Terra Madre” (Carlo Petrini), inspiring the activities of the “Museo del Gusto” above mentioned , with whom I have on active collaboration in terms of educational and training activities “the ongoing crisis will lead to greater respect for the rural economy. […] We’ll start appreciating manual labor and the know–how it requires once more; and craftsmanship and small-scale manufacturing work, too. […] (consumers) will start looking for local, healthy, fresh, seasonal food: it will be a virtuous, large-scale process, Quality food is a right for everyone. […]To the many people who ask me how we are going to achieve all this, the simplest, most effective reply is summed up in the reality you stand for. It’s the simplest because what you do is virtuous in and of itself. What you do is what your fathers did before you. Keep on doing it. In one sense you’re lucky: you don’t have to invent anything new. It’s the most effective because what you do is also extremely tangible. […] in many sense your labor is already future. Within the context of your local communities, your activities trigger positive effects. Above all, you promote traditional diets: healty, tasty, varied meals … […talking about local products, local communities and local economy…] you produce wealth, diversity, exchange, preservation of memory and progress.[…] You should be proud of yourselves. You are representatives of the world’s diversity; you are the greatest wealth of all, our greatest resource and the guarantee for the future of humanity. Just as biodiversity exists in nature, thereby ensuring survival, evolution and adaptation, so your identity, your traditions and your customs are something that the world can’t do without. No, the world would be nowhere without your cultural diversity. It’s precisely when our diversities meet and mix and connect each one of us strengthens his or her own identity. If we were all equal, there would be no such things as identity; identity exists thanks to diversity.” policy message from “Territory Area Plan Navigli” http://www.naviglilombardi.it/wp-content/uploads/2013/10/Navigli-Lombardi_Piano-Territoriale-Regionale-dArea.pdf (pag. 50) The PTRA, as an instrument of implementation of the PTR, assumes, in relation to the rural-landscape and environmental system, a “strip of protected land of 500 meters” from the banks of the Navigli. This strip, outside the consolidated urban fabric, defines a space protecting significant elements of the landscape, enhancing and recomposing rural contexts, becoming connoted as a system with an environmental, naturalistic and landscape network. This strip of land with a prevalently environmental, naturalistic and landscape value allows the consolidation of agricultural activities with the aim of protecting the environment and the landscape.
D3 Assessment: 
1: The applicant provides several valid examples demonstrating his ability to produce concise reports that incorporate learning from exchange and good practices (e.g. provided links to specific reports/documents). However, he also made a reference to works of other authors with no or unspecified contribution by the candidate (e.g. “Terra Madre” by Carlo Petrini).
D.4. Understanding of how to maximize the use of project results for benefits in capitalization, policy design, awarenes: 
The project can be related to the URBACT NETWORKS: - Gastronomic Cities - Sustainable Food in Urban Communities - URBACT Markets And the Sustainable Food Cities network: across the globe, communities at every scale have recognized the key role food can play in dealing with some of today’s most pressing social, economic and environmental challenges and are taking a joined up approach to transforming their food culture and food system. The Sustainable Food Cities Network helps people and places share challenges, explore practical solutions and develop best practice on key food issues, to drive positive food change http://sustainablefoodcities.org/about The “Acqua Bella e Buona” app promotes the excellence of the taste of the Navigli system and it permits to personalize own users trails along the canals, its banks and sites of interests (including production’s sites). It can be considered a product deriving from what learnt by the experience of Province of Ferrara during the Waterways Forward project “Innovative promotional tools” (linked with the above mentioned app “I Navigli”) It is downloadable via Apple Store https://itunes.apple.com/it/app/acqua-bella-e-buona/id991035540?mt=8 For the production of this app, Navigli Lombardi had a partnership with “Coldiretti Lombardia” (consortium of farmers) http://www.lombardia.coldiretti.it/ and “Campagna Amica” http://www.campagnamica.it/Pagine/default.aspx
D4 Assessment: 
1: The candidate demonstrates a good understanding of how to maximize the use of project results for benefits in capitalization, policy design and awareness.
Assessment: 
The candidate meets 2 out of 4 criteria and does not cover the minimum required to be validated for the thematic field of "Sustainable Food". “the ongoing crisis will lead to greater respect for the rural economy. We’ll start appreciating manual labor and the know–how it requires once more; and craftsmanship and small-scale manufacturing work, too. […] (consumers) will start looking for local, healthy, fresh, seasonal food: it will be a virtuous, large-scale process, Quality food is a right for everyone. […] in many sense your [farmers] labor is already future. Within the context of your local communities, your activities trigger positive effects. Above all, you promote traditional diets: healty, tasty, varied meals. […] You [farmer] produce wealth, diversity, exchange, preservation of memory and progress. You should be proud of yourselves.. Just as biodiversity exists in nature, thereby ensuring survival, evolution and adaptation, so your identity, your traditions and your customs are something that the world can’t do without.” (source: “Terra Madre” by Carlo Petrini) Now as never before, with globalisation too often an overwhelming presence in our lives, the culture and traditions of a place are a fundamental element in our identify, singular values which are preserved by the profound and concrete ties they have with an area. Tradition and flavour find fertile ground in Italy where there are numerous historical customs and rural traditions, a rich heritage and a wealth of local produce: rice, pasta and cheeses, meats and dry sausage, fruit and vegetables and the finest wines.
Theme / Policy: 
Integrated Urban Renewal
D.1. Deep knowledge on the selected theme and related policy challenges, including up to date practice, research, etc.: 
As responsible of the Technical Secretary of the Master Plan Navigli (2002-2004) and thanks to my administrative background I worked as project manager in terms of research and project delivery with regard to some projects of Integrated urban renewal for the restoration of derelict public spaces and the identification of possible new functions. They included the restoration of historical abandoned buildings (mainly) along waterways and the related identification of new functions (public and private) as well as the realization of attractive events for other urban historical artifacts of strong cultural and identity values. Those projects, realized in the period 2004 till 2015, have got an increasing critical capacity thanks to the Interreg IIIC project named “Palais - Patrimoine Architectural Local et Aménagement Innovant et Stratégique” (2007-2008), project to which Lombardy Region (main shareholders of Navigli Lombardi) participated as project partner In fact, Lombardy Region (in the period 2008-2012) asked, among other, to verify the repeatability of the outputs of the project “PALAIS” on some case studies along the Navigli system PALAIS promoted cooperation initiatives between partners through the study and testing of one or more models of conservation treatment, reuse and management of the following types of historical and architectural sites: - Abbeys; - villas and gardens; - industrial archeology; - theaters and palaces; drafting of a manual containing guidelines for the application of the models of economic and financial management of the assets identified With regard to the present document and the theme “integrated urban renewal”, my activity (as project manager) can be divided in 2 main subthemes: 1) Waterfront regeneration along the Navigli system, restoration of ancient buildings situated in front of the canal and identifications of new and actual functions; 2) Cultural events included in restoration projects of elements of the ancient inner ring in Milan “Waterfront regeneration along the Navigli system, restoration of ancient buildings situated in front of the canal and identifications of new and actual functions” Some examples: - Palazzo Archinto (historical building along the Naviglio Grande situated in Robecco sul Naviglio) (2004-2006) http://www.naviglilombardi.it/comuni/robecco-sul-naviglio/?level=fl&ttype=naviglio-grande&new_id=18257&back_level_id=18054&post_type=acd_poi Known as “Il Castello” or castle because of the two towers on its only remaining wing, Villa Archinto is one of the most ambitious and impressive buildings on the Navigli. Villa Archinto was designed by the architect Federico Pietrasanta and commissioned by Count Filippo Archinto. The original design called for a pinched H-shaped complex with a central block on three floors with four courtyards laid out geometrically around it. This would have made its similar to the French palaces of the second half of the 17th century. However this project was never actually completed. Once the two wings with the towers had been completed, it was decided, probably due to lack of funds, to interrupt the work and demolish one of the two blocks just completed in order to recover building materials for the Palace of the Archinto family in Milan. In the centuries that followed, Villa Archinto was used for different purposes: a residence, stables, barn, and dairy. In 2003 restoration work was begun to restore the villa to its former beauty and this was completed in 2004. The Palace is now home to the public library and a permanent photographic museum on the Navigli which was inaugurated in 2008. Reception rooms in the basement can be rented out for weddings and other ceremonial events - Casa Custode Vaprio d’Adda (historical building along the Naviglio Martesana, situated in Vaprio d’Adda) (2006-2009) The "House of the Water Guard" has been on the Adda for almost five centuries now and was also made famous in the works of Leonardo da Vinci. First mentioned in 1542, the building was then known as the "Casa regia". It is a sort of station where merchants stopped to pay the customs duty set by local governors and the "camparo" looked after the waterway that connected the Adda with the Naviglio. A number of artists have stayed there over the centuries, the likes of Bernardo Bellotto, an 18th century painter and engraver, and Gaspar Van Wittel, a Dutch painter of the same period. The building is now home to an extremely active cultural social club After a period of abandonment, it has been restored thanks to public funds (Lombardy Region) and now it hosts an interactive museum dedicated to Leonardo da Vinci who lived in Vaprio d’Adda (at Villa Malzi, as guest of Melzi House) http://www.naviglilombardi.it/comuni/vaprio-dadda/?level=fl&ttype=naviglio-martesana&new_id=18464&back_level_id=18060&post_type=acd_poi http://www.comune.vapriodadda.mi.it/index.php/storia/302-casa-del-custode-delle-acque - Palazzo Stampa (historical building along the Naviglio di Bereguardo, situated in Abbiategrasso) (2008-2014) Palazzo Cittadini Stampa is situated along the towpath of the Naviglio Grande near the junction with the Naviglio di Bereguardo. This is an architectural and historical complex of the highest order and saw secret meeting between patriots and central figures of the movement for Italian unification. There is no precise date for the construction of the palace but the first written documentation dates back to 1697 when it is mentioned in the last will and testament of Sacerdote Giuseppe who most likely built the palace. The building was constructed for the wealthy Milanese family the Cittadini who were already landowners in the area as far back as the 15th century. They went into a long period of decline however, and in 1751, they decided to sell part of the complex. In 1792, with the death of Giovanni Cittadini, they lost ownership of the rest of the property. The palace and its gardens were bought in 1835 by Giuliano Baronio, the husband of a descendent of the Visconti family, and was inherited by the daughter and her husband, the famous patriot Gaspare Stampa. He lived here until his death in 1874. Since then the building has been in public ownership and passed to E.C.A (Milan Municipal Welfare Institution) which divided it into apartments and property later passed to the local authority of Abbiategrasso. Now a part of the building is used for laboratories of “Università degli studi di Milano” and a public library of the circuit “Fondazione per leggere” THEN http://www.naviglilombardi.it/comuni/abbiategrasso/?level=fl&ttype=naviglio-di-bereguardo&new_id=18111&back_level_id=18014&post_type=acd_poi NOW http://terreslow.eguide.it/?poi=palazzo-cittadini-stampa “Cultural events included in restoration projects of elements of the ancient inner ring in Milan” - The Incoronata Lock (the lock described by Leonardo da Vinci in Codex Atlanticus (2013-2015) http://www.naviglilombardi.it/en/progetti/restoration-of-the-conca-dellincoronata-canal-lock/ Conca dell’Incoronata (Incoronata Lock) was inaugurated in 1496, the second last lock on the Martesana canal before it joins up with the Inner Ring. In that period, Leonardo was working on the mechanism of the locks to facilitate the inflow and outflow of water from the lock. The proof of this can be found in the drawings and notes in the Atlantic Codex (in the Biblioteca Ambrosiana library), and it is generally believed by scholars that the ‘Porte Vinciane’ lock gates were used for the first time on the Conca dell’Incoronata and the Conca di San Marco. Since then and to this very day these lock gates designed by Leonardo are in use on canals all around the world. In 1996 the Comune di Milano or municipal authority of Milan restored the Conca, but in the following fifteen years there was a failure to carry out ongoing maintenance or make the most of the site. Recently, the Office of Public Works of the municipal authority of Milan in collaboration with Navigli Lombardi which proposed this restoration with a view to making better use of the canals and obtained the required sponsorship with the assistance of the Como Chamber of Commerce for the restoration of the woodwork, as well as ERSAF for the cleanup of the site with clearance of weeds and cleaning of the stonework, while subsequent periodic maintenance is carried out with the collaboration of the residents of via San Marco 50 and the company Panda srl. The administration addressed this complex task and suggested that Navigli Lombardi take responsibility for developing a campaign that will see the Conca as the natural hub for the Design District Brera-Garibaldi-Isola, a key location for Fringe Events during Expo 2015. The Conca dell’Incoronata is one of the stops on the tour the ‘Leonardo Trail’. Recently a series of art installations have been used inside the lock as a landmark of the Milan Design District during the Expo 2015 Navigli Lombardi organized also an exhibition of contemporary art to attract people in the area and to show the results of the restoration of the ancient lock. https://www.facebook.com/navigli.lombardi/?fref=ts https://www.facebook.com/media/set/?set=a.199827533527737.1073741917.129232660587225&type=3 - “Darsena” (the historical basin of Milan) (2015) (the re-opening event in April 2015 and the exhibition “Terre e Colori di Lombardia” included in “Expo in Città” from May to October 2015) The historical basin of Milan, recently restored, hosted during the EXPO 2015 a series of events to promote territories and products of Lombardy thanks to an exhibition, 24 weeks long, (from May to October 2015) named “Terre e Colori di Lombardia”. http://www.expo2015.org/it/cos-e/milano/la-darsena-di-milano https://landscapeiskingston.wordpress.com/2015/04/02/la-darsena-the-revival-of-milans-city-dock/ https://landscapeiskingston.wordpress.com/2015/05/01/as-the-darsena-reopens-for-expo-milan-rediscovers-its-waterways/
D1 Assessment: 
1: The candidate shows sufficient professional experience in Integrated urban renewal. His educational background is not specifically related to the theme but his work related to restoration of derelict public spaces and identification of possible new functions has provided extensive professional involvement in urban renewal.
D.2. Ability to produce thematic inputs to feed in the learning process of in projects in which you have been involved: 
With regard to the PALAIS project: http://www.regione.basilicata.it/giunta/site/giunta/department.jsp?dep=100059&area=242282&level=1 The EU Project PALAIS comes from the need to study issues related to the restoration, preservation and accessibility of the historical heritage starting from the assumption that the European cultural heritage is a strategic element for the European territory and constitutes testimony and vector of European culture, the engine of sustainable economic, social and cultural development; dynamic system of cooperation among territories. AIMS • Valorize the assets of high historical value and architectural landscape through an integrated approach to recovery actions, re-use, management and maintenance of the asset, consistent with its intended use and the territorial specificities. • Define experimental methods of analysis for the development of models of management and maintenance that will be tested through the analysis of case studies of regional interest of the same typology, with other cases of the Regions of the European partners. • To ensure competitiveness in the choice of subjects owners or subjects managing cultural assets of excellence carrying diversified interests, operating in Europe. • Improve the accessibility and use of assets for the development of cultural tourism that enhances the identity and local specificities. • Develop trans-national cooperation for the transfer of best practices between local authorities and private operators and owners. • Improve the cultural heritage through activities that encourage the promotion and exchange of experiences between local authorities and private operators and owners . • Establish an international network of subjects certifying the quality of procedures and interventions through an official logo and a shared catalog of cultural offer ABOUT WATERFRONT REGENERATION I report here what learnt from the participation to the World Canals Conference 2011 in Groningen, thanks to the presentation of prof. Irene Curulli (TU/e, Eindhoven University of Technology, Department of Architecture, Building and Planning, The Netherlands) “Industrial Canal Waterfronts in The Netherlands. Transforming the Canal zones of B5” and later reported to the World Canals Conference 2014 in Milan when an exhibition was organized, as exchange activity, between students from TU/e, Eindhoven University of Technology, Department of Architecture, Building and Planning, The Netherlands and students from the Politecnico of Milan Dept.of rchitecture, Built Environment and Construction Engineering at Politecnico di Milano http://www.wcc2014.net/wp-content/uploads/2013/11/WCC2014-il-museo-del-gusto-a-zibido-Matteo-Mai.pdf “The main aim of this article is to investigate the management process in the transformation of industrial canal zones. This term is referred to those abandoned factory areas along watercourses that have made many areas at the edge of a consolidated urban structure quite distinctive. In the long-term process of transformation, managers from several parties participate in it with different titles and roles and have a very influential role. This article will investigate the efficiency level in the management processes and methods used in the transformation of such abandoned areas. Furthermore, it will explore the level of exchange between experimentation and practice so as to enhance and protect the qualities of these sites. The author will refer to B5 canal zones in The Netherlands as a case study. B5 or BrabantStad is the metropolitan area including the 5 cities (Eindhoven, Breda, Tilburg, s’Hertogenbosch and Helmond) and the towns in-between, located in the southern area of the country, named Brabant. Former industrial zones located along specific canal-courses/shipways characterize all 5 Municipalities. Originally located at the edge of the historical urban structure of each city, these areas are characterized by industrial buildings of different scale and architectural styles. Furthermore, a system of navigable canals connects the 5 canal areas (and cities) in a circuit with a high potential. Methodologically, this paper will first discuss the meaning and heritage value of abandoned industrial canal zones, explaining the necessity to keep them standing and to protect their integrity. Secondly, it will illustrate the methods adopted in the management process of canal zone areas and will discuss the relationship between research and practice, focusing on the involvement and collaboration with Province, local authorities and University Since the beginning of 70’s many industrial areas in Europe have been closed and large productive areas have fallen into disuse. In the Netherlands, like elsewhere, the process of de-centralization, that is the transformation of the productive system and the crisis of some industrial sectors, have made large urban areas available. As a result, it has been sparked off a debate on the future of dismissed sites, the unrivalled opportunity that these areas might represent in re-launching and acquiring strategic areas for future urban development. In terms of urban sustainability, the rehabilitation of dismissed industrial areas fulfils two needs: ‘necessity’ and ‘resource’. ‘Necessity’ refers to the reclamation of polluted lands, which represent a contamination threat against the surrounding areas. The threat is often due to the central location of these sites and their vicinity to densely inhabited areas. This is basically an engineering approach to the site. ‘Resource’ is referred to the potential benefit, both environmental and social, that a well-advised reuse of such large portions of territory can be for the macro and micro scale of the city. It refers to design strategies able to suggest a different idea of urbanity. Urbanity will arise from an unexpected and complex network of old and new; urbanity is meant as the coexistence of both official and un-official developments, i.e. a mixture of large and small scale. What about the heritage value of abandoned industrial sites? According to the definition of industrial heritage by The Nizhny Tagil Charter of 2003, as “the evidence of activities which had and continue to have profound historical consequences”, the remains of dismissed industrial areas record historical and social events, technological and architectural experimentation, whose investigation would contribute to the understanding of our industrial past and present. Therefore, they are not empty sites, valueless and ordinary locations. On the contrary, they are rich areas with in-built forces, energies and patterns that the passing of time has set and moulded. In most cases, the regions identity is tied to industrial sites. The industry bred towns and cities and even if they are no longer in use, that identity source still has not faded. For example, port cities retain their character long after their harbour has gone. Therefore, this definition discloses how much abandoned areas are vital and confirm that the heritage they represent is not to be neglected (Powell, K., King, L., 2005). Focusing on industrial canal zones, this paper will first investigate the characteristics of such heritage; secondly, the complexity of these areas and the multidisciplinary approach in the process of transformation; finally, the management processes and methods used in the transformation of these abandoned areas. The canal zone along the Zuid-Willemsvaart in B5 area, The Netherlands, will be the study case of reference” http://www.servcbo.com/1309WCC/presentations/049_CURULLI.pdf
D2 Assessment: 
1: The answer provided by the candidate is unnecessarily detailed and does not relate to the specific ability required in D2. However, the candidate's overall experience and the examples provided to previous questions would suggest that he does have an ability to produce thematic inputs to feed in the learning process of projects.
D.3. Ability to produce concise reports that incorporate learning from exchange & learning activities, put forward good practice: 
About waterfront regeneration, a personal contribution to the LIS blog The history of Europe’s waterways is interwoven with the adjacent landscape – here in Lombardy we have the Navigli system. Over the course of history, their hydraulic and technical complexity determined the structure of settlements, rural organization of the countryside and urban planning, playing a decisive role in the economic development of the region. In Lombardy, for example, countless homes of the nobility were located along the banks of the Navigli and contributed to the development of the canals themselves and the historic centres which sprang up along the canal and the surrounding area. These historic sites, together with the surrounding natural environment, are treasures to be safeguarded and further developed to support tourism, culture, and the economy. I would like to focus on re-evaluating the cultural heritage of the Navigli and other European waterways and preserve their natural surroundings and historical context. The Navigli System is endowed with landscape and environmental resources which make up the identity of the Region. These elements must be recognized for the valuable asset they offer and be safeguarded against the risk factors such as deterioration, neglected conservation and inappropriate use of the surrounding area. The inter-relationship woven between the historical and memorable values, the natural features and the farming tradition gives the area, crossed by the Navigli System, a complex environmental identity which is clearly perceived and deeply felt by the local populations. Local manual labour, which over the years has enriched the canals and their surroundings, has turned this complex system into something that can be considered a work of art; something which bears witness to the genius and skilled workmanship over the centuries. From this perspective the Navigli System may be considered part of the cultural heritage and regional identity leading to a harmonious improvement of the canals themselves thus improving the living standards of local communities. Together, the European waterways are a cultural infrastructure and offer European cultural routes to be explored by enthusiasts and lovers of waterways giving an opportunity to enhance the development of those regions. It is essential to analyze the interests of stakeholders in order to develop policies of governance and plan instruments in such a way as to create opportunities (in the heart of Lombardy or another European area) for smart and sustainable development of adjacent regions and waterfront and improvement in the standard of living. https://landscapeiskingston.wordpress.com/2014/04/03/the-history-of-europes-waterways-is-interwoven-with-the-adjacent-landscape-2/ PTRA (member of the working group) The massive development of settlement in the period after the Second World War has had a decisive role in the overall alteration of the system, configuring distinct physiognomies and different criticalities in its two separate branches and even along the individual Navigli. This alteration of the territorial context is particularly accentuated in the areas closest to the centres of greatest dynamics of expansion; in this sense, consider how this progressive alteration starting from Milan to the Ticino the course can be seen. The comparison of the maps of the IGM (Military Geographical Institute) with the most recent surveys by the Regional Technical Map show very eloquently how along this route the relatively even layout at the beginning of the 20th century has been progressively differentiated with a particularly accelerated trend in the years of the post-war reconstruction and the economic boom, with the same for the Naviglio Pavese and the Martesana from Milan to the Adda. The section of this document, which surveys the current layout of territorial development and the expected trends, outlines a useful scenario of the potential and the criticalities of the system which must be taken into account to identify the programmatic actions aimed at fostering a rebalance of an irregular socio-economic structure or to boost those vocational activities of that area which are not sufficiently developed, bearing in mind the impact that the programmes of sector development may have on the landscape-environmental layout. The theme of the landscape is therefore a transversal component of the PTRA which takes part in the definition of the programmes of the sector suggesting directions for a correct inclusion of the actions, respecting the specific connotations of the context, but also the opportunities of developing and qualifying the landscapes which characterize the route of the Navigli to improve the quality of life of the inhabitants and promote the local tourist economy. This is the indication that comes from the PTR. which has been considered the primary strategic reference to orient the development of the PTRA. The Navigli are recognized today as primary elements connoting the landscape of the Milan-Lombardy territory and represent a continuous system of connection, made up of elements of quality, that can outline a strong and recognizable structure, of which the relationship with the context must be reinforced. In a project of improvement of the urban and territorial layout, in the first instance it is necessary to take into account the territorial and landscape characteristics of the Navigli which, due to historical, formal and territorial processes, differ from one another, identifying the general areas of criticality and suggesting indications of territorial redevelopment. The areas facing the Navigli are very palatable to the property market and therefore require actions of rebalance to regulate the human pressure that could be recorded. In this chapter, the aspects of the plan that have the most direct effect on the governance of the territory are outlined. They are regulations both of a normative and guiding character which have the aim of protecting the peculiar image of the Navigli as a characteristic feature of the Lombardy identity. The actions shown below aim to attain this objective, in particular in the areas facing the Navigli, the most vulnerable from the point of view of possible transformations. Lastly, one of the objectives of the plan is devoted to the theme of EXPO 2015, for the creation of waterways synergic with the system of the Navigli. The plan adopts the regional project of redevelopment of the basins of the Lura and of the Olona, through a wide sustainable corridor, which has the aim of rebalancing the water resources and improving the water security in the south-western part of Milan http://www.naviglilombardi.it/wp-content/uploads/2013/10/Navigli-Lombardi_Piano-Territoriale-Regionale-dArea.pdf (Pagg.41-51)
D3 Assessment: 
1: The answer provided by the candidate is unnecessarily detailed but he refers to relevant documents, which incorporate learning from exchange and good practices.
D.4. Understanding of how to maximize the use of project results for benefits in capitalization, policy design, awarenes: 
Those projects included under “Waterfront regeneration” described under D1 have to be considered as examples of capitalization from the project Interre IIIC “Palais - Patrimoine Architectural Local et Aménagement Innovant et Stratégique”, Lombardy Region as project partner. In fact Navigli Lombardi acted in collaboration with Lombardy Region using method and tools described in the project “Palais” to have a full budget scenario (costs and possible income) identifying the compatible functions with these environments from restored buildings PALAIS promoted the study and testing of one or more models of conservation treatment, reuse and management of the following types of historical and architectural sites: - abbeys; - villas and gardens; - industrial archeology; - theaters and palaces. Project activities And drafting of a manual containing guidelines for the application of the models of economic and financial management of the assets identified, which have been tested according to "case studies" chosen by the partners. Drawing up guidelines for the harmonization of legislation on the subject at European level (policy paper) http://www.interreg4c.eu/uploads/media/pdf/PALAIS_3S0159I.pdf http://palais.basilicatanet.it/Brochure_PALAIS.pdf Furthermore, it is linked to the Waterways Forward project, - Good practice n°11: “Heritage management on waterways in Wales” (pagg.31-32) Objectives of the practice Development of an approach to conserve, enhance and make accessible the cultural heritage of inland waterways - good practice n°13 “Management and development of waterway heritage sites” (pagg.33-34) Objective: managing a waterway-related World Heritage Site http://www.wcc2014.net/wp-content/uploads/2013/11/WF-DEMO_TOOLBOXFINAL.pdf
D4 Assessment: 
1: The candidate demonstrates a good understanding of how to maximize the use of project results for benefits in capitalization, policy design and awareness (e.g. various types of capitalization within the project Interreg III C “Palais - Patrimoine Architectural Local et Aménagement Innovant et Stratégique”).
Summary Thematic expertise: 
The history of Europe’s waterways is interwoven with the adjacent landscape. Over the course of history, their hydraulic and technical complexity determined the structure of settlements, rural organization of the countryside and urban planning, playing a decisive role in the economic development of the regions. In Lombardy, for example, countless homes of the nobility were located along the banks of the Navigli and contributed to the development of the canals themselves and the historic centres which sprang up along the canal and the surrounding area. These historic sites, together with the surrounding natural environment, are treasures to be safeguarded and further developed to support tourism, culture, and the economy. I would like to focus on re-evaluating the cultural heritage of the Navigli and other European waterways and preserve their natural surroundings and historical context. The Navigli System is endowed with landscape and environmental resources which make up the identity of the Region. These elements must be recognized for the valuable asset they offer and be safeguarded against the risk factors such as deterioration, neglected conservation and inappropriate use of the surrounding area. The inter-relationship woven between the historical and memorable values, the natural features and the farming tradition gives the area, crossed by the Navigli System, a complex environmental identity which is clearly perceived and deeply felt by the local populations.
Assessment: 
The candidate meets 4 out of 4 criteria and should be validated for the theme "Integrated urban renewal". There are no identified inconsistencies between the summary and the replies, nor between the information in the application form and CV.
Theme / Policy: 
Local Economic Development
D.1. Deep knowledge on the selected theme and related policy challenges, including up to date practice, research, etc.: 
As project manager in Navigli Lombardi, since 2006, I follow projects with regard to business opportunities linked to tourism promotion and cultural valorization, new jobs & entrepreneurship Projects carried out by Navigli Lombardi (my role – project manager) with regard to these were linked to: - Integrated tourism itineraries (boat+bike) discovering territories (3 different routes + special services such as “Navigar mangiando” >“baoting&eating”) - Cultural and gastronomic itineraries (Leonardo’s Routes, Acqua Bella e Buona) This activity permitted to create, directly or indirectly, new jobs (partially seasonal and partially long terms jobs) along the Navigli system that has been estimated as follows: - Linked to boating tourism services: directly 12 new employed (10 boat operators and 2 tourist guides) - and indirectly, 15 seasonal operators in bars, restaurants and farm-holidays activities - other business activities (e.g. bike rental, e-guides, …) The theme “Tourism” constitutes the strategic response of Navigli Lombardi to the sustainable and lasting development of the area, which as such, hinges on the right balance between exploitation and conservation of both environmental and cultural resources. In fact, the Navigli area possesses a rich heritage in terms of culture, environment and landscape which: • has a particularly extensive system of parks and a network of protected areas (SPA SCI); • a valuable cultural, historical and archaeological heritage (from farmhouses to mills, canal buildings and tollbooths to landing‐places); • a system of artificial canals – the Navigli themselves, – which are unique; • areas of exceptional interest from the landscape point of view, in particular the Naviglio di Paderno, classified by Parco Adda Nord as a “natural monument, and area associated with Leonardo da Vinci”. Navigli Lombardi focuses on three complementary operative objectives: • improve the network infrastructure; • promote the cultural heritage; • incentivate the development of local entrepreneurship. This triple objective has a significant impact on the area in terms of development of the tourism potential of the area and increasing the appeal of the Navigli. In order to meet the commitment to improve the network infrastructure to promote the recreational tourism function of the waterways, development of the infrastructures for navigation must go hand in hand with that of the towpaths and cyclepaths. The objective of incentivising local entrepreneurship takes practical expression in the improvement of hotel and other accommodation, incentivising small businesses connected with rural tourism and the development of area‐wide marketing campaigns to promote the Navigli. The theme “Tourism” is expressed in the objective of “Building the tourism system”. This specific objective is pursued, above all, by the improvement of the network infrastructures, promotion and renewal of the cultural heritage and incentivation of local entrepreneurs. Improvement of network infrastructure has become an indispensible priority and requires construction of new landingplaces, restoration of navigation on the Naviglio Martesana and development of navigability on the Naviglio Pavese. As regards improving the cycle and walking network, there are projects to improve the infrastructure of cycle paths with rest stops and plans for themed routes. In the protected areas of the Navigli system – in particular in the parks
D1 Assessment: 
1: The candidate shows sufficient professional experience in Local economic development. His educational background is not specifically related to the theme but his work related to business opportunities linked to tourism promotion has provided professional involvement in Local economic development.
D.2. Ability to produce thematic inputs to feed in the learning process of in projects in which you have been involved: 
As project manager I followed the realization of the following projects and the related reports below described. “A story in Italy” – Good Practice From InterregIVC “Waterways Forward” project (2010-2012) “When tourist-oriented navigation reopened in 2006 - After 30 years of abandonment- the promotion of the new service became a primary necessity. A rich cultural and architectural heritage had been established along the canals, and it was thought that the enhancement of this heritage would aid in the canal’s promotion. Integrated tourist packages are an opportunity to promote the restored Navigli waterways, and the involvement of public and private local stakeholders might provide opportunities to revitalize the local heritage. By taking a tourist-oriented approach, people are able to learn about the historical significance of the canals for the Milanese area, and thus understand why many architectural and cultural sites still exist today. The challenge was get the various public and private stakeholders to think collectively towards creating a tourist itinerary that was able to integrate an ancient canal experience (called navigli in Italian), whilst providing opportunities for the discovery of the local historical buildings, traditions and products in a sustainable way. Whether it be by bicycle, vehicle or foot, the itinerary was to interesting and of course, fun! “A map of cultural heritage hot spots of the canal area was created by monitoring the activities in and around various historical buildings and protected natural areas.... Municipalities, local associations, non-profit organizations and farmhouses owners were involved to define the realization of the tourist opportunities.” Finally, it was about creating a team spirit that enables ongoing cooperation for long-term perspectives, as well as helping local stakeholders to set up projects that aim to realize tourist attractions in an indirect manner (through infrastructure, services etc.)” http://www.waterways-forward.eu/wp-content/uploads/2011/09/Italy-Nav-Lom-G2.pdf About “World Canals Conference 2014” Tourism & Economy workshop WITH REFERENCE TO PROPOSED ACTIONS TO INCREASE THE TOURIST ATTRACTION OF THE NAVIGLI SYSTEM It is increasingly evident that the success of a tourist destination and any area in general depends on the capacity to develop a number of distinct themes, themes which encapsulate the strong points of that specific place. As a consequence, marketing strategies must search for the distinctive elements and features which can give a competitive edge and justify the resources invested in promoting the area and local development. The objective of local development projects must therefore be to define and implement an 'integrated system local development pact'. This means a sort of agreement to be signed by all the players in the area, public and private bodies, in order to: identify the territorial context (the Navigli canal system) as a tourist destination with a strong participative value and define local growth and development strategies (discovering places associated with Leonardo da Vinci through an integrated cultural package which also exploits the inland waterways navigation system). In this light, any action and intervention planned aims to lay the foundation for innovative models of cooperation in the area between the local bodies involved, all with a view to improving the development capacity of the area in question, paying particular attention to the following priorities: encourage tourism, guarantee development of the area as a whole, highlight what the area has to offer and outline innovative administrative models which contribute to increasing the competitive edge of the area/s. Defining the local development strategy is therefore an essential component in the concerted decision-making process needed to make the entire development process sustainable rather than just individual initiatives. Tourism has probably been the largest growth industry in recent years. There has been a progression from the stage where each individual company tried to excel and satisfy customer expectations through the qualities of their product, to a stage where the entire area needs to adopt market strategies, pooling their resources in a network (both physical and virtual), highlighting their culture and traditions. At present, the city of Milan (which accounts for almost all tourism in the Milan area in general) is almost exclusively known as a business tourism destination, and less so as a city of art, and hardly at all for leisure tourism, notwithstanding the fact that statistics show that about 15% of visitors come to the city for other reasons than business. It is essential therefore to come up with a way of creating a new perception of Milan and its surrounding area. Tourism as defined in the Navigli Regional Action Plan The theme of 'tourism' with reference to the Navigli System was recently addressed by the Lombardy Regional Authority in the context of the Regional Action Plan approved by the Regional Authority Council. The following is a summary of the main points: On the basis of a SWOT analysis and in view of the forthcoming EXPO, we can speak of potential development of the following tourism products: - Cultural tourism linked to places associated with Leonardo da Vinci, historic villas and homes, and industrial archaeology; - nature tourism (Parco del Ticino and Parco Adda nord) , farm-environmental and educational tourism in the nature reserves; - water-themed tourism and educational tourism, from the history of irrigation and navigation; - congress and business-related tourism. To summarize, it is believed that the strengths highlighted: - Milano is a strong attraction, - International high profile of the destination and the product “Leonardo da Vinci's Navigli”, - Domestic tourism demand on the rise, - Possibility of offering proposals to international markets, - Presence in the area of tourism/cultural associations which can galvanise local communities, outweigh the weaknesses: - Low profile as leisure tourism destination, - Lack of a tourism tradition in the area, - Tourism fragmented and under the authority of different bodies in the area, - Structural and infrastructural limitations. In order to achieve the objectives, decisive action must be taken in order to: - improve structural and infrastructural development of the destination, - Support growth of the tourism market, - Position the destination product on the market, - Obtain the attention and collaboration of local operators, - Attract group and organised tourism, - Collaborate with institutional intermediaries. http://www.wcc2014.net/wp-content/uploads/2013/11/Tourism-Navigli_ENG.pdf And, about cultural potential, linked to tourism offers: Leonardo’s Routes WCC2014 – Tourism & Economy workshop THEMES : Leonardo da Vinci's Navigli The Navigli can play a key role in sending the message (to tour operators) that Milan (or rather, the area of the Milan and Pavia canals) is a destination for culture, tradition, food and wine, art, history, nature and leisure. And the places associated with Leonardo da Vinci, where he carried out engineering projects or studies, could provide a natural link from the East (River Adda) to the west (River Ticino), passing from the Naviglio Martesana to the Naviglio Grande and finally to the Naviglio di Bereguardo In Lombardy, Leonardo found fertile ground for his surveys and studies. There is a common theme, then as now, connecting his scientific journeys from the River Adda to the irrigation plains west of Milan. Retracing his steps, we find a landscape which has essentially remained the same with its mountains, valleys, rivers and canals. It is an ideal itinerary based on the capacity of those who see in these places associated with Leonardo the “genius loci” which conceived and shaped them. In Leonardo's time, Lombardy, powerful in its hegemony within the Duchy of Milan, was the principal centre for studies and applications in the field of mechanical engineering. Lodovico il Moro appointed Leonardo to ”oversee the rivers, canals, muzze, ditches and public and private bocche ”. This was how Leonardo began his studies on hydraulics and began to investigate the rivers and streams flowing from the mountains into the plain. Revisiting these places associated with Leonardo is not only gratifying aesthetically and historically but if we roll back the curtain of time, we can marvel at the discoveries made, reading Leonardo's own notes, and get a sense of these early works of environmental engineering, the keystones of a process which is still in progress. Those who appreciate the representation of 'beauty' and genius would thus have a way to enjoy not only the intrinsic values the area but also its manifestations in terms of nature, science and landscape, and their understanding could be facilitated by the discreet application of modern multimedia in order to virtually transcend the reality of the place to locate it in that 'ideal context' where every thing can reappropriate its own space in the way in which it was originally intended. To this end, the following steps can be taken: exhibitions in high profile locations or key points along the Leonardo da Vinci itineraries; explanatory material with maps and guidelines for visitors; art publications; multimedia tools (hypertexts, dvds, audioguides, smartphone apps); traditional communication tools (multimedia totems, educational noticeboards/information areas). Note that as recently as 5th February 2012, the National Gallery in London closed what is deemed the most important exhibition ever on Leonardo da Vinci. The exhibition only dealt with one aspect of Leonardo's talent, painting, and the slogan used was “painter at the court of Milan” since the paintings on show dated from 1482 to 1499, when Leonardo was at the court of Ludovico il Moro. But what was not on display in London was all the other work from the same period that is to be found in Lombardy: the Last Supper, the Sala delle Asse in Castello Sforzesco, the Atlantic Codex which was largely written in Milan and Lombardy as were almost all Leonardo's codexes, the irrigation system he designed for the Sforza dynasty in Vigevano, the Porte Vinciane lock gates on the Conca dell’Incoronata, on the Martesana canal, some of the 'machines' built, including his flying machine (1496), most of which can be seen in the Leonardo da Vinci Museum of Science and Technology in Milan. Leonardo's studies of hydraulic engineering as well known as is his interest in the Navigli canal system, as is demonstrated by the various drawings he made of them (the waterways, ferries, locks, dredger and bridges), so well known that some scholars actually credited him with building the first Locks when in reality, they already existed when Leonardo arrived in Milan. However, there is no doubt that he carried out extensive studies on them, highly probable that he introduced improvements, and almost universally accepted (they are known the world over as Leonardo's lock gates) that that he was behind the design and construction of the Conca dell’Incoronata lock, which was then copied all along the canal system and subsequently exported to other European countries. Leonardo worked on the Martesana canal, studied and travelled on the Naviglio Grande and also on the Bereguardo canal, in his frequent visits to Cascina Sforzesca outside Vigevano, where he built the Mulino della Scala mill and the irrigation channels (see drawings in the Leicester/Hammer Codexes). http://www.wcc2014.net/wp-content/uploads/2013/11/Tourism-Navigli-Leonardo_ENG.pdf
D2 Assessment: 
1: The applicant provides 2 valid examples demonstrating his ability to produce thematic inputs to feed in the learning process (e.g. cited materials from the Tourism & Economy workshop in the "World Canals Conference 2014” etc.)
D.3. Ability to produce concise reports that incorporate learning from exchange & learning activities, put forward good practice: 
From Territory Area Plan Navigli Member of the working group “From the PTRA to redeveloping the Navigli System in the perspective of Expo 2015” PRIORITY THEMATIC AREA: TOURISM OBJECTIVE: DEVELOP NAVIGATION The PTRA of the Navigli System has been and is a decisively innovative instrument for the governance of the territory and is a small but good example of virtuous collaboration between the institution and a company in which it has a shareholding, Navigli Lombardi. Navigli Lombardi was founded in 2003 for the de facto experimentation of a model of widespread governance between the Region, the Provinces and Chambers of Commerce of Milan and Pavia, the city councils of Milan and Pavia and of the bordering municipalities. The intention of the Lombardy Region was clearly to create an efficient instrument to redevelop and promote that area, with the proactive participation of all the subjects involved, and the most important investment made by Navigli Lombardi in its first years of life was that of the Navigli Master Plan, drawn up by the Politecnico di Milano with the collaboration of the Lombardy Region, Bocconi University, the Universities of Milan and Pavia, which (in a literal quotation from the PTRA) “represents the heritage of knowledge on which the Area Plan has been developed to coordinate the project development and the work proposed to date on the territory. The work on the Master Plan has allowed involving both the regional Directorates, interested in the topic and some external subjects including the Politecnico di Milano, in particular from the scientific point of view and to allow them to take a joint part in the choices at several levels of governance of the territory and to commit them to activate a subsidiarity of the economic resources”. For Navigli Lombardi the objectives indicated by the PTRA in 2010 are the agenda of work in the short term but also in perspective, considering the Agreement signed in 2011 between the Lombardy Region and the company, which best identifies the competences on the canals which are the subject of the work of the PTRA. The primum vivere of Navigli Lombardi is at this time the restoration of different stretches of the banks of the Navigli, in particular the Naviglio Grande, also so that the objective of efficient tourist navigation can really be pursued. With the Lombardy Region, as part of a Programme Agreements, an Integrated Area Project (PIA) has been constructed and subsequently financed which has as its subject the construction of a starting base for innovative models of territorial cooperation between the local authorities involved, in order to improve the capacities of development of the territory of reference, to encourage tourism, guarantee the overall growth of the territory and enhance it, and to identify innovative models of organization that can contribute to increasing the competitive differential of the territory/ies. The work includes installing unitary tourist signs aimed at showing the peculiarities of the territory along the towpaths of the 5 Navigli, the development of an information system on the Navigli (APPs, web and Social Navigli), the installation of 3 mobile jetties (2 on the Naviglio Martesana and 1 on the Naviglio Grande) and the upgrading of the existing landing stages with extraordinary maintenance work and the creation of a node of boat/bike inter-exchange at 4 sites (Bernate Ticino, Pontevecchio di Magenta, Boffalora Sopra Ticino and Robecco sul Naviglio). Despite the structural problems of the Navigli, and with all the necessary precautions, in agreement with the Directorate General of Infrastructures and Mobility of the Lombardy Region, we are continuing and increasing the activity of tourist navigation with good results. The service is available with three lines on the Naviglio Grande (no. 2, called “of the Herons”, dedicated to a good part of our educational routes for schools), one on the Martesana. Putting a curb on the greater development of navigation, which is together the pivot and bond of the action of tourist redevelopment, is the contingent situation that forces pilots to navigate with power that is barely sufficient to overtake the current, in some stretches very strong, using boats with little impact and hulls suitable for the low level of the water. Until we have new boats that are more streamlined, even though with a greater capacity, like those used on Europe’s navigable canals and with propulsion of a fair power but with very low emissions, not only will it not be possible to implement the number of the number of runs and perhaps even the lines of navigation, for example by offering a Milano-Abbiategrasso-Gaggiano line, but reasoning on soft mobility for a service of local public transport cannot even be hypothesized. (pagg.124-125) http://www.naviglilombardi.it/wp-content/uploads/2013/10/Navigli-Lombardi_Piano-Territoriale-Regionale-dArea.pdf Co-author of the following reports - From Waterways Forward project “G 2: Development of integrated tourist itineraries (pagg.11-13) http://www.wcc2014.net/wp-content/uploads/2013/11/WF-DEMO_TOOLBOXFINAL.pdf Policy recommendations N°7 On policy for culture: • Increased recognition in EU policy for the unique cultural heritage of Europe’s waterways and to build on this heritage as a driver for economic growth • Promotion of exchanges / dialogue between inland waterway cultural operators in the context of Europe’s common heritage, including links with countries outside the EU that have been influenced by European waterway development • Support for new & social media approaches to encourage tourism, based on waterway heritage N°10 Promotion of inland waterways • Support & funding for EU-wide inland waterways promotion organisation, covering both transport and recreation • Encouragement for national organisations in providing public information and support for inland waterways, recognising the needs of the private sector • Encourage, stimulate and support innovation by private companies in inland waterway-related sectors, particularly in rural areas http://www.waterways-forward.eu/wp-content/uploads/2012/10/Policy-Recommendations-Summarised.pdf - from WCC2014 in Milan preparing the workshop “Tourism & Economy” “With reference to proposed actions to increase the tourist attraction of the Navigli System” http://www.wcc2014.net/wp-content/uploads/2013/11/Tourism-Navigli_ENG.pdf
D3 Assessment: 
1: The applicant provides 2 valid examples demonstrating his ability to produce concise reports that incorporate learning from exchange (e.g. cited reports/documents).
D.4. Understanding of how to maximize the use of project results for benefits in capitalization, policy design, awarenes: 
The project for the realization of integrated tourist itineraries has been recognized as a good practice from the Waterways Forward project “G 2: Development of integrated tourist itineraries” - Sub- theme within the WF project “Cultural heritage” - Objectives of the practice: the recognition and revitalisation of the Navigli system‟s cultural heritage - to provide knowledge and awareness. - creation of new business opportunities along the canals via the development of local integrated tourist packages http://www.wcc2014.net/wp-content/uploads/2013/11/WF-DEMO_TOOLBOXFINAL.pdf (pagg.11-12)
D4 Assessment: 
1: The candidate demonstrates a good understanding of how to maximize the use of project results for benefits in capitalization, policy design and awareness (e.g. the recognition of the project for the realization of integrated tourist itineraries as a good practice).
Summary Thematic expertise: 
Tourism has probably been the largest growth industry in recent years and the theme “Tourism&Culture” constitutes a possible strategic response to the sustainable and lasting development of an area, which as such, hinges on the right balance between exploitation and conservation of both environmental and cultural resources. It is increasingly evident that the success of a tourist destination and any area in general depends on the capacity to develop a number of distinct themes, themes which encapsulate the strong points of that specific place. As a consequence, marketing strategies must search for the distinctive elements and features which can give a competitive edge and justify the resources invested in promoting the area and local development. The objective of local development projects must therefore be to define and implement an “integrated system local development pact” in order to: identify the territorial context as a tourist destination with a strong participative value and define local growth and development strategies. In this light, any action and intervention planned aims to lay the foundation for innovative models of cooperation in the area between the local bodies involved, all with a view to improving the development capacity of the area in question. Defining the local development strategy is therefore an essential component in the concerted decision-making process needed to make the entire development process sustainable rather than just individual initiatives.
Assessment: 
The candidate meets 4 out of 4 criteria and should be validated for the theme "Local economic development". There are no identified inconsistencies between the summary and the replies, nor between the information in the application form and CV.
Theme / Policy: 
Research, Innovation and Knowledge Economy
D.1. Deep knowledge on the selected theme and related policy challenges, including up to date practice, research, etc.: 
With regard to “Research, innovation & knowledge economy”, as project manager for Navigli Lombardi, I followed (in the period 2011-2014) some projects of University research such as: - FAN Festival Un-Taming Navigli workshop - WATER CULTURAL LANDSCAPES - interpretation and documentary center “Navigli” In the sections below, I’m going to describe briefly these activities.
D1 Assessment: 
0: The candidate demonstrated less than two years of experience in the selected theme and related policy challenges, including up to date practice, research, etc. Indeed, he has worked on several projects related to innovation but his answer provides mostly a listing of these projects instead of deep knowledge on the general theme of "Research, Innovation and Knowledge Economy".
D.2. Ability to produce thematic inputs to feed in the learning process of in projects in which you have been involved: 
University research Member of the working group and organizer of related events in Milan - Water Cultural Landscapes International event included in the “Milan Design Week” 2014 program Role: Organizer Exchange of best practices among students from “Politecnico di Milano” and from Kingston University (London)- Landscape Interface Studio Topic: waterfront regeneration – re-use of historical buildings The event has been organized in different moments: - lessons in classroom - laboratory along the canal - interviews - study visit The students output have been published at University level and delivered also via blog and social media https://landscapeiskingston.wordpress.com/2014/04/14/milan-design-week-culture_water_landscapes/ and related articles - MUSEO SALTERIO , LE ATTIVITA’ – Waterfront regeneration World Canals Conference 2014 in Milan when an exhibition was organized, as exchange activity, between students from TU/e, Eindhoven University of Technology, Department of Architecture, Building and Planning, The Netherlands and students from the Politecnico of Milan Dept.of rchitecture, Built Environment and Construction Engineering at Politecnico di Milano http://www.wcc2014.net/wp-content/uploads/2013/11/WCC2014-il-museo-del-gusto-a-zibido-Matteo-Mai.pdf & http://www.servcbo.com/1309WCC/presentations/049_CURULLI.pdf “(Un) Taming The Navigli” Liberating the hidden potentialities of the canal system Spring 2013 Workshop In collaboration with: - Frederic Levrat - Columbia University GSAPP, New York - Oliviero Godi – Polytechnic of Milan, Department of Architecture N°24 selected students worked for 6 days in a floating workshop specially built on the Naviglio Grande http://fan.naviglilombardi.it/un-taming-the-navigli/ https://www.behance.net/gallery/6394421/UNTAMING-THE-NAVIGLI-International-Workshop https://landscapeiskingston.wordpress.com/2013/04/09/un-taming-the-navigli-milan/ CENTRO DOCUMENTALE NAVIGLI (2012-2015) (interpretation and documentary center “Navigli”) http://www.naviglilombardi.it/centro-documentale/cos%C3%A8-il-centro-documentale/ Role: Project manager and responsible of the documentary center “Navigli” From the Master Plan Navigli to the Territory Area Plan Navigli and a collection of historical items, (books, registers,, postcards, photos …) A documentary centre... open to all comers! The idea comes from our desire to create a documentary and interpretative centre that is open to anybody interested in the Navigli and the communities along the canal system. The history, culture and ancient local traditions, Leonardo da Vinci and all his projects, Milan and its waterways, navigation, the past and present of the Navigli and surrounding area in all its glory. We get all sorts of people coming to us: canal enthusiasts, but also professionals in the field, students working on their thesis, tourists and the just plain curious. And the arrive on our doorstep with the most varied requests. Unfortunately, we have realised that there is an incredible volume of material on the Navigli, and of all types (historical texts, photographs, postcards, maps, books, tourist guides, paintings, and so on), scattered among countless Bodies and Associations (both public and private) which is often difficult for the public to access as it is rarely organized or easily available. And this, but not only this, was the starting point for this idea… a centre of reference which collects, surveys and catalogues the technical, historical, cultural and tourist material on the Navigli: a precious resource to not only safeguard material but to optimise its use and make it available to the public once more. The Project: a network of connections and information exchange. Navigli Lombardi is making available to the public all the documentary material drawn up and/or collected in these first five years (studies, projects, catalogues, tourist guides, event calendars). And there really is a lot. What we mean by Documentary Centre: - an actual centre located at the headquarters of Navigli Lombardi which offers a consultancy service to the public as regards their requests concerning the material at its disposal; - a virtual centre in a special section of the website to be set up over the course of the year; - a more widespread presence in all the town halls taking part in the project where users can be sent to the most relevant places according to their particular needs. The participation of the administrations of member towns will be indispensable to give added value to the project, the widespread participation of local communities being an integral and fundamental part of the history of the Navigli System. We expect to involve a dozen or so of the canal towns each year (along all 5 canals), which means we can finish the survey in three years. We can also count on collaboration from our partners in Milan Polytechnic and Pavia University. A further step in the development of the project will see us linking up to the most popular social networks (Facebook, Twitter, etc.) so that we can communicate more effectively about what we are working on and get constructive feedback from users who will be able to add information and opinions along the style of the “wiki” model. Outputs for schools: LEARN The Navigli are an open air school where kids can learn about local culture and traditions and discover the beauties of their surroundings as they follow the banks of the canal. All it takes is a stroll along the towpaths for the lapping waters to tell the story of nine centuries of history and adventure! There is an area between the Ticino and Adda rivers, a lovely area that is little known. It is steeped in history, culture, architecture, nature and... water: the waterways of the 5 Navigli. You can head off to explore on foot, by bicycle, bus or even boat. The main thing is to set off and discover the Navigli area. The tours last a full day or a half day and focuses on Milan and the entire Navigli area. There are 3 main themes: HISTORY – CULTURE TRAILS and prehistoric history too as you discover the ancient people of the Ticino, the Golasecca tribes. Trace the Navigli back to their origins, find out about the wonderful heritage of art, architecture and the works passed down to us or inspired by Leonardo da Vinci; NATURE-ENVIRONMENT TRAILS, to experience the natural surroundings of the Navigli in the marvellous reserves Parco del Ticino, Parco Agricolo Sud Milano and Parco Adda Nord and discover the great biodiversity of these environments; THE FARMHOUSE KITCHEN TRAIL, to discover the farming traditions of the area, all the seasonal customs and maybe even learn some of the arts and crafts. http://www.naviglilombardi.it/en/imparare/school-itineraries/
D2 Assessment: 
0: The candidate provided less than two valid examples of his ability to produce thematic inputs to feed in the learning process of projects. He provided a detailed description of related events but this description is not focused on the specific ability required in D2 and does not include examples of thematic inputs.
D.3. Ability to produce concise reports that incorporate learning from exchange & learning activities, put forward good practice: 
Research, innovation and knowledge economy University research Member of the working group and organizer of related events in Milan - Water Cultural Landscapes International event included in the “Milan Design Week” 2014 program Role: Organizer Exchange of best practices among students from “Politecnico di Milano” and from Kingston University (London)- Landscape Interface Studio Topic: waterfront regeneration – re-use of historical buildings The event has been organized in different moments: - lessons in classroom - laboratory along the canal - interviews - study visit The students output have been published at University level and delivered also via blog and social media https://landscapeiskingston.wordpress.com/2014/04/14/milan-design-week-culture_water_landscapes/ and related articles “(Un) Taming The Navigli” Liberating the hidden potentialities of the canal system Spring 2013 Workshop In collaboration with: - Frederic Levrat - Columbia University GSAPP, New York - Oliviero Godi – Polytechnic of Milan, Department of Architecture N°24 selected students worked for 6 days in a floating workshop specially built on the Naviglio Grande https://www.behance.net/gallery/6394421/UNTAMING-THE-NAVIGLI-International-Workshop https://landscapeiskingston.wordpress.com/2013/04/09/un-taming-the-navigli-milan/ CENTRO DOCUMENTALE NAVIGLI (2012-2015) (interpretation and documentary center “Navigli”) http://www.naviglilombardi.it/centro-documentale/cos%C3%A8-il-centro-documentale/ Role: Project manager and responsible of the documentary center “Navigli” From Territory Regional Area Plan Navigli (adopted as regional law in 2010) PRIORITY THEMATIC AREA: LANDSCAPE OBJECTIVE 1: PROMOTE WIDESPREAD KNOWLEDGE OF THE LANDSCAPE OF THE NAVIGLI Another objective of the PTRA is to create a Documentation Centre on the Navigli, inaugurated in 2012 thanks to two important partnerships, that with the Libraries of the Politecnico di Milano and of the University of Pavia. In parallel with the work of cataloguing our documentary and iconographic heritage, in collaboration with the Directorate Generals of the Territory, Infrastructures and Mobility and Education and Culture, we prepared the texts and illustrations and geographical texts to create an integrated information system on the Navigli, with a strongly tourist connotation for its use on a Smartphone, but also to build up an information network of the Navigli System, with information that is accessible and can be integrated by all the partners and, for the part linked to the Documentation Centre, by the general public. With the same logic, we produced a single model of signs for the Navigli System. For each of these activities and all the initiatives produced with good results, we worked in partnership with the local authorities and in some cases without their collaboration we would not have been able to achieve what we did. This happens where the administrators of the municipalities or other entities such as the Consortium of Municipalities of the Navigli agree with the strategy of investing in projects that involve several municipalities and several subjects of a territory, on the one hand to obtain results with a greater visibility and on the other – last but not least – for maximum optimization of the resources available. A part of our work also consists of constant dialogue with all fifty-one municipalities along the Navigli, and collaboration is bound to be triggered off by constant dialogue (pag. 127) http://www.naviglilombardi.it/wp-content/uploads/2013/10/Navigli-Lombardi_Piano-Territoriale-Regionale-dArea.pdf
D3 Assessment: 
0: The candidate provided less than two specific examples of his ability to produce concise reports that incorporate learning from exchange
D.4. Understanding of how to maximize the use of project results for benefits in capitalization, policy design, awarenes: 
- Water Cultural Landscapes International event included in the “Milan Design Week” 2014 program Role: Organizer Exchange of best practices among students from “Politecnico di Milano” and from Kingston University (London)- Landscape Interface Studio Topic: waterfront regeneration – re-use of historical buildings The event has been organized in different moments: - lessons in classroom - laboratory along the canal - interviews - study visit The students output have been published at University level and delivered also via blog and social media https://landscapeiskingston.wordpress.com/2014/04/14/milan-design-week-culture_water_landscapes/ and related articles “(Un) Taming The Navigli” Liberating the hidden potentialities of the canal system Spring 2013 Workshop In collaboration with: - Frederic Levrat - Columbia University GSAPP, New York - Oliviero Godi – Polytechnic of Milan, Department of Architecture N°24 selected students worked for 6 days in a floating workshop specially built on the Naviglio Grande https://www.behance.net/gallery/6394421/UNTAMING-THE-NAVIGLI-International-Workshop https://landscapeiskingston.wordpress.com/2013/04/09/un-taming-the-navigli-milan/
D4 Assessment: 
1: The candidate demonstrates a good understanding of how to maximize the use of project results for benefits in capitalization, policy design and awareness (e.g. publishing of the students' outputs etc.)
Assessment: 
The candidate meets 1 out of 4 criteria and does not cover the minimum required to be validated for the thematic field of "Research, Innovation and Knowledge Economy". The idea of a documentary & interpretative center for the Navigli system comes from the desire to create a place open to anybody interested in the historical canals and the communities of the adjacent territories. The history, culture and ancient local traditions, Leonardo da Vinci and all his projects, Milan and its waterways, the past and present of the Navigli in all its glory. We get all sorts of people coming to us: canal enthusiasts, but also professionals in the field, students working on their thesis, tourists and the just plain curious with the most varied requests. Unfortunately, we have realized that there is an incredible volume of material on the Navigli, and of all types (historical texts, photographs, postcards, maps, books, tourist guides, paintings, and so on), scattered among countless Bodies and Associations (both public and private) which is often difficult for the public to access as it is rarely organized or easily available. And this, but not only this, was the starting point for this idea… a centre of reference which collects, surveys and catalogues the technical, historical, cultural and tourist material on the Navigli: a precious resource to not only safeguard material but to optimize its use and make it available to the public once more. A further step (“wiki” model) will link up it to the most popular social networks to communicate more effectively and get constructive feedback from users who will be able to add information and opinions.
Expertise support to local authorities and other stakeholders in designing & delivering integrated and participatory policies
E.1. Knowledge on participatory methods and tools for co-production and implementation of local polices : 
PTRA Navigli (2008-2010) working group member The PTRA Navigli (Navigli Spatial Plan, adopted as a Regional Law in 2010) is a focus on the Navigli area, already identified in the Territory Regional Area Plan. Since the main objective of the administrators of the area must be to boost exploitation of the architectural heritage and environmental resources which the area offers, regulating the transformations of the area by means of proper use of resources and limiting the damage caused by heavy urbanization along some stretches of the canals system. This system is endowed with landscape and environmental resources which make up the identity of the Region and must be recognized for the valuable asset that it is and safeguarded against risk factors such as deterioration, poor conservation and inappropriate use of the surrounding area. The PTRA is essential to analyze the interests at stake in order to develop policies of governance for intervention and planning instruments in such a way as to create opportunities for sustainable development and improving the quality of life to attain a quality area in the heart of Lombardy. Then, the Navigli may be considered a part of the regional identity which must prevail over other potential resources in the area and orient the manner in which they are used so that they be compatible with the high quality of the context http://www.naviglilombardi.it/wp-content/uploads/2013/10/Navigli-Lombardi_Piano-Territoriale-Regionale-dArea.pdf
E.1 Assessment: 
1: The candidate pointed to a valid example of his involvement in activities related to participatory methods and tools for co-production and implementation of local policies (e.g. the role of the Navigli Spatial Plan in the development of policies of governance and planning instruments in Lombardy).
E.2. Knowledge on integrated approach for the design, delivering, monitoring and evaluation of urban strategies/policies: 
Monitoring PTRA Navigli (2014) Lead member monitoring working group Navigli Lombardi has been appointed to perform the activity for the monitoring of actions taken to implement the PTRA Navigli. Considering the profound inter-relation between the objectives of the Plan and the imminent event of “Milan EXPO2015”, it has been decided to concentrate the monitoring activity on three objectives, (Ob. “Create a cycling path to enhance slow mobility”, Ob. “Redevelop and re-use the existing historical architectonic building heritage”, Ob. “Develop the capacity of accommodation, hospitality services and territorial marketing”) which can provide a detailed and exhaustive picture of the actions of redevelopment of the territory, so that it can become a destination for tourism based on soft mobility and a varied offer of services of hospitality and cultural proposals. The monitoring of these objectives has allowed a unitary analysis of the strategy of redevelopment of the Navigli System which has been carried out through controls municipality by municipality and including some evaluations, of a territorial nature, in particular through: • the recognition of the cycling and pedestrian paths, with the identification of those which can be used, scheduled and/or to be created; • the recognition of the projects of redevelopment of buildings of historical and architectonic value; • the recognition of info on accommodation and hospitality services to develop widespread hospitality.
E.2 Assessment: 
1: The applicant shows examples that demonstrate his knowledge about the monitoring and evaluation of urban strategies/policies (e.g. his participation as a lead member in the monitoring working group).
E.3. Awareness of the main policy and funding schemes for sustainable urban development at EU and national level: 
- constantly updated by participating in the group inter-directorate for European projects of Lombardy Region (appointed member for Navigli Lombardi company) - following EU websites (H2020, Interreg Europe, Central Europe, ESPON, InterAct and others) & Newsletters (e.g. European Urban Knowledge Network, URBACT) - Participation to seminars and events (e.g. URBACT III info day in Rome, 14 November 2014; Interreg Europe presentation Bologna 2-3 December 2014, World Forum of Local Economic Development, Turin 13-16 October 2015, Urban Development Network, Bruxelles 24 November 2015) - participation to LinkedIn groups & other social media (es. Twitter, Facebook) - Peer review (academia.edu), studies & reports (e.g. “Towards an EU Research and Innovation policy agenda for Nature-Based Solutions & Re-Naturing Cities” – 2015), specialized websites (Cities Today and others), new programmes (e.g Urban Innovative Actions Programme)
E.3 Assessment: 
1: The candidate demonstrates an excellent awareness of the main policy and funding schemes for sustainable urban development at EU and national level (e.g. following EU websites and newsletters etc.).
E.4. Ability to understand specific local situations and adapt tools and content to different local realities: 
PTRA Navigli The PTRA Navigli is a new generation instrument of territorial governance of the Lombardy Region, coherent with the strategic vision of general and sector planning, which does not plan all the territory included in the plan, as in the old town and territory planning plans, but areas and themes on a regional scale that are particularly complex and delicate. It is based on an active participatory process between associations and authorities at various levels, dealing with topics which are of very different types, but which have territorial consequences managed through a systemic approach. The Area Plan has also been the opportunity to orient and give direction to minor actions, linked to the event of Expo and in the unoccupied territory and in the consolidated urban fabric, within a planning that overcomes the local and provincial divisions, with the purpose of increasing social benefits and reducing the environmental impact. In this direction, there has been an attempt to integrate the city into the system of slow and fast mobility networks, to create a relationship between the unoccupied areas and the built-up areas etc. The system of the waterways and land routes proposed in the plan is structured not only through the positive outcomes of the urban and environmental system, but also through work in degraded areas, optimizing the occasion of the EXPO event to regenerate the peripheral areas of the metropolis
E.4 Assessment: 
0: The candidate provides less than one relevant activity that demonstrates ability to understand specific local situations and adapt tools and content to different local realities.
Summary Expertise: 
Knowledge on participatory methods and tools for co-production and implementation of local polices developed thanks to the participation in the working group for the PTRA Navigli (Navigli Spatial Plan - adopted as a Regional Law in 2010) that is a focus on the Navigli area, already identified in the Territory Regional Area Plan. The PTRA is essential to analyze the interests at stake in order to develop policies of governance for intervention and planning instruments in such a way as to create opportunities for sustainable development and improving the quality of life to attain a quality area in the heart of Lombardy The PTRA Navigli is a new generation instrument of territorial governance of the Lombardy Region, coherent with the strategic vision of general and sector planning, which does not plan all the territory included in the plan, as in the old town and territory planning plans, but areas and themes on a regional scale that are particularly complex and delicate. It is based on an active participatory process between associations and authorities at various levels, dealing with topics which are of very different types, but which have territorial consequences managed through a systemic approach This permitted to consolidate the ability to understand specific local situations and adapt tools and contents to different realities so as to ensure consistency in the design and delivery of integrated and participatory policies across participants in transnational projects.
Assessment: 
The candidate meets 3 out of the 4 criteria regarding expertise support to local authorities and other stakeholders in designing and delivering integrated and participatory policies and should be therefore validated for E. There are no identified inconsistencies between the summary and the replies, nor between the information in the application form and CV.

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