Development Cooperation: Online ENEA's Atlas of projects and technologies

An online databank containing technologies and projects for development cooperation, available to all subjects operating in this sector: institutions, NGOs, companies, organizations and national and international bodies. It’s the Development Cooperation Atlas, developed by ENEA with over 60 technical sheets, available for consultation at www.enea.it. Search keywords, the 2030 Agenda objectives and the Country and sector concerned as well. The Atlas was presented by the President of ENEA Federico Testa at the Conference “Research, Innovation and Technological Transfer for Development Cooperation” in the presence of Laura Frigenti, AICS Director, representatives of the Ministry of the Environment (MATTM), of the Ministry of Foreign Affairs and International Cooperation (MAECI), CDP, UNIDO ITPO Italia, and the main Italian NGOs that ENEA collaborates with, such as FOCSIV, ARCS Arci Cultura e Sviluppo, the African Engineers Association, the International Center for International Peacekeeping Activities (CIPA), the Community of Volunteers for the World (CVM), Green Cross Italia, Haliéus, Health and Development (SeS) and TAMAT.

The Atlas is one of the tools deployed by ENEA for promoting technological transfer and make known its competences in this sector as part of the consolidation of the activities for international cooperation decided in 2015 and set out in the Three-year Plan 2017-2019. The recent collaboration Agreements with the MATTM-Directorate General for sustainable development, environmental damage and relations with the European Union and international organisms- and with the MAECI -General Directorate for Development Cooperation- in addition to the Agreement with the Italian Agency for Development Cooperation (AICS), should be viewed in this perspective.

“Research, innovation and technological transfer can significantly contribute to the achievement of national strategies of cooperation and support to the management of migratory flows: this is the reason why we have developed the Atlas based on a selection of activities conducted at ENEA, the more sustainable and more appropriate for different geographical areas, also making sure of an involvement at the national level. We have also tried to strenghten our capability of providing assistance and technical, scientific and project support to the professionals operating in this sector” Federico Testa, President of ENEA, said.

Agreements with international bodies

At the international level, the Joint Declaration recently signed by ENEA withUNIDO-ITPO Italia, with the FAO for sustainability, innovation, nutrition, transformation and enhancement of agri-food products, with ICTP, the International Center for Theoretical Physics and with TWAS, the World Academy of Sciences for the Advancement of Science in Developing Countries, are particularly significant.

ENEA, jointly with these two scientific pillars of the UNESCO, promotes international mobility of researchers from newly industrialised countries and from the south of the world to its laboratories. Other activities concern the promotion of diaspora communities as agents of development in their countries of origin,  a field in which ENEA is gaining, together with the FOCSIV and the African Engineers Associaton, an experience characterized by a high level of replicability, in the project “Professionals without borders” financed by the Ministry of the Interior, foreseeing activities in the sectors of agriculture and renewable energy in Italy, the Ivory Coast, Ethiopia and Senegal. On the subject of education, a highly significant agreement has been signed with the Ministry of University and Research (MIUR) for promoting education to global citizenship in the classroom.

The projects with the Ministry of the Environment

On the operational front, ENEA is participating in development cooperation projects in several Countries in Africa, the Mediterranean Basin, the Near East and the Small Island Developing States (SIDS). The main areas of intervention are renewable energies, sustainable development and tourism, innovation in the agri-industrial system, an efficient use of natural resources, mitigation and adaptation to climate change and resilience.

Specifically, under Agreements with the MATTM, in the last two years ENEA has conceived to design 31 interventions in 19 Developing Countries (Kiribati, Solomon Islands, Vanuatu Island, Palau Island, Tonga Island, Micronesia, the Maldives, the Comoros, Botswana, Lesotho, Swaziland, Ethiopia, Djibouti, Sudan, Lebanon, Iran, Cuba, the Dominican Republic and Barbados) for a total amount of approximately 19 million euro. The interventions fall under the Paris Agreement, adopted at the COP21, providing, inter alia, for  industrialized Countries to cover the expenditure  of the actions for the transfer of technologies, methodologies and approaches- designed to counteract the impacts of climate change- to Developing Countries (DC).

The activities foreseen regard mainly the water cycle, an integrated management of waste, irragation techniques for a sustainable and resilient agriculture, protected marine areas (including Marine Sanctuaries), early warning systems,  harnessing sea wave energy, zero-emission public building, the potential for exploitation of renewable energies, the management of water resources in agriculture and in rural villages and adaptation actions in coastal areas.  These interventions involve a strong component of technological innovation, to which ENEA strongly contributes by bringing together technological demand of Developing Countries and the technological offer of  the Italian companies.

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