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Tuesday, September 3, 2013

OPEN DAYS 2013 - LOCAL EVENTS: Attica Region - Athens

21/11/2013 09:00 - 22/11/2013 19:00
A two-day event: Conference & Training Workshops : Climate Change: Environmental and Health Impacts – Knowledge Integration and Implementation of Adaptation Policy in Local Government
A two-day event: Conference & Training Workshops : Climate Change: Environmental and Health Impacts – Knowledge Integration and Implementation of Adaptation Policy in Local Government
Thematic:Challenges and solutions

Venue:
Athens - University of Athens, “Ioannis Drakopoulos” Auditorium & “Alkis Argyriades” Amphitheatre
30 Panepistimiou Street
Athens (Greece)
Organisers:
Τhe Region of Attica in cooperation with The National and Kapodistrian University of Athens (UoA)
Chair:
Polyxeni Nicolopoulou-Stamati,University of Athens

Evangelia Protopappa, University of Athens
Speakers:
Nikos Chrysogelos, Member of the European Parliament (MEP) for the Ecogreens, Greens/ European Free Alliance ,Alternate Member of the European Parliament Committee on the Environment, Public Health and Food Safety (tbc)
Kriton Arsenis Member of the European Parliament (MEP), Group of the Progressive Alliance of Socialists & Democrats, Member of the European Parliament Committee on the Environment, Public Health and Food Safety (tbc)
Giorgos Koumoutsakos Member of the European Parliament (MEP) for the New Democracy, European People's Party (Christian Democrats),Member of the European Parliament Committee on the Environment, Public Health and Food Safety (tbc)
Theodoros Skylakakis Member of the European Parliament (MEP) for the New Democracy, Alliance for Liberals and Democrats for Europe, Member of the European Parliament Committee on the Environment, Public Health and Food Safety (tbc)
Monika Ekström, Head of Sector on Political Reporting and Policy Analysis, European Commission Representation in Greece
George Kremlis, Head of the “Cohesion Policy and Environmental Impact Assessments” Unit in the Directorate-General for the Environment of the European Commission (tbc)
Dionysia-Theodora Avgerinopoulou, President of the Special Permanent Committee on Environmental Protection of the Hellenic Parliament
Corinna Frey, Public Relations officer, European Centre for the Development of  Vocational Training (CEDEFOP)
Vasiliki Karaouli, Head of the Sanitary Engineering & Environmental Hygiene Directorate of the Hellenic Ministry of Health & Social Solidarity
Konstantinos Askounis, Representative of the Central Association of Municipalities of Greece (KEDE), (tbc)
Yannis Sgouros, Head of the Region of Attica, Chairman of the Association of the Regions of Greece (ENPE), Head of the Greek Delegation to the Committee of the Regions (CoR), Member of the CoR's Commission for Environment, Climate Change and Energy (ENVE)
Argyro Paraskevopolou, Head of the Environment Directorate in Region of Attica
Thymio Papayannis, Architect, Town Planner and Environmentalist (tbc)
Ioanna Koufaki, President of the Hellenic Environmental Law Society (tbc)
Christos Zerefos, Academician, Professor Emeritus of Physics and Meteorology, National & Kapodistrian University of Athens (tbc)
Polyxeni Nicolopoulou-Stamati, Associate Professor of Pathology at the Medical School of the National and Kapodistrian University of Athens (NKUA), where she oversees the “Environment and Health: Capacity Building for Decision Making” Master's Degree Programme.
Luc Hens, Professor and Director of the Human Ecology Department at the Free University of Brussels (VUB), Senior Scientist and Director of the VITO Research.
Theophilos Rosenberg, Associate Professor of Surgery at the Medical School of the National and Kapodistrian University of Athens (NKUA), Scientific Director of the “International Medicine - Health Crisis Management” Postgraduate Programme.
Alexandros Papayannis, Associate Professor in Environmental Physics, Head of Laser Remote Sensing Unit (LRSU), Department of Physics, School of Applied Mathematical and Physical Sciences, National Technical University of Athens (NTUA)
Ioannis Matiatos, Hydrogeologist & Isotope Hydrologist, Research Associate, Medical School, National & Kapodistrian University of Athens
Antonio Navarra (Italy), Director of the Euro-Mediterranean Centre on Climate Change (CMCC), Presentation of the OrientGate project: A network for the integration of climate knowledge into policy and planning. The participation of the Region of Attica in the OrientGate project consists of coordinating the designing of a pilot programme that examines the impact of climate change on thirteen (13) Attica wetlands.
Michalis Prodromou, Civil engineer specializing in sustainability and energy planning. Partner in WWF’s Climate Change Campaign
Eleni Fytoka, Representative of the Greek Biotope-Wetland Centre (EKBY)
Representative of the Hellenic Ministry of Environment, Energy and Climate Change (tbc)
 Μanolis Velonakis, Professor of Biopathology and Microbiology in the National School of Public Health.
Description:
The Region of Attica chose to promote this year's priority theme, “Challenges and Solutions’’ of OPEN DAYS 2013, organizing a One-Day Conference on the subject of “Climate Change: Environmental and Health Impacts - Knowledge Integration and Implementation of Adaptation Policy in Local Government”.

During the above-mentioned one-day conference, the following topics will be discussed:
a) The magnitude and effects of Climate Change on both the environment and health, at global and local levels
b) Evaluating the options available for addressing Climate Change at local and state levels
c) Programmes and actions to mitigate climate change and adapt to it
d) Best practice examples in other Member States

The ultimate goal of this initiative is to inform the participants and raise awareness of the above-mentioned matters, and discuss the implementation of management policies, exchanging best practices.

This initiative aims to:
a) Gather around the same table major Greek and European bodies working to combat the negative effects of climate change on the environment and health, providing information and decision making tools.
b) Promote, through meaningful discussion, the exchange of views and concerns, the establishment of partnerships and initiatives that will contribute significantly to addressing the effects of global Climate Change, reduce one’s carbon footprint in public administration areas, and highlight the consequent socio-economic benefits.

At the same time, Four (4) Training Workshops will take place at the University of Athens (Vocational Education and Training - VET). Their subject will be “Addressing Climate Change - Think Globally, Act Locally!”, and they will be attended by employees of Local Government. These Workshops will aim to:
- Provide information, through anthropocentric sources, on the contribution of greenhouse gases to climate change and raise awareness of the effects observed on the Environment and Health. “What are the causes of climate change?”
- Provide information on the adoption of best practices for climate change adaptation and mitigation. “How can we adapt to climate change and reduce the effects of this phenomenon by adopting sustainable development?” Investing on “green” products, technologies and services, making our day-to-day life more eco-friendly, conserving energy, promoting the use of renewable energy sources and helping conserve natural ecosystems.
- Implement the existing knowledge regarding the management of climate change impacts in the workplace “Be the example! Take your share of responsibility in order to reduce your own carbon footprint!”
- Provide training on adaptation measures aiming to reduce, avoid or delay the effects of climate change on the Environment & Health.

Attendance to the Workshop is imperative for the employees of all Directorates involved in addressing the effects of climate change, such as:
- Directorate for Public Health and Social Care
- Environment Directorate
- Directorate for Environmental Hygiene and Health Control
- Independent Civil Protection Directorate
- Directorate for Rural Economy and Veterinary Medicine
- Directorate for Citizen Services and Organization

More information:
www.patt.gov.gr
.ec.europa.eu
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