The next chal­lenge for Cli­mathon 2018

The Malta Business Weekly - - NEWS -

A ran­dom sur­vey, con­ducted re­cently among Val­letta’s res­i­dents on what they feel are their most press­ing con­cerns as city res­i­dents, out­lined sev­eral is­sues. Traf­fic and the pol­lu­tion caused by it, to­gether with a gen­eral lack of clean­li­ness across the city, came out as the top con­cerns. These were closely fol­lowed by the seem­ingly lack of en­force­ment of out­side cater­ing es­tab­lish­ments. Noise pol­lu­tion, the lack of dis­tinc­tion be­tween the needs of res­i­dents and that of busi­ness as well as park­ing also ranked high on the con­cern list.

As many of Val­letta’s res­i­dents put it, “busi­ness’ needs seem to come first for the au­thor­i­ties and res­i­dents are slowly be­ing pushed into feel­ing there’s no more space for them. Gen­tri­fi­ca­tion is in fact an is­sue which was men­tioned by a good num­ber of res­i­dents, even by those who are rel­a­tively new­com­ers into Val­letta.

Gen­tri­fi­ca­tion, sustainability and the im­ple­men­ta­tion of in­no­va­tive and in­ter­ac­tive so­cio-cul­tural hubs will in fact be among the main top­ics to be tack­led dur­ing this year’s Cli­mathon, a global move­ment aimed at solv­ing city cli­mate chal­lenges.

The an­nual Cli­mathon event, or­gan­ised in Malta by Paragon Europe (EIT Cli­mate KIC Hub Malta) as part of the Cli­mate KIC ini­tia­tive, with the theme Bridg­ing Live­abil­ity En­hanc­ing Val­letta's Com­mu­nity Space, will this year con­sist of a non-stop hackathon of shar­ing ideas and think­ing of so­lu­tions across a num­ber of dif­fer­ent top­ics such as gen­tri­fi­ca­tion and cli­mate gen­tri­fi­ca­tion, green­ing of open spa­ces, in­creas­ing sustainability, im­ple­men­ta­tion of in­no­va­tive and in­ter­ac­tive so­cio-cul­tural hubs and sus­tain­able and af­ford­able so­cial hous­ing.

The pub­lic is be­ing in­vited to par­tic­i­pate in this hackathon to dis­cuss, share ideas and pro­pose so­lu­tions to mit­i­gate Val­letta’s so­cio-en­vi­ron­men­tal chal­lenges. Par­tic­i­pants will be tak­ing part in teams and ev­ery team will pitch its ideas to a panel of men­tors and ex­perts.

“Unless you live in Val­letta, you can­not re­ally ap­pre­ci­ate the unique prob­lems that res­i­dents have to face in a small con­tained city like Val­letta, which hap­pens to also be the ad­min­is­tra­tive city of Malta. Res­i­dents in fact need to share the lo­cal­ity with gov­ern­ment min­istries, ad­min­is­tra­tive of­fices, shops, pri­vate of­fices, tourist at­trac­tions and sites, restau­rants and other en­ter­tain­ment venues,” said Robert Busut­til and Gonca Demir from Paragon Europe which rep­re­sent Cli­mathon in Malta.

“The con­cen­tra­tion of all this in­side Val­letta is like no other in Malta, there­fore we are invit­ing the pub­lic es­pe­cially Val­letta’s res­i­dents to par­tic­i­pate in this event by lend­ing their first-hand ex­pe­ri­ence and pro­pose tan­gi­ble so­lu­tions,” they added.

Cli­mathon will take place to­mor­row, 26 Oc­to­ber be­tween 8am and 6pm at the Val­letta Lo­cal Coun­cil premises. All those who would like to par­tic­i­pate may regis­ter by vis­it­ing https://cli­mathon.cli­mate-kic.org/

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