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The Future of Decentralization in a Changing World

4 March - 5 March

The 9th European Congress of Local Governments: “The Future of Decentralization in a Changing World”, organized by Foundation Institute for Eastern Studies, and of which Venice Sustainability Foundation (VSF) is an institutional partner, aims to serve as a platform for the exchange of views and a meeting place for leaders of local governments, representatives of regional elites, members of the state administration, NGOs and business.

On the 4th and 5th of March, in Mikołajki, Poland, a variety of topics were covered: from the problems of contemporary urban planning and mechanisms of city and regional development, to debates around investment financing, city management, environmental protection, and health policy. In particular, on the 5th of March from 10:10 to 11:10, the panel “Climate Crisis: Global Challenges, Local Solutions”, dedicated to the main challenges posed by climate change and innovative local approaches to address them, took place. The impacts of the climate crisis are intensifying day by day, and the panel explored the ways in which local governors can help build a sustainable future. Alessandro Costa, Director General of the VSF, made a speech entitled “Waterproof Venice: defending a World Cultural Heritage from sea level rise”. The presentation will revolve around the MOSE system, the set of complex works placed to defend the Venetian territory from high tides.

For more information about the Congress: https://www.forum-ekonomiczne.pl/en/event/9th-european-congress-of-local-governments/


Mikołajki, Poland


Foundation Institute for Eastern Studies