International Workshops Adria, Italy

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28 november 2018

During 27 - 31 October 2018 participants from 4 countries took part in workshops on local cooperation for benefit of eco-tourism. 

Day 1) 

The meeting started by greeting all participants by Ivo Zambello from the host institution. He introduced the Adria city mayor Omar Barbierato, who said a couple of words of welcome and talked about how the project is important for Adria and Delta Po region.  

Next Ivo led the ice-breaking exercise. Participants had to introduce themselves and then talk about the most important year, month or day of their life.

The next point was to present the best practices of local cooperation prepared by learners from all participant’s 


First one was the presentation done by Mardin HEM. Hamza Dogan spoked about the cooperation of Mardin HEM with local municipality and local prison. The project aim was to empower prisoners and prepare them to live in the society after being released by teaching them the craft of making leather bags and backpacks and running their own companies. The project was founded since a couple of years with good results.
FIRRIP best practice presented by Ewelina Firszt was about the local event Herb from Herbs. The event is done on an annual basis as of 2013 and is the answer to the popular and vivid tradition of preparing bouquets of herbs - in the area of the Krzeszowice commune, also known as herb - for the feast of Our Lady of the Herb. The competition for the most traditional bouquet (category: adults, individual and group) is happening after the mass in the chapel in Rudno. The second part of the event is a natural picnic located in the orchards next to the castle in Rudno. The event aims are to preserving tradition connected to the catholic feast of the Divine Mother of herbs, integrating local society, 

acquire practical knowledge about the herbs and plants found in the meadows and green spaces near Krakow, to preserve the traditions of the region, to nurture and maintain local customs.
ITT represented by Valerie McGrath, Kristin Brogan, Catherine Moylan and Sheila O’Mahony presented the festival of the Rose of Tralee that is now world-wide know. The festival lasts 1 week, attracts 200,000 tourists mainly of Irish origin from all around the world. This festival is the time to enjoy Irish culture and showing what it means to be Irish. presentation was planned for the next day.

After lunch Nicoletta Frassinelli together with engineer Andrea Callegari gave a presentation of a passive house, the rules to build passive houses and presented the different materials that could be used for isolation, retrieval of heat and make sure that there are no leaks so that warm air cannot escape. Such rules may-be applied to hotels and ecological accommodation in order to reduce of energy use by 90%.  Participants also visited the house of Andrea in Rovigo and had a chance to observe its infrastructure. 


Omar Barbierato - mayor of Adria

 After dinner the Italian host organised the Art & Song event - performance by Torototela - Folk Group.


Day 2) 

In the morning participants were taken to the local park in Porto Caleri to learn about the challenges of protecting the unique flora and fauna of Delta Po. The guided tour in the Botanical Garden of Porto Caleri lead via the pine trees forest, the dunes and the lake with frogs once considered extinct in this region.

After returning to the conference room Ivo Zambello and Salvatore Fillela made the presentation of "Botanical Garden of Porto Caleri" providing detailed information on the history, changes made in the past in the park, the work done to restore the indigenous flora and fauna of the region.

In the afternoon Melania Ruggini presented the festival of contemporary art “DeltArte” started in 2012 from an idea of the independent curator and art historian Melania Ruggini. The point of reference is the Po Delta where writing one of the most stimulating pages of contemporary narration through art and youthful creativity took place, in its many forms. The overall project is a creative experiment of cultural regeneration, which since the first edition of 2013 assumes the character of the traveling art exhibition on the Regional Park of the Po Delta based on the open dialogue between youthful creativity and the environment. In 2013 DeltArte is reclaimed to the Cultural Association of the Cariparo Foundation, this time passing the baton to the association Voci per la Libertà, as leader of the event. And once again funding is obtained, thanks to the sensitivity of the Cassa di Risparmio di Padova and Rovigo Foundation. DeltArte's program includes a series of cultural interventions - public art works, exhibitions, performances, graffiti, happenings, concerts, excursions, educational workshops, artist residences - realized by a series of national and international artists under 35 years of age, selected for their research and linked by a minimum common denominator: the exploration of geographical and human identities at the margins compared to the great routes of today's globalization.

According to this design methodology, DeltArte intends   to unveil the vital potential of the combination of art and nature for a qualitative change of direction in the near future of the Po Delta, a land rich in different fronts: socio-anthropological, landscape, naturalistic and still little known.

Nicoletta Frassinelli presented best practice of conversion of the ENEL power plant at PolesineCamerini into a tourist facility. This is a good example how the naturally destroyed area may be restored and used for the benefit of local society and trourism. The project establish the creation of a water sport area with an artificial lake, an area forvolleyball, tennis, soccer; etc. The tower could be used as a platform to see the panoramic view of the delta Po.

The last presentation for the day was done by Ivo Zambelli and concerned best practice of cooperation with local government. This presentation covered last years of cooperation between and municipality of Ceregnano.



Day 3)

Training Module presented on that day by covered the subject: cooperation with local governments’ influence of citizenships on decision making.
Subjects covered:  
- How to do this - Marketing and Advertising Campaign in Tourism prepared by Salvatore and Nicoletta. After the presentation a written exercise was done by 4 groups of participants; topics: - marketing, advertising, ethics in tourism and sustainability.
- Working with local governments prepared by Ivo. After the presentation a written exercise was done by 4 groups of participants; topic:how to spend 35000,00 euros in collaboration with local government.
After every presentation there was a debate with questions from participants.
- Workshops on 10 rules of eco-tourism - Introducing the Global Code of Ethics for tourism prepared by Moreno
( After the presentation a written exercise was done by 4 groups of participants; topic: Global Code and its 10 articles.
- Presenting the methods on Encouraging Green Tourism prepared by Mirko. The presentation covered: Freeman theory on stakeholders, mapping the stakeholders, cooperation and building network.
- Types of Voluntary Initiatives for Sustainable Tourism prepared by Luigi Francesco. The presentation also covered the example of such activity in the Delta Po region. Nino Gobbetti, fisherman and the leader of the project Laguna Pulita (clean laguna), periodically invites volunteers to help to clean the laguna of plastic. He does it on his own on a daily basis while fishing. The next such event will happen will be on the 10th of November.
After every presentation there were questions asked by participants and tasks to do. After the presentation a written exercise was done by 4 groups of participants; topic: the contribution of a group of volunteers in protection of nature, territory and sea.
All presentations are available on the project platform.



Day 4)

ITT - Skype training session by learners of ITT - Tourism Department 
Áine Maunsell: 'Sustainable Cultural Tourism Development in Gaeltacht Communities – Managing the Potential of the Wild Atlantic Way’;
Kelly O’Sullivan: Towards a Model for Rural Tourism Cluster Development;
Noel Doyle: Leaving No Trace in the Irish Countryside: Effecting Behavioural Change of Recreationists.As part of the meeting with local government Andrea Michieletti, adjoined of the mayor of Adria for Tourism joined the meeting and spoke about development of tourism in the region and plans for the future.

In the afternoon Hakki has done the Eco-path training and Walk to talk activity.

The general framework of the eco path,its literal definitions and context were presented; the samples and best practices of eco-logical path-ways were introduced and various tips of eco paths were listed so that anyone intending to create his own eco path could follow the guidelines: Finally the idea of ECO-logical PATH ways was explained in order to develop a concept that would involve the local communities andalso educating travelers. The concept Eco path promotes travel combined with education, which gives the travelers a better insight, for example, how local people live. After presentations and an interactive training sessions the learners have been presented the hand-outs which listed the feedback from the learners about the eco path, afterward the learners evaluated the eco path training through performing.

After the eco path training session the learners performed one of the best practices of eco path which is called ‘’walk to talk’’ activity, so the learners from different partner countries were matched in pairs and they walked through a planned path by the host partner which lasted for an hour; so the learners explored both local country side and paths through sharing experiences, exchanging information and having a sense of deep understanding about the natural pathways they walked. Afterward the learners evaluatedthe ‘’walk to talk ‘’ experience through performing.

The last activity for the day was Eco-Game  "Run to the sea" run by Alberto Cristini, writer and artist. This is a board game where participants need to cross the delta Po region and reach the lighthouse. The first person who collects at least 300 energy points and reaches the lighthouse wins the game.


Day 5) 

The activity planned for half of day was to present the Eco-paths prepared by all learners. The activity was led by Hakki. 
- Hakki presented the eco-path located in Mardin region. The path is going through the local hills old monasteries, caves once used by people as houses and ruins of caste. This is quite a demanding path for people who would like to do some trekking.
- Ewelina presented a 9 km long path located in Krzeszowice region starting et Elijah spring in Czerna going through Debnik village and ending at ruins of old castle in the old forest. This is an easy path suitable for people of all ages. The path is changing its appearance in every season of the year. 
- Learners from ITT presented the path located in Kerry County which goes through a forest with a long history of people hiding in it to save their lives for different reasons. The forest has been made popular by John Lenihan. 
- The path prepared by has been presented on the second day and concerned the Delta Po.
To sign off on this activity learners were reminded on the deadlines to finalise the path with regards to description as per points provided on the platform and also graphically.

At the end of the meeting Ewelina summarized the deadlines agreed by the project management team on the previous day. Kristin reminded everyone about the quality requirements for all the products developed within the project.

Participants were provided with the certificates of attendance.