Europe in My Region: Open Days Local Events

Nov 21, 2013
Attica Region disseminated information about the OrientGate project as part of the EC's Open Days 2013 – Local Events programme. Organised between November 21 and 22, 2013, in cooperation with Athens University Medical School, the event comprised a conference and four training workshops.

Open Days Local Events are organised each year between September and November around the Open Days thematic priorities, with the aim of raising awareness about the impacts of EU policies on the respective region or city, and in an attempt to communicate more effectively with Europe’s citizens. 

Discussions at the conference “Climate Change: Environmental and Health Impacts – Knowledge Integration and Implementation of Adaptation Policy in Local Government” included an evaluation of the available options for addressing climate change at local and state level; and best practice examples from other EU member states. 

The third thematic session of the conference featured a presentation of the OrientGate project in the context of a discussion on the impacts of global climate change on the degradation of wetlands biodiversity; changes to hydrological and biological systems and the links between wetland degradation and the incidence of insect-borne diseases; and wetlands protection policy. 

During the two-day event, four training workshops, on the theme “Addressing Climate Change: Think Globally, Act Locally!”, also took place at the University of Athens. The workshops were aimed at local government employees and had the goal of providing information and encouraging practical action.

On November 23, a field study trip was organised to one of Attica’s wetlands in collaboration with the Hellenic Centre for Marine Research (HCMR). The following day, volunteers participated in cleaning the salt marsh at the Loutsa wetland in collaboration with the HCMR and the Hellenic Ornithological Society.