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PROGRAM OF THE ROUND TABLE “Sofia 2020: Urban Mobility from the Past or from the Future?” 16-18 April 2018 – Crowd-In Project

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PROGRAM OF THE ROUND TABLE 

Sofia 2020: Urban Mobility from the Past or from the Future?

16-18 April 2018

16 April: PRESENTING THE GOALS AND PARTICIPANTS AND FORMULATING THE ISSUES AND TASKS OF THE ROUND TABLE

Location: GENERATOR, inside the former Vitosha Factory (47 Cherni Vrah Blvd., Sofia)

14.30: Official opening of the round table, introductions and greetings:

15.00: Petar Kanev and Marie Jégu present the goals of the round table and its participants.

15.20: Dr. Kliment Ivanov, Dr. Valeri Lichev and members of Shtastlivetsa and Place for Future – the interdisciplinary approach and the purpose of working in non-conventional heterogeneous groups.

15.30: Marie Jégu and Silke Steinberg present the I-MaP Project: goals, targets, perspective, participants, and partners.

15.50: Ivan Velkov, Martin Zaimov, and Angel Burov (Union of Urban Planners in Bulgaria) – problems in planning a sustainable urban environment and mobility in Sofia.

16.10: Radost Marinova (chair of Bike Evolution Civic Association) and Veselin Kirev (Civic Initiative for Public Railroad Transportation) – controlling authority: the purpose of public monitoring and civil participation in decision-making processes.

16.30: Brainstorm and working in groups. Identification of specific (solvable) problems in Sofia, which would benefit from the I-MaP project and whose solutions will in turn benefit the other EU regions, municipalities, academic institutions and international teams participating in I-MaP. Formulating the tasks that will be addressed during the next day of the round table.

16.50: Final remarks, summary of the first day of the round table.

17.10: End of the session.

(optional: if the weather is fine)  A brief stroll around Vitosha Mountain and dinner at Chichovtsi Restaurant in Dragalevtsi (5 Tsar Ivan Aleksandar Sq., Dragalevtsi, Sofia).

NB! Meals are not covered by the project budget and must be paid for by individual participants. Therefore, they are optional.

17 April: THE PARTICIPANTS IN THE ROUND TABLE PRESENT THE ACTIVITIES, ACCOMPLISHMENTS AND PERSPECTIVES FOR DEALING WITH THE ISSUES OF URBAN MOBILITY

Location: Seminar Hall in the Institute of Law at the Bulgarian Academy of Sciences (4 Serdika Str., ground floor)

9.00: Marie Jégu and Petar Kanev outline the tasks for the day and the event procedures.

9.10: Dragomir Konstantinov (Zelenika Foundation) and Maria Maltseva (Sofia – Green Capital” Initiative Committee and City Group) briefly present their experience, activities and initiatives and respond to questions from the audience.

9.40: Lilia Encheva-HristovaPublic Ombudsman of the Sofia Municipality – purpose of the interaction between the Sofia Municipality and civil initiatives.

9.50: Marie Jégu and Silke Steinberg present the academic and scientific aspects of the I-MaP project, its academic partners, the interdisciplinary methodology and approach of the team, in compliance with the goal of developing sustainable complex systems through the cooperation (synergy) of humanitarian and social sciences and technological innovations.

10.10: Prof. DSc Rumyana Stoilova (Director of the Institute for the Study of Societies and Knowledge at the Bulgarian Academy of Sciences) – potential of the Study of Societies and Knowledge at BAS to contribute to the long-term goals of I-MaP.

Additional reading: http://issk-bas.org/wp-content/uploads/2013/05/ISSK-Brochure.pdf

10.25: Assoc. Prof. Georgi Georgiev (head of the Department of Architecture at New Bulgarian University) – mobility, urban planning and sustainable development of the urban environment: how academic and educational institutions can contribute to their planning.

10.40: Coffee break.

10.50: Angel Burov and Vasil Madzhirski (Union of Urban Planners in Bulgaria) – challenges in the implementation of the currently developed Plan for Sustainable Urban Mobility in Sofia and in general.

11.10: Martin Zaimov – the broad meaning of the notion of “design”: from the first mobility plan of Sofia through the establishment of the Bulgarian Electric Vehicles Association to the GENERATOR initiative.

11.30: Brainstorm.

12.15: Announcing the results of the brainstorm.

12.30: Lunch break.

12.40: (optional) Lunch at the restaurant of the Archives State Agency (5 Moskovska Str.)

14.20: Afternoon session. Brainstorm and working in groups.

14.50: Announcing the results of the brainstorm.

15.00: Borislav Sandov (co-chair of Zelenite (the Greens) Political Party) – problems and perspectives of green urban policies in Bulgaria.

15.20: Brainstorm: identifying problems in Sofia that can be integrated into the I-MaP tasks.

15.50: Results of the discussion – looking for common ground and consensus.

16.00: Coffee break.

16.10: Ivan Velkov – the Sofia Municipal Council and the issues of sustainable urban mobility.

16.30: Lyubomir Georgiev (Sofproect OGP (Master Plan of Sofia Municipality) presents the activities of the organization and the challenges it faces.

16.50: Final summary – formulating a common position.

17.30: End of the session.

17.30: (optional) A stroll around the center of Sofia, dinner in Sun Moon restaurant (39 6-i Septemvri Str.)

18 APRIL: FINAL SUMMARIES AND COOPERATION PLEDGES

Location: Seminar Hall in the Institute of Law at the Bulgarian Academy of Sciences (4 Serdika Str., ground floor)

9.10: Kaloyan Karamitov (Vision for Sofia) – summary of the organization’s activities followed by questions and answers.

9.20: Gergin Borisov (Spasi Sofia (Save Sofia), a Bulgarian watchdog organisation) – summary of the organization’s activities followed by questions and answers.

9.40: Coffee break.

9.50: Final discussion and summary of the results from the round table.

10.30: Final remarks, conclusions from the round table, announcing the next steps and events under the I-MaP project in Bulgaria.

10.50: (optional) Visit to the Museum of Sofia, the Saint George Rotunda and the Saint Sofia Church.

13.15: (optional) Lunch in Sterling Club 2 (50 Dunav Str.).

14.30: Visiting key trouble spots of mobility in Sofia: travel by the city underground and visiting the suburbs. Meeting point of departure: the subway of St. Kliment Ohridski Sofia University.

20.00: (optional) Dinner in Bagri Restaurant (10 Dobrudzha Str.).

The round table and the workshops in Sofia are supported by:

The Institute for the Study of Societies and Knowledge at the Bulgarian Academy of Sciences

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Place for Future Educational Network

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GENERATOR

I-MaP: Intermodal Mobility Management Plan is an international, interdisciplinary, multi-stage joint project proposal, initiated by FIAP Institute for Innovative and Preventive Job Design (Germany) in cooperation with Shtastlivetsa Sofia Civic Association (Bulgaria), EDUcentrum (Czech Republic), together with associated institutions such as Laboratory Psy-DREPI (University of Burgundy, France), Réseau Recherche Innovation Transition, MSH (University of Burgundy, France), Wuppertal Institute, FH Münster University (Germany), New Bulgarian University, the Institute for the Study of Societies and Knowledge at the Bulgarian Academy of Sciences (Bulgaria), and sponsored by the German Federal Ministry of Education and Research.

The first stage of the I-MaP project entitled Crowd InSustainable mobility in urban areas through Crowd Intelligence Building European R&D structural partnerships for the development of “participative innovation structures” for sustainable mobility in local areas, aims to create international interdisciplinary teams which will implement the project proposal.

Its official website is crowd-in.org. It is briefly presented in this flyer:

https://crowd-in.org/wp-content/uploads/2017/08/280717_CrowdIn_Flyer-ENG.pdf

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The project objectives are:

  • Setting of a sustainable consortium (academic and industry-based), preparation of several joint project proposals
  • Development of innovative technologies and scenarios of services to implement sustainable mobility behaviour in urban areas
  • Strengthening user motivation through participation and collaboration
  • Integration of heterogeneous user groups in the target regions to generate innovative solutions
  • Organisation of a sustainable structure for the transcultural exchange of knowledge
  • Exploration and network building
  • Definition of needs and collection of ideas for Sofia and Prague
  • Initiation of the cooperation in Sofia and Prague
  • Integration of partners in the field in Germany and in France
  • Organisation of innovation workshops in the two target cities: Sofia and Prague
  • Initiation of a European cooperation in the field of sustainable mobility

Desislava ALEXOVA: Public lecture and discussion “Threats by extractive companies to the tourism development in perspective developing destinations”

Public lecture and discussion “Threats by extractive companies to the tourism development in perspective developing destinations” was conducted in the centre of distance learning in the International Business School – Sofia, on 14th October 2016. It was directed to students in the second year, Majoring in Tourism and headed by Assist. Prof. Dr Desislava Aleksova, PhD, from Shtastlivetsa Civic Association. Speaker at the event was Gennady Kondarev from “Za Zemyata” (“For the Earth”) Environmental Association. The students had the opportunity to become acquainted with extremely inspiring people like Oscar from Namibia who make a presentation about the problems near the town of Tsumeb where is processed concentrate from the mine in Chelopech; Wilmar from the town of Ferro De Pasco, Peru – one of the highest municipalities in the world; Carmen from the town of Oyon, Peru, where in its neighbourhood the mine Islay Cruz corporation Glencore mining lead-zinc concentrate, which until recently crossed by land and water half the globe. Each presentation included a lively discussion. The students contrast the issues close to their homelands comparing them with threats represented in the presentation. It was presented the short version of the documentary “Good Life” by the Canadian-Hungarian director Megan Horvath, shot in Krumovgrad and Namibia. In the film matched the expectations of the two local communities in the lands for which operates Canada’s mining and manufacturing corporation Dundee Precious Metals.

Are we living on a Planet? What is the secret connection between Bulgaria, Namibia and Peru? Seminaire Discussion

namibia-kolazhPublic discussion “Do we live on a planet? What connects Bulgaria, Namibia and Peru?”

within the framework of the project “Enabling students and citizens to realize their global environmental and social footprint” (CEE Bankwatch Network No 681/15).

 Public discussion “International communications and conflicts on our planet and the links between the First and Third World”

On December 20, 2016 SCA-Shtastlivetsa organised and held a discussion with the participation of students from the fields of Communication and Information, and Public Policies and Practices, at the University of Library Science and Information Technologies.

The public seminar was devoted to the problems of future development, “International communications and conflicts on our planet and the links between the First and Third World” – guest speaker Genadi Kondarev, an economist at the Environmental Association Za Zemyata/For the Earth.

An enhanced interest among students had prompted the video footage from the industrial pollution of Nigeria and Peru, which Mr Kondarev had made during his travels in those countries. His personal story as an eyewitness to the problems that extractive industries are causing in these countries excited the audience and provoked lively discussions.

DSCN8140Public discussion “Do we live on a planet? What connects Bulgaria, Namibia and Peru?”

On February 8, 2017, a team from the Shtastlivetsa Association organised and held a public discussion on the topic: “Do we live on a planet? What connects Bulgaria, Namibia and Peru?” with the participation of students from the Department of Communication and Information at the University of Library Science and Information Technologies (ULSIT) and the Department of Geology at Sofia University St. Kliment Ohridski, with guest lecturer Gennady Kondarev, an economist from the Environmental Association Za Zemyata/For the Earth.

The moderator of the discussion, Dr. Petar Kanev PhD (from the Institute for the Study of Societies and Knowledge at the Bulgarian Academy of Sciences, ULSIT and SCA-Shtastlivetsa), introduced to the students the problems caused by the planetary network which had provoked the today’s industrial pollution because of the connectivity of the production process of the extractive industries in different countries and continents.

The participants in the seminar learned about Mr. Kondarev’s activities and investigations in the city of Tsoumeb in Namibia, Krumovgrad in Bulgaria and in the high-mountain areas of Peru. The photo-cadres with terrible pollution around these mines and the data tables for the extreme health issues caused by the exploitation of highly poisonous levels of arsenic in the gold mines in Namibia, in Bulgaria and in Peru had caused many questions to the lecturer and a heated debate among the audience. Gennadi Kondarev projected to the students the documentary “Good Life” by the Canadian-Hungarian director Megan Horvath, filmed in Krumovgrad and Namibia. The guest lecturer also told the story behind the film shot. Students shared their own personal impressions of the mines in Chelopech, Krumovgrad and Bobov Dol in Bulgaria. The subsequent heated discussion raised important questions about the future development of the extractive industries both locally and globally.

Watch the entire video of the event here:  

The event was carried out with the financial support of the European Union.

The content of the debates, seminaires and public lections is entirely the responsibility of Shtatslivetsa Sofia Civic Association, Enironmental Association “Za Zemyata/For the Earth” and PLACE FOR FUTURE Educational Network and in no way can it be considered to reflect the positions of the European Union.

Emmanuel HUSSENET, Journalist & Adventurer: La COP21 à Paris pourrait-elle changer le monde ? Face à un enjeu universel, les limites du pouvoir politique ?

Within the framework of the project “Enabling students and citizens to realize their global environmental and social footprint” (CEE Bankwatch Network (No 681/15)in May 2016, Shtastlivetsa Association invited the French polar explorer, journalist and writer Emmanuel Hussenet from the organisation “Robinsons of Ice” to Bulgaria.

Since his youth, Mr. Hussenet has been familiar with the polar ice sheet problems caused by climate change. In the past few years, Emmanuel Hussenet had embarked on an international political initiative to declare the disappearing island Hans in the northern polar circle as an international zone, a symbol of awareness of developmental impacts caused by the global climate change.

Those who are nicknamed the Robinsons on Ice or the voluntary shipwrecked men are in fact called Emmanuel HUSSENET (Expedition Leader, Journalist & Adventurer), Luc Dénoyer (Logistics, Photographer), Anne Quéméré (Scientific Reports) and Gauthier Mesnil-Blanc (illustrations).

Hussenet has just set up a programme that will proceed over five years. Its objective is to testify to the evolution of the polar icecap. The programme is articulated around three axes: sporting adventure, scientific study and environmental teaching.

On May 16, 2016, the project team organised and held a seminar with international participation “Can the climate conference in Paris change the world ?: Is the global political system able to cope with a planetary problem?” (Aka La COP21 à Paris pourrait-elle changer le monde? À à un enjeu universel, les limites du pouvoir politique?) at the French Cultural Institute in Sofia.

Emmanuel HUSSENET, French writer, journalist and researcher of the Far North, Georgi STEFANOV, Climate Coalition – Bulgaria and WWF-Bulgaria, Gennady Kondarev, Ecological Association “Za Zamyata/For the Earth”, participated in the discussion, led by Dr. Radosveta KRASTANOVA, New Bulgarian University and Educational Network PLACE OF FUTURE.

The problems that the melting of ice on the poles caused greatly impressed the participants in the discussion. The question of whether the decisions of the COP21 Climate Conference in Paris will lead to effective policies provokes a lively debate between the representatives of various academic and scientific institutions, civic initiatives and NGOs, students and lecturers from different universities (New Bulgarian University, Sofia University St. Kliment Ohridski, University of Library and Information Technology, etc.), journalists, politicians and diplomats.

Ce n’est qu’une partie des questions auxquelles Emmanuel HUSSENET,

explorateur français du Grand Nord, écrivain et journaliste,

Le débat est organisé par l’Institut français de Bulgarie, en partenariat avec la

le Réseau éducationnel PLACE FOR FUTURE, WWF-Bulgarie,

et sera modéré par Radosveta KRASTANOVA

(Nouvelle université bulgare et Réseau éducationnel PLACE FOR FUTURE).

La COP21 à Paris pourrait-elle changer le monde ?

Face à un enjeu universel, les limites du pouvoir politique ?

Emmanuel HUSSENET, French writer, journalist and researcher of the Far North, Georgi STEFANOV, Climate Coalition – Bulgaria and WWF-Bulgaria, Gennady Kondarev, Ecological Association “Za Zamyata/For the Earth”, participated in the discussion, led by Dr. Radosveta KRASTANOVA, New Bulgarian University and Educational Network PLACE OF FUTURE. The problems that the melting of ice on the poles caused greatly impressed the participants in the discussion. The question of whether the decisions of the COP21 Climate Conference in Paris will lead to effective policies provokes a lively debate. Representatives of various academic and scientific institutions, civic initiatives and NGOs, students and lecturers from different universities (New Bulgarian University, Sofia University St. Kliment Ohridski, University of Library and Information Technology, etc.), journalists, Politicians and diplomats.

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The Climate Problems and our Common Future:

On 17 May 2016 the team of SCA-Shtastlivetsa organised a discussion with the French polar researcher Emmanuel Hussenet in the Alma Mater of Sofia University “St. Kliment Ohridski “.

Co-organizers and participants in the discussion were Ecoclub “UNECO” at Sofia University “St. Kliment Ohridski “,” S.K.O.R.E.T.S. Club” at Sofia University” St. Kliment Ohridski “, Environmental Association” For the Earth “, Educational Network” PLACE OF FUTURE “.

The melting of the glaciers, as well as the problems they led, excited the participants in the seminar. The students were most impressed by Mr. Hussenet’s initiative to make the polar island Hans an international area, and that provoked many questions and a lively discussion.

Watch the entire video of the event here:

The two debates are carried out with the financial support of the European Union.

The content of the debates is entirely the responsibility of Shtatslivetsa Sofia Civic Association, Enironmental Association “Za Zemyata/For the Earth” and PLACE FOR FUTURE Educational Network and in no way can it be considered to reflect the positions of the European Union.

Toma Belev and Zornitsa Stratieva – Discusion about the Bulgarian Forest and Tourism in Botevgrad – video