During the past few months, just like most people, we found ourselves compelled to engage in some rescheduling activities which affected two events we were already planning since some time. If, on the one hand, uncertainties regarding timing and possibilities of restarting major events have led us to postpone to 2021 the third edition of SEIF - Sea Essence International Festival, on the other hand we have also decided to amend the #ELBA2035 project, the aim of which is to elaborate a Manifesto for the Sustainable Development of Isola d’Elba, under the coordination of E&Y – the global management consultancy services network.

Thus, an important introductory webinar will kick off the debate on Wednesday the 1st of July, under the title “Sustainable Development: How Much Value Resides in Local Territories? A Shared Vision and Co-creation of Local Initiatives for Italy’s Relaunch”, aimed at narrating the contributions towards sustainable development of each territory and its people.

‘Elba 2035 is a project involving great commitment to contribute to the growth and evolution of Isola d’Elba, as well as of us Elbans, as a people’, explains Fabio Murzi, president of Acqua dell’Elba, ‘We take it as our duty towards a territory which has always inspired us, and for which we are thankful. We hope that this project may facilitate the achievement of a shared vision, which is to improve the quality of life of us Elbans by becoming a beacon of economic growth that stands for a sustainable, and better, future.’

Precisely for this reason, #ELBA2035 keeps expanding in order to make sustainability an integral, defining part of local development strategies and territorial marketing. The project was born from an exchange of expectations between the main players involved in the development of such a special territory, that is to say Isola d’Elba’s most important stakeholders from the sectors of politics, culture, environmental protection, tourism and academia, as well as all the municipalities, the National Park of the Tuscan Archipelago, Legambiente Arcipelago (an environmental organisation), Fondazione Isola d’Elba, the main associations and economic drivers present on the local territory, including the students and citizens.

In the remaining days leading up to the webinar, we will share with you on these pages the visions for sustainability coming from 9 important stakeholders of the island, supplemented by 3 prestigious external speakers: Enrico Giovannini, economist and president of AsVis (Italian Association for Sustainable Development), Francesco Petracchini, CNR researcher and scientific populariser, and Luca Mercalli, meteorologist and scientific populariser.
We shall dwell extensively upon themes such as sustainable Tourism and quality of life, culture, identity and lifestyle, environment and beauty of the local territory throughout the course of 3 different events starting on the next 19th of October, whereas the webinar of the 1st of July will act for everyone as an initial platform for shared informational and cultural enrichment.

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