The I-STORMS Project held its final conference in Piraeus on the 27th of November 2019. Project outputs, tools and results were presented and discussed, such as the Common Data Sharing Web GIS Tool and the Transnational Strategy for the management of coastal risks.
The vice Mayor of the Municipality of Piraeus, the Managing Director of the Hellenic Society for Development and Management, as well as a representative of PP7, the Regional Union of Municipalities of Epirus, which hosted the event, welcomed the participants and guests through their opening speeches.
The Conference included presentations from the Greek and Italian Civil Protection in facing sea storms and coastal events, as well as from Greek Research Institutions responsible for sea-state prediction and the tide-gauge network, such as the Hellenic Centre for Marine Research, Institute of Oceanography and the National Observatory of Athens, Institute of Geodynamics. The Hellenic Ministry of Tourism also highlighted, through its presentation, the importance of early warning against extreme weather phenomena, as a critical factor for sustainable tourism. Moreover, the added value of maritime Interreg cooperation and the need for territorial collaboration on the maritime aspects of climate change, were presented by the Interact Programme’s representative on this field.
A total of 40 participants, including Project members, EU policymakers, academics, researchers, Civil Protection departments, ICT experts from private and public institutions, local, regional and national public authorities’ representatives, made the I-STORMS Final Conference a success!
The day ended with a site visit at the Hellenic Centre for Marine Research, Institute of Oceanography and a tour on the “Poseidon” System: Monitoring, Forecasting and Information System for the Greek Seas.
On the following day, the 28th of November 2019, in Athens the I-STORMS 3rd Transnational Network Conference and the 5th Project and Steering Committee Meeting took place. Special focus was given to the Permanent Cooperation Table, that the I-STORMS Project established, to share information, early warning procedures and best practices on sea storms at a transnational level.
The two-days’ events were both a celebration of two years of intensive work, as well as an invitation to a broader audience for sharing and exchanging ideas on how the sea storms hazard can be more effectively managed through transnational cooperation. Indeed, the I-STORMS Final Conference was the icing on the cake of a meaningful and successful Project, with the commitment that the I-STORMS outcomes will be utilised, transferred and further capitalised.