Looking for partners for Project Proposal on Urban Heat Islands

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    Karim El ArnaoutyKarim El Arnaouty

    We are AViTeM, a French public agency based in Marseille and working on sustainable urban development, and we are thinking about getting involved in the Urban Heat Islands topic, especially by updating a project proposal that we had already developed in 2018.
    The subject of urban heat islands is unfortunately a hot topic, and is in line with the priorities of the Commission as well as the Interreg EURO MED Programme, notably Policy Objective 2 “A greener, low-carbon transition towards a net zero carbon economy and resilient Europe” and its specific objectives 2.4 “Promoting climate change adaptation and disaster risk prevention, resilience, taking into account eco system-based approaches” & 2.7 “enhancing protection and conservation of nature, biodiversity and green infrastructure, including in urban areas, and reducing all forms of pollution”.

    We are not in a position to act as Lead Partner for this particular project, but we can make our work and our network and long experience of cooperation available to help bring this project proposal to fruition.

    If interested, you may contact me at

    Valeria RossiValeria Rossi

    Dear Karim,
    the Municipality of Cesena is situated in Northern Italy within Emilia-Romagna Region, some 15km from the Adriatic coast and it has 96.000 inhabitants. Since 2007 the municipality has established an European project office acquiring a great experience in project management. Cesena is a member of Eurocities (Environment forum) and the first Italian signatory city of the new “Green City Accord”, as well as the “Mayors Adapt” initiative.

    CLIMATE is one of the current Administration priority themes, and recent analysis on climate has been developed for the the city SECAP (Sustainable Energy and Climate Adaptation Plan) together with the National Research Council, and within the Interreg Italy-Croatia project called Adriadapt. Among the main tools to counteract urban heat islands these analysis identified urban forestry and greening; urban climate regeneration and natural based solutions; naturalization of the Savio river; capacity building for climate adaptation planning and stakeholders engagement.
    We would be interested in better knowing your approach and possibilities to cooperate. Feel free to contact
    Best regards.


    Dear Karim El Arnaouty,


    Many thanks for your e-mail and for your interest in our institution.
    I apologize for the late response. Indeed, we would be interested in participating as partner to you project proposal and we would be delighted to work along with you. Although we are not in the position to be lead partner, we may assist you with the research.
    I would like to ask you a few inquiries; kindly see the following:
    – have you already selected a lead partner?
    – do you already know what’s the contribution on the project you expect from the Municipality of Spinea?
    – have you already drafted the budget?

    Finally, kindly see a brief presentation of the Municipality of Spinea:
    The Municipality of Spinea is established near Venice (IT) and it is in charge of all administrative functions regarding its population and territory of Spinea, with a specific focus on services devoted to citizens and community, local territory and economic development, safety and culture. Moreover, Spinea will be European City of Sport in 2023.

    Do not hesitate to contact me for any further information.
    I look forward to hearing from you soon.
    Best regards,

    Cveta DimitrovaCveta Dimitrova

    Dear Karim,

    We, are ABERON OOD., a Bulgarian, Sofia based private research and consultancy company, with expertise in designing and implementing climate related adaptation measures, such as NBS, green belts and vertical gardens for minimizing CO2 emissions.
    Through own IT subsidiary we develop different tools and platforms for DRM, EWS and data monitoring in real life.

    We are therefore, very interested in joining the partnership and contributing to the project implementation.

    I would like to hear more about your proposal but meanwhile stay in touch through

    Best regards,


    Maria TsagkatakiMaria Tsagkataki

    Dear Karim,

    We are also looking for a lead partner and we are very intrested on the topic you suggest.

    The Municipality of Heraklion is interested to be a partner in your proposal. We would like to have more information and details on the development of your project idea.

    Heraklion is the capital of Crete, one of the most economically active towns in the wider region. Also is fourth largest city in Greece. According to the results of the 2021 census, the municipality’s population is 157.452 people.

    Since March 2011, the Municipality of Heraklion signed the Mayors’ Pact, which is an ambitious initiative to involve local authorities and citizens in reducing energy consumption, saving resources and upgrading the quality of life of citizens. This European Commission’s main objective is to reduce CO2 emissions by at least 20% by 2020. For this purpose, the Sustainable Energy Action Plan was developed as a tool for identifying and certifying the energy policy of the Municipality and its intention to achieve the above objective. The participation of the Municipality of Heraklion following the proposal of the Energy Centre of the Region of Crete for the Covenant Capacity project, co-funded by the Europe – Intelligent Energy Program, is an important part of the training of the SDAE and aims to support the development of Action Plans On Sustainable Energy in Europe. In recent years, institutional players in the city, as well as public and private organisations have worked together more closely to promote and capitalise on the benefits of the city. Heraklion has an economy with comparative advantages in the agro-food sector and tourism. Emerging sectors of the economy are the Environment / Energy and innovation / new technologies sectors.

    The Heraklion Municipality is currently implementing many projects regarding energy efficiency in public buildy, transportation. Since this is a priority for the municipality, we consider your proposal an assent to the strategic orientation.

    To be able to consider possible collaboration please contact us on


    Maria Tsagkataki

    Municipality of Heraklion Crete
    Directorate of Planning, Programming and ICT
    European Programmes Dept.
    66, Ikarou Av., Crete, Greece
    tel. 0030 2813409199, 0030 2813409221

    gaetano volpegaetano volpe

    Good morning I just register in the platform and we in Latitudo 40 are working with satellite data and Artificial Intelligence to identify areas of cities with Urban Heat Island problem and to identify how to solve this problem with Nature Based Solution.
    Can we join any project to validate and evolve our technology with a real application

    Let me know

    Gaetano Volpe
    Latitudo 40


    Dear Karim

    We are writing to you on behalf of the Association of Municipalities of Camp de Turia (Mancomunidad de Municipios del Camp de Turia), an association of 17 municipalities with more than 160.000 inhabitants in the Autonomous Community of Valencia on the east coast of Spain. They have experience in projects related to circular economy and sustainability and they are now in the process of commitment to the European Green Deal and the reduction of carbon footprint, so they would be really interested in a project like this. They also are signatories of the Mayor´s Pact which is an ambitious initiative to involve local authorities and citizens in reducing energy consumption, saving resources and upgrading the quality of life of citizens

    If you have possibility of joining the consortium yet, please contact us at the following email:


    Balkan BridgeBalkan Bridge

    Hello Mr.

    We from Balkan Bridge Bulgaria would like to indicate our interest as we have huge experience within the field of European projects including low-carbon and circular economy initiatives.
    More about our profile:

    Balkan Bridge is an organisation aiming to bring together the societies of the Balkans and to achieve cooperation and growth. The organisation’s mission is to cover the gaps of the Balkan area in terms of professional training, networking and research activities with the goal to transform Balkans to a sustainable ecosystem with a highly skilled human capital and businesses able to adapt to the needs of the society and the global trends.

    In order to achieve its goals, Balkan Bridge is providing consultancy services, training for the improvement of professional skills to individuals and corporate training for businesses in order to achieve teams’ growth and empowerment.

    Within this context, the main target groups of Balkan Bridge are:

    Individuals (incl. minorities such as migrants and refugees)
    SMEs (Small & Medium Enterprises)
    Educational Institutes
    Policy Makers


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