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May 20, 2010

Official Presentation of ITKI – International Traditional Knowledge Institute

ITKI Official Presentation in Florence - May 12th, 2010

Promoted by UNESCO, it is recently born ITKI – International Traditional Knowledge Institute.

The Institute will be dedicated to the study and the valorization of traditional knowledge, and traditional techniques: thus, their possible cultural and regional differences; as well as their possible application within contemporary engineering.

For instance, ITKI will collect ancient information and solutions related to the desertification, to water and energy suppies, and to flood’s issues.

The innovative Institute – which can and wants to contribute to the world’s green economy – was officially presented on May 12th, 2010 at the Centro Congressi al Duomo in Florence, Italy. The Centro Congressi al Duomo is  itself member of  Life Beyond Tourism for Intercultural Dialogue, a project aiming to promote intercultural dialogue through a better understanding of  local traditional knowledge and sites.

All ITKI’s Founder Members attended the press conference: Pietro Laureano, UNESCO Consultant and President of IPOGEA; Luciano Bartolini, City Manager of  Bagno a Ripoli, where the Institute’s headquarter will be established; Renzo Crescioli, Florence Town Councillor for the Environment;   Michael Carrington, Director of Nobrega Foundation; Paolo Del Bianco, President of Fondazione Romualdo Del Bianco and Promoter of  Life Beyond Tourism for Intercultural Dialogue; Mauro Perini, President of Water Right Foundation.

Moreover, UNESCO Vice-Director Francesco Bandarin took part in the official presentation through a Skype videocall, and said that traditional knowledge and techniques:

“sono un giacimento di possibilità che si vanno perdendo, con l’affermarsi della monocultura del cemento e anche con gli spostamenti di popolazioni. È successo in Italia negli anni ’50, sta succedendo in Cina dove ogni anno 10 milioni di abitanti lasciano i villaggi per concentrarsi nelle aree urbane”.

In conclusion, traditional knowledge is recognized as part of our intangible heritage, and – as Pietro Laureano stated – they become precious elements for the preservation of  the environment, for our future landscape, and for starting the third industrial revolution based on  green economy.

– Post by Alessandra Brignola –

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April 21, 2010

View the photos of the International Day for Monuments and Sites in Florence!!

On the 18th of April 2010
ICOMOS Italia, Comune di Firenze, Associazione Città e Siti Italiani Patrimonio Mondiale UNESCO, Fondazione Romualdo Del Bianco
have celebrated the International Day for Monuments and Sites in Florence at the Centro Congressi al Duomo!!
Read more here
Watch the videos on You Tube
and view the photos  below:

Opening speech by Marizio Di Stefano, President of ICOMOS Italian Committee

Speech by Carlo Francini, Responsable for the Office for UNESCO Historical Centre of the Florence Municipality (Ufficio Centro Storico UNESCO del Comune di Firenze)

Speakers of the International Day for Monuments and Sites

Maurizio Bossi, Director Gabinetto G.P. Vieusseux

Maria L. Stringa, President Centro UNESCO Firenze

President of the Romualdo Del Bianco Foundation Paolo Del Bianco in videoconference with ICCROM Vice-Director Maria Teresa Jaquinta

Speech by Claudio Ricci, President of the Associazione italiana Siti UNESCO

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