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In this plenary we will broaden the scope of our discussion, in order to include and share experiences from other Italian and European regions where tourism can represent both an opportunity and a challenge. We will discuss various types of tourism, from intense urban tourism to seasonal tourism, and so on, in particular in terms of proving that sustainable tourism is not only a possibility, but a reality.
Our speakers will illustrate how tourism can have major socio-economic impacts that are compatible with the preservation of the natural and cultural heritage in diverse areas. They will share challenges that they have faced as administrators and their solutions to implement a positive type of tourism.
Can we profit from these experiences in order to find together common guidelines for a Green-oriented way of managing tourism?
Annalisa Corrado, Co-Spokesperson, Green Italia, Italy, will moderate this session
Lefteris Ioannidis, Mayor of the Municipality of Kozani in Nothern Greece of the West Macedonia Region, Greece
Lefteris Ioannidis is Mayor of Kozani. He graduated from the Department of Cooperatives Administration of the Technical Institute in Mesologgi, Greece. He was the President of the local Culture Association of Mavrodendri in 2001. Mr. Ioannidis played a leading part in the establishing of the Social Solidarity Clinic in Kozani. He has developed an intensive social and voluntary activity with several associations and local bodies. He was an MP candidate with the Green Party in the 2007 and 2009 elections. In 2010 he was a mayoral candidate in the city of Kozani with the municipal movement ‘Kozani Place to Live’ and has been an elected Mayor since September 2014. He has also been the President of the Green Greek Cities Network since November 2014.
Angel Jilanov, Mayor of Gorna Malina, Bulgaria (CV in English)
Luana Zanella, Federazione dei Verdi, Italy
Teacher of Law and Economics, feminist and environmental activist.
Member of Italian Parliament, 2001 -2008.
President of City Council of Venice, 1997 – 2000.
Executive City Councillor for Social Affairs, Youth and Women’s issues of Venice, 2000 -2001.
Executive City Councillor for Cultural Affairs and Production and International Relations of Venice, 2006 – 2010.
Co-President of Italian Greens, 2013 -2015.