Development Cooperation: Online ENEA's Atlas of projects and technologies

An online database of technologies and projects for development cooperation is now available to all sector stakeholders: institutions, NGOs, enterprises, associations, and national and international organizations. The ENEA Development Cooperation Atlas, with over 60 technical datasheets, is available for consultation at by entering the specific information requested in one or more search fields: keywords, the 2030 Agenda objectives, the Country and sector concerned. The Atlas was presented by the President of ENEA, Federico Testa, at the Conference on “Research, Innovation and Technological Transfer for Development Cooperation”, in the presence of Laura Frigenti, AICS Director, representatives of the Italian Ministry of the Environment (MATTM), the Ministry of Foreign Affairs and International Cooperation (MAECI), CDP, UNIDO ITPO Italy, and the main Italian NGOs ENEA collaborates with –FOCSIV, ARCS Arci Cultura e Sviluppo, the African Engineers Association, the International Center for International Peacekeeping Activities (CIPA), the Community of Volunteers for the World (CVM), Green Cross Italy, Haliéus, Health and Development (SeS) and TAMAT.

The Atlas is one of the tools deployed by ENEA for promoting technological transfer and make its sector competences known in the framework of the consolidation process of the international cooperation activities started in 2015 and set out in the 2017-2019 Three-Year Plan. In this same perspective are to be considered the recent collaboration agreements with MATTM-Directorate General for sustainable development, environmental damage and relations with the European Union and international organisations- and with MAECI – Directorate General for Development Cooperation-, and the Agreement with the Italian Agency for Development Cooperation (AICS) as well.

“Research, innovation and technological transfer can significantly contribute to the achievement of national strategies of cooperation and support to the management of migration flows: that is why we have developed the Atlas, based on properly selected ENEA activities more sustainable and more appropriate to different territorial contexts, also with a focus to involving national realities. We have also tried to provide local target professionals and stakeholders with stronger technical, scientific and project-engineering support”, Federico Testa, President of ENEA said.

Agreements with international bodies

At the international level, particularly important are the following agreements: the Joint Declaration recently signed by ENEA and UNIDO-ITPO Italy; the MoU with FAO for sustainability, innovation, food, nutrition, transformation and enhancement of agri-food products; the collaboration agreements with ICTP, the International Center for Theoretical Physics, and TWAS, the World Academy of Sciences for the Advancement of Science in Developing Countries. ENEA and the two latter pillar organization of UNESCO jointly promote international researcher mobility to its laboratories from newly industrialised countries and from the south of the world.

Other activities concern the promotion of diaspora communities as development agents in their countries of origin,  a field in which ENEA, together with the FOCSIV and the African Engineers Association, is gaining an experience characterized by a high level of replicability, under the project “Professionals without borders”, financed by the Ministry of Interior, which provides for activities in the sectors of agriculture and renewable energy in Italy, the Ivory Coast, Ethiopia and Senegal. As regards education, a very important agreement has been signed with the Ministry of University and Research (MIUR) for promoting education to global citizenship in school communities.

Projects with the Ministry of the Environment

On the operative front, ENEA is partner to many development cooperation projects in Africa, the Mediterranean Basin, the Near East and the Small Island Developing States (SIDS). The main areas of intervention are renewables, sustainable development and tourism, innovation in the agro-industrial system, efficient use of natural resources, climate change mitigation, adaptation, and resilience.

Specifically, under cooperation agreements with MATTM, in the last two years ENEA has provided support to design 31 interventions in 19 developing countries (Kiribati, Solomon Islands, Vanuatu Island, Palau Island, Tonga Island, Micronesia, the Maldives, the Comoros, Botswana, Lesotho, Swaziland, Ethiopia, Djibouti, Sudan, Lebanon, Iran, Cuba, the Dominican Republic and Barbados). The interventions fall under the Paris Agreement, adopted at COP21, providing, inter alia, for  industrialized countries to contribute the expenses for the transfer to developing countries (DC) of technologies, methodologies and approaches to tackle climate change.

Project activities mainly regard water cycle, integrated waste management, irrigation techniques for sustainable and resilient agriculture, protected marine areas (including Marine Sanctuaries), early warning systems, wave energy exploitation, zero-emission public building, potential exploitation of renewable energies, water management in agriculture and rural villages, adaptation interventions in coastal areas.  These interventions involve a strong component of technological innovation, to which ENEA strongly contributes by making the technological demand of developing countries and the technological supply of  the Italian companies meet.

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