Wednesday 21 October 2020
Elba 2035: An Update on the First Day of
Monday the 19th of October was the first day of Elba 2035, a
listening and engagement approach taken by the principal
stakeholders of the island towards the construction of a shared,
sustainable vision of the future. This encounter - the first one
(of three) leading to the drafting of a first Sustainability
Manifesto for Isola d'Elba, with a conclusion date planned for July
2021 - saw the participation of 45 attendees, sourced among town
mayors and institutional representatives, entrepreneurs,
associations and students.
The day's activities were focussed on the identification of the
attendees' initial vision for topics considered to be crucially
important for the future of Isola d'Elba and, at the same time, a
first definition of the various strengths and weaknesses to be
taken into account in order to make this vision come true.
Among the key topic areas were the following: Sustainable
Tourism, Cultural Identity and Environment.
As far as the first one is concerned, attendees concentrated on
various themes such as sustainable mobility (not only on land but
also using the sea), the development of activities taking place in
harmony with nature, and Elba as an "elective" residence during
these times of smart working and marine pollution.
The need for a strong cultural model capable of developing the
historical and geographical heritage of the island as well as its
gastronomic and winemaking traditions, during every day and every
season of the year, together with the possibility of providing
courses for professions connected to the sea, were instead some of
the opportunities identified during the course of the debate around
Lifestyle and Culture.
Lastly, during the workshop dedicated to the Environment, such
themes were discussed as a focus on the reduction of global-warming
and polluting emissions through the development of renewable
energies already available on the Elban territory, as well as
increasing care towards the safeguard of the sea.
All of the workshops also identified the necessity to "act as a
system" together, as well as a need for a model of permanent
collaboration between the various stakeholders of the local
The next Elba 2035 encounter is planned for the 10th
of December, day on which the attendees of the various workshops
will present their respective project proposals to achieve the
desired vision; work which shall begin to engage them already in
the next few days. A uniquely innovative methodological process
which will culminate in the drafting of the First Sustainability
Manifesto for Isola d'Elba at the beginning of the summer in