The conference, organized by the Di3A in collaboration with GIFLUID project partners, including professional orders and associations from Catania, CSEI Catania, and the Italian Hydrotechnical Association section Eastern Sicily, focused on the activities carried out in the GIFLUID project and the state of the art in managing rainwater flows through green infrastructures, with special attention to the metropolitan area of Catania and some urban areas of Malta.
During the conference, guided tours were organized to the green roof at the Bioscientific Pole of the University of Catania in Via S. Sofia 100 – Catania. Participation was free and recognized university and professional educational credits.
Particular emphasis was given to the green roof at the Ghajn National Water Conservation Centre in Malta, presented by Dr. Manuel Sapiano and Dr. Aaron Cutajar from the Energy and Water Agency of Malta, along with Dr. Anthony Bonello from the Rabat Local Council. Similarly, the green roof at Di3A – University of Catania was highlighted, contributed to by Professor Giuseppe Cirelli, Professor Daniela Romano, Dr. Annibale Sicurella from LABORARCH Catania, and Engineer Stefano Cascone from the Mediterranean University of Reggio Calabria.
The conference also included presentations on the achievements of the GIFLUID project, such as permeable pavements and rain gardens in Aci Castello, with interventions from Architect Salvatore Passarello and Dr. Filippo Musumarra of the Municipality of Aci Castello, and Engineer Vincenzo Trovato, a freelance professional.
Additionally, a master plan for sustainable planning of green infrastructures in the Mediterranean area was presented, curated by Dr. Manuel Sapiano and Engineer Marzio Melis (Energy and Water Agency) and Professors Francesco Martinico and Dr. Liviana Sciuto from Di3A of the University of Catania.