Province of Potenza has constituted a network of its 100 Municipalities for developing a common sustainable territorial strategy based on community involvement
The Province of Potenza outlined the #weResilient strategy for pursuing territorial development through a structural combination of environmental sustainability, territorial safety and climate change contrasting policies.
The milestone in the Strategy: approval in 2013 of the Provincial Territorial Coordination Master Plan (TCP).
This new concept of territorial governance provides for the structural introduction of ‘Resilience’ and ‘Sustainable development’ into territorial development policies to be implemented through specific actions at local and urban levels.
#weResilient main achievements and results:
• Permanent networking with Cities, stakeholders and major groups for a comprehensive sustainable territorial development
• Performing programmes and actions for including communities and people in relevant institutional decision-making processes, building capacities, developing capabilities, raising awareness, increasing political will and public support in topics such as contrasting climate change, low carbon economy etc
• Building local to trans-national partnerships for sharing cooperation and best practices exchanges.
In the strategy implementation, most of the efforts have been devoted to setting-up a complex system of progressive social involvement having the main purpose of entrusting and engaging social groups and citizens in the institutional policy-making regarding territorial and urban sustainable and resilient development.

Resources needed

Human resources with a deep experience in the field of sustainable development, contrasting climate change and close relationship with the Community.
Capitalization of all material and financial available resources and facilitating new mechanisms for attracting innovative ones (the private sector).

Evidence of success

For this BP on January 25th, 2015 The Province was recognized as a Role Model for Inclusive Resilience by the UN Office for Disaster Risk Reduction (UNISDR).
Moreover, the Province with its Communities and Municipalities Network received a formal recognition by the UNISDR, as “Champion in the Reduction of the Disaster Risk for IDDR 2015”, for its “inclusive” way of working in order to implement resilience with a network approach.

Difficulties encountered

Problems identified:
Need of Public support and dialogue with and within stakeholders
Skills and capacities
Community engagement in Decision Making
Solutions found:
Act on a “structural” channel
Share experiences
Attract Private Business
Enhance capacities

Potential for learning or transfer

This GP proposed is based on network approach, that is a consolidate and useful methodology used in EU cooperation actions, allowing to share experiences and best practices, to have a relevant role of testing results in different context and share processes.
For the implementation of this GP only few ‘easy to be found things’ are necessary: A strong and consolidated in time relationship among public Authority, communities and citizens; a shared vision for strategies and goals, a bottom-up approach that can ensure communities with ownership for following-up the action over time.
Success Factors (political, technical, human, financial ...):
#weResilient success is based on:
Having defined a Vision on which building a Strategy and a coordination Platform
Political and strategic ownership leading to public support
Multi-stakeholder engagement
Community and people-centred inclusive action
Learning from others through international, national and city-to-city networks

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Main institution
Province of Potenza
Basilicata, Italy (Italia)
Start Date
November 2013
End Date


Rosalia Smaldone Please login to contact the author.