Following the successful GreenLab training held earlier this year at the University of Catania in relation to the GiFluid project, the second edition took place at the Ghajn Centre, this time focusing more on the work being carried out in Malta. Organized by the Energy and Water Agency in collaboration with the University of Catania, this training aimed to bring together technicians and professionals under the age of 35 from both Malta and Sicily.
Over fifty researchers and professionals from Malta and Sicily participated, with backgrounds ranging from engineers, architects, earth sciences, and agronomists. This event served as an opportunity for open discussion to promote the work being done to advance Green Infrastructure, aiming to reduce the effects of flooding and combat climate change.
To put theory into practice, participants had the opportunity to visit the green roof at Ghajn Centre and learn about the process of its development and the plants used. The green roof boasts a diverse array of vegetation tailored to thrive in Malta’s unique climate. In addition, it incorporates photovoltaic (PV) panels to generate clean energy, making it quite unique. Over 3,000 carefully selected plants were introduced to the roof, chosen for their ability to withstand Malta’s arid conditions. Following the visit, various experts presented their research findings and shared their insights. The second day also featured representatives from the Energy and Water Agency, the University of Catania, the University of Malta, the American University of Beirut, and Nature Trust Malta to further discuss the ongoing research in this field. The GiFluid project, a 30-month endeavour initiated in June 2021 and set to conclude in December 2023, received €1,985,000 in funding from the Interreg Italia-Malta Programme, shared among partners in Catania and Malta. For more information, visit gifluid.eu.