On Thursday 27th January, the second workshop of the participatory process was carried out in person with the previously selected stakeholders for the case study of Rimini. The workshop was organized and implemented by Flaminia Squitieri (WUR), with the support of Mattia Neri (UB) and Elena Toth (UB). The workshop was held in the Laboratorio Aperto Rimini Tiberio space thanks to the hospitality of Anna Montini (Municipal Councillor for the Environment, Sustainable Development and Blue Economy of Rimini Municipality).
The serious game “SIMTWIST: THE GAME. Scenarios and proposals for the future to ensure water supply in Rimini” was played during the workshop. The game was originally designed for the Benidorm case study by Joanne Craven, a professional consultant specialized in developing this kind of tool and trained at the prestigious UNESCO-IHE Delft Institute for Water Education. The game was adapted for the Italian case study by Flaminia Squitieri. The game was developed and played to explore the implications and different measures to address a future scenario in which the Rimini water system is threatened. Several factors may threaten the system, including climate change, increased rainfall variability, decreasing water availability, and increased demand for water from the tourism sector. Stakeholders discussed and proposed perceived benefits, impacts, barriers, and requirements for implementing different measures in this future scenario.
The final objective was to formulate a strategy common to all the stakeholders to preserve the robustness of the water system. All stakeholders present played together around the same table. Central to the discussion was the need for targeted and continuous collaborative projects between the parties. The final strategy proposed envisaged a combination of measures such as:
- Increasing collaboration among stakeholders by developing targeted projects (Collaborazione – Progetti Mirati) and promoting an integrated vision (Collaborazione – Visione Integrata)
- Adopting good water-saving practices in tourism facilities (Risparmio idrico – Adozione Buone Pratiche)
- Implementing new water storage facilities (Infrastrutture – Aumento Stoccaggio)
- Adopting economic instruments such as increasing tariffs to increase investments and reduce consumption (Strumenti economici – Aumento Tariffa)
- Increasing awareness through the definition and implementation of a communication strategy for citizen-user education (Sensibilizzazione – Educazione e Comunicazione)
The following people attended the workshop:
– Tonino Bernabè (Romagna Acque)
– Marco Martelli (Romagna Acque)
– Maurizia Brunetti (Hera)
– Emanuele Galloni (Hera)
– Antonio Bortolotti (Hera)
– Anna Montini (Comune Rimini)
– Alessandro La Lampa (AIA)
– Mauro Vanni (Cooperativa Bagnini Rimini Sud)
– Andrea Albini (Cooperativa Bagnini Rimini Sud)
Elena Toth, Mattia Neri, and Irene Cicconi from University of Bologna attended the workshop online. Moreover, Giuseppe Selvaggiuolo, who works for Laboratorio Aperto Tiberio, provided support for the event logistics and attended the workshop as a spectator. ATERSIR and Servizio Turismo, Commercio e Sport – Regione Emilia-Romagna did not partecipate in the workshop.
The workshop was very successful! The innovative game tool facilitated knowledge sharing and social learning processes and enabled the emergence of new ideas. Interesting discussions emerged among the participants, leading to exchanging knowledge, experiences, and insightful information. Stakeholders gave positive feedback to the game and the overall experience, acknowledging how the unexpected final choices were the product of refinement work based on a mutual exchange of ideas and practices. They also stressed the importance of having the opportunity to discuss different topics all together at the same table.
Thanks to everyone who actively participated and contributed to the workshop with enthusiasm!