Bethlehem SMART City

“Environmental Monitoring System and Technological Renewal in the City of Bethlehem.

Institutional mission with all project partners kicks off

A delegation representing the 18 partner entities of the project “Bethlehem SMART City – Environmental Monitoring System and Technological Renewal in the City of Bethlehem” has left for the institutional mission that will take place in Bethlehem from December 3 to 6 and will see the project participants meet with the Mayor of Bethlehem Hanna Hanania, the Consul General of Italy in Jerusalem and will end with the presentation and discussion conference on the project “Smart City towards Smart Heritage” on December 5.

The Bethlehem SMART City project will help promote sustainable and resilient urban and territorial development in the Bethlehem (Palestine) area. 36 months of work for the 17 partners plus the Province of Pavia, which is leading the project, with the aim of reducing the city’s electricity and energy consumption and increasing the energy efficiency of utilities in full awareness of the area’s environmental values and cultural and social identities.

Thus, the project will aim to promote the development of SMART buildings and neighborhoods in the Municipality of Bethlehem, which are sustainable and innovative from an urban and environmental point of view, implementing technological infrastructures that will also promote tourism, able to represent a valid model for other municipalities in Palestine. Among the proposed actions are the ntegration of charging systems for electric mobility (mini cars, bicycles) with the renewable source production systems in the building, actions for cultural exchange and human contact between Bethlehem and Italian communities, for educational experiences and social development of citizenship, and the rehabilitation of the premises of a building intended to house the city’s physical museum. The total cost of the project is 1 million 750 thousand euros, of which 1 million 400 thousand euros is funded by the Italian Agency for Development Cooperation (AICS).

The partners involved in the project are: Province of Pavia (lead agency), Municipality of Bethlehem, University of Pavia, Metropolitan City of Turin, Municipality of Pavia, Municipality of Parma, Municipality of Padula, ANCI Lombardia, Cilento National Park –

-Vallo di Diano – Alburni, Joint Services Council for Tourism Development in Bethlehem Governorate JSCTD, VIS – Volontariato Internazionale per lo Sviluppo NGO, SISTERR – Sistema Territoriale Pavese per la Cooperazione Internazionale, Municipality of Bruino (as lead partner of Co.Co.Pa. – Coordination of Municipalities for Peace (Turin)), Politecnico di Torino – Energy Department “Galileo Ferraris”, Bethlehem University, LINKS Foundation, Ai Engineering S.r.l., Piacenti S.p.A.