Alessandro Attolico

Engineer, Director of Territorial Planning, Representative of United Nations International Strategy for Disaster Reduction (UNISDR)

Biography: Alessandro Attolico has a degree in Civil Engineering and Ph.D. in Earthquake Engineering. Dr. Attolico has also an international post-graduate degree in European Construction Engineering. He currently holds the positions of the Executive Director of Territorial Planning and Development of the Environment and Civil Protection Office of the Province of Potenza and Local Authority, and in 2014 was appointed as the UNISDR (United Nations International Strategy for Disaster Reduction) Advocate and SFDRR (Sendai Framework for Disaster Risk Reduction) Local Focal Point for Making Cities Resilient. Dr. Attolico is responsible for orienting political decision-making processes, drawing and implementing plans, programs, projects, and actions associated with territorial and environmental policies at local, regional, national, and international levels. He holds extensive expertise and experience in territorial Sustainable Development , DRM/DRR and climate and multi-year engagements in decision-making and policy-oriented processes. Among many achievements, Dr. Attolico coordinated the construction of the first Provincial Civil Protection System for the Province of Potenza and was involved in the drafting of the Provincial Master Plan (TCP) in 2013, outlining governmental proposals for the implementation of broad Sustainable Development Goals of Province of Potenza. Both of these projects have been acknowledged as national and international models and are producing tangible effects in terms of the strategic positive policy-making. The Province of Potenza is an UNISDR World Role Model for Inclusive Resilience and Territorial Safety (2015), Community Champion of Knowledge for Life - IDDR2015 (2015), since 2016 is the coordinator of EU Covenant of Mayors for Climate and Energy , and is addressing and coordinating the 100 Cities and Municipalities initiative.

Research Interests: Dr. Attolico’s interests reside in the drafting and implementing governance policies associated with producing human habitats resilient and sustainable and participating in the United Nations’ world-wide efforts of reducing disasters and promoting sustainable development.

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