Smolyan

Description

The Municipality of Smolyan is situated in a mountainous region in South Bulgaria on 1000m above sea level, in the heart of the Rhodope Mountains, near on the Greek-Bulgarian border. Smolyan is 250km away from the capital Sofia and 100km from the second largest city in the country – Plovdiv. The cross-border checkpoint with Greece (Zlatograd-Thermes) is situated only 55km from Smolyan. The opening of another point in the near future – Elidge border checkpoint, only 30km away from Smolyan, is on the way, which will be the fastest
link with Xanthi and the Northern Aegean coast.

Within +CityxChange Project Smolyan has identified three Demonstration Areas (DAs) for the replication of the Lighthouse Cities’ pilot projects. The municipality is looking into the possibilities to apply specific energy management schemes in public buildings to balance the prosuming of PV and solar thermal energy as well as balancing the production of hot water to reduce the energy demands of its public swimming pool.

DA1: Old city centre – The sports Hall; The city swimming pool; Training stadium; Multifunctional training playgrounds

DA2: New city centre – The planetarium; The municipality building; The regional museum; The regional library; The art gallery; The city theatre; The secondary school

DA3: Raikovo replication site – The sports stadium; The sports and service support building; The public kindergarten

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News

Flashback to see CxC progress from the city of Smolyan

Firstly, at the beginning of June, members of the +CxC team held their 3rd self-facilitated Climate Fresk in the co-creation space Sky Hub Smolyan with the participation of ninth-graders from PGI “Karl Marx”. The primary mission of the initiative was to familiarize children and adults with the causes of climate change.

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Smolyan Joins ‘Partnership for Adaptation to Climate Change’

Smolyan is about to sign the contract for project “Partnership for Adaptation to Climate Change” which has been approved by the Environment Protection and Climate Change Programme of the EEA Financial Mechanism. In this project Smolyan has formed a partnership with 3 other Bulgarian municipalities – Asenovgrad, Svilengrad and Krushari,

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+CityxChange Newsletter – April 2021

+CityxChange‘s sixth newsletter has been distributed in April 2021. Please, feel welcome to read the newsletter online here and distribute it to your network. This month’s newsletter contains the most important news and updates of the last four months from our project, focusing on how +CityxChange is entering its project

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Events

+CityxChange and Climathon 2020

This year, five +CityxChange cities (Limerick, Pisek, Sestao, Trondheim, and Voru) worked together to develop coordinated Climathon events (WP10). A Climathon is an opportunity for public engagement around city-specific climate challenges, which can be tied to the work of the +CityxChange project. Our five cities collaborated over months to develop and deliver

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Smart City Live 2020: a unique edition for an unusual context

Since the global pandemic is still impacting our daily lives, the Smart City Expo team and Fira de Barcelona are finding a new way to reconnect all the industry actors and rebuild ecosystems to accelerate a much-needed recovery. This year we are transforming ourselves into an online event: Smart City

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