The International Cooperation sector pursues the specific aim of fostering and nourishing ITHACA's external relations by seeking collaborative partnerships for the preparation of basic and applied research project proposals for funding opportunities, as well as for the participation to international tenders in projects and operations financed by the development community.

Funded Projects

SUMP – Sustainable Urban Mobility Planning in Myanmar

The project, financed by EuropeAid, will be implemented in 2015-16 by the already consolidated partnership of the SWM2 project, namely the City of Torino (consortium leader), ITHACA, the Italian NGO CESVI and the YCDC (Yangon City Development Committee), technically assisted by the Torino public company 5T. In a sprawling city expected to double its population by 2040, SUMP’s primary objective is to contribute to shape a more sustainable urban environment in Yangon by directly involving local institutions, citizens and relevant stakeholders for sharing European best practices and expertise in transportation policies and road safety. Key elements of the project will be:

  • local authorities institutional and technical capacity building in improving strategic planning through the transfer of good practices and models;
  • access to appropriate technologies improving the staff capacities in order to increase their performance in the planning processes;
  • citizens’ participation in the decision-making process and their dialog with local authorities, increasing public awareness on mobility issues.

ITHACA will provide technical assistance and capacity building to local authorities in the field of digital mapping and cartography, by the setup of a Spatial Data Infrastructure (SDI) to store reference datasets and key-features, and the delivery of specific training sessions which will provide YCDC with the technical know-how to manage the SDI (data entry, management and analysis, GIS).

Copernicus Emergency Management Service – Rapid Mapping

Under a contract awarded by the European Commission for the operational provision of the Copernicus Emergency Management Service, ITHACA, in partnership with e-GEOS (leader), GAF, SIRS, SERTIT and DLR, has been awarded the prosecution of Copernicus Emergency Management Service operations for the period 2015 – 2019. The Service provides maps of damage assessment and of reference pre-event situation based on satellite images, to support civil protection and humanitarian aid operators in their tasks related to the reaction to natural/manmade disasters. Access to the service is centrally coordinated at European Commission level by DG ECHO and it is granted free of charge to authorized Users operating in Civil Protection and Humanitarian Aids sectors, belonging to the European Member States as well as international organizations such as the United Nations, the World bank or other NGOs.

Given the target user community, the main characteristic of the rapid mapping component of the Copernicus Emergency Management Service is the all-year-round 24/7 availability, the extremely quick response time and the very fast map delivery time. After the reception of a service activation request, relevant optical and radar satellite resources are immediately tasked to acquire images of the affected area and post event damage assessment maps are delivered within few hours after the satellite acquisition.

Main drivers for activations are volcanoes, earthquakes, floods, oil spills, fires, humanitarian crisis, border conflicts and any other event that requires rapid response.

The results of the service in near real time are published on the Copernicus portal, directly managed by the European Commission and are made publicly available in accordance with the Copernicus policy on free and open data.

Environmental Protection and Sustainable Development: Building Local Capacities on SWM In Myanmar

ITHACA is partner in a EuropeAid cofunded project led by the City of Torino, together with the City of Yangon and CESVI Onlus. The project is expected to build up local authorities technical and institutional capacities in the field of solid waste management, through the creation of an updated geographic information system and contributing to the community awareness on best practices.

ELF - European Location Framework

Launched in March 2013, ELF is co-funded by the European Commission’s Competitive and Innovation Framework Programme (CIP). The goal of this project is to deliver the European Location Framework (ELF) required to provide up-to-date, authoritative, interoperable, cross-border, reference geo-information for use by the European public and private sectors. This versatile cloud-based and cascade-supporting architecture provides a platform of INSPIRE compliant geo-information, harmonised at a cross-border and pan-European level. The three-year project is supported by a consortium of 30 partners across Europe and it will foster the wider use of geo-information and enable the creation of innovative value-added services. The project’s proactive stimulation of content markets involves the creation of sample applications using thematic communities to make user-led developments by SMEs (both inside and outside the consortium).

iCOAST (Integrated Coastal Alert System)

iCOAST is a European Commission financed project under the instrument "Prevention Projects in Civil Protection", lauched in December 2013 with a duration of 2 years, implemented by a consortium of 7 partners led by Centro Internacional de Investigación de los Recursos Costeros (Spain). iCOAST is a tool that will forecast storm hazards (waves plus mean water level), predict it intensity and impact (risk) and give recommendations to help institutions to manage storm hazards in European coastal areas. iCOAST addresses coastal risks caused by extreme waves and high sea water levels, being used as a coastal early warning system to forecast storm events and as a tool to help in the decision making processes of the intervention for managers.

Malawi Disaster and Natural Resources Spatial Data Sharing Platform

In the framework of the partnership between the World Bank and the Government of Malawi for flood risk reduction in the Shire River Basin, Ithaca has been appointed technical consultant for the development and implementation of a web-based data sharing tool based on GeoNode, the free and open-source software which is being used in a number of other OpenDRI projects in the region and around the world. In line with the World Bank's Open Data for Resilience Initiative (OpenDRI), the online platform for Malawi will help ensure that the data created by a number of past or ongoing projects is maintained and remains accessible and useful to the Government of Malawi. ITHACA therefore provides the necessary technical support and training to the National Spatial Data Center and partner ministries to carry the initiative through the first phase, which takes place from May through December 2012.

AREAS and AREAS+ (Academic Relations between Europe and ASia)

The two projects, one the continuation of the other, are coordinated by the Politecnico di Torino and financed by the European Union in the framework of the Erasmus Mundus Action 2 programme. They are managed by a partnership made of some of the most prestigious universities in Europe and these targeted South-Eastern Asian countries: Cambodia, India, Indonesia, Laos, Malaysia, Myanmar, Mongolia, Sri Lanka, Thailand, The Philippines, Vietnam. AREAS and AREAS+ provide scholarships for students, researchers and staff for mobilities between the South Eastern Asian Countries targeted by the project and Europe. Mobilities can take place at any of the Partner Universities, both in Asia and Europe. Mobilities cannot take place among European countries nor among the Asian Countries. Download the AREAS+ flyer

Implementation of an initial GMES Service for Geospatial Data Access covering areas outside Europe

Reference data are vital both to the GMES core and downstream services (in particular emergency response, land, atmosphere and security services) and to end-user applications in order to provide the basic geographic framework on top of which additional (thematic) spatial information can be produced and disclosed (e.g. land use/land cover maps, asset maps and damage assessment maps in response to crisis). Reference data are typically provided by data providers at regional or national level. Within Europe the States are obliged to make this data accessible in accordance with the Inspire Directive. In order to take full benefit from the data available a central service is needed to access these reference data providers in a unified manner.

Web GIS Application containing a Survey on Cultural Heritage sites in Cyprus

The project focuses on the creation of a WebGIS application that collects, classify, and gives back information on Cyprus cultural heritage. The need of this tool comes from the reflection that land management cannot ignore the use of a highly communication effective tools and of decisions support, having a capacity of synthesis and potentials of storing, processing and visualizing a great number of information. Beneficiary of the project is United Nations Development Programme Partnership for the Future (UNDP - PFF).