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Cork City - “Healthy Heart” of the Cork Region
City/Region : Cork City , Ireland

Cork City Centre is the Healthy Heart of Cork. Its well being is essential to the wider region. In the post economic crash period, the city’s approach to urban revitalisation lagged behind its European counterparts. Recognising this, a comprehensive study was carried out in 2014 to kick-start transformative actions to revitalise the City Centre in partnership with a wide range of stakeholders. The Cork City Centre “Healthy Heart” Strategy has established partnerships and collaboration to drive a wide range of actions to improve the quality of the city centre for all.

Agendas addressed
Public spaceSocial inclusion and integrationLocal economies and employment
Pathways followed
  • Involve citizens through participatory implementation
  • Encourage local private and civic engagement
  • Create and close local value chains
  • Prepare policies for socio-cultural changes due to innovation
Social Empowerment as an Antidote to sustainable Urban Transformation
City/Region : Kadıköy Municipality , Turkey

Kadıköy's transformative action involves including the direct participation of citizens and urban stakeholders in the creation of social spaces. This new “public spaces” approach is solidified by;
• Co-production spaces supporting collective production
• Enhancing social diversity
• Creating Learning Spaces
• Supporting Social Innovation
• Increasing Social Interaction
• Supporting participative design via Co-creation
• Increasing experience exchange and Social Learning
• Strengthening Collective Decision-Making  and Social Solidarity
Kadıköy Design Atelier, Kadıköy Academy, İDEA Kadıköy workspace, Kadıköy women solidarity network Potlatch, re-purposed historical heritage buildings, all share the determination of Kadıköy to use space as a transformative tool. 

Agendas addressed
Public spaceSocial inclusion and integrationLocal economies and employment
Pathways followed
  • Ensure equal access to municipal services
  • Involve citizens through participatory implementation
  • Encourage local private and civic engagement
  • Promote social innovation supporting inclusion
  • Nurture a sharing economy
  • Create and close local value chains
Integral and communitarian intervention in the neighbourhood of San Francisco, Bilbao
Organisation : Doctors of the world, Basque Country , Spain

"Programme of Integral and communitarian intervention in the neighborhood of San Francisco, Bilbao: New challenges" has the main objective of promoting the intercultural coexistence in the zone with the greatest concentration of immigrants in the city.

Specific objectives include: to promote the integration of people of foreign origin in the neighborhood of San Francisco. To facilitate and to promote the coexistence between neighbours, both native and those of foreign origin, in the district of San Francisco. To strengthen the acquisition of psycho-social skills and knowledge to improve autonomy and integration, promote gender equalit and respect for sexual diversity, reduce discriminatory attitudes, and to strengthen associative life. Systematize and disseminate the evaluation of the program.

Agendas addressed
Social inclusion and integration
Pathways followed
  • Ensure equal access to municipal services
  • Promote social innovation supporting inclusion
Green Factor: Adapting urban public spaces to climate change
City/Region : Durango Local Council , Spain

The Green Factor approach aims to mitigate the harmful effects on the environment and improve people’s health by developing the Faktore Berdea tool, in an attempt to adapt public spaces to climate change. Designing public spaces using carefully selected vegetation and appropriate materials mitigates the flood risk, reduces the heat island effect in urban areas, and improves the quality and liveability of public spaces, thus increasing the positive health effects for the residents, and adapting the city to the risks of climate change.

Agendas addressed
Climate change
Pathways followed
  • Ensure equal access to municipal services
  • Implement sustainable procurement principles
  • Pursue a shift towards a circular economy
  • Wisely select and apply smart technologies
  • Accelerate sustainability and innovation through public procurement
  • Prepare policies for socio-cultural changes due to innovation
Together, acting sustainably, innovatively, holistically and courageously to future-proof our city
City/Region : City of Geestland , Germany

Geestland does not just work on one of the ten agendas of the Basque Declaration, but instead takes a more holistic approach. Since 2005, this has been a continuous process that can be seen across all the work of the municipality and not just in individual projects.

First and foremost cooperation with all partners (citizens, politicians, other Authorities and Institutions, Companies) of the City is the most important thing. The city is desgined together with its citizens to ensure its sustainability. The local people are the biggest asset to acheive something.

Agendas addressed
DecarbonisationUrban mobilityBiodiversity
Greenfield land and natural spaceWater resources and air qualityClimate change
Public spaceHousingSocial inclusion and integration
Local economies and employment
Pathways followed
  • Ensure equal access to municipal services
  • Involve citizens through participatory implementation
  • Encourage local private and civic engagement
  • Promote social innovation supporting inclusion
  • Nurture a sharing economy
  • Capitalise on local economy and production
  • Create and close local value chains
  • Apply innovative financing approaches
  • Implement sustainable procurement principles
  • Pursue a shift towards a circular economy
  • Wisely select and apply smart technologies
  • Accelerate sustainability and innovation through public procurement
  • Guarantee equal access to information & digital services
  • Support open data standards
  • Prepare policies for socio-cultural changes due to innovation
Project "OSE On S'entreprend Ensemble à Grande-Synthe"
City/Region : City of Grande-Synthe , France

In our territory, the economic model is characterized by wage labour, industrial culture, territorial polarisation and persistence of unequal distribution of resources. This is leading to a deepened social divide, oil dependency and planned obsolescence, which is no longer able to help us cope with the ecological, social and economic challenges the city is facing.

The objective of the project is to contribute to the improvement of the social, economic and ecological resilience of our territory through the setting-up of innovative grassroots entrepreneurial communities. A cultural change on how everyone can/has to contribute to a more sustainable and fairer economic model will be initiated.

Agendas addressed
DecarbonisationSocial inclusion and integrationLocal economies and employment
Pathways followed
  • Involve citizens through participatory implementation
  • Encourage local private and civic engagement
  • Promote social innovation supporting inclusion
  • Nurture a sharing economy
  • Capitalise on local economy and production
  • Create and close local value chains
  • Apply innovative financing approaches
  • Pursue a shift towards a circular economy
  • Prepare policies for socio-cultural changes due to innovation
Legazpi Klima: Sustainable Development and Climate Change Strategy
City/Region : Legazpi , Spain

Legazpi Local Council has prepared a Sustainable Development and Climate Change Strategy, known as Legazpi Klima 2030.

It is a reflection on how we envisage Legazpi will be in 15 years time: what energy we will be using, how we will travel around, which economic sectors we want to drive, what problems climate change will cause, how we will protect ourselves, how we will address ageing, and how we will look after the natural environment.

Councillors, municipal technicians and the citizens of Legazpi were involved in preparing the Diagnosis and the Action Plan.
Both the Diagnosis and the 2017-2024 Action Plan have also been published in “Lectura Fácil” [Easy Ready] so that can be understood by people with reading difficulties.

Agendas addressed
Climate change
Pathways followed
  • Involve citizens through participatory implementation
  • Implement sustainable procurement principles
  • Pursue a shift towards a circular economy
  • Accelerate sustainability and innovation through public procurement
  • Guarantee equal access to information & digital services
Circular Berlin
Organisation : Berlin , Germany

Circular Berlin is an open initiative promoting a collaborative environment to unlock the potential of cross-sectorial connectivity and to accelerate Berlin's transition to a circular city. Current objectives are:

  • Connect Berlin local initiatives operating in the area of Circular Economy 
  • Identify cross-sectorial potentials for knowledge creation and exchange
  • Search for projects ready for replication and launch new pilots at the district and city level

The focus is on construction and the built environment, food and agriculture, and textile and fashion, as well as on eco-design, material, and recycling.

The ultimate goal to identify best practices for and in Berlin!

Agendas addressed
Water resources and air qualityHousingLocal economies and employment
Pathways followed
  • Encourage local private and civic engagement
  • Create and close local value chains
  • Implement sustainable procurement principles
  • Pursue a shift towards a circular economy
  • Accelerate sustainability and innovation through public procurement
  • Support open data standards
Actívate+ / Aktibatu+ en Bilbao
Organisation : Plan de Acción Global para la Tierra (GAP España) , Spain

The project was launched in the Basque Country, by GAP España in conjunction with Government of Bizkaia and 6 other public and private partners.

The aim was to enable local communities and citizens to transform by empowering them through taking "actions", hence the name "Actívate+". The strategy was to engage schools, families and the community to encourage change in relation to sustainability.

Two GAP programmes were implemented: one aimed at reducing energy & waste in school buildings and the other minimizing daily negative habits in relation to water, energy consumption and mobility using the household as the focal point.

Agendas addressed
DecarbonisationUrban mobilityWater resources and air quality
Climate changeSocial inclusion and integration
Pathways followed
  • Involve citizens through participatory implementation
  • Encourage local private and civic engagement
  • Promote social innovation supporting inclusion
  • Capitalise on local economy and production
  • Create and close local value chains
  • Implement sustainable procurement principles
  • Pursue a shift towards a circular economy
  • Wisely select and apply smart technologies
  • Guarantee equal access to information & digital services
  • Support open data standards
A new approach to public transport as a way to improve the quality of life.
City/Region : The City and Commune of Ostrów Wielkopolski , Poland

The authorities of Ostrów Wielkopolski have undertaken a number of initiatives to modernize urban transport in the city. The goal is to develop ecological public transport, improve air quality, reduce traffic, promote bike usage and use new technologies.

Electric mobility gained popularity in 2017, however despite the short time frame, many sustainable transport initiaitves have already been introduced. The city is currently implementing 2 projects valued at 63 million PLN, 46 million PLN of which is coming from EU funding. Projects include: electric buses  (one of the first in Greater Poland), city bike stations, an Interchange Centre and Park&Ride parking.  These activities lead to lasting change, as evidenced by a number of users.

Agendas addressed
Urban mobilityWater resources and air qualityPublic space
Pathways followed
  • Ensure equal access to municipal services
  • Capitalise on local economy and production
  • Implement sustainable procurement principles
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