Eurocities Environment Forum, Sustainable cities - the Mediterranean model

The next Eurocities Environment Forum will be held in Malaga, from 11 to 13 June 2014, within Urban Emapathy Project. It is themed on Sustainable cities - the Mediterranean model.

Eurocities, the main European cities platform based in Brussels. This network was founded in 1986 by the mayors of six major cities, Barcelona, Birmingham, Frankfurt, Lyon, Milan and Rotterdam, today it represents over 130 local governments in European cities.

Through six thematic forums, a large number of working groups, projects, activities and events, the Network offers to members a platform to share their experience and exchange ideas.

Reflecting the vision of Europe 2020 on smart, sustainable and inclusive growth, the current priorities of the Network are employment, innovation, education, social inclusion and climate / energy.

In this context, the event in Malaga, organized by the Malaga City Council - European Programmes Area - Urban Environment Observatory (OMAU), in collaboration with the Environment Department and the Municipal Energy Agency, will bring together technicians from across Europe who will have the opportunity to exchange knowledge and work experiences on:

  1. Mediterranean models, compact an complex city with proximity to basic services as principles for climate change mitigation
  2. Key aspects for green public procurement and new financing sources
  3. Exchange of experiences and good practices for extreme heat
  4. Speednetworking on climate adaptation
  5. INTERREG Europe Programme 2014-2020

The general approach of the Environment Forum:

The environment forum supports cities in their efforts to bring about a better environment and work towards achieving sustainable development by sharing knowledge and expertise.

For people living in cities, a good quality of life depends largely on the quality of the urban environment. Europe's cities are striving to provide citizens with clean air, safe water and a healthy habitat, including plenty of trees, parks and green spaces.
Cities also play an active role in helping to stabilise the global climate and adapt to the inevitable consequences of climate change.

Working within our environment forum, our members are formulating practical and innovative ways to integrate environmental considerations into local decision making and urban planning processes.

Our environment forum also works with the EU institutions and national governments to ensure that European environmental legislation and programmes can be implemented successfully at local level, in order to both improve the urban environment and protect the global environment.

2014 Priorities:

 Sustainable, resource efficient economy

  1. Following up on the recent changes in (green) public procurement rules
  2. Following up the European Union’s review of the waste legislation
  3. Following up on the European Union's Seventh Environmental Action Programme, including the development of strategies on urban environment, including issues such as urban transport, air quality, and the prevention and recycling of waste, and impacts of chemical substances
  4. Exchanging best practices on efficient, beneficial and balanced cooperation with large private companies

Healthy environment:

  1. Providing input to the review of EU air quality policy and noise legislation
  2. Addressing challenges associated with public health and quality of life, such as air quality, noise, water, waste, green areas, cleanliness and others

Climate change:

  1. Addressing the challenges associated with global climate change, including anticipating the potential consequences of climate change, including heat, and developing effective adaptation measures with a focus on extreme heat and flooding, as well as continuing to reduce greenhouse gas emissions
  2. Exchanging best practices on energy efficiency with a focus on sustainable building refurbishment
  3. Exchanging best practices on smart cities with a focus on ICT and energy, including smart grids, and exploring the city needs when it comes to new norms and standards

The agenda will be available soon. More info


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