01 Malaga City Council - Project: CAT-MED  

Result: Malaga Charter and Platform for Sustainable Urban Models 

Partner description

Malaga City Council has been working on the promotion of Sustainable Urban Models for over 15 years. Awarded with the Best Practices of HABITAT II in 1998, for the integrated approach it has lead networks (URB-AL 6) and studies (RFSC) working with SUMO.

The work carried out is promoted by the European Programmes- Observatory of Urban Environment where the SUMO model has been defined. The technical team involved in the definition of the SUMO as well as in the configuration of the integrated system of indicators, the application in real scenarios with key actors and the political commitment to promote them (CAT MED methodology), also participates in URBAN EMPATHY.

Malaga City Council has been actively participating in the Med capitalization process since the 1st meeting in Naples. It has also lead the Cluster for Sustainable Urban Models & Climate Change helping Cespi with the capitalization report. On the other hand, the current CAT MED Platform for Sustainable Urban Models is lead by Malaga who holds the Secretariat General.

Main contact

Name: Pedro Marín Cots

Position: Head of the European Programmes Department

Telephone:  (+34) 951 928 833

Mail: pmarin@malaga.eu

Name: Sandra Marín Herbert

Position: Technical Adviser for European Programmes

Telephone:  (+34) 951 928 833

Mail: programaseuropeos1@malaga.eu

Project description

CAT-MED project aims to prevent natural risks related to climate change, thanks to the convergence of metropolitan strategies and actions, connecting natural risks prevention and climate change with the development of sustainable urban models.

Thus, the main objective of CAT-MED is the promotion of sustainable urban models which are based on the classical Mediterranean city: compact, complex and with proximity to basic services, following an integrated approach.

The classical Mediterranean city combines these complementary concepts that leads to increase mobility and accessibility at a pedestrian scale. These characteristics have a clear connection with the ability to save natural resources and the energy efficiency in urban areas, and consequently, the CO2 emissions reduction and its relation to prevent possible future natural risks related to climate change.

More specifically, the CAT-MED project is made up of 5 main elements that are closely linked together:

The first element of the project involves the idea of sustainable urban model and its relation with Mediterranean cities. This is followed by a second element which consists in the definition of a common system of urban indicators to measure whether established objectives or targets have been achieved or not.

A pilot project called the Green Apple makes up the third element, with the objective of showing the main characteristics of the proposed urban model, both at a planning and building level.

The fourth element of the project consists in the definition of Metropolitan Groups, involving people interested in the development of a Green Apple, residents of the selected pilot areas, urban developers and local key actors.

Finally, the political commitment and the continuity to the project’s aim is achieved by the signing of the Malaga Charter and the constitution of the CAT-MED platform. On the 7th of February 2011, the Mayors and representatives of the 11 cities participating in the project signed the Malaga Charter, expressing their interest in the development of a platform for sustainable urban models in order to continue the works carried out during the project.

Result capitalized in Urban Empathy

The setting up of the Platform for Sustainable Urban Models is based on the Malaga Charter originally signed by the maximum political representatives in the framework of the CAT-MED project. It is considered as a way of consolidating and institutionalising the network that has been developed and matured over more than ten years of collaboration in European cooperation projects.

The aim of the platform is to join together all Mediterranean organisations that are interested in sustainable urban models and policies, with the external support of other European Cities who are experts in the working themes of the platform.

The more specific objectives of the Platform are the implementation of the principles established by the Malaga Charter on Sustainable Urban Models, like the development of urban configurations that take into account the main common features of sustainable cities, as well as give voice and visibility at European level to Mediterranean initiatives that promote sustainable urban models able to reduce the effects of climate change.

Finally, the Platform allow members to be part of a network of cities committed to urban sustainability, whose main utility and purpose are the reinforcement of their political commitment, ensuring the durability and transferability of the results achieved by the different cities or institutions and bringing the partners the possibility to participate in high level political discussions on urban sustainability and related policies.

02 Agency for Sustainable Mediterranean Cities and Territories (Avitem) - Project: ELIH-MED  

Result: Capitalisation strategy and policy paper

Partner description

The French Agency for Mediterranean Sustainable Cities and Territories (Avitem), through the Mediterranean Institute, has been involved in several MED projects and achieved a large experience of transnational cooperation since precedent programing period. Governance issues and territorial policies are two domains of expertise of the Mediterrranean Institute team.

Avitem has been involved in the clusterisation process with Cespi and has created direct relations with the MED authorities. The Mediterranean Institute is able to mobilize a large Euro-mediterranean network, built on successive cooperation experiences on the Northern and Southern shores of the Mediterranean. This network will be a key asset to strenghten the institutionalisation of the platform.

The Agency is directly supported by local, regional and national institutions (ville de Marseille, Région Provence Alpes Côte d’Azur, French State, etc).

03 Government of Catalonia - Project: MARIE  

Result: Associated partners platform for energy efficiency

Partner description

The Department of Territory and Sustainability, Housing Agency of Catalonia, as a regional authority, will help develop the connection between the technical aspects of the project and the policy side of things.

As of a result of their work in the MARIE project, the Government of Catalonia will help facilitate the work between public and private actors related to Energy Efficiency of buildings improvement through the Associated Partners Platform.

Their participation in the project will use this network of private an public actors to help integrate private actors in the MED Transnational Cooperation and in the identification of strategic issues and main barriers for the implementation of Urban Sustainability policies with regards to the next programming period.

04 Municipality of Pisa - Project: CULTURE MED  

Result: Catalogue of best practices in urban planning in the historical city centres of Unesco cities. Action plan for UNESCO historical centres

Partner description

The participation of the Municipality of Pisa will increase the knowledge of governance and urban planning practices in historical areas and will provide an interesting tool (the action plan) to be shared and discussed.

The partners will be able to make a progress and try to endorse this very useful tool to reach the so-called multi-level governance goals.

In terms of institutional perspective, their participation will bring the experience of a medium-size Municipality which is well connected in the Mediterranean area and to the EU in terms of participation in EU and MED projects and programmes.

05 Aristotle University of Thessaloniki - Project: ZEROWASTE  

Result: Decision Support Tool (DST) for waste management

Partner description

Aristotle University of Thessaloniki and specifically the Laboratory of Heat Transfer and Environmental Engineering (LHTEE) has a long record of both academic and research work on urban sustainability issues. The LHTEE has lately been on the forefront institutions to promote the Zero Waste concept in urban environments in Greece by participating in the ZERO WASTE (Low Cost Zero Waste Municipality) MED project.

Within the implementation of this project LHTEE has been closely working with more than 30 of Greece’s largest municipalities and a similar number of waste management authorities and private companies forming a strong network of contacts in the field.

06 Province of Lucca - Project: TEENERGY  

Result: Guidelines concerning structural and behavioural solutions for implementing energy efficiency in school buildings

Partner description

In the Urban Empathy capitalization project, the Province of Lucca will promote the specific urban planning theme of energy efficiency with a focus on existing secondary school buildings, providing the Mediterranean partnership with concrete results of the former MED TEENERGY project, with a special focus on the communication methodology used in the project to disseminate the results (E.g. the Guidelines) to local and regional public administrations.

The Province of Lucca has the capacity to involve decision makers and key actors, to help with the mainstreaming of the Teenergy and other project results in the local and regional sustainable urban policies.

In addition, thanks to all its existing European relationships and networks developed over the last 5 years of management of European Projects, the Province of Lucca will help to ensure the consideration of the Energy Efficiency theme, in the new programming period.

07 Jozef Stefan Institute - Project: EFFECT  

Result: International training seminars for policy makers

Partner description

The Jožef Stefan Institute is one of the most prominent scientific centres concerning energy efficiency in Europe. They have been project leaders for the preparation of many Slovenian strategic documents like National Energy Programme, National Energy Efficiency Action Plan, National Renewable Energy Action Plan, etc.

They are part of global networking community of energy efficiency experts connected through the EUREM (European Energy Managers, www.eurem.net) training platform. Their line of work consists of supporting governmental structures and local communities in transition to more sustainable energy solutions.

The Jožef Stefan Institute is actively participating in the EFFECT project and will bring to the project the International training seminars format used to update the competences of policy makers from the SEE involved countries in the integration of Energy Efficiency criteria in tender documents. 

08 Barcelona Urban Ecology Agency - Project: CAT-MED  

Result: Set of common urban sustainability indicators to follow up the evolution towards the urban model

Partner description

The Urban Ecology Agency of Barcelona (BCNecologia) is highly specialised in sustainability indicators: definition, methodology, use, ranks and implementation together with policy makers. Because of its previous experience in the field, it has developed a key role in the definition of the transnational indicator system as a technical partner of the CATMED project.

BCNecologia has done projects for various public institutions, foundations, organizations and companies, both nationally and internationally. In this capitalization project it can provide expertise in this field as well as with regards to general criteria about sustainability and to evaluate deliverables from other partners.

Besides its strong technical character, BCNecologia is a public consortium consisting of the City Council of Barcelona, the Municipal Council of the Metropolitan Area of Barcelona and the Barcelona Provincial Council, so it has a wide experience developing projects that require a lot of contact between technicians and urban policy makers. 

09 Municipality of Genoa - Project: CAT-MED  

Result: Metropolitan groups & Green Apple methodology

Partner description

The municipality of Genoa has managed to involve political representatives of the local authority in the promotion of the pilot project of the Genoa Green Apple along with the results of other capitalised project results at a national and international level.

Furthermore, the metropolitan groups created during the CATMED and the strengthening of the Participative Process used to involve the city key actors in the development of the Green Apple pilot project in Genoa had a huge success in the identification of the weaknesses, strengths, opportunities and challenges.

Through the URBAN EMPATHY project, these outputs can be communicated and promoted outside Genoa using the Platform as a tool.

10 City of Stuttgart - Project: CITIES FOR MOBILITY  

Result: Development of the Cities for mobility network

Partner description

The partners of the URBAN EMPATHY project and other cities in the Mediterranean region will have the opportunity to benefit from the experiences and knowledge gathered in the “Cities for Mobility”.

Regarding the “Cities for Mobility network”, the City of Stuttgart will share its knowledge regarding the creation and development of the network from the results and contacts from previous URBAL project.

Furthermore, partners will be able to access best practices in all areas of urban mobility as well as use the services offered by the network (contact to international experts, dissemination in publications, participation in events and training).

11 Emilia-Romagna Region - Projects: HYBRID PARKS & PAYS.MED.URBAN  

Result: Hybrid workshop methodology
Result: Selection methodology used to determine the best practices in promotion of high quality landscape

Partner description

Emilia-Romagna Region is a regional authority with a large amount of experience in European territorial cooperation projects. It has the capacity and the resources to reach a vast amount of stakeholders, from civil society associations active in the area of territorial protection, to local decision makers and administrators responsible for urban planning and landscape protection.

The Emilia-Romagna Region will primarily participate in the URBAN EMPATHY project with the result from the HYBRID PARKS project (INTERREG IVC) which started this year. They will use the HYBRID workshop methodology in the mainstreaming of capitalized project pilot results and the articulation of territorial cooperation with other structural funds.

Furthermore, the Emilia-Romagna Region took active part in all of the activities carried out in the PAYS.MED.URBAN project, concretely contributing to all the produced publications and to the implementation of the Third Edition of the Mediterranean Landscape Award, together with the first and second editions which took place in the framework of previous European funded projects.

12 Nice Côte d´Azur Metropole - Project: PLUS  

Result: Deep Dive Methodology

Partner description

Nice Côte d’Azur Metropolis (NCA) has been heavily involved in the development of the PLUS project in close cooperation with the lead partner Eindhoven. The innovative approach and methodology proposed in the project, including the Deep Dive process, and implemented throughout the years 2011 and 2012 in 15 cities in Europe, was proposed to the lead partner as a best practice identified in another INTERREG IVC project in the field of innovation “ERMIS”.

As an innovative and international metropolitan area of over 530 000 inhabitants, NCA is in charge of large fields of competence including Environment, Energy, Transport and Urban Planning. NCA is legitimate to mobilise the key stakeholders in the territories in all these fields in order to draw up public policies but also to implement them.

13 Regional Education and Information Centre (REIC) - Project: ENER SUPPLY  

Result: Summer Camp methodology
Result: Web training platform

Partner description

The Regional Education and Information Centre (REIC) has experience in the implementation of projects in the Med area, especially in the South East Europe programme including the 3 IPA countries involved: Albania, Croatia and Bosnia and Herzegovina.

REIC usually works with: National Government of BiH; Bosnian Federation; Central Canton; Chamber of commerce; University of Tuzla, Mostar and Sarajevo; Sarajevo and other Municipalities. It has also specific contacts with other regional organizations such as the Black Sea Regional Centre and IMSAD – Association of Turkish Building Material Producers.

REIC will be able to use and consolidate their network to disseminate the results of the different projects and to involve the decision makers and other main stakeholders, as well as being in charge of the organisation and management of a high level seminar in Bosnia and Herzegovina.

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