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Sustainable Mediterranean Cities

The “Euromed Cities Network” team is pleased to announce that its new collaborative website is now on-line :

We wanted it to be :

. convenient,
. as comprehensive as possible,
. suited to the expectations and needs of the “Network Actors” : the 150 cities shared among 27countries, european and southern and eastern coasts of the Mediterranean, and the Partners,
. the faithful reflects of our ambitions to boost tomorrow challenges.

This website will evolve thanks to you. Constructive observations and proposals are welcome.

At least, don’t hesitate to copy the link on your own website.

Best regards.
The team of the
Euromed Cities Network

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Over 70% of Europeans live in urban areas, and 55% of public investment is made by regional or local governments. The European Investment Bank works on a range of Urban Agenda-related initiatives to share knowledge with local and regional decision-makers in order to improve access to funds and help them use existing funds more effectively.

The EIB has provided EUR 95 billion in urban lending over the last five years and is extending that financing to projects with a higher risk under the European Fund for Strategic Investments, part of the Investment Plan for Europe.

Around 20 cities will be selected by the European Commission to share their technical expertise and strategic advice on the Commission’s Urban Water Agenda 2030.

The agenda aims to build on the capacities and political leadership of local governments to advance sustainable water management in Europe. The Commission is looking to work with cities in accelerating the implementation of EU water policies and legislation, such as the EU Water Framework Directive and the Floods Directive.

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Urban, demographic and climate trends are increasingly exposing cities to risks of having too little, too much and too polluted water. Facing these challenges requires robust public policies and sound governance frameworks to co-ordinate across multiple scales, authorities, and policy domains. Building on a survey of 48 cities in OECD countries and emerging economies, the report analyses key factors affecting urban water governance, discusses trends in allocating roles and responsibilities across levels of government, and assesses multi-level governance gaps in urban water management. It provides a framework for mitigating territorial and institutional fragmentation and raising the profile of water in the broader sustainable development agenda, focusing in particular on the contribution of metropolitan governance, rural-urban partnerships and stakeholder engagement.

A water-wise city vision accelerates action

The IWA Principles for Water-Wise Cities provide an all-encompassing vision for sustainable urban water management that unites people and institutions, traverses boundaries and scales, and enables a city to take action. The 17 Principles underlie resilient planning and design in cities by encouraging collaborative action, so that local governments, urban professionals, and individuals actively engage in addressing and finding solutions for managing all waters of the city.

Read full article by Tom Williams from the International Water Association (IWA).

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