Research Centre for Sustainable Urban and Regional Food

Cardiff University - the main building (as see...

Cardiff University – the main building (as seen from Cathays Park in spring time) (Photo credit: Wikipedia)

The Research Centre for Sustainable Urban and Regional Food (SURF) carries out world-class research into the emerging role of cities and regions in the geography and polity of food. It builds on the interdisciplinary expertise of our long-established food research community at Cardiff University’s School of Planning and Geography (CPLAN) and Sustainable Places Research Institute (PLACE) to promote research, teaching and post-graduate training in the area of sustainable urban and regional food systems.

Source: cardiff.ac.uk

Sustainable Urban Development: the Role of the Civil Society

This workshop is being organised as part of the EU-China Mayors’ Forum which is taking place in the context of the EU-China Urbanization Partnership. The Forum will take place  back-to-back with the 8th EU-China Summit to be held in Brussels on 20 September 2012. The aim of the EU-China Urbanization Partnership is to find solutions to the challenges of urbanisation. Europe is one of the most urbanized continents of the world with more than two thirds of the European population living in cities. China is still experiencing an unprecedented rate of urbanization that could well bring its urban population from the current 47, 5% to 60% of the total population by 2030. The focus of this first EU-China Urbanization Partnership meeting in Brussels is on sharing experiences and ideas on how to make urban development sustainable and socially inclusive.

The EESC is organising the workshop in order to highlight the role of civil society in urban development. Civil society’s commitment and involvement in urbanization projects is a prerequisite to their success. This event will present various, interesting experiences of civil society involvement in sustainable urbanization project from two different perspectives: 1. citizens’ action in support of greening cities; 2. initiatives by local authorities’ to involve civil society in urban development.

Urban Projects through the Atlantic Arc: the future EU cohesion policy

The project TONETA, driven by the Conference of Atlantic Arc Cities (CAAC) and led by Gijon in the framework of the Europe for Citizens programme, counts on the cooperation of CAAC cities and also involves, Cardiff, the Association of Municipalities of the Vale do Ave (AMAVE-Guimaraes), and AIRE 198 (Niort, Poitiers, La Rochelle, Angoulême). The main aims of TONETA is to give the transnational cooperations in the Atlantic Area a clear urban dimension, translating the subsidiarity principle into daily language; so active European citizenship shall become reality.
EU and Atlantic values will be at the basis of every action and will constitute the cross-cuting tool to ensure ownership of the results. It cannot be ignored that the countries of the Atlantic Arc have felt the effects of the current recession to a greater degree, and the local authorities are thus witnessing how their capacity to react is reduced. The exchange of best practices, projects that reach scale economies and wide involvement of civil society are sine qua non conditions to overcome the crisis.
This exchange of good practice has been crystalised in a report that summarises the relation beetwen urban Atlantic initiatives and the thematic objectives of the future EU cohesion policy.

Please find attached the document

Do The Right #Mix: new European campaign on sustainable urban mobility launched!

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On 3 July the European Commission launched its new European wide mobility campaign which aims at fostering positive change in behaviours and attitudes of citizens.The three year campaign, managed by EUROCITIES, together with Mostra and Polis, will support sustainable urban mobility campaigners in promoting the combined use of different sustainable modes of transport in 31 countries.
In this framework, the European Commission has created an award fund of €500,000 that will support activities which demonstrate “significant networking and multiplication effects at the local, regional and/or national, or even EU level”.The Do The Right Mix campaign will also include an award scheme on Sustainable Urban Mobility Plans (SUMPs) to recognise towns or cities with advanced approaches to integrated transport planning.

This campaign is a great opportunity for cities wishing to promote cleaner urban mobility, as it supports, both financially and in terms of visibility, the implementation of local projects and the set up of raising-awareness local events. Cities are encouraged to showcase their achievements to a wider European audience by publishing them online.

source : Eurocities