WORLD SUMMIT CLIMATE AND TERRITORIES TOWARDS THE COP21

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Inspiring action for urban and regional planning.

Territorial and urban planning promoted by subnational and local governments is an effective instrument to tackle climate change.

Subnational and local governments are often responsible for the development and implementation of policies, plans, strategies, programs and initiatives that directly influence GHG emissions and address the impacts of climate change. This is the case of policies and legislation in the field of land management and urban organisation (mobility, housing, access to basic services, agriculture, natural spaces), economic and social inclusion, resources management (energy, water), waste management and risk protection. Then, the United Nations Development Programme
(UNDP) estimates that 50% to 80% of adaptation and mitigation actions necessary to tackle climate change relate to subnational or local competences.

As we approach COP21, Nrg4SD, the Network of Regional Governments for Sustainable Development and FNAU, the French Network of Urban Planning Agencies are delighted to share some inspiring practices that illustrate how territorial and urban planning can be an effective tool to tackle climate change. It is our view that territorial and urban planning offer an opportunity of an integrated approach and a way to promote and enhance the dialogue on how to design and improve resilience, envisaging low-carbon cities and territories in the future.

Besides articles provided by our own members, the compilation also brings cases provided by our partners, ADEME, CODATU and URBACT, as well as cases extracted from the International Guidelines on urban and territorial planning – Towards a Compendium of Inspiring practices, organized by UN Habitat.

This compilation of cases calls attention to the importance of territorial and urban planning promoted by subnational and local governments to address climate change.

Although it indicates good practices, it is important to highlight that territorial and urban planning must be adapted to each specific scale and context and include various institutional levels that intervene in the territory. It should be collaboratively built with citizens and stakeholders.

Planning is a process and a tool that helps decision making and capacity building to tackle climate change.

Mr. Jean Rottner,
Mayor of Mulhouse
and President of FNAU

Mr. Santiago Vila,
Minister for Territory and Sustainability
of Catalonia, Co-Chair North, nrg4SD

 

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