MedCities, together with the Mediterranean Action Plan of the United Nations Environmental Programme (UNEP/MAP), the Union for the Mediterranean (UfM) and the Euro-Mediterranean Regional and Local Assembly (ARLEM), organised a Regional Workshop on Sustainable Mediterranean Cities Cooperation that took place in Barcelona on 26-27th October 2021.

The workshop was organised in a hybrid format and gathered around 100 participants from Mediterranean cities, including political representatives and senior technical staff in charge of environmental or socio-economic affairs, as well as regional institutions working on sustainable urban development and circular economy at local level.

During the first day, held at the Barcelona Metropolitan Area (AMB), participants assessed and discussed the methodological framework of the Istanbul Environment Friendly City Award, which aims at recognising the role of coastal cities in achieving a sustainable Mediterranean Sea and coast through the implementation of successful urban development initiatives at local level.

The seminar also offered Mediterranean cities a forum to present their experiences in addressing sustainability issues in their municipalities. During the second day, held at the Secretariat of the Union for the Mediterranean premises, participants had an interactive dialogue on city-to-city cooperation from the perspective of cities and institutions, exchanging experiences, tools, and frameworks for integrated sustainable development. In the afternoon participants took part in a study visit to Barcelona’s Ecoparc 1, one of the most innovative waste treatment facilities of the city.

You can download below the presentations showcased during both days.

Rethinking the Istanbul Environment Friendly City Award, 26 October 2021 (watch the video recording of the session here).

Rethinking the Istanbul Environment Friendly City Award, 26 October 2021

City to city cooperation, successful practices and promising frameworks, 27 October 2021

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