03/27/2008

Europe to Provide a Sustainability Model

"I am convinced that the Managing Urban Europe-25 integrated management system
is a very good tool that can help towns, cities, and regions to tackle the
increasing impact of human activities on the urban environment," said Berlin's
Senator for Health, Environment and Consumer Protection Katrin Lompscher at the
"BerlinForum: Managing a Sustainable Future for Cities and Regions," held Feb.
12-13.

About 150 participants and managers responsible for the urban issues of 25
European countries gathered in Berlin to present and discuss an integrated
management approach, including representatives from local governments, regional
authorities, national governments, European Commission and European Union
Parliament.

During three years, 25 European cities and regions have cooperated to develop
an integrated management approach for local and regional sustainability in the
project Managing Urban Europe-25. The approach is a response to the EU Thematic
Strategy on the Urban Environment (2006) and the EU Leipzig Charta on
Sustainable Cities (2007). The BerlinForum served as discussion platform for
urban integrated management -- from climate change to equity, from the EU
Lisbon Strategy for Growth to the Aalborg Commitments.

Integrated management seeks to meet the environmental and sustainability
challenges of urban areas in Europe such as poor air quality, high levels of
traffic and congestion, urban sprawl, greenhouse gas emissions, waste and
wastewater. It is a tool to meet further sustainability dimensions such as
social and economic.

As more than 80 percent of EU's population lives in urban areas today, their
quality of life is directly influenced by the state of the urban environment.
With the rapid rate of urbanization, it is assumed that more than half of the
world's urban areas expected in 2030 do not even exist yet. Efficient
management is needed to make these future urban areas sustainable from Day 1. A
sustainable development of urban Europe requires an efficient integrated
management that supports both existing and future urban areas.

At the BerlinForum, coordinators of the 25 cities and regions of MUE-25 issued
a statement declaring a commitment to continue their pathway with integrated
sustainable management practices. They also agreed to meet in 5 years time in
Leeds (UK) for a follow-up forum.


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