CHAMP follows up the projects Managing Urban Europe-25 and ENVIPLANS

CHAMP is a follow-up project of the Managing Urban Europe-25 project that was running from 2005-2008.

Basing on the experiences and the developed content, CHAMP brings the model of an integrated man-agement system for local sustainability on a concrete practice and will support cities and regions to implement an integrated management system to respond to climate change.

In Southern Europe the project ENVIPLANS was conducted and will also form a basis for the content used in CHAMP.

The Capacity development package will be based on the content developed in both previous projects, update them and add current case studies about the use of IMS. Cities and municipalities that have been involved in MUE-25 will be invited to take part in CHAMP to continue their work or/and to act as references to other cities and to share their own experiences.

Managing Urban Europe-25

The European project “Managing Urban Europe-25 (MUE-25)” worked with 25 European local and regional authorities to improve their environmental quality and sustainability performance. The project, which ran from 2006 to 2008, delivered a framework for better implementation of already existing environmental management systems like EMAS, ISO 14001 and ecoBUDGET. It provides a method for how cities and regions can practically work with integrated management, an approach recommended in many EU policies and strategies of today.

Through practical work with the cities that included local training, capacity building and applied research, MUE-25 is part of a larger picture of strengthening environmental and sustainable practices in EU-27. The project was closely linked to the Thematic Strategy on the Urban Environment within the 6th Environmental Action Plan of the European Union and the Leipzig Charter, among other EU-wide recommendations and policy frameworks.

The main outcome of the project is a framework model of an integrated management system, an umbrella that enables the implementation of integrated management systems for the whole urban area. By applying the system, the cities are in a better position to improve the implementation of environmental legislation, urban management, municipal compliance with existing legislation and voluntary agreements as well as environmental assessment and reporting and communication with local stakeholders, and to integrate the different municipal policies int oone coherent strategy.

The pilot cities played an crucial role in the project, as they were testing the framework model and provided information about their experiences. Participants were both cities that only just started to implement EMS and cities that were very experienced in EMS and were looking for new ways of using EMS, for instance by widening the scope of their system to economic and social aspects. The test implementation took place in all cities during 2006-2008.
The MUE 25 project produced a number of useful implementation guidelines and an online guidance tool, together with reports and strategy documents from the individual cities. They can be viewed under the headline Project outputs and on www.localmanagement.eu.

The MUE-25 project concluded with a Forum on "Managing a Sustainable Future for Cities and Regions" in Berlin in February 2008. The Forum highlighted the experiences of the 25 pilot cities. About 150 participants and key persons responsible for urban issues from 25 European countries gathered in Berlin Lichtenberg’s Max-Taut-Aula to discuss the integrated management approach. The speakers included representatives from local governments, regional authorities, national governments, the European Commission and the European Parliament. The project team presented the improved system and implementation methodology for integrated urban management that will now be hopefully applied in many more cities across Europe.

More information you can find at www.mue25.net

ENVIPLANS

The quality of the urban environment is of enormous importance to Europeans. In 2006 the EU Com-mission adopted a Thematic Strategy on the Urban Environment. This project aims to sets out the problems and challenges facing South Europe's urban areas, with the ultimate commitment of improv-ing the environment and the Quality of life for EU and East Adriatic countries inhabitants.

More information at www.a21italy.it/a21italy/enviplans/home.htm