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Mayor Evelyn Tang-Uy, the only Asian leader speaker during the Regional Conference on Urban Development Strategies in the Mediterranean presented the DIPOLOG CITY DEVELOPMENT STRATEGY (CDS) at Barcelona , Spain, last March 14, 2011 Mayor Uy was chosen by the League of Cities of the Philippines to present Dipolog's CDS program, one of the best development approaches and strategies implemented by an LGU in the Philippines.
These projects involved relocating people occupying public lands for many years and moving them to a relocation site acquired by the city government and developed into a housing community with basic amenities like school, chapel, market, playground etc.
While relocating people is always a contentious issue anywhere, the Dipolog experience which involved participation of different sectors from the planning, project development, implementation and post implementation stages spelled the difference.
The 2day-conference, March 14 - 15, was organized by the Marsielle Center for Mediterranean Integration , the World Bank, the French Caisse des Depots et Cosignations, the Medcities network as well as the Cities Alliance and the World Bank Institute.
CONFERENCE ON URBAN DEVELOPMENT STRATEGIES IN THE MEDITERRANEAN, BARCELONA
Place: Spain, Barcelona
Date: 14.03.2011 - 15.03.2011
The global development of the Mediterranean region is correlated with the constitution of an economically and socially viable city system. However, Mediterranean cities often rely on sectoral planning instruments which do not adapt to dealing with the complexity of urban challenges. These approaches result in proposals that reveal a lack of real capacity, funding and governance. The subject of strategic urban planning that is responsive to the southern and eastern banks of the Mediterranean is therefore of crucial importance, particularly in view of the waves of urbanisation affecting the region. By 2025, a population of 385 million inhabitants (3 out of 4 Mediterraneans) will effectively be living in an urban zone.
This unique situation raises issues which call for a joint reflection by the actors concerned. The objective of this conference is to lead all Mediterranean actors (local authorities, governments, fund backers, cities network etc.) to adopt a common approach in their concepts of urban development and methodologies that can be adapted to each context. The conference will permit the mutual exchange of the experiences capitalised by their organisers. Cities will present their own experiences, particularly successes whose lessons may be applied to other cities. Similarly, some states will present their support policies and programmes for urban consultation processes on key local development strategies and projects.
The conference will be held in Barcelona on 14 and 15 March 2011. You will receive the complete conference programme in the near future, but for now we invite you to take note of the dates. A background note and provisional agenda are attached to this file. You can also obtain additional information on the event at the following address email@example.com. The webpage of the Conference will be available from January 15th onwards: www.csp2011bcn.org
Barcelona Gathering to Focus on Urban Development Strategies
Rapid urban population growth in the Mediterranean region in recent decades presents formidable challenges to decision-makers. In the 21 Mediterranean rim countries, the total urban population, that is population living in agglomerations of over 10,000 inhabitants, passed from 94 million in 1950 (44% of the population) to 274 million in 2000 (64%). The region's urban population is expected to reach 378 million in 2025, according to the Plan Bleu. On March 14-15, Barcelona will play host to a conference on Mediterranean urban development strategies, organized by the Marseille Centre for Mediterranean Integration (CMI), the MedCities network and the Municipality and Area M'tropolitaine de Barcelona (AMB). The Conference will offer an opportunity for stakeholders from around the Mediterranean region to exchange experiences.
The following are excerpts from an interview with Joan Parpal, Secretary General of MedCities.
CMI: What are the key issues which will be addressed at this Conference?
J. Parpal: The conference will highlight urban development policies in order to identify the most effective strategies that will address common challenges across the region's urban landscape. This Conference is also a unique opportunity to encourage countries of the South to support urban development strategies. These issues are critical because economic growth and demographic pressures are concentrated in urban areas. Moreover, improvement in quality of life among urban populations is a key ingredient for social stability and economic efficiency. The overall development of the Mediterranean region is therefore dependent on the establishment of a network of cities that are economically and socially sustainable. Mediterranean cities often rely on planning instruments that have heretofore failed to deal with the complexity of urban challenges and present weaknesses in terms of efficiency, funding and governance.
What are the main thrusts of the Barcelona?
The Conference will present various methodologies adopted by decision-makers tasked with designing and implementing urban development strategies. In particular, several cities including Barcelona, Tripoli (Lebanon), Sfax, Smyrne, Alep, Malaga, Agadir and Ramallah will present their approach. For example, Tunis will present its climate change response plan. Representatives from Morocco, Egypt and Palestine will also present their efforts towards supporting urban development strategies.
Why are such exchanges of experiences important?
It is a necessary step to encourage diverse Mediterranean actors to adopt common approaches to urban development and to develop methodologies suitable to different environments. These exchanges and debates will also raise awareness that an effective urban strategic plan has to take into account a wide range of issues such as demography, environment, urban planning and financial resources. To be successfully implemented, a strategic plan also requires the participation of local actors, private sector support, a preliminary diagnostic, a priority list of actions, and a financing plan. The purpose of the Conference in Barcelona is precisely to allow for such exchange of experiences.
To what extent do you think recent political events in the Region have impacted on this Conference?
The trend towards greater democracy in the South of the Mediterranean may be a positive factor for mainstreaming local realities into the decision-making process. It is also an opportunity to develop a true public-private dialogue. It is not enough that a municipality prepares a development strategy; private partners must also accept and support the strategy.
Partners: Marseille Centre for Mediterranean Integration (CMI), MedCities, Area of Barcelona (AMB), City of Barcelona, the World Bank, Cities Alliance, UNDP/Art Gold, UN Habitat, Caisse des DÃ?Â©pÃ?Â´ts and Consignations, AECID, IEMED, AFD, GIZ.
DIPOLOG CITY - City Mayor Evelyn T. Uy has recently returned from Spain where she was invited to share the best practices of this city with the local government leaders from the Mediterranean states.
Mayor Uy was invited by the World Bank (WB) to present how the city government of Dipolog succeeded in adopting the City Development Strategy (CDS) concept in the implementation of its programs and projects.
Uy presented three major infrastructure projects that were products of a multi-sectoral consultation: the Dipolog Boulevard, integrated bus terminal and Turno bypass road. "These projects have given enormous economic benefits to the city because they complement each other," Uy explained.
She recalled that the construction of Dipolog Boulevard had met a strong opposition by the squatters living along the shores. But the city government saw the need to relocate them to a safer place where they would have their own houses and toilets.
"It really takes political will to do the right things," said the mayor adding that a multi-sectoral consultation is a key to get things done. Aside from being the provincial capital, Dipolog is also the commercial trading hub of the province.
Uy was the only Asian leader invited to present CDS to a group of local government officials from the Mediterranean states attending a conference on urban development strategy in Spain.(NBE/FPG-PIA-Zambo. Norte)
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