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Home Events THE “GRENELLE OF ENVIRONMENT” AND SUSTAINABLE CITIES IN FRANCE

Invitation

Thursday 4 March, 2010 at 18:00-20:00

The Club of Rome EU-Chapter (Brussels) and the Club of Rome - European Support Centre (Vienna) are pleased to invite you to the 70th Aurelio Peccei Lecture at the The Royal Flemish Academy of Belgium of Sciences and Arts:

THE “GRENELLE OF ENVIRONMENT” AND SUSTAINABLE CITIES IN FRANCE

Jean-François GUET
Architect and urban planner
Head of planning and housing department of the CERTU

Sustainable Urbanization and Cities: This lecture is part of the cycle of Lectures on Sustainable Urbanization & Cities, chaired by Pierre Laconte, Past-President International Society of City and Regional Planners (ISOCARP).

About the Presentation

Following the Rio declaration (1992) and the Aalborg charter for sustainable cities (1994), France has first translated sustainable urban development principles into Agendas 21, adopted by cities. Those principles then appeared into laws, especially with the « Solidarity and urban renewal » law (Loi SRU, 2000), which introduced them into compulsory « sustainable development plans » (both strategic plans and local plans). A next step was the « Grenelle of environment » (2008), a national public debate on environmental topics organized by the new “Ministry of ecology” (that includes public works). It involved all the actors concerned: national and local authorities, labour unions, professional organisations, universities and NGO’s. The result of this debate was a list of 268 propositions covering urban planning, urban mobility, nature into the city, renewal of city centres and “green and blue” patterns. As a result a first law has been adopted in October 2008; a second is being adopted. A national plan for sustainable cities has been launched, together with a national call for local projects, related among others to urban public transport, eco-neighbourhoods and eco-cities.

In the context of its 2009 EU presidency, France has proposed to work on a « Reference framework for European sustainable cities », a kit of tools to implement the “Leipzig charter” (2007). A draft kit is to be adopted next June in Toledo at the end of Spain’s presidency and tested by selected cities.

France has thus attempted to integrate national and local policies towards efficiently promoting sustainable cities.

Location

The Aurelio Peccei Lecture-Event will take place at
Royal Flemish Academy of Belgium (Vesalius room)

Address:

Hertogstraat 1 Rue Ducale
Brussels
BELGIUM
ZIP Code: 1000

For more information about the activities of the host of the 71st Aurelio Peccei Lecture please follow these links:
In Flemish In French In English

Follow-Up

The slides of Jean-François Guet’s presentation are now available fordownload.

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