Approximately 20 local authorities in Romania will benefit, in the next two years, from Swiss assistance and expertise in the process of becoming green cities through the management of greenhouse gas emissions, in order to lower the negative impact on the climate, through a project worth almost CHF 278,000, according to Terra Mileniul III, the organisation that implements this programme.
The “Green Cities – Green Regions” project is implemented from April 2015 to April 2017 in partnership with the R20 – Regions for Climate Actions, a Switzerland-based NGO, and the Association of Romanian Municipalities.
The municipalities participating in the project will be thus helped to develop and to implement realistic measures for the reduction of greenhouse gas emissions.
“In the first stage, a group of 20 municipalities will benefit from the know-how of Romanian and Swiss experts through a variety of seminars, training sessions, practical activities, a study visit in Switzerland and an international conference. Then they will act as information multipliers for communities around them. Thus, the cities that will be selected for the project will become the core of new green regions. The materials resulting from these activities will be disseminated to the 109 members of the Association of Romanian Municipalities – 103 municipalities and six Bucharest Districts. Apart from the information gained, a group of 5 municipalities will receive assistance in devising the monitoring of greenhouse gas emissions and of action plans for switching to a green economy,” a communiqué released by Terra Mileniului III reads.
According to the aforementioned source, the project’s objectives include, among others: raising the Romanian local authorities’ level of information on the green economy and expertise on low-emissions urban development; raising the local authorities’ capacity to draft and implement climate-responsible public policies; improving the level of cooperation between green municipalities and regions in Romania and Switzerland.
The “Green Cities – Green Regions” project will take place at national level over a period of 24 months and is co-financed through a Swiss grant through the Swiss Contribution for an extended European Union. Of the project’s total value of CHF 277,565, CHF 28,116 represents the partners’ own contribution.