France’s Embassy in Romania, in partnership with Business France and the French Chamber of Commerce and Industry in Romania (CCIFER) is launching the first edition of the contest titled “The durable town”, open to all communities – counties, municipalities, towns, communes – which awards innovative initiatives in sustainable development, informs a press release of the diplomatic mission issued on Tuesday.
For this first edition of the competition, the French Embassy in Romania and its partners invite all local authorities in Romania to submit by 30 March the finalised projects or those underway, which evince an important step with regard to the durable development of communities.
The award-winning projects will be short-listed by a jury made up of independent experts and will win a research trip to a partner reference community in France in order to see other innovative examples of communities’ durable development.
“In a context where last years’ multiple initiatives and projects show that for the local communities – county, municipality, town, commune – in Romania, ‘the durable town’ represents a topical item and for France, following the Paris Agreement in 2015, on the occasion of COP21, ‘the durable town’ has become a governmental priority, the French Embassy to Romania wishes to support initiatives and good practices within local communities in Romania,” France’s Ambassador to Romania Michele Ramis stated as quoted in the release.
According to the quoted source, the contest intends to highlight the positive initiatives of local communities in Romania and to reward those more deeply involved in durable development and in the fight against climate change for their actions in key domains that enlist under ‘the durable town’: 1) water, sewage and waste management, 2) urban mobility, 3) energy efficiency, 4) capitalizing on constructions and rehabilitating the patrimony.
The projects presented must fall within a strong vision on durability that in the long term allows for the reconciling of the requirements related to the environment and of those of economic and social development. The jury will assess the local initiatives and good practices that allowed for a better adaptation to climate changes and have had a positive impact on the population’s living quality.