The three sustainability dimensions "ecologically sound", "economically successful" and "socially just" are always in focus in municipal urban development projects. This also applies to municipal land management. The integration of these three aspects and the resilience factor in land use planning and zoning strategies as well as in existing development under constantly changing conditions is one of the main tasks of municipal experts. Conflicts of objectives and interests often arise, which are not always easy to solve.
Nearly 30 municipal practitioners from 14 cities, 7 countries and three continents intensively exchanged their experiences on the topic of "sustainable and resilient, regional and intermunicipal land management" and developed joint approaches and project ideas. They had accepted the invitation of Connective Cities and the city of Trier to join the virtual dialogue event, which took place from November 18 to 20, 2020.
Starting with an exchange of experiences on good practices and projects in the cities, challenges in implementation were identified and finally two project ideas were developed for Amman (Jordan) and Rostock (Germany), which may lead to an improvement of the respective strategies and implementation plans in this thematic area.
Wolfram Leibe, Lord Mayor of the city of Trier, welcomed the participants and wished them a constructive exchange, as questions about the climate crisis as well as about social and economic sustainability would not stop at national borders.
Starting with twokeynotes on the challenges and potentials of land management held by Prof. Dr. Dirk Löhr and Cllr. Prof. Samer Bagaeen, the participants presented 12 practical project examples from their cities with the following main topics:
A number of key solutions and challenges were identified, including that:
On day three the final step of the international workshop was to transform some of the challenges and solutions identified in the first two days of the exchange into project ideas and to support them with concrete action plans.
Agenda [in Englisch, pdf]
Urban and regional development: Resilience as new sustainability
Prof. Dr. Dirk Löhr
Center for Land Research, Environmental Campus Birkenfeld
Trier University of Applied Sciences
Energising the Post COVID Recovery: Thinking about Land Use Planning in Cities
Cllr. Prof. Samer Bagaeen
FRICS MRTPI FRSA
Professor of Planning, Kent School of Architecture & Planning
City of Rostock: The Future Plan
by Dürten Schölens
City of Ulm: Development of city quarter "Am Weinberg"
by Ms. Christ and Ms. Schauppel
The Local Physical & Land Use Development plan for Kisumu City
by Mr. Ochieng and Mr. Okoyo
Ramallah Municipality: Build the resilience of city & community through shaping creative spaces and new gatherings
by Ms. Burbar and Ms. AbuBakr
Sustainable Development through Intercommunal Land Management in the Bonn/Rhein-Sieg/Ahrweiler Region
by Ms. Schmeer and Ms. Wagner
City of Trier: The strategic concept „Trier‘s Future 2025+“
by Ms. Dr. Thees
Municipality of SFAX: Taparura Project
by Ms. Imen and Mr. Mahmoud
he expertise of the participants was as diverse as the cities they represented. With 15 participants from Trier, Halle, Rostock, Ulm, Dortmund, Bonn and Cologne, the German cities were very well represented. The international guests came from Bangangte (Cameroon), Kisumu (Kenya), Amman (Jordan), Kent (Great Britain), Ramallah (Palestinian Territories), Sfax (Tunisia) and New Delhi (India).
The participants advised each other, e.g. on how to better manage the narrow parcelling out of districts in Amman, how to better promote low-cost housing in Rostock, or how to change the behavior of the population for more climate protection in land use planning in Kisumu.
On the last day of the exchange, two action plans were developed into concrete project ideas that have a serious potential to be implemented in practice:
Connective Cities will continue to support the municipalities in the development of their project ideas through targeted follow up exchange formats such as expert missions.