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Edinburgh at URBELAC meeting

EWH represented Edinburgh at a recent international meeting in Bogota.

Nov 7, 2012

On 23rd October 2012 Willy Roe (EWH chair) and Krzysztof Chuchra (EWH Urban Analyst) represented Edinburgh at the first URBELAC-II (URBan European and Latin American and Caribbean cities) partnership meeting in Bogota.

URBELAC-II is supported by the European Commission and the Inter-American Development Bank to improve the quality of life in Latin American and Caribbean cities. The aim is to promote sustainable and integrated urban development through the sharing of best practice.

The project is planned to last 12 months and involves Latin American cities (Cochabamba, Cuenca, Manizales, Mar del Plata, Pereira) and European cities (Edinburgh, La Laguna, Malaga, Venice, Debrecen). Six of the partner cities expressed an interest in close collaboration with Edinburgh.

The network allows the cities to interact with each other, build relations through presentations, round table discussions and workshops on problems such as: climate change, heritage management, quality of public realm, waste management and transport. The issues involving Edinburgh in the network come from the World Heritage Site Management Plan, which is addressed by the partnership of the City of Edinburgh Council, Historic Scotland, Edinburgh World Heritage and other stakeholders.

The next meeting of the partnership will take place in Copenhagen in December, to start the second phase of the programme and focus on concrete projects and actions.

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