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5th European Conference on Sustainable Cities & Towns (Sevilla, 21-24 March 2007). “Xarxa” – a Network of Municipalities towards Sustainability. Moving from pioneering to mainstream. “Xarxa” is an association of municipalities commited to make progress towards sustainable development

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5th European Conference on Sustainable Cities & Towns (Sevilla, 21-24 March 2007)

“Xarxa” – a Network of Municipalities towards Sustainability

Moving from pioneering to mainstream

  • “Xarxa” is an association of municipalities commited to make progress towards sustainable development

  • A platform of co-operation, interchange and promotion of projects of common interest

  • “Xarxa” was constituted in 1997 in Manresa, where 118 municipalities signed their adhesion and approved the Declaration of Manresa – Municipalities towards Sustainability

  • Now, there are more than 220 local governments from the 4 provinces of Catalonia, which represents 78% of the total population in Catalonia

Àrea de Medi Ambient


5th European Conference on Sustainable Cities & Towns (Sevilla, 21-24 March 2007)

Declaration of Vilafranca (2005)

Moving from pioneering to mainstream

Our commitment with the prevention of climate change

1- Energy saving

2- Rational use of energy

3- Increase the use of renewable energies

4- Promotion of sustainable mobility

5- Use of mechanisms to neutralize CO2 emissions

Àrea de Medi Ambient


5th European Conference on Sustainable Cities & Towns (Sevilla, 21-24 March 2007)

Forum on Environment & Local World (Barcelona, Feb 2007)

Moving from pioneering to mainstream

11 proposals:

- A new water culture

- An integral management of waste

- Protection of the atmosphere and prevention of climate change

- A new energy culture

- Participative public policies for an integral and sustainable territory development

- Sustainable mobility

Àrea de Medi Ambient


5th European Conference on Sustainable Cities & Towns (Sevilla, 21-24 March 2007)

Forum on Environment & Local World (Barcelona, Feb 2007)

Moving from pioneering to mainstream

11 proposals:

- Conservation and improvement of biodiversity

- Responsible consumption and ecological production

- Information and education for change towards sustainability

- Citizen participation and involvement, basic elements to achieve a sustainable development

General recommendation – More responsabilities and more funding for local governments

Àrea de Medi Ambient


Sustainability Evaluation Report (Oct 2006)

29 Municipalities (3,5 Million inhabitants)


“Xarxa”’s tools for sustainability

Strategic framework of the local administration to prevent climate change

www.diba.cat/mediambient


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