www.sci.ic.gc.ca CSD-14 New York 2 May 2006
What is the Sustainable Cities Initative? • A Government of Canada program that partners with cities in the developing world to address urban challenges • Program Objectives • Promote sustainable urban developmentin developing and emerging economies. • Facilitate partnershipsamong firms, NGOs, governments and academic institutions. • Share Canadian leadershipin technology, products and skills in the support of urban sustainable development. • Involve the private sectorin sustainable development. 2
Non- Governmental Organizations Financial Institutions Municipal Governments Embassies & Consulates SCI Federal / State Governments Private Sector Local Stakeholders Public Institutions How does it work? - Team Building SCI forms a team of city officials, local stakeholders, and Canadian public and private organisations that are interested in implementing sustainable development projects.
Waste Management EnvironmentalBenefits Transportation WaterManagement Clean Energy SustainableDevelopment Economic Growth Housing Telecommunications Urban Planning Social Improvement Economy How does it work? Public Dialogue for Integrated Planning SCI holds public stakeholder dialogues for each sector to: Develop an Integrated Roadmap for Urban Sustainable Development which sets sector priorities, and generates ideas and public support for projects.
How does it work? - Project Definition and Funding • Canadian organisations work with municipal officials and local partners to develop more detailed information about the project (such as the scope of the project, the financing requirements, potential sources of financing for implementation, etc). • SCI provides financial support to Canadian organizations for pre-feasibility studies, workshop delivery, technical missions to Canada. However, SCI is not a funding program and does not fund project implementation.
Context and Background • In 1999 Canada launched the SCI as a pilot program to respond to the development needs of growing cities around the world • Successes of the program were recognized by the World Summit Business Award at WSSD in 2002 and Canada announced expansion, now up to 16 cities
Results of SCI – Public Planning • Broad public stakeholder dialogues held in all 16 cities in urban sectors (water, waste, transportation, planning,etc) • Roadmap documents to define priority needs and areas of collaboration with Canada
Results of SCI – Example projects • International private-public expert teams collaborating on feasibility studies and financing Examples: • Landfill gas capture and waste management – Dakar • Training for emissions testing – Durban, South Africa • Future regional water supply – Northern Mexico • Waste-to-energy Facility – Matamoros, Mexico • Waterfront Development – Vina del Mar, Chile • Creation of GIS Database – Porto Alegre, Brazil
SCI – What are the Benefits? • Benefits for the SCI City: • Creates a forum and framework to discuss regional development and identify projects that help the development of the city and region. • Helps build capacity by bringing together local and Canadian experts. • Takes projects from the idea stage through to implementation. • Makes the city a more attractive destination for investment by demonstrating the commitment to long term development and planning.
SCI – What are the Benefits? Benefits for Canada: Provides an opportunity for Canadian organizations to meet with the decision makers in the region. By working with the municipalities, projects have local support and a better chance of success. Showcases Canadian expertise around the world. Benefits to Country: Brings a pool of expertise and ideas to promote sustainable development Major cities can become models of sustainability for other cities in the country (ex. Canada-Mexico Partnership)
Conclusion and Future events • The real strength of SCI is in the partnership that is formed. • More can be achieved by grouping resources and expertise together under SCI than can be done when cities and organisations work independently. Future Event • World Urban Forum 19-23 June 2006 (Vancouver, Canada) 12