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31.03.2016

Global exchanges build inspiring ties in the Urban-LEDS network


Exchange of information, knowledge, best practices and expertise through South-South-North peer exchanges are an important aspect of the Urban-LEDS project. These have resulted in lasting relationships and inspiring actions in cities both in the Global North and South. 

“We have found a common language with our honorable guests from Bogor and Balikpapan and spent many hours of both professional discussions and pleasant chatting. I hope it is the beginning of more permanent cooperation between Warsaw and the Indonesian cities”.

Marcin Wróblewski, Ifrastructure Departmenet Chief Specialist at the City of Warsaw on receiving the Indonesian delegation in December 2015 (read more on this staff exchange here.)

Exchange of information, knowledge, best practices and expertise through South-South-North peer exchanges are an important aspect of the Urban-LEDS project. These have resulted in lasting relationships and inspiring actions in cities both in the Global North and South. 

Through networking seminars, study tours and staff exchanges, local governments have been able to share their progress and address issues as well as challenges, to deepen their understanding of low emission development concepts and gain insights from their peers. Personal and professional connections were established between technical staff and officials. This was one of the most important and positive result of these exchanges. The approach used in the Urban-LEDS project has been a source of inspiration and motivation for all participating cities: in Europe, Brazil, India, Indonesia and South Africa.

With this newsletter and our map of South-South-North exchanges, the Urban-LEDS project partners wish to formally thank the host cities of the two International Networking Seminars - respectively held in Nelson Mandela Bay Municipality, South Africa in 2013 and in Bogor, Indonesia in 2015 - as well as the European cities that have welcomed the Urban-LEDS study tour in 2014 (Almada, Copenhagen and Hannover), and all the other European cities and Global South cities that have engaged in bilateral staff exchanges.

In total, 43 trips where taken by Urban-LEDS cities to 9 different destinations to engage in peer exchanges.

“We introduced him to our whole environmental efforts with presentations and study tours. It was interesting to notice which issues were the most interesting, like concrete passive-energy construction and [the use of] renewable energy [for the] Viikki Environment house”.

Huuska Petteri, Environment Planner at the City of Helsinki on the receiving Chimene Pereira, Chief Planner of KwaDukuza Municipality in October 2015 (read more on this staff exchange here)