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ICLEI Member Nijmegen awarded title of 2018 European Green Capital
The 2018 European Green Capital Award has gone to ICLEI Member Nijmegen (The Netherlands), while the title of 2017 European Green Leaf has been awarded to the City of Galway (Ireland). The awards, which recognise the efforts and commitments made by municipal authorities to improving the urban environment, were presented by Joanna Drake, Deputy Director-General of DG Environment at the European Commission, on 22 June at a ceremony in ICLEI Member Ljubljana (Slovenia), the city that currently holds the title of European Green Capital.
Nijmegen presented a clear, integrated environmental vision for their city and impressed the jury with their wide engagement of stakeholders and residents. Winners of the European Green Capital Award and the European Green Leaf Award demonstrate well-established records of high environmental standards and a commitment to setting ambitious goals for future environmental progress, underpinned by the practical application of sustainable development.
For more information, visit the European Green Capital website.
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ICLEI Members explore the power of open data through smarticipate
The smarticipate project has launched its new website, providing the latest news, information and resources stemming from the EU-funded project in one online space. Smarticipate aims to bring citizens into the urban planning process by putting the power of open data into their hands, enabling them to better support decision-making about their local areas.
ICLEI Members the Free and Hanseatic City of Hamburg (Germany) and Rome (Italy) are taking part in the project, along with the Royal Borough of Kensington and Chelsea (United Kingdom), trialling a new way to make residents and local governments partners in urban development. Hamburg intends to gather citizen input on topics such as the most popular locations for new playgrounds, as well as the most desirable positions for the planting of new trees in public zones.
Rome is expanding participatory processes for urban regeneration, such as involving citizens in proposing new uses for abandoned buildings. London aims to allow people to choose for themselves how the local government makes improvements to their area, particularly in terms of allocating certain budgets. The project is funded by the European Commission under Horizon 2020.
To visit the website, click here.
Image copyright: Roma Capitale
Paris bans older, polluting cars from city centre
France’s capital has introduced a ban that stops older cars and motorcycles from driving into the city centre. The new rule, put into effect on 1 July, bars any car registered before 1 January 1997 and any motorcycle registered before June 1999 from the city's streets from Monday to Friday, 8am to 8pm.
According to the Le Monde newspaper, 50,000 out of the 750,000 passenger cars registered in Paris were manufactured before 1999. It also says that 13,000 motorcycles were registered before 1999.
However, Paris city officials believe that, based on actual use, the traffic restrictions will only affect 4,400 of the 400,000 passenger cars circulating daily in the capital, together with 1,300 vans and 3,700 motorcycles. The city will begin handing out fines to those who break the rules from October, with first offenders having to pay €35. The fines will increase in January 2017 to €68 for private cars and €135 for trucks.
For more information, visit lemonde.fr [in French].
Image copyright: Flickr by "Bob Hall"