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EBRD Green Cities: Voices of Resilience

How can cities increase their resilience in times of crisis?

 

To answer this challenging and timely question, we brought together people from three EBRD Green Cities, along with decision-makers and city thought leaders, for a lively panel discussion moderated by Lin O’Grady and Nigel Jollands, EBRD Green Cities Co-leads, at the EBRD Annual Meeting in Marrakech.

 

Cities are on the frontline of dealing with the impacts of climate change, as well as other unexpected and dramatic crises, such as war.

 

The discussion was framed in a sobering manner by Serhiy Kiral, Deputy Mayor of Lviv in western Ukraine, a city of 1 million people. Since Russia invaded Ukraine, Lviv has seen its population increase by more than 200,000 people ‒ equivalent to another city. Lviv has become a hub for humanitarian shelter and aid, amid attempts to restart economic activity.

 

“Life has changed since 24 February when Russia attacked Ukraine,” Mr Kiral said. Civilian infrastructure has been targeted in many cities and millions of people have become refugees or internally displaced. However, Lviv has managed to keep running, despite some vital infrastructure being destroyed by the Russian army.

 

Edin Forto, Prime Minister of Sarajevo Canton, voiced his support for Ukraine, saying his heart went out to Lviv and the whole country. He recounted his city's own experience of reconstruction after the war in Bosnia and Herzegovina in the 1990s. He also noted how Sarajevo was undertaking and planning an ambitious programme of investments, together with the EBRD and other partners, in drinking water, public transport, traffic management and district heating, among other things.

 

Fatma Sahin, Gaziantep’s Mayor, described EBRD Green Cities as a “huge initiative for humanity”. She stressed the need to continue transforming cities into green cities while including everyone, especially women, young people and, in Gaziantep’s case, refugees.

 

Broadcasting live from several EBRD Green Cities, citizens linked their local context to the global one, reflecting on both personal and community resilience. They asked the panel how governments could support their citizens in difficult times to create ‘sustainable cities’ in the fullest sense.

 

The three participants – student Benjamin Crljenković from Sarajevo, social entrepreneur Sami Hourani from Amman and architect Seda Müftüoğlu Güleç from Gaziantep – stressed the importance of including citizens in Green City Action Plans. They were introduced to the audience in three dynamic videos that depicted their lives and the everyday challenges in their respective cities, ahead of a lively debate with city authorities and other participants.

 

Public transport improvements, water savings, integrated renewables and energy efficiency were high on the priority lists of the cities that participated in the panel. In addition to the resilience offered by sustainable infrastructure, the event explored how cities can learn from and support one another in times of crisis.

 

To date, EBRD Green Cities has resulted in 1.3 million tonnes of CO2 savings. This is equivalent to taking all cars off the road in Marrakech. What’s more, the EBRD Green Cities family continues to grow, with 56 cities already taking part and more expected to join – leaving a long-lasting impact on people’s lives now and in future.

 

By Volker Ahlemeyer

 

A recording of the event is available to view here

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Green City Mayor Erion Veliaj honoured as a hero of sustainable mobility - 03.03.21

Public consultation on draft GCAP for Belgrade - 25.02.21

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Flagship EBRD Green Cities doubles in size - 19.11.2020

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Ceremony marks Split becoming 41st EBRD Green City - 16.10.20

Putting 'Nature, people and planet at the heart of our economy' - 07.10.2020

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EBRD to improve water supply in Banja Luka - 13.09.2019

Shymkent joins EBRD Green Cities programme - 22.07.2019

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Amman joins EBRD Green Cities programme - 09.05.2018

EBRD’s Green Cities Framework kicks off in Minsk - 04.05.2018

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Ankara Green City Action Plan: Second stakeholder consultations - 25-28.04.2022

Split Green City Action Plan: Meeting with City’s Technical Experts Group - 03.03.2022

Walbrzych Green City Action Plan: Prioritisation of Environmental Challenges Workshop - 07.02.2022

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Public consultation for Varna’s Green City Action Plan - 21.12.2021

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Walbrzych GCAP Risk and Vulnerability Assessment Workshop - 26.12.2021

Public presentation of Kyiv’s draft Green City Action Plan - 19.11.2021

Khmelnytskyi Green City Action Plan: Third Stakeholder Engagement Workshop - 04.11.2021

Balti GCAP: Stakeholder Event - 03-04.11.2021

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Mariupol Green City Action Plan: Second stakeholder engagement workshop - 23.09.21

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Green Cities and Green Development Prospects Workshop - 07.06.2021

Kyiv GCAP stakeholder workshop on the city’s vision, objectives and actions – 11.06.2021

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Warsaw Green City Action Plan Series of Stakeholder Workshops - 17.05.2021

Dushanbe Green City Action Plan First Stakeholder Workshop - 18.05.2021

Pristina Green City Action Plan Actions Workshop - 28.04.2021

Mariupol Green City Action Plan: Launch event and first stakeholder workshop - 29.04.2021

Khmelnytskyi Green City Action Plan: Launch event and first stakeholder workshop - 28.04.2021

Green City Action Plan for Novi Sad Workshop Notification - 28.04.2021

Split Green City Action Plan kick-off meeting - 26.04.2021

Varna Green City Action Plan Stakeholder Workshops - 09.04.2021

Balti workshop on prioritising environmental challenges - 18.03.2021

EBRD Green Cities and GEI Webinar: Women Leading on Green - 11.03.2021

Warsaw Green City and Climate Action Plan (GCCAP) Launch Event - 03.12.2020

EBRD Green Cities Webinar #6: Creating Green Resilience in Cities - 24.11.2020

EBRD Green Cities Webinar: Hand in Hand – Green and Inclusive Recovery - 20.10.2020

EBRD Green Cities Webinar: Green Cities - smart solutions - 07.10.2020

Varna GCAP Public Consultation - 28.09.20 to 30.09.20

2020 Annual Assembly of ICLEI Taiwan Members & Sustainable City Forum - 29.07.2020

EBRD Green Cities Webinar: a Green Frontier - 01.07.2020

Pristina GCAP Public Consultation - 05.06.20 & 08/09.06.20

EBRD Green Cities Webinar: Transition to Recovery - 09.06.2020

Sofia GCAP Public Consultation - 27.04 - 27.05.2020

Sarajevo GCAP Public Consultation - 26.03 - 30.04.2020

World Urban Forum: EBRD Green Cities Linking Planning, Technology and Investment - 11.02.2020

Skopje GCAP Implementation - 24.01.2020

COP25 Event: EBRD Green Cities delivering policy and investments to scale up climate finance

Craiova GCAP Launch - 3.10.2019

Pristina GCAP Launch - 24.09.2019

Amman Green Actions Planning- 22.07.2019

Banja Luka GCAP Implementation - 11.07.2019

Ulaanbaatar Green Actions Planning - 27.06.2019

Sarajevo Green Actions Planning - 11.06.2019

Sarajevo Green City Action Plan Launch - 12.02.2019

Amman Prioritisation of Green Challenges - 11-12.06.2019

Minsk Green Actions Planning - 05.06.2019

Gyumri Green Actions Planning - 05.06.2019

Lviv Green Actions Planning - 29.05.2019

Batumi Green Actions Planning - 22.05.2019

Izmir GCAP Kick-Off Meeting - 2.05.2019

EBRD Green Cities: Building a better and more sustainable future for cities - 04.07.2019

Chisinau Green Actions Planning - 19.4.2019

Lviv Prioritisation of Green Challenges - 17.4.2019

Sarajevo Prioritisation of Green Challenges - 16.04.2019

Banja Luka Green Actions Planning - 12.04.2019

Sofia Green Actions Planning - 10.04.2019

Zenica Green Actions Planning - March 27 - 29 2019

Skopje GCAP Kick-Off Meeting - 27.03.2019

EBRD Sector Strategy Consultations - March 12 – 22 2019

Ulaanbaatar Prioritisation of Green Challenges- 06.03.2019

Batumi Prioritisation of Green Challenges- 28.02.2019

Amman GCAP Launch - 25.02.2019

Sarajevo GCAP Launch - 12.02.2019

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Stakeholder Engagement Guidance for Green City Action Plans

Green Cities Policy Report

Green City Action Plan Methodology (Russian)

Green Cities 2 - Window I (GCF)

Green Cities 2 - Window II

Green Cities 2 - Window II Extension

Inception Report for the Almaty GCAP

Inception Report for the Almaty GCAP (Russian)

Amman Green City Action Plan

Balti Green City Action Plan

Balti Green City Action Plan (Moldovan)

Banja Luka City Action Plan

Banja Luka City Action Plan (Local Language)

Batumi Green City Action Plan

Batumi Green City Action Plan (Georgian)

Belgrade Green City Action Plan

Belgrade Green City Action Plan (local language)

Belgrade Sustainable Energy and Climate Action Plan

Belgrade Sustainable Energy and Climate Action Plan (local language)

Chișinău Green City Action Plan

Chișinău Green City Action Plan (Romanian)

Craiova Green City Action Plan

Craiova Green City Action Plan (Romanian)

Gyumri Green City Action Plan

Gyumri Green City Action Plan (Armenian)

Izmir Green City Action Plan

Izmir Green City Action Plan (Turkish)

Lviv Green City Action Plan

Lviv Green City Action Plan (Ukrainian)

Pristina Green City Action Plan

Pristina Green City Action Plan (Albanian)

Sarajevo Green Cantonal Action Plan

Sarajevo Green Cantonal Action Plan (Local Language)

Study of Urban Ventilation Corridors and Impact of High-rise Buildings

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Skopje Green City Action Plan

Skopje Green City Action Plan (Local Language)

Sofia Green City Action Plan

Sofia Green City Action Plan (Bulgarian)

Tbilisi Green City Action Plan

Tirana Green City Action Plan

Tirana Green City Action Plan (Albanian)

Ulaanbaatar Green City Action Plan

Ulaanbaatar Green City Action Plan (Mongolian)

Yerevan Green City Action Plan

Zenica Green City Action Plan

Zenica Green City Action Plan (Local Language)