Wednesday, November 10, 2010

APA to Launch Urban Planning-focused ECPA Initiative

APA to Launch Urban Planning-focused ECPA Initiative

The American Planning Association (APA) is launching the newest initiative Energy and Climate Partnership of the Americas (ECPA) in Rio de Janeiro, Brazil, November 4 – 5, 2010. The path to sustainable cities – those that are more energy efficient, adaptive to climate change, economically diverse, and accessible to its citizens – results only if there is a cultural and institutional base of good urban and regional planning. Through the ECPA initiative and strategic partners, APA seeks to build capacity for urban planning in Latin America and the Caribbean in order to assist ECPA nations fulfill their commitment to promote a sustainable future.

The November 2010 kick-off event in Brazil will draw a diverse set of actors from the Americas to begin forming local, national, and transnational partnerships and networks that will enhance the understanding and use of new technologies and planning tools. The deliberate mix of participants from government, planning practitioners, non-governmental organizations, academics/institutes, and foundations is aimed at forming and sustaining long-time professional partnerships that will result in technical and educational exchanges, capacity building for urban officials.

The specific goals of this ECPA initiative are to:

Build urban capacity for Latin America’s urban officials

Provide technical and educational support

Identify useful and transferable programs and projects and engage officials with effective knowledge-sharing strategies

Support and develop civil society and planning institutions – governmental, non-governmental, and academic)

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