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The Healthy Cities Summer School 2017 provided updates on grants, addressed the issue of adaptation to climate change and generated many inspirational ideas

On Wednesday 22 March 2017, the Healthy City of Moravska Trebova launched the Healthy Cities Summer School 2017 – a traditional meeting of the representatives of municipalities and regions from all over the Czech Republic. It was attended by 110 representatives of cities, towns and regions and partner organisations. The main topics covered at the introductory seminar included: financial resources, quality of local authorities, sustainable development, waste management, adaptation to climate change, cooperation of cities with student companies, promotion of entrepreneurship and the offer to create emotional maps.

The most up-to-date information on Local Agenda 21 (LA21) was provided by Marie Petrova from the Ministry of the Environment. She reported on the current possibilities of financing LA21, and, in particular, the Covenant of Mayors and a call for proposals of the National Environmental Programme aimed at LA21 which was launched in May of this year. The Healthy Cities Director Petr Svec presented the association's news and the wide portfolio of services offered by the association to its members. He also highlighted the quality of individual members who currently account for 94 % of advanced (A-C) users of LA21. Furthermore, he emphasized the active cooperation with, and membership in international associations such as the WHO, ICLEI, Energy Cities and Global Compact. The main areas of services provided include project and grant activities, accredited training courses, advice and methodological guidance, support for sustainable development audits, health plans and quality management, on-line tools and consultations, methodological support and facilitation of Healthy Cities Fora, sharing of good practices, info service and much more. The Healthy Cities Director also stressed the importance of the new tools developed by the association for its members such as an inventory of projects with regard to the priorities and importance of each project, management of grant schemes, and real estate passports of buildings owned by cities.

The afternoon session followed up with the challenge of adaptation to climate change. It addressed the questions of how to assess the vulnerability of one's own territory to the impacts of climate change, and what tools and actions can be used by cities and rural areas. At the session devoted to the exchange of ideas, the representatives of Healthy Cities of Prachatice and Moravska Trebova and of Municipal District of Prague 7 reported on inspirational approaches to themes such as cooperation of cities with young generation in the form of student companies. Moreover, they also presented inspirations from the area of project management, a waste management system motivating households to separate waste in the form of a reduction on the fee levied for the collection of municipal waste, and promotion of entrepreneurship. Presented by the National Institute of Public Health as a proposal for cooperation, the presentation called "Parks in movement" attracted the participants' interest. The participants had also the opportunity to engage actively in additional sessions for "beginners" or in a session devoted to emotional maps.

The following days were devoted to three parallel intensive training sessions on the following topics: media and PR, stress management, and the Healthy City Project and LA21. All training sessions involved hands-on skills training, including a set of methodological recommendations and practical examples. The final day was devoted to practical training in using the Healthy Cities information system called Dataplan, and to the use of social networks in Healthy Cities.

The presentations and photos from the event are available HERE.



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