Workshop "Eco-Cities" - "EU-Asia Dialogue"
May 25 Friday
May 25, 2012, 9 am - 5.30 pm
On May 25, 2012, an international workshop on “Eco-Cities” took place at the Carlton Hotel in Singapore.
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On May 25, 2012, an international workshop on “Eco-Cities - Sharing European and Asian Experiences in Sustainable Urban Management” took place at the Carlton Hotel in Singapore. This workshop in the context of the "EU-Asia Dialogue" involved policy-makers and researchers from Asia and Europe. Among the 25 participants from Europe and Asia, representatives of UN-Habitat, the Centre for Liveable Cities in Singapore, the Sino-Singapore Eco-City project in Tianjin, the City of Helsingborg in Sweden and the Environmental Partnership Council of Japan were attending this international workshop. The aim was to share experiences from eco-cities in both regions, to analyze obstacles for as well as chances of sustainable urban development and to discuss on activities of the project which may contribute to enhance cooperative solutions between both continents. Participants presented new ideas on how to develop eco-friendly urban areas and introduced other initiatives dealing with the topic such as the Centre for Liveable Cities in Singapore or the EU-funded “Eco-City Project”. The presentations and discussions brought in experiences from various eco-city projects as well as new concepts of how sustainable urban areas can be developed and governed. Due to these discussions, the experts from both regions were able to identify aspects the “EU-Asia Dialogue” can focus on. These topics involve government incentives, aspects of good urban governance, people`s participation and creation of a policy environment which enables the involvement of non-state actors. The outcome of the workshop was a plan of action for the future work of the project and the draft of policy recommendations in support of new eco-city projects.