Climate change in the focus in the North
Detailed description of the Good Practice
The long lasting twinning relationships between the towns of Lahti (Finland), Västerås (Sweden), Ålesund (Norway) and Akureyri (Iceland) are the basis for a cooperation project where the challenges of climate change are being tackled. In 2007 these Nordic municipalities agreed on constructing "The Nordic Climate Declaration" where they presented a plea for all Nordic cities to take climate change into serious consideration and to take action at local level in climate change prevention.
Objectives of the Good Practice
The aim of Town Twinning - a Resource for Combating Climate Change project is to deepen the well-started cooperation and to conceptualize the whole problem of climate change. This will be achieved by two separate conferences that are held in Lahti in 2009 and in Randers in 2010 where climate change is in the focus.
Participants of the Good Practice
Target group of the Good Practice
The primary target groups of the project are decision+makers, city officials, local and international non-governmental organizations as well as media.
Funding of the Good Practice
The project is part-financed by the Europe for Citizens - programme
More Details of the Good Practice
The target audience is expanded to include all citizens of the participating municipalities by producing and distributing an information leaflet that covers the possibilities each and everyone have in reducing their impact on climate change.
The two interlinked conferences serve as a common platform for the participants to exchange experiences and learn from best practices proven successful elsewhere. During the conferences the realization of EU climate policies on a local level are being discussed and concrete methods of reducing greenhouse gas emissions presented.
The focus is also set on the development of future co-operation and strengthening the network.
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Ms. Sanna Vääriskoski-Kaukanen
Sustainable development co-ordinator
Phone: +358 38143167
Data sources and references
Baltic Cities Environmental Bulletin 1/2009