Detailed description of the Good Practice
Local authorities are the first to solve local economic, social and environmental problems and assume responsibility for the welfare of inhabitants and protection of the environment. To deliver these requirements, the city of Alytus established a cross-sectoral working group within its adminstration, and carried out a capacity building programme for its members. Also a planning group was established with the task to lead and coordinate the sustainable development process in line with the Agenda 21 principles. In addition, the sustainable development audit based on UN Millennium Development Goals was carried out in Alytus in 2004.
- cross-sectoral cooperation
- participatory approach
- strategic planning
- sustainable development
Objectives of the Good Practice
The main objectives were to plan city development in a sustainable way and to ensure cross-sectoral and participatory approach in the strategic planning process. Also to introduce continuity in reaching sustainable development in the city.
These practices resulted as raised awareness of decision makers, an improved cooperation and communication between different municipal departments, an increased efficiency and transparency of the decision-making process and a political commitment to develop Alytus City according to the principles of Sustainable Development. Also, there are valuable lessons and good practices to be replicated.
Participants of the Good Practice
The first initiative for the sustainable development process in Alytus city municipality was demonstrated by the Environmental Protection Division. A Working Group comprising head of administration and representatives of sectoral municipal departments was formed in the municipality to carry out a situation analysis and prepare an initial overview of potential future development trends. Regular weekly meetings were held to exchange the information. A capacity building programme was implemented for the members of the WGs. Subsequently, a Planning Group (PG) comprising 128 persons from the local authority, NGOs, business environment, local leaders, private individuals was formed and charged with the task to lead and coordinate the SD development process in line with the Agenda 21 principles.
Target group of the Good Practice
The activities were aimed for the local authorities in different departments, but also for other stakeholders such as citizens, NGOs and private sector representatives.
More Details of the Good Practice
Head of Environmental Protection Division
Alytus City Municipality
Rotuses sq. 4, LT-62504 Alytus
Tel.: +370 315 55116
Data sources and references
ICLEI-REC consortium in SUSTAINMENT