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Local initiative support program

Wroclaw

Detailed description of the Good Practice

The main goal of the Local Initiative Support Program is to improve the state of communal infrastructure and local natural environment as well as the promotion of the citizens' activities in these areas according to the principle of subsidiarity. The Program developed as a result to the specific needs of the local society. The neglected infrastructure and degradation of the natural environment distinguished our city when compared with other Polish towns. This caused the local government of Wroclaw to initiate a program, in which citizen initiatives in these areas are strongly supported by the municipality.

Apart from financial support (reaching up to 90%), the city assists active citizen groups through the "know-how" program. The program includes educational training on topics raging from law regulations to investment procedures as well as the newest trends in town planning. The prime objective was to create a local society in a large town, where in 1945 a total exchange of population took place.

Institutions and procedures were created in order to involve residents to bring forth their ideas and plans of local communal infrastructure improvements, building of playgrounds and recreational areas as well as green area development plans for their direct surrounding. Between 1993 and 2001 over 400 new playgrounds were build, and over 200 projects of infrastructure upgrades were created (roads, lighting and sewer system). Over 400 areas in the city were covered with greenery. In 1998 the goals of this program were introduced by the City Council to the Wroclaw Development Strategy putting specific emphasis on creating local identity, referred to as "Wroclawitya".

urban planning
sustainable development

Objectives of the Good Practice

to improve the state of communal infrastructure and local natural environment as well as the promotion of the citizens' activities in these areas according to the principle of subsidiarity

Participants of the Good Practice

City of Wroclaw

Target group of the Good Practice

local society

Funding of the Good Practice

City of Wroclaw

More Details of the Good Practice

Documentation and documents

Available files

Data sources and references

Best practices
http://www.bestpractices.org/database/bp_display_best_practice.php?best_practice_id=186 (Accessed July, 20, 2009)