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Citizens' forum


Detailed description of the Good Practice

Committed citizens are taking part in the development of a climate protection concept for the north eastern German city Greifswald

During three extended weekends 22 citizens of Greifswald took part in the first “citizens’ forum for local policy on energy and climate”. The randomly selected people aged from 29 to 71 years intensively worked on the topic of climate protection. Experts informed about local circumstances and options of the action. Lively discussions within the group and with the experts contributed to the formulation of a citizens´ report with far-reaching action demands concerning climate protection in Greifswald. This report was handed over on the 14th of March, 2010 to the mayor of Greifswald, Dr. König, in a ceremonious event.

Within the citizens´ report the participants of the forum developed a ”vision of a green town“ – a town which uses renewable energy sources in its municipal utility, provides roofs with solar panels or greening, where passive houses are built – a city in which climate protection is an integral part of everyday life. Among other issues it is needed to cover the portion of electricity, which is not generated by the municipal utility, completely with green power until 2020. The participants of the forum also endorse a statute concerning district heating – under the condition that implementation and pricing are made transparent. Furthermore, climate protection and environmental concerns should be included in every urban planning process.

To reach as many inhabitants of Greifswald as possible, a central, independent and permanent information centre for climate and environmental protection is needed. Environmental and climate-relevant information should be available in an understandable way to everyone. Professional public relations and environmental education can contribute to awareness raising and thereby may change the behavior of consumers.
The civil forum was the first in Mecklenburg-Vorpommern concerning climate protection. The start of a civil forum is result-open – thereby the report as a result of the process speaks an even more unequivocal language.

citizen democracy
good governance
sustainable development
climate change
energy efficiency

Objectives of the Good Practice

to develop of a climate protection concept by citizens

Participants of the Good Practice

city of Greifswald
22 citizens

Target group of the Good Practice


Funding of the Good Practice

city of Greifswald

More Details of the Good Practice

Documentation and documents


Available files

Data sources and references

Baltic Cities Environmental Bulletin 1/2010