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Strategic Plan for Sustainable Development


Detailed description of the Good Practice

The municipality of Kristiansand has for decades focused on different environmental and sustainability development issues. Kristiansand was the first municipality in Norway to present a local climate action plan in 1998, it was signatory to the Aalborg declaration in 1994 and to the Aalborg Commitments / Aalborg +10 in 2004. The municipality of Kristiansand was awarded as national Environmental friendly City in Norway 1998 and has since had a leading role in certain environmental focus areas nationally and partly internationally.
The use of media and repeated presentations of different projects and results are important factors on how to get political and public backing of sustainability issues. Likewise concrete visible improvements such as excellent bathing conditions, very good water quality, the return of salmon in the local rivers, a substantial improvements on parks, public meeting places and local environment a.s.o. are of course important to keep both goodwill and ongoing public and political attention to sustainability issues and action plans. The planned – and now decided – establishing of an Sustainability Management Center – SMC – already in 2008 will have an important role and responsibility to boost this attention.
A wide political acceptance is very important to succeed with this ongoing sustainability process. An ex-ample on how this is possible, how to implement and how to present the message, is exemplified by The Strategical plan for Sustainable Development 2008 – 2011. With concrete plan of actions, measurable indicators and proposals regarding use of recourses. Understandable for both politicians and public generally

Pioneer activity and as so far known, first action plan made as direct result of the Aalborg Commitment and a political Ad Hoc committee report up front. The wide range of desired fullfilments of the different chapters in the Aalborg Commitment and the connection to actions, indicators and objectives are inventive and unique. As known this is the first action plan of this kind in Norway (and may be Scandinavia).
The plan and focus has already resulted in new and inventive projects such as “Jeg kjører grønt” campaign, “Tusentråkk” /bicycle competition to maintain a high level of work-cyclists and several other ongoing projects involving most of the citizens.
The Action Plan and already started actions related to this have resulted in several media references. The Action Plan by itself, gives a wide range of plans and actions to have the media and not at least the public involved in the further process. Most important is the new SMC.

Objectives of the Good Practice

The Strategical plan for sustainable development 2008 – 2011 will be key document and implemented in the future action plans in Kristiansand. Likewise it hopefully will be an important issue in the upcoming election discussions (Sept.07) and as an example on how to meet the climate debate locally.
The Action Plan is already an important reason and motivator in the ongoing Area and transportation project (ATP) in the region consisting of Kristiansand and 6 surrounding municipalities. The project committee is consisting of all mayors and some top politicians in the 7 municipalities and have two objectives: To have a more sustainable transportation of both good and passengers, and to have a more sustainable use of land/areas in the region.
The Strategical Plan for sustainable development 2008 – 2011 will set the environmental goals and will be reported each 4. month to the public, administration and politicians according to the given goals of indicators. The Plan will also be revised each year. The practice started as mentioned as an Ad Hoc Committee project as a follow up of the Aalborg +10. The time frame will then be: Started June 2004 – and accepted by the City Council June 2007. The Plan is proposed to start January 2008.

Participants of the Good Practice

The Municipality of Kristiansand has been promoting this initiative.In particular an Ad Hoc Committee was appointed.

Target group of the Good Practice

The good practice aims at increasing political and public acceptance, by mediating and constructing consensus.

More Details of the Good Practice

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Contact details

UBC Environment and Sustainable Development Secretariat
Vanha Suurtori 7
FIN-20500 Turku, Finland

Data sources and references

UBC Environmental Awards 2007.