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Turku Healthy Urban Planning


Detailed description of the Good Practice

In Finland the participation in the city planning has a strong legislative support (Land Use Act, 2000). Due this, people’s opinions have to be taken in consideration in all planning processes. The City Planning department has employed a person to develop the social impact assessment (SIA) approach with the city planners.

”District Partnership” is a programme to promote participation in the neighbourhoods. The district workers and partnership groups are tools for the city planners to increase collaboration between officials and residents. More than half of the people’s initiatives consider city planning. Several concrete results, traffic lights, saving children’s favourite green area etc. can be seen each year.
The Sports and Recreation and the Green areas departments have taken a strong role in developing their activities together with the local people. Examples are (a) ”neighbourhood physical activities” e.g. turn-ing an old track-and-field area into an active neighbourhood living room with equipment which enhance people to be active and (b) “green area development plan” + ”voluntary work programme” for the green areas where local people are offered tools and guidance to do small-scale environmental improvements.

More Details of the Good Practice

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Contact details

Heini Parkkunen
Coordinator of Healthy City Turku

Vanha Suurtori 7
FI-20500 Turku
mob. +358 50 559 0249

Data sources and references


Baltic Region Healthy Cities Association
WHO Collaborating Centre for Healthy Cities and Urban Health in the Baltic Region