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Training of Managers for Urban Redevelopment in Lithuania


The project started in October 2017 and will be implemented and completed until February 2020. It is supported by the new European Climate Initiative (EUKI) of the Federal Ministry for Environment, Nature Conservation and Nuclear Safety (BMU). Proposed activities aim at developing, implementing and establishing a hands-on vocational training as 'Manager for Urban Redevelopment' in Lithuania. The project sets out to reach one third of the 60 municipalities in Lithuania to start with. The training will provide guidance and assistance to participants in drafting urban redevelopment concepts with regard to their respective municipalities. This way, the action contributes to realising the focus on an integrated approach in energy-efficient urban redevelopment recently settled by Lithuania's government.

An integrated approach in urban planning and urban redevelopment has gained in importance in Lithuania since the country joined the European Union. Providing integrated concepts is increasingly required when applying for national or EU subsidies. So far, however, integrated approaches are rare in Lithuania and other Middle and Eastern European countries.

In June 2016 the Lithuanian government waived recommendations on "Increasing energy efficiency in urban areas", thus rendering higher priority to integrated approaches in urban (re)development. Allocations of the scarce funds from state budgets and of EU funds depend on such integrated provisions. Municipalities are called on to develop integrated energy efficiency concepts for urban areas and employ respective staff (so-called 'programme managers') in the future. The responsible Lithuanian Ministry for the Environment and the two assigned agencies, the National Agency for Housing and Energy Efficiency (BETA) the Lithuanian Investment and Development Agency (VIPA) are just about to start actions, seeking support for providing qualification and guidance to the cities and municipalities in Lithuania. The latter hardly have any experience in developing urban energy efficiency concepts or concepts for integrated urban redevelopment.

This is where the new project comes in, aiming at contributing to realising the government's objectives; capacities will be built and strengthened at the responsible authorities (particularly BETA), at other stakeholders like the Association of Lithuanian Cities and Municipalities (LSA) and especially in the municipalities themselves with regard to the Managers for Urban Redevelopment they put in place. Thus, the project directly addresses the government's challenge to put the above-mentioned recommendations into practice and start closing the gap regarding trained staff in the municipalities sustainably.

The Ministry for the Environment of Lithuania, responsible among other topics for housing, energy efficiency and urban (re)development, is the political partner in the project. Sustainability is one of the main principles and high on the country's political agenda. It is also basis and cause for the bilateral cooperation with the German Ministry for the Environment (BMUB) on strengthening capacities and on policy-making regarding energy-efficient urban (re)development.

 

Contact

Knut Höller
Tel: +49 30 20 67 98 02
hoeller@iwoev.org

Saskia Lührs
Tel: +49 30 20 67 98 02
luehrs@iwoev.org


Implementation Period

October 2017 - February 2020

Project information

Project profile at EUKI's website

 

Supported by

The project 'Training for Managers of Urban Redevelopment in Lithuania' follows up the project Energy-efficient redevelopment of urban areas in Lithuania (German only) implemented between 2015 and 2017 with support by the Advisory Assistance Programme (AAP) for environmental protection in the countries of Central and Eastern Europe, the Caucasus and Central Asia and other countries neighbouring the European Union – a programme of BMU. Recipients of the project were the Ministry for the Environment of the Republic of Lithuania, the Association of Lithuanian Cities and Municipalities (LSA) and the municipal administrations of Šiauliai, Utena and Birštonas. The project was realised jointly by IWO e.V. and BETA.


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