Evaluation UN-HABITAT/UNEP’s Sustainable Cities Programme in Cuba (cities of Bayamo, Holguin and Santa Clara).
UN-HABITAT/UNEP has commissioned a Mid-Term Review (MTR) of Phases 2 of the Global Sustainable Cities Programme (SCP) and Localising Agenda 21 (LA21) (2003-2007). Bayamo, Holguin and Santa Clara were selected for such review and on-site visitation in Cuba. These cities have been supported by the LA21, a capacity-building programme that started as a response to chapter 28 of Agenda 21, calling on local authorities to consult, develop and implement a local Agenda 21 for their communities.
The programme promotes urban governance by supporting the broad-based environmental action plans, focusing on specific aspects of municipal planning and management. A tangible impact is achieved for low-income communities, leading to more sustainable urban development. The Mid Term Review of the LA21 experiences in Cuba aims at assessing its relevance to the country, its progress and effectiveness in meeting its objectives and delivering project outputs as planned in the project documents and to depict lessons that might be useful for the global programme as a whole.
The review was conducted from 15 to 21st January 2006, Joris Scheers being a MTR team member together with Claudio Acioly. The visit of the review team was preceded by the preparation of a Self-Assessment Report by Salvador Gomila, national Cuban consultant. The Habitat Programme Manager-HPM, Concepcion Alvarez Cancedo, and the technical advisor of the National Office in Support to LA21-GEO City Projects, Armando Muniz also joined the evaluation team.
Within the context of his teaching assignment at KULeuven’s Master’s programmes in Civil Engeneering-Architecture, Human Settlements and Strategic Planning, Joris Scheers assisted several Master’s theses on urban planning issues in Bayamo (Cuba). Entre allii those of Gertjan Dekrem, Julien Delmotte, Martin Noyez, Karen Schuermans and Hans Vanassche.
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