The work of the United Nations urban resilience program in Terres de l’Ebre began this Wednesday. In the first session, the economic, social and institutional agents of the territory began to draw up a diagnosis of the weaknesses and opportunities of the four counties of Ebrense in the face of economic, territorial and social transformations.
Thus, they began to identify the risks and opportunities in the area. This is a pilot test, which will allow the methodology to be tested, for the first time, on a larger territorial scale, since until now it has only been applied in cities. The program will last four years and is part of the memorandum signed between UN-Habitat and the government.
The Generalitat and UN-Habitat, the United Nations program for the improvement of urban settlements, began this Wednesday to roll out the urban resilience program in the four counties of Terres de l’Ebre.
The Global Resilient Cities Agenda aims to integrate urban resilience into sustainable urbanization policies and is aligned with the Sustainable Development Goals (SDGs), the Paris Agreement on Climate Change and the New Urban Agenda.
This United Nations program supports cities, and now territories, on the path to increasing their resilience by diagnosing the state of urban systems in the face of territorial, economic and social challenges, but also by identifying actions, as well as ‘by co-constructing knowledge with the territory for the formulation of policies. In June, representatives of UN-Habitat launched the first phase of the project, which consisted of collecting information on the area through agents of the territorial fabric.
As for the second stage, it began this Wednesday with the working session, where a diagnosis of Ebrense’s weaknesses and opportunities began to be made. During the day, two workshops were organized to identify the risks and opportunities of the four counties.
In the final phase of the methodology, UN experts will help draft recommendations for priority actions. These will draw the lines to manage the risks of the different transformations facing the territory, how to adapt and plan the sustainable development of the area with the involvement of all agents, both from the different levels of administration and from civil society. .
“Terres de l’Ebre is a territory to be preserved”
Until now, the UN program had been implemented in very different cities and urban environments around the world, of varying sizes, geographical locations and climatic contexts, such as Dakar, Maputo, Asunción, Medellín or Barcelona itself.
Today, UN-Habitat and the Generalitat de Catalunya, through the Directorate General of the Digital Nation and the Urban Agenda, are collaborating to adapt the methodology of the program in territories and areas larger than cities. and also vulnerable to climate change and other challenges.
Terres de l’Ebre is a “fragile to preserve and complex” environment, which combines areas of great natural value with urbanized areas, making it an ideal territory for this first global pilot test.
Some of the challenges that will be analyzed are the existence of this fragile natural environment where the traditional economy coexists with new economic opportunities, the demographic challenges, very different between the municipalities of the interior and those of the coast, the specific identity d’Ebrense or the energy challenge and the post-nuclear scenario.