Fostering public capacity to plan, finance and manage integrated urban REGeneration for sustainable energy uptake

Training for public officers involved in urban regeneration

Integrated urban regeneration

Multilevel coordination

 

FosterREG aims at enhancing public capacity at local, regional and national levels to plan, finance and manage integrated urban regeneration for sustainable energy uptake, through capacity building, promotion and articulation of effective multilevel coordination, and national as well as European network strengthening. These objectives will be achieved through public stakeholders’ engagement in joint analysis and knowledge development activities, as well as creation and dissemination of targeted training materials and activities across Europe. Read more...                    

Networking with FosterREG

Networking - a key factor

Over the past few years the need of merging efforts and strengthening cooperation between the different actors involved in the urban planning decision making and implementation processes has been a key factor to create added value for European actions. In this sense, the Regulation (EU) No 1301/2013 of the European Parliament and of the Council of 17 December 2013 aims to foster “networking, cooperation and exchange of experience between competent regional, local, urban and other public authorities, economic and social partners and relevant bodies representing civil society” (art 3, No 1303/2013)

Through FosterREG investigation, a map of stakeholders has been drawn up (see D2.2) and by means of this analysis contacts with the relevant public stakeholders have been carried out in the Colaborative Analysis Actions (CAA). With these two main actions the baseline for a better understanding of the networking target groups has been defined. The partial results are shown in the figures below, where the distribution of the main identified stakeholders by each partner country has been presented. Firstly, stakeholders are characterized according to their area of influence, and secondly, according to their role in the building process.

Addressing a Network Integration Plan

The first figures (1 to 3) show differences in the distribution of identified  stakeholders by country taking into account the levels of their area of influence. While in Croatia and in the Netherlands the local stakeholders represent respectively around 55% and 45%, in Spain the regional agents are the one with the highest weight in the distribution (around 40%). It is relevant to mention the quite low weight of the national stakeholder in Croatia in opposition to the sum of local and metropolitan. In Spain, there is a well-balanced distribution between the regional stakeholders and the sum of local and metropolitan ones. These 3 categories clearly overcome the national level stakeholders. In opposition to Spain and Croatia, in the Netherlands there is a more balanced distribution between the main 4 levels identified.

 

stakeholders by level of influence

Figure 1 to 3: Stakeholders’ level of influence by country

 

In relation with the stakeholders distribution according to their different roles in the building process, the similarities between partner countries are clear. The policy makers (main target of FosterREG project) represent in the 3 countries more than 50% of the identified agents. Furthermore, the stakeholders with development role is the second largest category for Croatia and Spain representing 25% of the total group, while in the Netherlands stakeholders with financial role occupy second position (15%). The financing involvement of stakeholders for Croatia and Spain is about 12%, which is also significant.

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Figure 4 to 6: Stakeholders’ roles by country

Clues for the FosterREG Network Integration Plan

These data sheds light on the weaknesses and strong points of the FosterREG networks, as well as it shows opportunities to define a further strategy for networking continuity. The strategy will be based on the alignment of interests and strengthening of relations with existing networks relevant to energy efficiency in urban regeneration, as  they are the key means to effectively plan the integration of the FosterREG working groups within existing relevant networks at national and European level.

On one hand, it is clear that the multilevel approach is a key aspect to successfully address the Network Integration Plan (finalised and published in May 2017). On the other hand, specific strategies for each partner country must be defined to be aligned with the contextual reality and needs of each stakeholder map.

Within the article some examples of existing identified networks with whom FosterREG cooperates were described. The text gives an idea of what type of groups are crucial from the FosterREG perspective and who can learn most from the project results.

If you would like to support sustainable urban regeneration and you are ready to collaborate with FosterREG to improve the mentioned area, do not hesitate to contact us and change the networking statistics given above!

 

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This project has received funding from the European Union’s Horizon 2020 research and innovation programme under grant agreement No 649846