Integrated management – Towards local and regional sustainability

Publication date: 
July, 2009

Integrated Management – Towards Local and Regional Sustainability gives a short introduction to a model, an integrated management system (IMS), showing how cities and regions can integrate sustainability aspects in their management practices.

This model was developed in the Managing Urban Europe-25 (MUE-25) project, which was initiated by the European Commission (DG Environment) in relation to the Thematic Strategy on the Urban Environment (TSUE). The European Commission (DG Environment) was the main co-financier of the MUE-25 project. In total, 25 European cities and regions participated in the MUE-25 project (2005-2008). At the start of the project, these 25 cities and regions took part in the model development by reporting on their challenges, strengths and visions with regards to sustainability management up to that point. Their input was crucial to the research supporting the model development. The proposed model implemented by the 25 cities and regions was a 2-year pilot, during which they reported back on their achievements. Their work contributed to the development of a model for local sustainability that can be used by all cities and regions.

This publication is a comprehensive but short version of the full guidance that can be found at