Baltic University Urban Forum

BUUF

BUUF, a co-operation between cities and universities, worked on sustainability strategies for the local level and built on previously selected ten focus areas: Energy management, Water management, Waste management, Traffic and transport, Urban green structures, Built environment and brown field restoration, Socio-economic development, Urban-rural cooperation, Information and education and Integration strategies in sustainable communities. During conferences in all 20 participating cities the ten topics as well as their integration was discussed. These discussions and study visits to different cities inspired a series of guidebooks on the selected topics to be used for city administrations as well as researchers and teachers at universities dealing with sustainable urban development.

Funding

Part-funded by the EU (European Regional Development Fund) within the BSR INTERREG III B Neighbourhood Programme and Uppsala Regional Council, SIDA, Swedish Institute, C-Framåt /Uppsala, participating cities and universities.

Activities

Partner cities organized workshops/conferences on best practice and a connected seminar on sustainability strategies in cities to promote competence development. The conferences worked as a network building event where as many stakeholder as possible were interacting. For monitoring the ten focus areas cities were to compile reports based on already existing or new data.

Results

Guidebooks

During the period 2003-2005 the project organised best practice conferences in all 20 participating cities addressing all ten topics as well as the integration between the topics, and sustainability strategies used in the participating cities. The discussions and study visits at the conferences inspired a series of guidebooks on the selected topics to be used for city administrations as well as researchers and teachers at universities dealing with sustainable urban development. These are herewith offered to the readers The guidebooks are thus not proceedings of the conferences, even if several of the participants have contributed. The ten guidebooks were planned later and editors with editorial teams recruited. Authors include both practitioners from cities and researchers from universities. The production has been done during 2006 and 2007.

The main topic of the guidebooks is to report on sustainability strategies used and evaluate these strategies, and possibly suggest new strategies for sustainable development on the local level. The books also contain a number of detailed descriptions of how to work with city development in practice as well as reports more of research character. The format of the guidebooks is about 50 pages in A4 format and some 12 chapters.

A network of cities and universities supporting and implementing sustainable strategies and promoting education and research on sustainability issues.

Started: 
2003 to 2006

Website

Funding programs

BSR INTERREG IIIB Neighbourhood Programme, SIDA, Swedish Institute, Uppsala Regional Council

Budget

1 600 000€

Publications