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Agenda 21 : diagnosis

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The diagnosis, set up in connection with Agenda 21, allows information to be collected.

Organisation and arrangement of space

  • Space : Annecy is a town that depends strongly on its surroundings. In particular it is threatened by the movement of a certain part of its population outside the town and by certain trends, notably due to pressure from the real estate situation. Even though each district has an infrastructure network and significant and dynamic services, the town will have to be careful to maintain a balanced population in its area, while resting attentive to individual needs in the matter of services and equipment.
  • Lifestyle : the Annecy lifestyle is of a very high quality. The plusses are many: an attractive cultural and architectural heritage, a high proportion of large green spaces (Paquier, Semnoz, Tree-lining…), a remarkable natural site between the lake and the mountains…Presenting and promoting this lifestyle is a permanent preoccupation. As it evolves, the town will have to give it due weight.
  • Natural forms and biodiversity : our town is strongly influenced by two powerful natural elements in the form of the Lake and the Semnoz mountain. In fact nature is very varied, which gives Annecy the image of being a “green” city. Of course the balance of nature is fragile, and it will be necessary to remain vigilant about the cohabitation of human activities and the necessary conservation of nature.

Management of natural resources and energy

  • Water : water is everywhere, with the lake representing a key element in the town’s identity. It forms a resource which is renewable but not inexhaustible and which remains fragile. Its conservation must be pursued, as it forms a source of drinking water whose safety and supply must be guaranteed. The management of waste and rainwater, already handled in a satisfactory way, must be maintained and the performance of the networks must be improved.
  • Energy : energy consumption is very largely dominated by the use of gas, electricity and fuel. Individuals are the biggest consumers. The Town has committed itself to several initiatives (at the level of building, public lighting, car fleets….) which it must support and reinforce. At the individual level (heating, lighting facilities…) everyone can do better. The solution starts with better information and sensitivity to things citizens can do to save energy, such as by encouraging the development of renewable energy forms, which are still too marginal.

Economic development

  • Economy and employment : the position is rather favourable in this area. The town is very dynamic economically, and this is notably still true in the tourist and service sector even if in the industrial sector the structural changes under way at this moment have to be taken into account. As for the future, it would seem important to create the conditions for combining economic and durable development, and to favour dynamic management of employment and skills at the local level.
  • Waste : sorting waste and recycling policy are beginning to bear fruit: the volume of domestic waste is appreciably decreasing and at the same time the tonnage taken directly to the waste disposal centres is going up. Obviously there is still a lot of work to be done. It will be necessary not only to continue these efforts but to go much further in trying to limit the production of waste at source while promoting new methods of disposal so as to avoid the need for incineration and dumping.

Health and public safety

  • Air : in general the air in Annecy is of a very high quality except for a few days per year. But it is essential to do more for our health and more widely for our quality of life. This will require action on the principal factor: car traffic.
  • The risks : the town is subject to natural risks (flooding, land movements, earthquakes), technological risks (transport of dangerous materials, fuel depots) and a fire risk which is particularly high in the old town. These risks are dealt with in the Special Plan for Natural Dangers which is in the course of being drawn up at conurbation level. They must be taken into account in area planning and through preventative measures and protection work done in parallel.
  • Sound nuisance : noise is something residents find very hard to bear- they place it first among factors adversely affecting the quality of life. The main sources are traffic and economic activity. Getting on top of it means controlling noisy activities, preserving quiet zones, giving new buildings better sound protection, taking the problem into account at the start of all projects.

Social Development

  • Housing and social questions : there are difficulties in this area, notably in respect of accommodation. Despite a sustained effort over several years, there is still a lack of cheap housing in Annecy to preserve an element of social mix. Similarly more thought will be needed about how to take care of vulnerable groups, notably older people, the young and those with reduced mobility.
  • Culture and sports : the town’s strong commitment in the area of culture and sport is seen in the extensive facilities, and the effort to make them accessible to everyone. The aim is to encourage practise which is compatible with durable development, to support free cultural activities and equal access to sports.

Local democracy

  • Public meetings, neighbourhood buses and services…..so many initiatives that promote dialogue with the people of Annecy. The stake is to support or increase this desire for proximity.

A durable town, in fact, is one in which everyone can find a place...