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Agenda 21 : durable development

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Launch of Agenda 21

Agenda 21 was launched officially by the City of Annecy on April 14th 2007.

That day was marked by the signing of the candidacy document to obtain the “Eco-school” label by Novel School, a conference by Jean-Marie Pelt and a showing of the film “An Inconvenient Truth”. There were also booths set up by associations to inform the public about the environment and durable development.

The Agenda 21 action programme is now available. This lists 21 actions around 5 themes :

  • A Town Hall which is eco-responsible
  • Annecy promotes the durable economy
  • Annecy is reinforcing solidarity
  • Annecy will conserve its natural resources and its quality of life
  • Annecy, an eco-citizens town
Agenda 21 (as in 21st century) is the means of setting up durable development in one area.

It takes the form of an action programme built on diagnosis defining the objectives to be reached and the means used to bring them about.

To be effective this plan must be consistent, putting forward an approach which is both based on themes (struggle against air pollution, saving water etc) and transversal (reinforcing the requirements for protecting the environment in all its dimensions in the school sector etc), planning follow-up, assessment and carrying through of initiatives based on common action with all the concerned players.

In 2004 the town launched it plan for setting up a local Agenda 21

The first phase consisted in carrying out a check up and a diagnosis to review the realities and the territorial context as well as economic expectations, environmental and social issues.

Consulting the people

The second phase was launched in February 2006 in the form of public meetings by themes. On the schedule: reflection on seven subjects. Each theme gave rise to at least three meetings; The first was reserved for institutions and associations. The second and third will be open to the general public. These meetings have created a melting-pot for creating concrete action plans.

The start of the third phase was this autumn. It consists in drawing up Agenda 21 after beginning a process of selecting and putting in order the listed actions. The idea is not to catalogue initiatives completely but to carry out a plan involving commitments which it will be possible to respect.