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Getting started with the RFSC


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The Reference Framework for European Sustainable Cities (RFSC) is an online toolkit designed to help cities promote and enhance their work on integrated sustainable urban development. It is available free of charge to all European local authorities and offers practical support in integrating sustainability principles into local policies and actions. Find out more at

Click through this general presentation to find out what RFSC is, how it was developed and what can you expect from it!

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Getting started with the RFSC

  1. 1. Getting started with the RFSCGetting started with the RFSC1
  2. 2. The Reference Framework for Sustainable Cities2Information provided by
  3. 3. What is the RFSC?3What is the RFSC?
  4. 4. A toolkit for cities• an interactive web-tool• facilitating the dialogue about sustainableand integrated urban development4– within cities– between cities– with local stakeholders– across sectors– at different political levels (local, regional, national,European)– within different levels of governance
  5. 5. The content of the tool5The content of the tool
  6. 6. Three main sections of RFSC6
  7. 7. Your city/institution profile− describe your city− add documents, photosetc− you can use existing7− you can use existingdocuments− choose what is useful forother cities to stimulateexchange and learning
  8. 8. Networking/sharing experiences- Search engine to find othercities to start sharing and8learning with- Directory of cities andinstitutions- Catalogue of showcases
  9. 9. Three evaluation tools1. check list tool to helpdeveloping a sustainablestrategy2. qualitative evaluation tool to92. qualitative evaluation tool toassess the integrated approach3. a quantitative evaluation toolwith a library of indicatorsChoose what suits your needs!
  10. 10. 3 main toolsChecklist to develop a sustainable urbandevelopment strategy10Check whether a strategy or project isdeveloped in an integrated mannerBuild a monitoring system to evaluate astrategy or project
  11. 11. The “core” of the 3 tools25 objectives on sustainable urban development• covering European objectives and principles• inspired by practices in some 200 European cities11• inspired by practices in some 200 European cities• grouped by the 4 pillars of sustainability– economy– social affairs– environment– governance• each objective specified with sub-objectives to go intodetails and to stimulate further debate
  12. 12. Tool 1: Develop strategy or projectHelps to develop a sustainable urban development strategywith a checklist… in line with:12… in line with:− the city’s own priorities− European objectives andprinciples− general and detailedobjectives
  13. 13. Tool 2: Check the integrated approachHelps to check the integrated approach of an urban strategyor project−by checklist of questions13−by checklist of questions− based on a vision of a Europeansustainable city− stimulate discussions− positive or negative impacts?− conflicts or synergies in objectives?− visualise the results
  14. 14. Tool 3: Build a monitor systemHelps to monitor the progress over timeIncluding:– 33 recommended key indicators(e.g. EU 2020)14(e.g. EU 2020)– some targeted values– a broad collection of other usefulindicators– possibility to add own indicators– a spreadsheet to build ownmonitoring systems
  15. 15. The functionalities of the RFSC15The functionalities of the RFSC
  16. 16. Evaluating, checking and monitoringAll kind of urban and regional (integrated) strategies– E.g. urban and spatial planning, integrated city plan, municipal planof sustainable development, strategic development plan, integratedcity development plan– Also with a focus on strategies in deprived neighbourhoods (if16– Also with a focus on strategies in deprived neighbourhoods (ifneeded)All kind of urban and regional projects– E.g. develop/evaluate/update Agenda 21, development of Eco-district, plans of urban regeneration/redevelopment, revitalisationof urban streets/areas, environmental action plan, bicycle project,development of technology centre, et cetera– Also with a focus on project in deprived neighbourhoods
  17. 17. What are the benefits of the RFSC?17What are the benefits of the RFSC?
  18. 18. Better communication• about sustainable and integrated strategies and projects• amongst and between different groups– technical departments in the city administration– elected representatives18– elected representatives– planners, practitioners and experts– citizens and stakeholders– at different political and multi governance levels (local, regional,national, European)• through illustrating and explaining decision-making processes– compare the impact and results for different alternatives– improve coordination– give reasons for the choices taken
  19. 19. Better results• making urban strategies and projects more sustainable• fostering integrated thinking and actions– raising awareness about potential synergies– warning about possible gaps and conflicts19– warning about possible gaps and conflicts– creating cost-savings in the long run• assessing progress over time– identifying the potential need for adjustments• building capacity in urban management– learning step-by-step with a strong focus on the process– finding useful examples and show cases from other cities– exchanging with peer-cities and learning from each other
  20. 20. Background of RFSC20Background of RFSC
  21. 21. Background and political contextDecisions of EU Ministers for urban development• Leipzig Charter on Sustainable European Cities (2007)– Promote the integrated approach– Pay special attention to deprived neighbourhoods21– Pay special attention to deprived neighbourhoods• Marseille Statement (2008)– Create a tool for cities to implement the Leipzig Charter– France initiated the “Reference Framework”• Toledo Declaration (2010)– Prototype of the RFSC– Test the RFSC with a larger group of cities (66)• Poznan (2011)– Improve and then diffuse among European cities
  22. 22. A joint European initiative• Cities and local authorities networks (CEMR, Eurocities, ICLEI)• Member States of the EU• European Commission (DG REGIO)• Multi-level working structure22Multi-level working structure– Urban Development Group (political monitoring committee)– Member States and Institutions group (MSI group)– National Support Groups– Management Team (joint leadership: France, DG REGIO, trio presidencies)• Expertise and support– CSTB (technical expert, webmaster)– National Support Groups– Platform31, ICLEI and CEMR (RFSC secretariat, information, training)
  23. 23. A common European platformNo evaluation or judgement of citiesbut critical self-assessment of cities and conscious decision-makingNo standardisation of urban developmentbut creating a space for debate23but creating a space for debateadaptable to the national context and the local situationNo measuring or ranking of citiesbut comparing different approaches and resultsNo obligation for cities, no precondition for fundingbut cities contributing to common European objectivesNo fees for cities, no financial supportbut e-learning, exchanging and capacity building
  24. 24. How to start using the RFSC?24How to start using the RFSC?
  25. 25. Contact secretariat info@rfsc.euAccess to RFSC andRFSC-secretariatrfsc.eu25As visitor• easy to explore the RFSC• all tools and user guides available• no sharing and networking• no safeguard of workAs RFSC city• sharing, networking and learning• all your strategies and projects lateravailable for further developing/checking• all kind of support of RFSC-secretariat