A two-day’s training session on the RFSC in Tours, France
Launched during the Congress of European Municipalities and Regions in April 2016, the European Reference Framework for Sustainable Cities is an online tool to assess and guide local and regional authorities involved in sustainable urban development. On the 20th and 21st of October 2016, Cerema provided a training session on the RFSC in Tours, France
The new version of the European Reference Framework for Sustainable Cities (RFSC) is now available for free to all cities and urban stakeholders and it is entering its dissemination phase to reach European cities of all sizes. The Centre d’études et d’expertise sur les risques, l’environnement, la mobilité et l’aménagement (Cerema) contributes to the national outreach activities in France, notably through the organization of trainings for cities and national services in charge of urban issues. For this purpose, Cerema provided a two-day training session in Tours on 20 and 21 October 2016.
On the basis of a detailed presentation of the objectives and functionalities of the RFSC, the training has highlighted the potential of a tool which, while remaining very simple to access and with a user friendly interface, allows a real increase in complexity according to the ambitions and needs of the users.
Participants in the training, mainly representatives from national authorities at regional level (DREAL and DDT), were invited to use the tool on real projects taking place on their territories. This training was an opportunity for the participants to better understand the contributions of the RFSC for the cities that they support, but also within their own activities. The RFSC assessment tool can be used by national authorities working at the regional level, promoting the multi-level governance and enabling them to provide recommendations to cities in relation to integrated and sustainable urban development projects and territorial strategies.
The third part of the training offered the participants a possibility to exchange and share their experience, highlight the potential of the tool and also to collect feedback and ideas for its improvement.
At the end of the training, participants received a “training kit” which allows them to explain the RFSC to their interlocutors and to train the cities they support on a daily basis.
If you would like to organise a training on the use of the RFSC, do not hesitate to contact us at firstname.lastname@example.org.