Sustainability Management for Local Authorities

Field of action: Municipal sustainable Management

Project goals: Local and regional administrations are in the important position to fight climate change by developing and implementing integrated climate strategies within their scope of responsibility and through citizens’ involvement. However, only few of them have integrated strategies in place. The main objectives were to implement a capacity development package and trainings on Integrated Management Systems (IMS) for climate change response and to create national training hubs to support local and sub-regional authorities.

Project area: Europe (especially Germany, Italy, Hungary, Finland)

Duration: 01.01.2009 – 30.04.2012


Both European and national targets concerning the climate change challenge need to be implemented at the local and regional level. Local and regional authorities are responsible for a variety of planning and management issues and have the possibility to implement concrete measures, awareness raising, incentives and further support to tackle climate change.

However, climate change is a complex and challenging issue for local governments. A sustainable integrated management system needs therefore to concentrate on an integrated approach in different ways. Climate change strategies should be developed from people from different administrative departments and be integrated into the economic situation of the city. Naturally, they also need the necessary political commitment from the city government.


The project was coordinated by Unión of Baltic Cities (UBC) and carried out in four European countries. The key deliverables:

  • Online Capacity Development Package for Integrated Climate Change Management offering cities, trainers and auditors with practical guidance in form of hands-on guidebook.
  • The European Partnership for Integrated Sustainability Management (the competence network of the national training hubs)
  • Establishment of national training hubs in the partner countries + additional 4 countries and more potential training hub organisations identified
  • Development and implementation of a training module for third parties and especially EMAS competent bodies and EMAS auditors
  • Awareness raising and promotion of project experiences on European level

Further information:


Contact person: Marion Hammerl


Phone: +49 (0) 7732-9995-45


Project Partners

  • Union of Baltic Cities
  • ICLEI Europe
  • Ambiente Italia
  • Lake Balaton Development Coordination Agency
  • Local and Regional Governments Finnland
  • Foundation of Professional Training in Public Administration in Sibiu, Romania (FPT)

Project Funding

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