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ITP - Local Environmental Management in Urban Areas

As lead for a consortium, including SWECO International Consultants, SIPU implemented the International Training Programme (ITP) Local Environmental Management in Urban Areas. The programme was primarily directed to local level public officials in Africa, Asia, and the Balkans who were working with environmental management issues (solid waste management, urban hygiene, air and water pollution etc). The programme served the threefold purpose of enabling the participants to:

  1. Acquire an understanding and knowledge of the general preconditions for local environmental management in urban areas.
  2. Be able to implement a project for change to improve the local environmental management in their home countries.
  3. Acquire a network for interchange of experiences and support between the participants.

The programme methodology blended the participant's own experiences with Swedish and international best practices while emphasizing a participatory approach. The structure of the programme was divided into five phases where the second and fourth phases consist of scheduled training in Sweden as well as the participants' home region, while the intermediate and concluding phases focus on support and coaching on participants' own change projects.

The objective of the International Training Programme (ITP) on Local Environmental Management in Urban Areas was to strengthen the participants’ capacity in the field of Local Environmental Management in Urban Areas. A main focus was to increase participants’ capacity to prioritize given scare resources.

Target Groups: Participants represented local or regional environment administrations or other local/regional authority, where environmental management was a key element of the work, or came from central environmental agency and work with decentralisation of environmental issues.

Contents: The historical experience in Sweden, i.e. what changed, why, and how was the change implemented; what were the preconditions and what were the results?

  • The Swedish Model at local, regional and central level, in an international comparative perspective
  • Environmental administration, poverty and gender
  • Environmental administration and conflict/political and social instability

The training programmes were carried out on a yearly basis. Each training programme was divided different phases with activities in Sweden and in the participant countries. The participants worked on specific tasks (projects for change) with coaching support and mentoring from the Training Course’s subject-matter specialists.

During a seven years period (2007-2013), professionals from many different countries attended the training programme, such as from: Europe (Belarus, Bosnia and Herzegovina, Georgia, Kosovo, Macedonia, Moldova, Serbia, and Ukraine); Africa (Botswana, Ethiopia, Kenya, Mozambique, South Africa, Tanzania, Uganda and Zambia); and Asia (Bangladesh, Cambodia, East Timor, India, Indonesia, Myanmar, North Korea and Vietnam).

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