Background and objectives:
This was a joint UNDP/UN-Habitat (SCP and UMP) programme with the goal of supporting and securing the development of sustainable cities throughout Thailand through pro-poor urban and environmental governance. The programme sought to make a significant contribution to the Millennium Development Goals of ensuring environmental sustainability through sustained improvements in the quality of life and livelihoods of the urban poor, by promoting participatory urban management and action plans.
The programme provided a mechanism to secure substantial additional second phase funding and local action plan implementation funds from key agencies in urban and environmental governance.
The main activities included:
- Implementing the City Consultation process, a broad and flexible participatory urban decision-making process involving, and replicating the experience:
- Identifying and mobilising stakeholders and undertaking a City Profile
- Elaborating key issues and agreeing on priorities through broad-based consultation
- Agreeing action plans and designing and implementing demonstration projects
- Implementing action plans and learning from the process;
- Enhancing the capacity of NMLT to share good practice through enhanced systems of ‘knowledge management’;
- Building Regional Learning Networks to support the delivery of decentralised capacity-development programmes to municipalities.
The results achieved were:
- Five city action plans developed
- Five green area maps and small area maps developed for communities
- Community planning integrated in local government urban plans
- NMLT capacity enhanced for knowledge management
- Five Regional Learning Networks established and functional.