Project duration: 36 months
Funded by: The Italian Agency for Development Cooperation ‘AICS’
This project aims to support the role of Palestinian local authorities to set up comprehensive and sustainable local development strategies and policies, Particularly concentrating on environmental protection, restoration and evaluation, thus considering the Palestinian context, which is yet extremely weak, fragmented and with great economic and social inequalities within it, because of the difficult geopolitical situation, the territorial fragmentation due to the presence of Israeli settlements and international isolation. The project aims to transfer the experiences and good practices between Palestinian Local Authorities and their counterparts in the Umbria Region - Italy, which will mark the beginning of an institutional cooperation between them.
The project has two specific objectives:
Twenty-one Local Government Units (LGUs) were selected to be targeted within this project, through the formation of clusters for joint action on environmental issues, it’s purpose to transfer the experiences and good practices of the Italian local authorities and other technical and institutional partners to the targeted Palestinian local authorities which is located in areas mostly classified as the so called “Area C”, in the field of inter-municipal planning and management of environmental services, on the assumption that, precisely in the most marginalized contexts, pool the forces and strategically plan in a participatory way is the most effective strategy to launch a real process of development from the bottom up and improve the quality of life of citizens.
ACTIVITY 1.1 Strengthening the ability of Palestinian Local Authorities to manage environmental and sanitation services in the clusters.
DIRECT BENEFICIARIES: 42 institutional and technical representatives of the 21 LGUs involved.
ACTIVITY 1.2 Participatory planning of inter-municipal environmental plans (IEP).
DIRECT BENEFICIARIES: 42 representatives and technicians from the 21 LGUs involved; 10,000 citizens (about 10% of the population of the target areas).
RESULT R.2- Initiatives for the reduction of solid urban waste, the rehabilitation of public spaces and the experimentation of circular economy projects have been implemented.
ACTIVITY 2.1 Implementation of Intermunicipal Environmental Plans and Circular Economy Actions for the improvement of services provided by LGUs.
DIRECT BENEFICIARIES: 40 schools supplied with 400 waste collection containers; 2,100 waste collection containers; 4 LGUs financed for the implementation of pilot initiatives to regenerate green areas; 40 young people and women trained in circular economy entrepreneurship; 8 young entrepreneurs selected and supported.
RESULT R.3- Citizens, especially young people, are aware of and more involved in environmental issues and in the initiatives promoted by local authorities in the areas involved.
ACTIVITY 3.1 Awareness-raising activities, information and promotion of voluntary work to improve the level of urban hygiene and the quality of public space.
DIRECT BENEFICIARIES: 20 Palestinian schools (an average of 1 school per LGU involved); 40 teachers (an average of 2 teachers per school); 40 youth leaders (an average of 20 youth per target area); 3,600 students involved (an average of 30 students per class in the 120 classes involved).
ACTIVITY 3.2 Communication and dissemination activities
DIRECT BENEFICIARIES: 300 representatives of local authorities, national and international institutions participate in the 3 public events in Palestine, 100 per event; 150 participate in the L.A.N.D. Forum.