The Urban Sustainability Strategy of the Junta aims to incorporate sustainability into urban development by establishing guidelines and policy. The Ministry of the Environment, together with the Federation of Municipalities and Provinces are creating a network of sustainable towns and cities. Over €17m have been invested since 2002 when 111 municipalities joined the programme to analyse each town and create strategies to meet the goals set by the ministry. The authorities claim a great success for ‘Ciudad 21’ noting it has become a model for other regions as the project has developed into a national strategy. The starting point was conducting environmental diagnostics to evaluate the requirements of each municipality and then moving on to specific action plans funded by grants from the Ministry of the Environment. Since 2004 nearly 300 projects have been funded to improve the urban waste management, energy efficiency, water management , green areas, noise pollution, public participation and sustainable transport.
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