New selection criteria for urban interventions public calls, based on methodologies with an integrated approach for improving social and environmental quality.
La Ciudad Amable was designed by the Regional Government of Development, Infrastructure and Territorial Planning to improve the way public administrations renovated the public buildings and urban spaces, from a social and sustainable approach.
The Regional Programme of Public Spaces, PREP, financed by ERDF (Axis 6.e. OT 6 OP 2014-2020) with the objective of improving environmental quality in Andalusia's cities, has carried out 250 projects since 1998. The most important ones in historical centres, sites and Cultural Interest Assets.
2013- PILOT ACTION was launched, as PREP additional activity, to test new methodology and selection criteria and adopt it in following Calls. This initiative, addressed to municipalities, had three steps, involving stakeholders, training, projects development and dissemination, with a social, environmental and multi sector approach. The selection criteria: urban-environmental quality, public space enhancement, sustainable mobility, accessibility and connectivity, participation-social integration, promotion of employment&gender equality, energy efficiency, innovation, possibility of replicability.The evaluation was very positive so LCA has been replicated.
This GP is linked to the VIOLET multisector approach, capacity building, improving criteria selection and methodologies in public calls for urban and historical areas interventions based on carbon emissions reduction, and combating urban obsolescence and the abandonment of historic centre.

Resources needed

12 experts

Evidence of success

Influence in new programmes; PREPU (ERDF 2014-2020) and Programme for the renovation of the public space “Plan VIVE Andalucía” 2020-2030", developped after LCA experience with an innovative approach that carries out awareness, dissemination and training.
Selection criteria for projects proposing measures which imply an improvement of urban and environmental quality, by reducing carbon emissions and noise, and the promotion of the use of urban public spaces and social participation.

Difficulties encountered

the time required to design a participative social action, technical training and projects development.
To stablish clear indicators and objective criteria selection.
Difficulty for the dissemination to all the public.
Need of a relevant and permanent coordinator nd a clear definition of roles.

Potential for learning or transfer

Tested methodology and Selection criteria as and additional activity of a established programme.
Within its lines, there is one dedicated just to Historical City Centres, Cultural Interest Assets
Innovative approach that carries out awareness, dissemination and training activities in the interventions. It is based on other Good practices in order to develop new policy instrument.
All interventions are at city-level and have a multidisciplinary approach, (energy efficiency parameters social inclusion and innovation). Among them, actions undertaken in Historical Centres stand out.
Training and Capacity Building: free open days organised for organisations joining the initiative. Technicians, city council managers, teachers and professors, environment trainers.
Awareness and communication: platforms Web, guidelines, good practice catalogue and exhibitions
Cost-efficiency interventions.
Promotion of sustainable, eco-friendly and energy-efficiency and low carbon solutions.
Main institution
Regional Ministry of Development, Infrastructures and Territorial Planning. Regional Government of Andalusia
Andalucía, Spain (España)
Start Date
March 2013
End Date


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