As part of an academic project, 9 students from the French prestigious engineering school AgroParisTech based in Clermont-Ferrand have conducted an international flash survey in May 2021 to compare and analyse different initiatives being carried out by INMC cities about shared issue of nature in the city.
These 9 students are studying on an ACTERRA Specialised Master's degree course which will prepare them for careers as territorial policy and territorial project managers. They are highly knowledgeable and skilled and have worked on the theme of nature in the city because it offers a great deal of transversality and makes it possible to cross-reference different public policies: ecology, mobility, food, culture, citizen participation, etc.
To have a better vision of the relationship between cities and nature, they performed a comparative analysis of 5 cities members of the INMC.
The entire international flash survey has been conducted virtually between 17 and 28 May 2021.
For analysing the place of nature in city in the local strategy of the 5 cities of the network, and developping their thoughts, the students asked themselves the following questions:
They ended with proposing possibilities for transversal actions between cities.
The analysis highlights converging challenges and opportunities of cooperation between the 5 cities in relation to the following themes :
Most cities face issues but have different challenges regarding :
The study shows that the cities are working on common challenges such as urban sprawl control, biodiversity protection or developing alternative mobility.
The comparative analysis suggests possibilities of collaborations on various subjects, such as:
This international flash survey provided an opportunity for participating cities to benefit from the expertise of students who will be the development professionals of the future and also to benchmark their public policies on the theme of nature in the city.
To showcase this initiative, the results of the international flash survey will be presented at the 3rd INMC Conference in Querétaro, Mexico, in March 2022.
The study has underlined that nature in the city is a transversal topic, gathering multiple areas, and shared by all cities of INMC.
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