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The Sustainable Cities Programme (SCP) - Asia

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Sustainable Cities Programme in Sri Lanka

After the formulation of a National Programme for Sustainable Human Settlements in Sri Lanka and mobilization of resources through the United Nations Development Programme (UNDP), the Government of Sri Lanka requested support from SCP-Asia to help implement its commitments under the Habitat Agenda. This commenced through the "Sustainable Colombo Core-area Project (1999-2001)" which initially piloted the adaptation of the SCP-EPM process in the three main Municipal Councils of Colombo, Kotte and Dehiwala Mt. Lavinia.
Solid waste management was identified as the most pressing issue in all three Municipal Councils during their city consultations, which mobilized high-level political support and stakeholder's commitment to address this issue was channelled by establishing issue -specific working groups, which later implemented demonstration projects integrated into Municipal budgets and annual work-plans.

Based on these experiences the scope of the project expanded in 2002-2004 to 10 additional cities at the Provincial-level (Negombo, Wattala, Kolonnawa, Moratowa, Panadura, Gampaha, Ratnapura, Kandy, Matale and Nuwara Elya in a expanded second phase: "the Sustainable Sri-Lanka Cities Project", which also deepened the traditional environmental management process to strenghten participatory urban governance and gender inclusiveness.

Phase 3 of National Programme implementation further consolidated the good practice experiences, broadened the issues to focus on pro-poor Millenium Development Goals, and supported four new cities in the North and East: Jaffna, Killinochi, Baticaloa, Kattakudy, as well as Galle in the Southern Province(See Map). In the North and East the pro-poor focus of the programme has succesfully mainstreamed the MDGs into city management practices and municipal budgeting system, and is documenting demonstration projects implemented at the community-level for city-wide application.
Currently, a compendium of documented good practices implementing SCP-EPM throughout the three phases in 18 cities is under preparation to be finalized by March 2008.

* Click Colombo for Colombo Core Area Project (Other cities to be uploaded)


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