Emerging Sustainable Cities Initiative (ESCI)

Progetto concluso

The Emerging and Sustainable Cities Initiative is the IDB’s non-reimbursable technical assistance program providing direct support to local governments in their sustainable development plans and execution. Embedded in the Initiative contributes the ETH Zurich with applied urbanization research developing innovative and replicable urban prototypes.

Paese/Regione Tema Periodo Budget
Climate-friendly growth
Urban infrastructure and utilities
01.08.2013 - 31.12.2015
CHF 6'850'000
Contesto Urbanization is occurring at a rapid pace in the Latin American and Caribbean (LAC). The region’s urban population and economic growth is increasingly taking place in intermediate-sized cities, whose urban footprints are expanding in size exponentially. Despite the fact that intermediate-sized cities in LAC are becoming important poles of investment and economic growth, they continue to have high proportions of their population living in poverty, limited governance and an enduring scarcity of financial resources, which hinders their capacity to deal with the complex urban problems they confront.
Obiettivi The objective of ESCI is to support through a multidisciplinary approach up to 50 emerging cities of the region by 2015 addressing the complex urban challenges they are facing and to identify the path to long-term sustainability.The ESCI approach bases on three pillars: The environmental and climate change pillar focuses on environmental management and local pollution control issues, climate change mitigation, and climate vulnerability reduction and adaptation measures. The urban development pillar refers to the effects of the city’s design and urban footprint, social inequality and uneven distribution of urban services, efficiency of its urban transport network, economic competitiveness and public safety levels. The fiscal sustainability pillar is related to the ability of local governments to prioritize and finance investments, fund and maintain their urban and social services, control expenditures and debt adequately, and make decisions in a transparent manner.
Effetti a medio termine Capacitated local authorities applying the ESCI tools allowing for a comprehensive assessment of the urban key challenges in terms of climate impact, economic benefits and public opinion and promotion of investment decisions in the prioritized sectors that consider a comprehensive view of the community (consultations with civil society, academia and private sector). ETH applied urbanization research in a Colombian city leads to the development of innovative urban solutions that can be replicated in other emerging LAC cities.

Risultati principali attesi:   Indicator based city diagnostics .Supporting baseline studies including GHG inventories, vulnerability maps and environmental risks and urban footprint. Additional baseline studies (e.g. on fiscal management, motorized transport, public spaces, walkability and bicycles, connectivity, water and sanitation, solid waste, energy, and security) according needs.Trainings of municipal officials.City Action Plans including prioritized interventions and a strategy for their execution.Pre-investment studies for selected prioritized interventions.City monitoring systems to measure progress towards closing gaps and reaching goals.Dissemination of generated knowledge (events, web platform, papers).Design of an urban prototype (ETH).

Direzione/Ufficio responsabile SECO
Credito Cooperazione allo sviluppo
Partner del progetto Partner contrattuale
  • Banca interamericana di sviluppo

Budget Fase in corso Budget Svizzera CHF   6'850'000 Budget svizzero attualmente già speso CHF   0 Budget inclusi partner del progetto CHF   135'000'000
Fasi del progetto Fase 13 01.10.2014 - 31.12.2018   (Completed)

Fase 12 01.08.2013 - 31.12.2015   (Completed)

Fase 10 01.05.2012 - 31.12.2016   (Completed)