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28 September – 5 October 2010
Study Tour to France

Some 30 representatives from the historic cities of Karnataka, Kerala, Madhya Pradesh and Rajasthan accompanied by representatives from the Union Ministry of Urban Development are currently travelling on a study tour to France. Besançon, Chinon, Lorient, Rennes and Strasbourg will be hosting the representatives from 28 September to 5 October 2010 to share best practices in the field of heritage focused and integrated sustainable urban development.

This study tour follows the1st Indo-French Seminar on Cooperation between States/regions and local authorities held in Delhi in January 2010 in the framework of the Bonjour India festival organized by the Indian Ministry of Urban Development and the French Government, with support of the Association Nationale des villes et pays d'art et d'histoire et des villes à secteurs sauvegardés et protégés (ANVPAH & VSSP) and the Indian Heritage Cities Network (IHCN). A first, very successful study tour to France was organized in September 2008 for representatives, officials and technicians of nine Indian cities who visited Paris, Rennes, Blois and the Loire Valley, La Rochelle and Bordeaux.

The Indian and French representatives will participate in a series of workshops and site visits in order to exchange experience and discuss the challenges of fostering sustainable and heritage focused urban development and local governance strategies. They shall address questions of how to address the growing need for housing, commerce, social services, waste management and urban mobility looking at examples and lessons learned in the cities of France. The key asset in France is that they were able to accommodate the changes without loosing the diversity and character of their natural and cultural heritage.

The study tour is not only conducted as an exposure and capacity building event, but underlines France’s commitment to develop city to city partnerships in the framework of the Partenariat français pour la ville et les territoires (French partnership for cities and towns and urban areas and landscapes). The aim is to create a network of partnerships between cities, universities and other pertinent institutions in India and France.

This initiative of exchange and exposure has been launched and funded by the French Ministry of Foreign and European Affairs (Delegation for Local Authorities’ External Actions, Embassy of France in India). It is being organized by the two networks, ANVPAH & VSSP and IHCN, in cooperation with the UNESCO New Delhi Office and supported by the UNESCO World Heritage Center and the French ministries of foreign affairs, culture, and environment within the framework of the France-UNESCO Cooperation Agreement; the French Sénat as well as the French cities concerned. Partners from the French private sector, AREP, FONJEP, GDF-Suez and Veolia among other donors also supporting this study tour.

The opening session will be hosted by the French Sénat on 29th September and the closure meeting will be held at UNESCO Headquarters on October 4th.



29 September

Opening session hosted by the French Sénat and presided by Gérard Larcher.

30 September - 1October

Training in Besançon: heritage focused urban planning, care free public public spaces, reuse of military heritage, periphery/city center policies.

30 September – 1October

Training in Rennes: city center development and the greater city projects.

1 - 4 October

Training in Strasbourg : heritage focused city development policies, public transport and urban renewal.

1 - 4 October

Training in Lorient : Port cities, reuse of industrial heritage. In Chinon, discussion on the economic impact of heritage.

4 October

Closure meeting at UNESCO Headquarters.


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