Training of Managers for Urban Redevelopment in Lithuania
Establishing appropriate training structures will be vital for supporting the Lithuanian government’s efforts in recent years and practically implementing their long-term building refurbishment and climate strategy.
Establishing appropriate training structures will be vital for supporting the Lithuanian government’s efforts in recent years and practically implementing their long-term building refurbishment and climate strategy. Moreover, recent German-Lithuanian project activities identified the need for training and building local capacities on integrated urban redevelopment in Lithuania. This is where the project comes in, aiming at developing, implementing and establishing a hands-on vocational training programme for ‘Managers for Urban Redevelopment’ in Lithuania. The project strives to reach one third of the 60 municipalities in Lithuania at an initial phase. As part of the training, participants will receive guidance and assistance in drafting urban redevelopment concepts with regard to their respective municipalities. The project thus contributes to laying the focus on an integrated approach in energy-efficient urban redevelopment recently introduced by Lithuania’s government, starting to close the capacity gap of dedicated staff at local and national level in a sustainable manner.
Rendering higher priority to integrated approaches in urban (re)development, the Lithuanian government waived recommendations in June 2016 on Increasing energy efficiency in urban areas based on results from recent German-Lithuanian project activities; Municipalities are expected to develop integrated concepts for energy-efficient urban re-development and appoint specific staff to organise, guide and supervise implementation (so-called “programme managers”). The responsible authorities – the Ministry of Environment, the State Agency for Housing and Energy Efficiency (Beta) and the State Agency for Investments and Development (VIPA) – are just about to start implementation for which there is a high need for training and advice.
20 out of 60 Lithuanian municipalities have taken part in a wide-ranging training programme on integrated local rehabilitation management. 36 municipalities have devised programmes to rehabilitate 113 districts. Project manager Knut Höller of Housing Initiative Eastern Europe (IWO e.V.) says the project 'serves as an example for other countries in eastern Europe'.
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This project is part of the European Climate Initiative (EUKI). EUKI is a project financing instrument by the German Federal Ministry for the Environment, Nature Conservation and Nuclear Safety (BMU). The EUKI competition for project ideas is implemented by the Deutsche Gesellschaft für Internationale Zusammenarbeit (GIZ) GmbH. It is the overarching goal of the EUKI to foster climate cooperation within the European Union (EU) in order to mitigate greenhouse gas emissions.