A systemic approach to sustainable urban strategies

This initiative is carried out by the IFDD (Institut de la Francophonie for Sustainable Development), a subsidiary body of the OIF (International Organization of la Francophonie), and ENERGIES 2050

The Francophonie Initiative for Sustainable Cities (IFVD) supports the implementation of sustainable urban strategies by providing concrete answers tailored to the realities of each city, regardless of its size, while promoting a holistic approach that takes into account urban complexity and the interrelationships between the different systems that make them up. In practice, it is a question of constructing a puzzle in which each piece, while independent and indispensable, has utility only when it is connected to the others according to a planned, optimized and coherent organization.

Genesis of the initiative

The IFVD is a continuation of the “City, Energy and Environment” program set up by the Institute of Energy and Environment of La Francophonie (IEPF) between 2002 and 2011. The originality of this program was largely based on its ability to take into account the diversity of a city while targeting strategies for action on the two “easily identifiable” components of energy and the environment.

In 2011, the Institute of La Francophonie for Sustainable Development (IFDD), a new name for the IEPF, and the ENERGIES 2050 association decided to continue the adventure and co-founded the IFVD to accompany the cities and complement the dynamics, by firmly adopting a systemic approach.

The genesis of the Initiative is inspired by the work carried out by the IFDD but also by those carried out by members of the ENERGIES 2050 association in recent years.

An initiative to pool and multiply the means of action

IFVD relies on the many programs, projects and initiatives dedicated to the cities and the different actors involved, in order to learn the lessons of each one and to be able to take into account the diversity of constraints and realities since it intervenes on the built environment.

Each actor is confronted with the limits of its territory of competence, while being interdependent of the dynamics that all the other actors will put in place. Henceforth, the built environment must be understood as a score in which each musician reveals his soloist talents around a common goal.

Many partners have already joined the IFDD and ENERGIES 2050 in this initiative: the African School of Architecture and Urbanism (EAMAU) based in Lomé; UN-HABITAT; the United Nations Environment Program (UNEP); the Habitat and Francophonie Network; the Order of Architects of Côte d’Ivoire; etc.

Other key players have expressed interest in joining forces with the IFVD: the International Association of Francophone Mayors (AIMF); United Cities and Local Governments (UCLG); etc.

A matrix organization for an initiative closest to implementation

The IFVD aims to achieve concrete and measurable results. It is structured according to 5 complementary pillars:

  • Federate and pool,
  • Understand and share for inspired cities,
  • Implement tailor-made action programs,
  • Financing the inspired city,
  • Strengthen the capacity to act for participatory and inclusive cities.

First concrete results

Since the launch of IFVD in 2011, several concrete actions have been implemented under its cover, as illustrated by the following examples (non-exhaustive list):

  • African training for professionals in the construction and building sector, urban planning and management, in partnership with EAMAU.
  • 3 national sessions have already been organized in partnership with the Association of Architects and national actors (Burundi, Togo, Côte d’Ivoire).
  • A training module on sustainable construction in urban planning, urban management and architecture of the EAMAU with already more than 300 students trained.
  • A Francophone summer school on cities and buildings facing the challenges of climate change: a week of training in Nice (France) in June 2015 integrated into a cycle of international conferences; 17 participants (representatives of Ministries, Order of Architects, etc.).
  • Development of reference manuals in 2015: A Guide to Sustainable Building in the Tropics (OIF / IFDD Publication); State of the art on sustainable building and social housing in Francophone Africa (UNEP publication).
  • Many contributions to international meetings: Ecocity (Nantes, 2013); World Urban Forum (Medellin, 2014); Regional Energy Efficiency Workshop in the Tropical and Sustainable City Building (Dakar, 2014); Global Forum on Sustainable Habitat / Rio + 20 + 2 (Bogota, 2014); Summit of Solutions (New York, 2014); ICLEI World Congress – Local Governments for Sustainable Development (Seoul, 2015); etc.
  • Contributions to several international initiatives: Sustainable Buildings and Climate Initiative (UNEP-SBCI); Global Initiative for Resource-Intensive Cities (GI-REC); United Nations Building Sustainable Building Program (10YFP-SBC); etc.
  • A pilot project program: Positive Energy House in Dakar; Renovation programs in urban areas; etc.

A dedicated information portal on the Francophone platform Médiaterre (www.mediaterre.org/villes/).

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This project falls within the scope of ENERGIES 2050 actions and research carried out on the theme of Cities and Territories.

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