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Green Deals for Municipalities

Dec 31, 2020
“Think globally – act locally”: promoting local action requires comprehensive skills and wide-ranging knowledge of the people working locally for climate protection. Partner organisations from Germany, Liechtenstein and Austria are now developing a participatory process under a transnational EU project. The goal is to empower local initiatives to act more effectively on climate protection in a global context.
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First project meeting of "Green Deals for Municipalities": Among other things, the project supports the establishment of local climate protection teams. (c) Orlando Berger

With the “European Green Deal”, the European Commission aims to reduce net emissions of greenhouse gases to zero by 2050 and thus become climate neutral. The “Green Deals for Municipalities” project strengthens climate protection at both local and regional levels.

Local processes

The climate protection initiatives are formed in the pilot municipalities via participation processes that are assisted by experts. Members of these initiatives initially learn how to identify fields of action for local climate protection by looking at and interpreting the current situation: they then receive an overview of civic engagement and best practice projects in the field of local climate protection.

Working with the appropriate municipal bodies, the climate protection teams then create a catalogue of measures in which all projects and plans are coordinated and defined. Citizens are empowered and assisted in implementing these measures themselves. At the end of each project, the climate protection initiatives are in a position to plan and implement further projects independently and carry out sustainable climate protection locally.


Project duration

September 2020 – August 2023


Project partners

Germany: SPES e.V.

Liechtenstein: CIPRA International

Austria: Klimabündnis OÖ, SPES GmbH


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The European Commission support for the production of this publication does not constitute an endorsement of the contents which reflects the views only of the authors, and the Commission cannot be held responsible for any use which may be made of the information contained therein.

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Marion Ebster
CIPRA International