One week with INTA at the World Urban Forum 9 in Kuala Lumpur

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INTA's Networking Event
"Coordination, cooperation and planning to regulate the financialization of the city" 

The event aimed to exchange knowledge and know‐how among international networks and organisations about financialization of the city, to raise awareness of importance of regulation by local governments and to discuss tools and instruments to deliver more equity in land and city access.
With UCLG-Africa, UCLG-ASPAC, MTPA and FIABCI reaching common understanding but also understanding each other (public sector - private sector / financial markets - local governments), trust, transparency, empowerment of the people. Next steps? Networks and interested parties will meet again to share practices at MIPIM (March 2018) and #Africities (December 2018). (report available soon)
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Side Event of the French Alliance for Cities and Territorial Development
"The need for new alliances between urban, peri-urban and rural areas ? Towards integrated territorial planning "

At WUF9, The French Alliance for Cities and Territorial Development released a publication entitled: "The Alliance of Territories: Strengthening solidarity between urban, peri-urban and rural areas and fostering inclusive and sustainable development".

This publication builds on the results of a working group set up end 2017 to explore how to reduce socio-spatial inequalities between urban and rural areas. It lays the foundation of further work to be done on redefining the principles and practices of territorial planning and development. It makes 8 recommendations to renew approaches in favour of more sustainable, integrated and inclusive territorial planning.
INTA has participated in the working group and contributed to the event and publication.
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Networking Event in partnership with EAROPH
"Partnerships for sustainable growth: lessons from Indonesia and Australia "

In this networking event, INTA addressed how to successfully plan new towns.
Organised by EAROPH, in partnership with INTA, RMIT University, Plan International, Victoria State Government, Swinburne Centre for Design Innovation

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New Towns in the perspective of the NUA

Discussion organized by INTA with examples from Naya Raipur, India (Florence Bougnoux, Ateliers de Cergy); Greater Jakarta (Wahyu Mulyana, URDI, Indonesia) and France (Jacques Gally, INTA).

Launching New Towns varied from country to country and from time to time. INTA has identified some permanent success factors for a viable future of large urban projects.
Time comes to "disrupt" the homogeneity of today's New Towns, to facilitate the diversity of uses and spaces.
Questions then are : What are the alternative strategies to create more liveable and inclusive cities?
What will be the city of tomorrow?
How do we conceptualize, design, finance, build and govern New Towns today?
How useful is the NUA in that respect?
These questions are continuously debated among INTA members and were discussed again 2 days later in an international conference in Jakarta. If you are interested in exchanging on the topic of New New Towns, please contact the Secretariat.


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Cities, agriculture and food supply: French experiences

Roundtable organized by France urbaine, in partnership with INTA, Régions de France and the City of Lille.

The concern for food security of French cities is fairly recent. However, in 2010, it was found that the average available area of arable land per inhabitant had decreased by 60% in less than 20 years, mainly because of the abandonment of agricultural land and the artificialization of soils. But the confidence in the international trading system, in which the French agribusiness is involved, had for a long time eased the concerns.

Awareness has rather come from the concerns of the citizens, relating to qualitative and ethical aspects: increasing demand for organic production, aspiration to a local food and its traceability, concern to reduce the carbon footprint of the trading of food products. It is not surprising then that cities, and especially the big cities, have been at the origin for several years of multiple initiatives and experiments, which constitute the material of the report recently published by France Urbaine...

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Open and ambitious: Multi-levels governance and territorial coherence

Roundtable organized by CGET in partnership with INTA. Discussion with examples of France, Morocco and reactions from INTA.

Many countries have not waited for UN habitat's call to put in place permanent structures for dialogue between local and central governments on one side and between the public and private sectors on the other. This has been one of INTA's main missions for the past 40 years.
The question of the decentralisation of power to the subnational level is key: are they functional powers self-assumed or administrative powers written in the law? In either situation there is a risk of territorial conflicts, personal conflicts (region/metropolis), and identity conflicts (dilution of institutions that are unclearly determined - e.g. inter-municipal organisations).
This leads us to question the drivers of inclusive local development: reinforcing planning mechanisms, putting importance on the territorial "project", or letting market forces deliver their own solutions? With so many actors, there are so many strategies for collaboration.
Multi-level governance is a form of power organisation that is not very well known due to the rare implementation of such structures, despite it being a key ingredient for territorial coherence. Integrated development cannot be imposed by decree, it must be organised. Multi-territorial governance puts sustainable development on a contractual base which might be more efficient.

   

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Infrastructure-led large scale development: TOD, New Town and Affordable Housing

International conference organised by INTA in partnership with URDI (Urban and Regional Development Institute - Indonesia) and REI (Indonesia Real Estate Association)
Following the topics of the WUF9, this international conference has addressed major issues to reach the SDGs in Indonesia and South East Asia.

Pursuing quality economic growth and improve connectivity across the regions, the Government of Indonesia is accelerating strategic infrastructure projects, namely Mass Rapid Transit (MRT), Light Rapid Transit (LRT), toll-roads, fast intercity-train sea-tolls (hub-spoke ports), airports and dams. It has in recent years put in place a robust institutional framework to support the infrastructure plans through the presidential directive policy on priority infrastructure projects. The acceleration of infrastructure project would create multiplier effects that, in turn, to gear up the country economic growth and create many downstream projects, which include new towns, LRT cities, aeropolis, integrated tourist development area, one million housing programs etc. Majority of the strategic infrastructure projects are implemented by the State-Owned-Enterprises (SOEs). The Government sets the aggressive targets and allocated funds across a range of infrastructure sectors. There is a need to develop value capture strategy from infrastructure project development that benefits all stakeholders in the long-term period. There seems to be a lack of clear policy on the down streaming of all this infrastructure investment. Separately and almost accidentally, the private investors have reacted posi vely to the increase pace of making more and more land ‘within reach’ or available for development with almost surreal promotion of new towns with illustrations of world-bench marked new towns.
The objectives of this seminar were to discuss about current issues, challenges and barries of infrastructure-led large scale development in Indonesia as strategy in accelera ng economic growth and inter-regions connec vity; to discuss smart practices and lesson learnt from the initiatives on large-scale development from various urban practitioners and experts, both national and international; to connect various stakeholders interested in large-scale development.

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