Exploring the Balance between Environmental Protection and Development

Key challenges within City of Zagreb are in the area of:
1. Spatial planning
2. Inadequate waste management
3. Transport system
4. Management of water and wastewater
5. City lighting
6. Energetics

– Spatial planning describes politics over longer period of time and defines the way of city development within certain time period
– Spatial planning should be maintained by consensus of public, citizenship, urban planning profession, politics and economics of development ambitions
– Spatial planning should be a framework of finding new entrepreneurial projects and not, as the case is now within majority of local and regional self-government in Croatia, where spatial plans are adapting to needs and interests of investors
– There is a need for integrated waste management system implementation, especially in regards to waste disposal.
– Zagreb is currently experiencing over 40% of water loss; big part of Zagreb is situated within water protection area; therefore, it is not simple to plan and realize many projects
– It is necessary to raise the quality of public transportation through usage of environmentally friendly transport vehicles, usage of electricity from renewable energy sources, biogas and biodiesel usage
– There are good pre-conditions for suburban railways revitalization
– There is a possibility for many savings within city lighting through realization of energy efficiency projects in regards to public and city lights by replacing classical light bulbs with energy – efficient light fixtures and replacement of lamp casing, which is also an obligation according to the Law on light pollution
– There is a possibility of heat cost allocators for district heating in order to protect consumers and to encourage energy efficient consumer behavior
– There are energy efficiency projects in building construction industry that could be realized through the city’s incentives and subsidies

2013 Video Overview

What is the future of innovative & creative Europe? Can cities enable prosperity?

The forum debate will be an opportunity to exchange experience in organizing and managing cities and developing city innovative infrastructure focusing on EU 2020 Agenda namely development of smart, sustainable and inclusive growth. Zagreb Forum will explore and encourage socio-economic activities where civil society organizations and the citizens should be vital partners to the business sector as well as to the city governance.