Regional SD strategies:
In 2005, the Ústí Region SDS was prepared and adopted
and the Liberec Region SDS was prepared but not adopted by the Regional
Council. These two regional SD strategies are directly linked to the NSDS. All
other regions have regional development plans covering environmental and
SD topics and these plans refer to the NSDS.
LA 21 initiatives:
There are more than 130 LA 21 initiatives in the Czech
Republic: 4 regions (Vysočina, Jihomoravský, Zlínský), 42 micro-regions (unions
of municipalities) and 65 municipalities. The initiatives cover more than 30%
of Czech Republic’s population. These regions, micro-regions and municipalities
are members of the ‘Healthy Cities National Network’. The cross-cutting issues
are all aspects of sustainable development and public health.
Every local initiative is aimed at involving the
broadest stakeholder representation possible as well as the general public
through preparation, presentation and discussion over strategic development
plans and their implementation. Ad-hoc and regularly held campaigns are
launched (e.g. Earth Day, European Week of Mobility, Day without Tobacco,
Global Embrace, etc.). When planning and performing the activities, the best
possible mix of institutionalized and ad-hoc forms is sought by the organisers.
In October 2008, as a part of the process of
preparation of the 'LA 21 Strategy in the Czech Republic’, the Governmental
Council entrusted the WG LA 21 with a task to prepare a comprehensive research on
LA 21 concept implementation in the Czech Republic and on its perspectives in
the next 5-10 years in the context of NSDS. The results of this research are
available since 2009. In December 2010, Methodics of the Local Sustainability
Evaluation was submitted by experts to WG LA 21. Its pilot testing was
performed in 2011 in 4 cities. The LSE evaluation is today a common procedure
in many municipalities.
The basic set of indicators is contained in the
‘Criteria for LA 21’ and serves the purpose of moving up on the scale of
categories D, C, B, A when fulfilled. This set is open to development and
modification. Methodics and Indicators of Local Sustainability were prepared
for the evaluation of the best municipalities (see above).
The Healthy Cities of the Czech Republic – a municipal association
dealing with SD, LA21 and other relevant SD topics that is also participating
in the activities of the Czech Governmental Council of SD – has finished a
special report on the practical implementation of the Czech NSDS at the local
level. The report is based on a database linkage of the national and municipal
SD strategies and shows many interesting results for the NSDS process and the
SD activities at the local level. The database system and individual data are
in only available in Czech, but a few summary
reports of the project results have been made available in English.
Mgr. Jan Mareš
Head of Sustainable
Department of Environmental
Policy and Sustainable Development
Ministry of the Environment
of the Czech Republic
100 10 Praha 10
Phone: +420 267 123
GSM: +420 724 754 167
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