A delegation from the city of Alba Iulia (Romania) traveled to Benedito Novo (Brazil) within the framework of the International Urban Cooperation (IUC) program from November 19 to 23. The objective of the meeting was to initiate the cooperation activities between the two cities and identify potential pilot projects so that they can develop jointly.
The visit began with the traditional presentation of the host city, which showed through its mayor the productive and geographical characteristics of the city, and opened a debate on the municipal powers of cities, tax collection and tourism policies.
Presentation of the characteristics of the Brazilian city to the delegation of Alba Iulia
The team continued with the visit of the Romanian delegation to a private fish farming development area and to the largest energy cooperative of the State of Santa Catarina, present in the city.
During the week, Benedito Novo also presented part of its industrial sector to its partner city; thus, the Mayor has shown the BN Papeis company, of the paper industry, which has a strong commitment to environmental and social sustainability, having been rated as one of the 20 best companies to work for in Brazil. From the corporate sector, they also visited the Molduras factory, which produces frames that it exports to different countries.
Continuing with the visit, the delegation of Alba Iulia visited the association of municipalities of the middle valley of Itajaí (AMMVI), where they participated in the assembly of the entity, shared its experience of cooperation with the Brazilian delegation. The delegayion also learned about activities related to waste recycling in the region.
Visit to a private fish farming development area
The meeting closed with the presentation to the Romanian city of the Inter-Municipal Consortium of the Middle Vale do Itajaí (CIMVI), which develops innovation projects in 15 municipalities in the region. The consortium awards environmental licenses, and tourism and solid waste management. Alba Iulia met the future headquarters of the entity, a space that will seek to raise environmental awareness among children from schools in the region on solid waste management.
Alba Iulia’s Intelligent Cities Manager Liviu Stanciu said that the end of the visit «does not mean the end of the exchange but from Alba Iulia will continue working in the coming months for the improvement of its city with the support of Benedito Novo».
El buen ambiente reinó en el entre las delegaciones
The International Urban Cooperation Program (IUC) aims to support cities in different regions of the globe to connect and share solutions for common problems in sustainable urban development within the framework of the New Urban Agenda and the fight against Climate Change. The community initiative revolves around three main areas: cooperation between cities that will provide a platform for the exchange of knowledge and best practices, specific issues of urban development, the establishment of the Global Covenant of Mayors for Climate and Energy, and for Latin America, a program of exchanges between regions to stimulate regional economic development through innovation, competitiveness and smart specialization.
About IUC-LAC (Latin America and the Caribbean)
This is the chapter for Latin America and the Caribbean of the IUC Global program. With a budget of more than 5 million euros and three years of duration, 20 cities in Argentina, Brazil, Colombia, Chile and Peru will be chosen; and 20 regions of Argentina, Brazil, Colombia, Chile, Mexico and Peru for collaborations with their European counterparts. The Global Covenant of Mayors for Climate and Energy will be established in 20 countries of the region.