Albacete is a city in the Spanish autonomous community of Castilla–La Mancha and the capital of the province of It is one of the most accessible cities across the country. Albacete has five large industrial zones, while the city houses the Air and Logistic Park of Albacete.Discover what we did in IUC
Thematic ClustersRenovation Wave Education, Jobs & Skills, Innovation Centres, Business Clusters
Cross Cutting ChallengesDigital Transition & Smart City Energy Transition & Climate Change
Almada is one of the 18 municipalities in Lisbon’s Metropolitan Area. The northern river front of Almada still shelters natural species of great biological value. The preservation of these important ecological values led the Municipality of Almada to develop nature-based solutions to promote adaptation and territorial resilience.Discover what we did in IUC
Almería is located in the South East of Spain. The city is surrounded by an arid landscape and a Mediterranean coastal strip featuring many tourist attractions, such as the ancient Alcazaba. The economy of Almería is mainly based on greenhouse agriculture, tourism, and the service sector.
Almería has extensive experience in water efficiency. The city is looking to learn best practices on circular economy, nature-based solutions, and environmental sustainability.Discover what we did in IUC
Set up in 2008, the Intermunicipal Community of Alto Minho is an association of 10 Municipalities which aims to make of Alto Minho a territory of environmental excellence with the capacity to develop innovative ways of using resources, tourism activities, renewable energy, attract investment and provide quality service delivery.
CIM Alto Minho will cooperate with the city of Jamshedpur in India on Solid Waste Management and the best practices for segregation
Anci Lazio is the Association of municipalities of Lazio region, involving both the City Council of Velletri and the City of Rome. Velletri is situated in the most densely populated part of Rome’s metropolitan area. Rome is the city with the largest urban agriculture area in Europe.
Anci Lazio is interested in working on urban poverty alleviation and social inclusion of migrants and refugees, as well as in developing sustainable agriculture and building a Food Policy.Discover what we did in IUC
Founded in 1986, ANCIM represents 35 municipalities of small Italian islands where residents are over 200,000 people combined. The objectives of the association are to overcome the practice of development centred almost exclusively on tourism and make the islands more sustainable both socially and economically.
Thematic ClustersCircular Economy- Waste Management Education, Jobs & Skills, Innovation Centres, Business Clusters Tourism – Culture
Cross Cutting ChallengesEnergy Transition & Climate Change
Located 150 km from Jakarta, Bandung attracts many visitors from the capital Jakarta and surrounding areas. It is an innovative hub for creativity and entrepreneurship as well as the first Indonesian city that signed the Milan Urban Food Policy Pact (MUFPP) in 2020.
Bandung will pair with Rome of Italy to focus on smart city development. It will share the experience on tourism and culture, urban agriculture and renovation wave.
The capital of Thailand, Bangkok is the centre of all development activities. The cityscape is always changing with new high-rise buildings and extensive mass transit systems being constructed, old architecture with heritage value being repurposed and green infrastructure and public space being transformed to improve quality of life.
A recent signatory of the Milan Urban Food Policy Pact, Bangkok is proposed to cooperate with Milan to innovate its urban food systems and explore urban farming.
Barcelona is undergoing a third wave of transformation to reclaim and regenerate green corridors and restore biodiversity in the city by developing key high value metropolitan strategic environments for socio-economic revitalization using smart and nature-based solutions. Key urban remodelling and development projects include the Besòs River Plan and 22@.Discover what we did in IUC
The Barcelona Metropolitan Area is the public administration of the metropolitan area of Barcelona and encompasses 36 municipalities. The metropolitan area occupies a strategic position in southern Europe, in the middle of the Mediterranean corridor. This privileged position has allowed it to become the epicentre of the region Catalonia.
Barranquilla is an industrial and port city bordering the Caribbean Sea. It is the capital of the Atlantic department and an economic centre of national relevance. It is indeed the most important economy of the Caribbean region and has the fourth largest GDP amongst Colombian cities.
Barranquilla seeks to address issues of urban poverty and regeneration of deprived neighbourhoods. The city is also interested in sustainable agriculture, with a special focus on urban gardens.Discover what we did in IUC
Bergamo is a city in the Lombardy region of Northern Italy; Its municipal administration is committed to safeguarding urban agriculture and local biodiversity through its Territorial Government Plan, which resulted in the Biodiversity Valley. Additionally, Bergamo promotes a more sustainable gastronomic industry by signing the Milan Urban Food Policy Pact.
Boston has changed dramatically over the last 50 years. After Boston’s population reached a low point in 1980, residents’ tenacity, complemented by its world-class hospitals and universities, fueled the city’s reinvention into a knowledge economy. Over the past five years, Boston has grown twice as quickly as the nation.Discover what we did in IUC
Bratislava is the capital and largest city of Slovakia with high potential to be an example of smart and innovative solutions for sustainable urban development. It has been strongly committed to SUD and climate change adaptation as city’s historic areas are at risk from the impacts of extreme weather events.
Bratislava will continue to cooperate with Tokorozawa to integrate urban ecology viewpoints such as the role of green infrastructures into urban planning.Discover what we did in IUC
Brisbane is home to the largest local government in Australia. It is the country’s third largest city, but its fastest growing. Brisbane is the largest certified carbon neutral government organisation in Australia and Australia’s most biodiverse city. In 2032, Brisbane will host the Summer Olympics, which will be ‘climate-positive’.
Cali is strategically connected to the Pacific coast through the Buenaventura port and to the municipality of Yumbo, which is an important industrial center. Cali is considered a key national economic center, especially for its industrial sector and agri-food production. The city also has a dynamic service sector.
Cali is interested in sustainable and strategic planning regarding housing, public services, mobility, urban infrastructure, and public spaces. It promotes climate change management at the local level and rural-urban integration.Discover what we did in IUC
Canberra is one of the few planned capital cities in the world, and it is a nature-based city; around half of the ACT is nature reserve. It is home to the Australian Federal Parliament and six universities. Canberra is also home to Australia’s cultural institutions. The city is powered by 100% renewable energy.
Chiang Mai is the largest city in northern Thailand and was the centre of the ancient Lanna Kingdom. It boasts a distinct cultural identity with many historical landmarks of great heritage value and a beautiful landscape that makes it a popular tourist destination for Thais and foreigners alike.
Sharing similarities in terms of a cultural site with a vibrant tourism industry, Chiang Mai is proposed to work with Granada in areas related to circular economy and waste management.
Christchurch is the country’s second-largest city by urban area population. Historically a dominant economic activity, agriculture has been complemented by a rise in scientific and technology-based industries. One of Christchurch’s major initiatives is the development of wellbeing-focused collaborations and approaches supporting individual, community, and business resilience in response to disaster.
Thematic ClustersRenovation Wave NBS-Greening-Water Management Circular Economy- Waste Management Sustainable Agriculture- Food Chains Urban Agenda / Planning Urban Poverty- Deprived Neighbourhoods Mobility & Transport
Cross Cutting ChallengesDigital Transition & Smart City Energy Transition & Climate Change
Colleferro and Latina are located in the southern area of the Region of Lazio in central Italy, being Lazio the second region of Italy for GDP produced (about 11% of the national total) and among the 20 most important regional economies of the European Union (1.3% of the total).
Valencia outstands for its international trade, exports, innovation, and industrial development. A region with important industrial fabric, is Spain’s main tourist destination. Ceramics, Agrofood, automotive and textile are consolidated clusters. Strategic industries with great potential, such as ICT, biotechnology, aeronautics or sociosanitary enjoy a perfect framework for their development here.
Bacau needs to attract new investments for the future. A partnership between local and central public sector is necessary for the growth of the private sector and the generation of sustainable jobs. Currently, Bacau County is facing a demographic decline and a significant part of workforce doesn’t generate added value.
Beijing has built the Integrated National Demonstration Zone for opening-up the service sector and the pilot free trade zone, whilst seeking to set up the National Service Trade Innovation and Development Demonstration Zone, the Digital Trade Demonstration Zone and the Beijing Stock Exchange, in order to foster new development pattern.
Central Macedonia’s economy is heavily based on the primary sector and a rapidly growing tertiary sector. It has a consolidated skilled workforce in the food and beverage manufacturing industries. The region also has the potential of becoming a well-established destination for international tourists, as well as an innovation hub.
Central Macedonia is interested in fostering entrepreneurship to create new businesses and jobs. The region also seeks to promote sustainable agricultural practices and to improve agri-food chains and food systems.
Chengdu, located in Southwestern China, is home to world natural and cultural heritage sites and crowned as the best tourist city in China and world’s culinary capital. A China-Europe Railway Express hub, Chengdu is well connected for its electronic information, car manufacturing, food & beverage, equipment manufacturing, and biomedicine industries.
Chongqing Liangjiang New Area is the first national new area in inland China, a gateway to openness for inland regions. It forms a “2+2+2” industrial system, consisting of 2 hundred-billion-level industries (automobiles and E-information), 2 cultivation industries (high-end equipment and biomedicine), and 2 integration industries (scientific-and-technological innovation and modern services).
The region of Coimbra has invested around 2.14% of its GDP in research and innovation, benefitting numerous economic sectors, including health, biotechnology, ICTs, logistics, forestry, and tourism. Coimbra is welcoming numerous new businesses thanks to its Industrial Zones, Incubators, and Business Nurseries available in the 19 municipalities of the region.
Coimbra is interested in working on agriculture, livestock farming, forestry, and fishing, as well as developing its manufacturing industry. Coimbra also seeks to develop touristic services and attractions.
Dalian is an important port city on the northern coast of China with tourism resources. It has a 2,211-km coastline and is the window opening to the world in the Northeast region. A model city for modern logistics, Dalian connects China to Japan, South Korea, Russia, Europe, America and Asia.
Hangzhou strives to develop an open economy and build a key hub for “Digital Silk Road” to strengthen economic ties with European market. Recently, Hangzhou’s cross-border e-commerce model has been widely promoted. Besides, it has launched the world’s first Electronic World Trade Platform, eWTP public service platform, for overseas development.
South Bohemia is rich in natural resources. The diversified manufacturing industry and high-quality research & innovation institutions are its strongest strengths. Agriculture and tourism present significantly. Innovative approaches and smart solutions in agriculture are well-covered in RIS3 strategy. The concept of tourism development states the inclination towards sustainable, low-carbon tourism.
Jinan is a well-connected key city along the new Eurasian land corridors. With the Beijing-Tianjin-Hebei Metropolitan Region to the north, the Yangtze River Delta to the south, Japan and South Korea to the east, and the Yellow River basin to the west, it has a comprehensive network of transportation means.
La Libertad is the third most populous region in Peru. It possesses great development potential due to its important natural resources, its strong industrial vocation, and its varied tourist attractions. The regional economy is mainly based on agriculture and the manufacturing sector.
La Libertad seeks to adopt innovation and sustainability as guiding principles for the development of tourism and agroindustry. It expressed interest in developing Industry 5.0 strategies in the manufacturing sectors.
Ljubljana Urban Region builds its sustainable development on knowledge, innovation, and synergy. The region boosts its competitiveness by modernizing its traffic, environmental, ICT and social infrastructure as well as by developing its human potentials. Another potential lies in cooperation between academia and economic sectors to develop new products and services.
Magallanes features some of the most iconic natural landscapes in Chile, and around 60% of its territory is considered a Natural Protected Area. The main economic activity is manufacturing, including fossil fuels transformation, and agri-food industry. The region’s economy also depends on tourism, oil, and farming.
The region seeks to improve its competitiveness through 4.0 technologies and digitalization strategies. It is interested in renewable and non-conventional energies, as Green Hydrogen, and in developing natural capital economies.
Mendoza’s economy is based on an important ecosystem of industries and services, mainly linked to food production and agriculture. Its strategic location in MERCOSUR facilitates foreign trade and economic growth. In addition, Mendoza is internationally renowned for its wine industry and beautiful landscape.
Mendoza is interested in Regional Innovation Strategies, digital transformation, the diversification of its productive matrix, and knowledge services. It also focuses on sustainability through water management and energy transition strategies.
The North West Region’s economy relies on dynamic industrial and service clusters, as well as the construction and agriculture sectors. The region has great potential for tourism, as it features numerous protected natural areas, historical and cultural sites, and important resources of salt, thermal and mineral waters.
The region seeks to develop tourism based on the potential of its therapeutic industry. It also seeks to promote digitalisation and smart specialisation strategies, particularly orientated towards health and tourism.
Ostrobothnia’s economy is heavily based on foreign trade and on the energy sector, which has a central role in the regional innovation strategies. The globalized innovation system of Ostrobothnia is driven by large businesses but also seeks to integrate SMEs in regional value chains.
Ostrobothnia is interested in “smarter Europe” transformation policies linked to smart regional innovation and sustainable regional specialization strategies. The region seeks to adopt policies linked to “greener Europe” initiatives.Discover what we did in IUC
Qingdao is a popular tourist destination, an international port, and a UNESCO City of Film. Home to Pilot National Laboratory for Marine Science and Technology and National Innovation Center of High-Speed Train, half of China’s marine science and technology talents and one-third of academicians in marine field are based here.
Lazio is deeply involved in its Smart Specialization Strategy through the approach aiming at promoting growth and employment. The innovation drivers for Lazio are Agrofood, green and circular economy, life science, automotive and sustainable mobility, aerospace, blue Economy, digital and creative industries, security, as well as technologies for cultural heritage.
Patra is the capital of Western Greece, a major port and commercial hub. The regional economy is based on agriculture and livestock, construction and labor-intensive industries, service, as well as information and communication technologies. Furthermore, it is also home to an emerging ecosystem of clusters in Agrofood, ICT and innovation.
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