The South East Regional Committee (SERC) between 2014-2015 developed an Action Plan for the 15 Councils in the Region with possible cooperation with adjacent Councils. This was developed after the Councils submitted their aspirations and priorities through a survey. Following the formulation of Pillars of the Action Plan the South East region is currently concluding the Sustainability Urban Mobility Plan. The SERC and has submitted a Process Map for the UNESCO HUL (Historic Urban Landscape) Recommendation compiled by Dr Malcolm Borg in consultation with the South East Region, its President Chev. Paul Farrugia and WHITRAP Asia). During the past two years the Region has been involved in developing a project platform based on research and development and promoting the United Nations 10 Principles.
SERC is currently engaged in three main initiatives to support these Principle concentrating on the Environment and Socio-Cultural dimension.
This week the President of SERC has presented the update at the URBACT Lisbon Conference of the Sustainable Urban Mobility Plan for the South East. The document is currently at the consultation process phase and as part of the compilation it has commissioned Traffic monitoring of 10 main junctions. This data collation process will support the policy-making platform (Access; http://www.regjunxlokk.org/sump.html).
This quarter SERC became signatory to WHITRAP UNESCO for the Historic Urban Landscape Recommendation (Viewed 20 August 2018; http://www.historicurbanlandscape.com). The Process Map developed to see the Regional Cities and Towns as Pilots together with Cities like World Heritage Cities like Regensburg follows the HUL Process which proposes an integrated process on the conservation of the Landscape. This is particularly important for the South East Region because it is one of the regions with a dense network of World Heritage Sites and critical heritage assets i.e. Tarxien Temples, Hal-Saflieni Hypogeum, Valletta City and the Harbour Fortifications (Tentative List). The process map is indicators based following the UNGCCP City Scan Report for the Region.
The SERC is also in the process of launching its state of the art Reach-Out Centre (ROWSE). Last year a design and planning brief and feasibility study were compiled. At a second stage Architects (MADE Studio) have prepared designs for the Planning Application. The Plan is to develop an active inclusion policy with a space to promote social investment in community development in poorer areas. The multi-use space will be a hub for cooperation between local authorities and agencies and direct efforts to spur innovative economic and social entrepreneurship. It will also offer assistance to access welfare services, promote equal opportunities to vulnerable groups and will target awareness raising and integration for migrate and asylum seekers.
The projects delivered by the South East Region in the past two years sought to develop further the 10 principles through; democratisation in planning, transparency and new governance opportunities. Through the SUMP a system of Urban Local Support Groups and Core Groups have been founded and delegated to manage and develop these projects. This best practice is being followed also in the implementation of HUL UNESCO.
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