USUDS: Urban Sustainable Development in the Mediterranean region

USUDS project
USUDS: Urban Sustainable Development Strategies/Mediterranean Network for the Promotion of Urban Sustainable Development Strategies
Technical details
Leader: MedCities, Barcelona Metropolitan Area

Partners: CIEDES Foundation; Sfax City Council; Al Fayhaa Urban Community; Sousse City CouncilSaida City Council; Larnaca City Council

Collaborating institutions: Ancona City Council, Marseille City Council, Tirana City Council, Barcelona City Council, Izmir Metropolitan City Council, Barcelona Provincial Government, Hariri Foundation for Sustainable Human Development, GIZ, German Cooperation.
Action area:
2.863.011 €
  • 1.783.742 € co-financing by the European Union – ENPI-CBC-MED Programme

    1.783.742 € co-financing by the European Union – ENPI-CBC-MED Programme
  • Hariri Foundation for Sustainable Human Development: 29.340€

  • Barcelona City Council: 30.000€

    Barcelona City Council: 30.000€
  • Diputació de Barcelona: 100.000€

    Diputació de Barcelona: 100.000€
  • AECID: 300.000€

    AECID: 300.000€
  • Other partners: 619.929€: AMB: 379.740€; Sfax: 25.256'54€; CIEDES: 67.537'46€; Sousse: 31.471'93€; Saida: 30.900€; Larnaka: 65.822.63€; Al Fayhaa: 19.200€



The USUDS project was an initiative of the MedCities network that brought together Mediterranean cities interested in defining and implementing urban sustainable development strategies. The project began in October 2011 and ended three years later, in October 2014.

The objective was to promote urban sustainable development and social cohesion in Mediterranean cities through the following actions:
  • the creation of three new urban development strategies in the cities of Sousse (Tunisia), Saida (Lebanon) and Larnaka (Cyprus).
  • the creation of a network of cities interested in the construction and implementation of urban sustainable development strategies.
The project established three Centres for Knowledge Transfer: one in Malaga (Spain), one in Al-Fayhaa (Lebanon) and another in Sfax (Tunisia), all designed to help forward the spread of strategic urban thinking throughout the region and to recognise best practices and relevant cases studies that might be of use and apt for replication in other cities.

The decentralized management structure of the USUDS project was an example of the sort of networking and cooperation between partner cities the project sought to promote, practices that help cities strengthen their medium- and long-term management capabilities. The project involved sharing of knowledge and practices between cities in order to strengthen the development processes of each city.
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