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La Rochelle

La Rochelle is a medium-sized city (146 219 inhabitants for the metropolitan area) which lies on the west coast of France in the Poitou-Charentes region, highly recognized for its quality of life. The islands of Ré and Oléron are on its doorstep. La Rochelle’s historical heritage and the strong links with the sea make the city one of France's most popular destinations for tourism. Events of international importance – such as the Francofolies, the Grand Pavois (first European in-water Boat Show), the TV Fiction Festival or the International Film Festival – draw an increasingly cosmopolitan audience. The charming Old Harbour, the Aquarium and the Yachting Marina – one of the largest in Europe - contribute to spreading La Rochelle’s reputation beyond the borders of France. La Rochelle is a main hub of economic activity in Poitou-Charentes. Nautical industry, food processing and healthcare, information and communication technologies, transport, sustainable energy businesses are sectors well-represented in the territory. The base of the local economy consists of small businesses, medium-sized companies and a few major groups. The business community can count on the support of the University and other research centres. For ten years, La Rochelle has kept growing in terms of economic development, job creation, demography and equipments for tourism or culture. Following the continuous growth of La Rochelle Urban Area in the last decades, efforts have been deployed to ensure a sustainable development of the city, especially in the field of urban transport. La Rochelle Urban Community has competencies in many domains, ranging from town and country planning to economic development, environment, urban policy or socially balanced housing.

La Rochelle Urban Community(CdA) has initiated sectoral sustainable development policies mostly in advanced mobility and clean transport. However, CdA has to go further and consider the most appropriate way to build a transversal and integrated approach, involving various departments. CdA wants to enforce the idea of evaluation as a formal process in its departments, develop a culture of assessment and to monitor progress in a systematic way, over all aspects of sustainable and integrated urban development.

Furthermore, participatory democracy, governance and efficiency of public administration are thematics long thought of. Through its competencies and commitments (urban planning, urban mobility plan, plan of spatial development, housing plan, Agenda 21, etc.), CdA has initiated various consultations with civil society. However, the evaluation process has not been sufficiently formalized to be used in the development of new strategies. Therefore, questions can be raised: how to reach different categories of people (even the most remote ones who keep themselves far from public debates)? How share information/issues with civil society with a purpose of citizenship, transparency & involvement? How far/up to which boundaries? What about monitoring tools? How define a
specific approach of the territory?

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