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The goal of this project is to understand and explore the role of urban markets as key drivers of change in terms of local economic development, regeneration and sustainable living.

Delegates from the URBACT Markets and Marakanda project visited Barcelona recently to see first-hand how the city organizes its markets network.

Markets are important for cities for many reasons. They offer and create incredible opportunities for social, cultural, and economic wealth at the local level.

Our project’s importance lies in its goal of providing action-orientated knowledge about how to use urban marketplaces to develop low carbon, local supply chains, better and more sustainable urban planning, employment and entrepreneurship. We believe the key to healthy cities lies in the development of marketplaces.

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Integrated action plans

An Integrated Action Plan (IAP) is a policy instrument that is produced by Action Planning Networks within a period of 12-14 months after the beginning of their activities. The aim of the IAP is to respond in a concrete way to a urban challenge, which is common to all involved cities. Each partner develops its own IAP, so all plans are unique in terms of local circumstances, territorial coverage and, most of all, the context in which this tool is proposed to be implemented. The creation and validation of this instrument relies in a collective undertaking, designed to strengthen commitment and to increase the prospect of sustainable delivery. In this sense, every partner city must establish a URBACT Local Group (ULG), in order to gather implicated stakeholders to co-create and participate in this process.Thus, the IAP reflects and integrates all ULG members' knowledge and learning from transnational exchange.
  • Barcelona
  • Turin
  • Attica
  • Suceava
  • Pécs
  • Wroclaw
  • Westminster
  • Dublin
  • Toulouse