Ljubljana Forum 2013
17th & 18th October 2013, Ljubljana, Slovenia
Ljubljana Forum 2013 is set to take place in Ljubljana, the capital of Slovenia, on 17th & 18th October 2013. The Ljubljana Castle, which is located on the top of a hill above the city and offers a breath taking view of the city, will host the two-day event themed “Managing Water and Transport in the Danube Region”. The Municipality of Ljubljana and GoForeSight Institute (GFS) have worked side-by-side to organise the event.
The Ljubljana Forum 2013 will be addressed from the perspective that rivers make way for transport corridors and thus offer cities opportunities for economic growth and sustainable development. The Danube region is an area stretching from the Black Forest (Germany) to the Black Sea (Romania-Ukraine-Moldova) and is home to 115 million inhabitants.
The main objectives for experts and policy makers attending the event are to:
- Find and define solutions for global challenges in sustainable development through job creation;
- Enable concrete co-operation among different stakeholders for prosperity of smart and inclusive cities and regions;
- Present industry solutions for enabling prosperity of cities;
- Identify, support and finance projects for EU perspective 2014 – 2020; as well as
- Connect, bring about new initiatives and move forward.
Several sessions and round tables have been scheduled to enable the exchange of good practices and first-hand experiences. Participants will also have opportunities for business and informal meetings. The full agenda is available here.
Ljubljana and the European Green Capital Award
The city of Ljubljana was shortlisted for the European Green Capital Award for 2015. Ljubljana was praised by the expert panel as a committed city among others in terms of sustainable mobility planning and water management.
Ljubljana adopted a Sustainable Mobility Plan in 2012 with targets for increases in journeys undertaken by walking, cycling and bus and for a 20 % reduction in car journeys between 2008 and 2015. Future targets include 50 % of the bus fleet to be methane-powered by 2015, 1,400 charging stations for electric vehicles, and a possible vehicle congestion charge by 2020.
Regarding its good water management, Ljubljana demonstrates its commitment with water household consumption at 125.76 l/day/capita (2011) which is very good in terms of the European average. The city has a long term reduction target of 34%. Water losses were reduced by 57 % between 1994 and 2004, and the city aims to reduce this figure to 5% by 2050. Achieving these aims would make Ljubljana a very water efficient city.
For more information on the European Green Capital Award click here.