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As well as the Jury partner organisation the European Green Capital Award has developed partnerships with key environmental and local government initiatives and organisations across Europe, some of which are presented below.


EUROCITIES is a network of the elected local and municipal governments of major European cities. It was founded in 1986 and today the network comprises over 130 of the largest European Cities and 40 partner cities from across 35 countries as members.

EUROCITIES operates through six thematic forums, with policy priorities of Climate, Inclusion and Recovery. EUROCITIES aims to reinforce the role of local governments and to work with and influence EU institutions, in order to tackle common issues that affect the day-to-day lives of Europeans. Visit the EUROCITIES website

Mayors Adapt

Mayors Adapt – the Covenant of Mayors Initiative on Climate Change Adaptation has been established by the European Commission to encourage cities to be pragmatic in their adaptation to climate change.

In signing up to the initiative, the cities commit to either developing a comprehensive local adaptation plan or incorporating adaptation to climate change into plans which are already in place. In this way, the cities are contributing to the overall aim of the EU Adaptation Strategy.  Visit Mayors Adapt website

Natura 2000 Award

The Natura 2000 network covers a vast range of different sites across the continent with the aim of preserving andNatura 2000 enhancing Europe’s biodiversity. It is of paramount importance that we protect our continent’s biodiversity for future generations so that they may also benefit from the ecosystem services provided by it.

This pan-European Award recognises excellence in the management of Natura 2000 sites. The Award also outlines the benefits for local economies and increases public awareness of Europe’s valuable natural heritage. Visit the Natura 2000 Award website


Urban Atlas

The European Environment Agency (EEA) now hosts detailed maps and land cover information for the 117 European cities currently included in the new ‘Urban Atlas’. The Urban Atlas provides high resolution maps for some 305 Larger Urban Zones with more than 100,000 inhabitants as defined by the Urban Audit across Europe.

The Urban Atlas provides pan-European comparable land use and land cover data and is a new tool in ensuring that the decisions of policy makers are the right ones. The GIS data can be downloaded together with a map for each urban area covered and a report with the metadata. Visit the Urban Atlas website.

Urban Issues at Stake

Please see the link below for an inventory of the various programmes and initiatives which are funded by the European Commission and which deal with sustainable cities. Find out more here