The CPMR Intermediterranean Commission (IMC) organised a training session on an ‘Integrated Territorial Development Approach to the delivery of public services in the Mediterranean’, on 11 and 12 April.
This two-day meeting between the two shores of the Mediterranean involved nearly 40 selected participants and took place at the ‘Maison’ of the Region Occitania, in Casablanca, Morocco.
The training was organised within the framework of the strategic partnership between PLATFORMA and the European Commission, and more specifically in the framework of activities with southern countries led by the CPMR and the IMC. It aimed to raise awareness and share knowledge on the adoption of an integrated territorial development approach for the delivery of public services in the Mediterranean.
The training was based on a Handbook developed with the support of Expert, Federico Martire. The Handbook provides a training and reference framework on integrated territorial development, addressed to decision-makers and public officials in the basin, with particular focus on the regional and local territorial situations in Morocco and Tunisia.
With a view to capacity building and local implementation, the first day’s sessions focused on different elements of integrated territorial development: definitions, types of indicators, participatory approach, results-based management and development results, among others.
They also provided an opportunity to present relevant experiences in terms of integrated territorial development led by various Mediterranean regions and organisations, such as the Bologna Charter, the projects SHERPA, CESBA MED, CO-EVOLVE, MITOMED+, Med Coast 4 Blue Growth, EDILE, CAPDEL, or Plan Littoral 21.
The second day was focused on putting into practice, through exercises, the theoretical elements of the Handbook. This involved role playing and small thematic groups made up of representatives of organisations from different levels of governance of Mediterranean riparian countries (local, regional authorities, universities, networks and national institutes). The main exercise aimed to improve understanding of the link between climate change and development as part of developing an integrated multilevel territorial strategy.
A technical visit to the building site of the Grand Théâtre de Casablanca and other local facilities closed the second day. Casa Aménagement, the company that is carrying the building work, gave a presentation on the development strategy for ‘Greater Casablanca’, as well as other projects that it manages.
They explained the participatory approach used for decision-making concerning them, as well as the mechanisms of financing, support and public-private governance as an interesting practice of integrated territorial development.
Following these meetings, the IMC will organise the development, revision and adaptability of this training for the territories of its member regions. This will involve a global or specific approach, according to the problems, typologies, and subjects of interest as funding opportunities. Regions have already expressed their wish to adapt the training to their experiences and to reproduce it locally.
Finally, alongside the training, the IMC also took the opportunity to strengthen ties with its Moroccan and Tunisian members. These days were also useful to meet new regional interlocutors, with the aim of strengthening cooperation and cohesion at the network and basin level.