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Case study

EBRD’s Green Cities Framework

EBRD developed a Green Cities Framework (‘GrCF’) to deliver a comprehensive and systematic approach to address key climate and environmental challenges facing cities across all EBRD countries of operations.
Key points
  • By tying cities’ participation in the Framework to a ‘trigger’ investment, the Framework ensures that planning is linked to investment from day one.
  • Stakeholder engagement throughout the GCAP process is necessary to develop a plan that meets a city’s needs. Robust engagement also helps to ensure that plans are not solely linked to city administrations and continue to have political will to be implemented across political cycles.
  • Experience has shown that the Framework and GCAPs need to ensure the beneficiary cities have a sense of ownership over the projects and plans to be successful both in their development and implementation.