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Newsletter
Healthy Cities of the Czech Republic

XI-XII/2016 (EN)

Dear colleagues and friends,

with the ending of this year we want to thank you very much for your continued support and fruitful cooperation.
And for the upcoming one we wish you many Healthy, sustainable, smart, resilient and cooperating cities open to its citizens.

We wish you a happy new year 2017.


Petr Svec
Healthy Cities of the Czech Republic


Information and updates

How to Evaluate Culture? Culture Planning in Healthy Cities

Despite being an important factor in urban development, culture is a frequently underrated issue having little impact on strategic or territorial documentation. Healthy Cities of the Czech Republic jointly with expert partners from Culture Matters and Kvas were seeking solutions to this situation. As a result, two new methodologies are being prepared and will be tested as a pilot project in Litomerice and Jihlava Healthy Cities. The testing of both methodologies will be financed from a Healthy Cities project supported by the Operational Programme “Employment”. Once the testing finished, they will be offered for use to all Healthy Cities interested in this theme.

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The Title of the Family-Friendly Municipality Was Awarded to Three Healthy Cities and Municipalities

Municipalities, cities and municipal districts from all over the Czech Republic competed for the title of the Family-Friendly Municipality for the 8th time. This year´s edition was attended by 37 municipalities divided into five categories according to the number of their inhabitants. The winning municipalities will share six million Czech crowns in the form of non-investment grants to implement activities for families at the local level. Three out of six winning municipalities are members of the Czech Healthy Cities National Network, namely Veznice, Valasske Mezirici and Prague 8 Municipal District. The Healthy Cities of Kourim and Litomerice ranked second.

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Adaptation to Climate Changes, Projects and Funds, Sustainable Development Audits at the Healthy Cities Autumn School

Between 2 -4 November, Krnov Healthy City held the Czech Healthy Cities Autumn School, an annual meeting of representatives of municipalities from all over the country. The event was attended by more than 110 representatives of cities, municipalities and regions and cooperating organisations. The main topics of the opening seminar covered EU funds, the quality of local authorities, sustainable development, adaptation to climate changes, corporate social responsibility in cities and municipalities and performance monitoring of organisations formed by the city.

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The Healthy City of Chrudim is Preparing a Strategy on Adaptation to Climate Change

The preparation of the Strategy on adaptation to climate change of the Healthy city of Chrudim continues with discussing analytical findings and possible actions. In early October, a working group made up of city representatives met to discuss major risks stemming from expected climate change and major adaptation actions in the city and its surroundings. In the future, it is expected that the city will have to cope with the rise in both average and seasonal temperatures, decline in rainfall mainly in summer and more extreme weather events such as drought, heat waves, floods or heavy rain. The strategy is not supposed to respond to one particular threat which may suddenly occur during a year, but to monitor climate trends and be prepared for as much of these extreme weather events as possible.

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National Awards for Healthy Cities for Cooperation with Elderly

On the occasion of the International Day of Older Persons (5 October), the Makropulos Award ceremony for the provision of care for the elderly took place in the National Theatre in Prague. This ceremony is held annually by a civic association called Zivot 90 (Life 90). This year´s first award was given to Krizanky. The conference called “Preparation of Society for Demographic Changes” featured Czech Prime Minister Bohuslav Sobotka and the Minister for Labour and Social Affairs Michaela Marksova who jointly handed out the awards of the Government Council for Seniors and Ageing in several categories. The third-place prize in the category of the group was awarded to the Council of Seniors in Prachatice.

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