Egypt’s small cities are growing fast and often facing deteriorated urban conditions, an increase in informal urban growth, encroachment on agriculture land and lack of basic urban services. There is an increasing need to address these challenges in an integrated manner and tackle them in urban planning strategies. Nevertheless, the efficient use of local resources and the development of local plans can contribute to the improvement of the living conditions of local city dwellers. The General Organization for Physical Planning (GOPP) in collaboration with UN-Habitat initiated a strategic urban planning project for small cities in 2008 with a main of achieving better planning and sustainable management of secondary urban settlements in Egypt.

The project has saved a lot of time in identifying city-level challenges and solutions

Noha Nabil, 41, Head of architecture & urban planning department, Helwan Univ

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Strategic urban plans had been officially approved from the Egyptian cabinet
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public session had been performed with different stakeholders & inhabitants from different cities for sake of approving the priority projects and city vision to 2032.
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inhabitants have participated in the public session with different cities whole over Egypt to decide what they need.

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For achieving urban sustainability, the project has structurally utilized participation and subsidiarity of the decision-making process; decentralized decision making to utilize local knowledge as a well-informed source of information about local situation and future needs. Local stakeholders not only embody the local knowledge, but their participation presents an important entry point to the political decision making needed for collecting differing viewpoints, interests, initiating negotiations leading to coordination if not cooperation.

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Bassem Fahmy
Strategic Planning & urban development unit, Egypt Office
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