Acronym: Kavala 2030
Title: Integrated Strategic Urban Agenda for Kavala 2030
Beneficiary: Municipality of Kavala, Greece through SEE Project STATUS
Duration: November 2013 – December 2014
The Dutch have a saying: “Standing still is going backwards”. This is very true for Kavala. As the world is changing rapidly around us, most stakeholders agree that continuing to approach the development of the town in the same way as in the past is not an option. If Kavala wants to avoid stagnation or even decline, it has to adapt to the demands of the contemporary world.
In this mindset, Urbasofia and the expert team involved in creating Kavala’s Strategy (Cristina Tartari – TASCA Studio, Derek Martin, Joep de Roo, Daniela Patti and Levente Polyak – Eutropian) have designed the pillars of development for the city:
It was the aim of the Agenda to not only provide the city with a strategic development document endorsed by all stakeholders and based on the above-mentioned key pillars, but to also to generate the next line up of transversal, large scale projects to be implemented in the 2014-2020 programming period, pursuing the use of structural funds as well as the development of partnerships and favorable conditions for private investment. For the STATUS Agenda to reap the desired benefits in Kavala, initiatives were foreseen which would:
- Ensure seamless integration of existing and new proposed urban functions (e.g. public open spaces, the Urban Center, existing and proposed touristic facilities);
- Provide the instruments, temporal and financial framework for Kavala to achieve its goals and develop its cultural, heritage, touristic and economic potential;
- Ensure that development happens concomitant with the protection and valorisation of the ample natural resources within the Municipality (especially in the Eastern area) and the outstanding cultural heritage at Philippi, for which a UNESCO application has been submitted recently;
- Provide the mechanism for direct participation of key stakeholder groups, in a process of co-design rather than of consultation or informing, for a long-term good governance construction in Kavala.