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Local Agenda 21 Plus Vienna

The Local Agenda 21 Plus is based on the principle of sustainable urban development at the district and city level. It's governance model fosters new forms of cooperation and communication between citizens and politicians and allows a common policy making on the district level. The results achieved show that a variety of topics are put forth and dealt with by the residents and that some of the solutions developed by agenda groups evolve into role models for solving similar situations. The participants appreciate the possibilities of working on projects within a remarkable framework, they gain new experience and expand their skills. They assess Local Agenda 21 Plus as a new form of participatory democracy. Nonetheless, challenges do exist such as the difficulty in achieving a broad participation process; the lengthy periods until projects are realised due to administrative procedures; the trouble communicating the specific quality of the work of the agenda groups and of the whole process to people not involved; the fact that it is hardly possible to measure improvements of the mostly highly localized agenda projects by the usual sustainability categories.

The Plus indicates the last advancement of the LA21 model of Vienna. It's basic aim was to fine-tune the existing process and to expand in the fields of multi-level governance, methods of participation, knowledge management and learning. In order to reach this goal LA21 Plus relies on the following core elements:



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