On July 01, 2017, GGGI launched the Tivaouane Green Secondary City Development Strategy. GGGI has been supporting the Government of Senegal (GoS) to formulate the Guidelines for the development of green secondary cities and the roadmap for their implementation. The GoS has identified three pilot cities to start the implementation of the roadmap in 2017 which are: the Urban Pole of Diamniadio, the City of Kolda and the city of Tivaouane.
Prior to the launch ceremony series of consultations and interactions were carried out in Tivaouane with the Mayor of Tivaouane (Mamadou Diagne Sy Mbengue), municipal team, public technical services, as well as development actors such as civil society organizations and development partners of the city of Tivaouane. The city is also the project site for the upcoming feacal sludge management project that will be an opportunity to implement an element of one of the five pillars of the green secondary city guidelines.
During the launching ceremony, the Mayor stressed that Tivaouane green secondary strategy will structured around the priority needs of the city. The process will involve a multisectoral consultation approach, enhancing stakeholder participation in project planning and implementation. He indicates the interest to organize during the process a ‘forum on the future’ of the city and the identification of a portfolio of bankable projects. To materialize the commitment of the key players in this process, the Mayor indicated the upcoming signing of a charter of commitment by all the stakeholders under the leadership of the Municipal Council.
Mr. Abdoulaye Diouf Sarr, Minister for Local Governance, Development and Territory Planning welcomed the “scientific” approach that guided the selection of the cities program, which aims to implement an urban development strategy focused on green growth and to mobilize the necessary funds, through green financing mechanisms.
GGGI Senegal Country Representative, Mr Mahamadou Tounkara, renewed GGGI’s commitment to supporting the Government of Senegal to make the transition to Green Growth a reality at national and local levels. He thanked the entire team of the municipal council and the government of Senegal for the process that begun in 2016 and that will take another dimension with the green secondary city strategy development in the pilot cities like Tivaouane.
Tivaouane’s commitment was highlighted by a theatre play presented by the city’s cultural association, focusing on the principles of the green city, its definition and its contribution to development and the behavior change its require individually and collectively. Participants were more than 300, including the Prefet, members of the Steering Committee, members of the Green City Technical Advisory Committee, religious and cultural authorities, women’s associations and general population. The Caliph General of the Tidiania also expressed his commitment to the process to making Tivaouane a green secondary city.