Exploring Key Aspects of an Integrated Sustainable Urban Development Strategy in Greece: The Case of Thessaloniki City
2.1. Community Initiatives and Policies for Urban Regeneration
2.2. Integrated Sustainable Urban Development Strategies
2.3. The Integrated Sustainable Urban Development Strategy of Thessaloniki
- Axis 1: “Thessaloniki competitive and innovative”.
- Through its specific objectives, it seeks to support local entrepreneurship, and attract investment, business, research, and innovation (1.1). It seeks to promote the education and skills acquisition of its human resources (1.2), promote the city as a tourist destination based on culture (1.3), and redefine the city’s identity.
- Axis 2: “Cohesive Thessaloniki”
- Through its specific objectives, it seeks to address the immediate consequences of the crisis and integrate disadvantaged groups (2.1), strengthen the social economy and social services (2.2), and provide equal access to schooling (2.3).
- Axis 3: “Green and resilient Thessaloniki”
- Through its specific objectives, it seeks to enhance adaptability to the impacts of Climate Change (3.1), improve the urban environment and microclimate (3.2), and enhance sustainable urban mobility (3.3).
- Axis 4: “Effective Thessaloniki”
- Through its specific objectives, it seeks to ensure administrative efficiency and modernization of the organization of local functions (4.1), and the strengthen public administration and services (4.2).
3. Methods and Techniques
3.1. Research Design
3.2. Delphi Method
3.3. Selection of the Team of Experts
4.1. Course of the ISUD Strategy
4.2. SWOT Analysis
4.2.1. Strengths and Weaknesses
4.2.2. Opportunities and Threats
5. Discussion and Conclusions
5.1. Policies Suggestions
5.2. Limitations and Future Research Perspectives
Institutional Review Board Statement
Data Availability Statement
Conflicts of Interest
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|Specific Objectives||Interventions||Public Expenditure in €||Private Participation in €||Total Budget in €|
|PRIORITY AXIS 1. THESSALONIKI COMPETITIVE AND INNOVATIVE|
|1.1. Entrepreneurship support, attracting investment &|
|1. Entrepreneurship support structures |
2. Business clusters and urban excellence
3. Entrepreneurship in central areas
|1.2. Development and the skills certification||1. Investor attraction and Innovation promotion |
2. Urban human resource improvement via skills certification
|1.3. City’s promotion as a tourism destination based on culture||1. Tourist and cultural resources promotion |
2. Strengthening of tourism corporations
3. Tourism human resource skills improvement
4. Support self-employment in tourism sectors
|PRIORITY AXIS 2. THESSALONIKI COHERENT|
|2.1. Relief from the direct consequences of economic crisis and embodiment of the less favored groups||1. Training and Vocational embodied |
2. Support actions for target groups
|2.2. Social economy strengthening and supply of high-quality social services||1. Support of social economy |
2. Access to social and health services
|2.3. Equal access to school||1. Actions for volunteering activities raising |
2. Small-scale improvements in schools
|PRIORITY AXIS 3. THESSALONIKI GREEN AND RESILIENCE|
|3.1. Adaptability Improvement |
to the impacts of the Climate Change
|1. Flood protection |
2. Protection and management of the coastal front
3. Prevention and response to natural disasters
|3.2. Improvement of the microclimate and the urban environment||1. Urban greenery reinforcement |
2. Creation of green cores/green routes
3. Upgrading local urban green cores
4. Projects for Green Rooms/Vertical Gardens
5. Promotion of environmental volunteering
|3.3. Improvement of sustainable urban mobility||1. Actions for multimodal urban transport |
2. Development of bike-path systems
3. Intelligent mobility management systems
|PRIORITY AXIS 4. THESSALONIKI EFFECTIVE|
|4.1. Ensuring the Administration effectiveness and functions modernization of local organizations||1. Interoperability of Municipal Information Systems |
2. Digitization of historical, cultural, and tourist footprint
|4.2. Public Administration Strengthening and |
public services improvement
|1. Strengthening public governance |
2. Strengthening monitoring networks and observatories for urban challenges
|TOTAL BUDGET ISUD STRATEGY||84.326.940,00||11.215.335,27||95.542.275,30|
|FUNDING BY ERDF||68.320.000,00|
|FUNDING BY ESF||16.006.939,00|
|Municipality or Other Beneficiaries||Number of Projects||Budget (€)|
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Chatzitheodoridis, F.; Melfou, K.; Kontogeorgos, A.; Kalogiannidis, S. Exploring Key Aspects of an Integrated Sustainable Urban Development Strategy in Greece: The Case of Thessaloniki City. Smart Cities 2023, 6, 19-39. https://doi.org/10.3390/smartcities6010002
Chatzitheodoridis F, Melfou K, Kontogeorgos A, Kalogiannidis S. Exploring Key Aspects of an Integrated Sustainable Urban Development Strategy in Greece: The Case of Thessaloniki City. Smart Cities. 2023; 6(1):19-39. https://doi.org/10.3390/smartcities6010002Chicago/Turabian Style
Chatzitheodoridis, Fotios, Katerina Melfou, Achilleas Kontogeorgos, and Stavros Kalogiannidis. 2023. "Exploring Key Aspects of an Integrated Sustainable Urban Development Strategy in Greece: The Case of Thessaloniki City" Smart Cities 6, no. 1: 19-39. https://doi.org/10.3390/smartcities6010002