Morocco: Abu Dhabi Urban Planning Council (UPC), the agency responsible for the future of Abu Dhabi’s urban environment, in collaboration with the Abu Dhabi Council for Economic Development (ADCED), has unveiled geospatial technology-based “CitySense”, an innovative initiative to track urban development, during a plenary session at the World Economic Forum (WEF) being held in Marrakech, Morocco.
CitySense will help government and city officials in comprehensive assessment of a city with respect to sustainability, while measuring the impact of dedicated policies to support the sharing of best practices. The initiative provides insight into the economic, social, cultural and environmental profile of a city and its respective neighbourhoods.
CitySense can be accessed via a web based interface. It is being developed to support the World Sustainable Capitals’ (WSC) initiative through an open, collaborative and participatory process involving all its members. It will also enable each city to benchmark its achievement against its own specific targets.
Highlighting the CitySense initiative, H.E Falah Al Ahbabi, General Manager of the UPC, said, “The unveiling of CitySense at the WEF in Marrakech today leads to the introduction of the merits of the sustainability initiatives in the Middle East region and clearly positions Abu Dhabi as a regional and potential global leader in developing sustainable urban development initiatives”.
While the CitySense system will improve accountability, it is also expected to promote and assert greater transparency, as it will be a front facing interface or ‘dashboard’ for city officials to monitor their cities’ achievements.
The CitySense dashboard will feature four sustainability indicators, including economy, society, culture and the environment. “Urban planning is a vital component of the overall sustainable economic development of a nation and our joint initiative with the UPC clearly demonstrates the inter dependence and the synergies existing between the two,” said H.E Fahad Al Raqbani, Director General, Abu Dhabi Council for Economic Development (ADCED).
The CitySense indicators system is intended to serve as an evaluation and feedback tool for the sustainable planning efforts of the WSC member cities. The CitySense system, in the first instance, will be tailored to the needs of the WSC initiative. The member cities are formulating the CitySense Sustainable City Indicators System together in an open, collaborative and participatory process.