Process and Organisation of the Berlin-AgendaA lot happened in Berlin after the Rio-Conference in 1992. The Agenda-Process was carried by a lot of players and groups of players.
The successful implementation of the Berlin Local Agenda 21 is based on the efforts of four groups of players.
Berlin's Path to Local Agenda 21Berlin's Agenda-Process began at local level. Numerous groups and projects were set up from 1993 onwards. Some regional administrative offices took over this work. Köpenick thus became a role model for the entire municipal Agenda-Process. In 1997 the Berlin Agenda-Office was established in the Senate Department and still co-ordinates and assists the Agenda-Process at the entire municipal level. In the same year, the Agenda-Office initiated a co-ordinator model and set up a task group of Agenda 21 representatives from every Senate Department and the Senate Chancellery to support the regional activities, as well as to consolidate activities citywide. At the same time, the “Round Table for Sustainable Development in Berlin and Brandenburg” was set up.
Promotion of Sustainable Development
The Institute for Future Studies and Technological Evaluation (IZT) founded the “Project Agency for Sustainable Berlin” in 1999 to promote sustainable development in Berlin. Projects, model enterprises and campaigns at citywide level, financed by the Berlin Lotto-Trust and based on the various initiatives, were developed, qualified and implemented. Between 1999 and 2007 almost 100 projects were assisted. About a third of the key projects mentioned in the Agenda-Resolution were supported or enabled by the project agency. These concrete projects contributed to a better understanding of the overall concept of sustainable development, were able to increase its effect significantly and clearly promoted all Agenda 21-activities in Berlin. The project agency finished its work in May 2007.
The Berlin House of Representatives introduced the first survey commission “Sustainable Berlin” in 1998, which presented its final report in 1999. In the same year, the Parliament commissioned the Senate with a participative approach to organise Local Agenda 21 for Berlin and present it to the House of Representatives for adopting the resolution. In the years 2000 and 2001, the second Survey Commission held a meeting “Local Agenda 21 – Sustainable Berlin”, whose final report contains the important basic principles for the Berlin-Agenda.
In 2000 the Agenda Forum replaced the “Round Table for Sustainable Development in Berlin and Brandenburg” as the co-ordinating office for the players from non-governmental organisations. After three years of intensive work, partly with the participation of representatives from the Senate and industry, the Agenda Forum presented its first Agenda draft to the Senate Department for Urban Development in the autumn of 2003. A difficult period of discussion followed. The revised draft was given over to the Senate, which again commented on individual chapters and presented the draft to the Berlin House of Representatives. Finally, the association “Berlin 21 e.V.” was set up to continue the agenda work.
The majority of the House of Representatives was of the opinion that the draft did not adequately reflect the year-long Berlin Agenda-Process. Because the draft of the Agenda-Forum presented was considered to be incapable of winning a majority, the committee for urban development established an editorial group for all factions. The group succeeded in drafting an agenda text that was accepted by a majority and was passed by the House of Representatives as “Berlin Local Agenda 21” on 8th June 2006.
Links to Sustainability Initiatives of Selected Councils of the Berlin Boroughs
Event hosted by Friedrich-Ebert-Stiftung
Photo: Prof. Dr. Holger Rogall