2016 – “Friendly Cities”, EU

flag_esProject name: Friendly Cities: Accessible Natural and Cultural Urban Environment for People with Disabilities / Friendly Cities

Project duration: January 2016 – June 2018, 30 months

Project partners:

  1. Pskov regional public organization «Lake Peipsi Project, Pskov» (Coordinator) (Russia),
  2. Pskov regional public charity organization «Society of Parents of Disabled Children «Me and You» (Russia),
  3. Peipsi Center for Transboundary Cooperation (Tartu, Estonia)

Overall objective:

Creating conditions for integrated development of natural and cultural urban environment accessible and friendly to people with disabilities (PwD) in NW and central regions of Russia as a pilot project territory.

Specific objectives:

  • Assessment of the accessibility of prior natural and cultural facilities (mainly public parks and museums) and services for the needs of PwD in the target regions.
  • Development and implementation of educational activities and technical solutions for the adaptation of the facilities’ infrastructure and services to the needs of PwD.
  • Reinforcement of role of target CSOs as competent partners to national authorities in efficient solving of the issues addressed.

Target groups:

  1. CSOs operating in the field of PwD rights advocacy as well as environmental and cultural CSOs. At least 15 institutions.
  2. Decision-makers from the target local authorities, museums and public parks administrations. At least 15 institutions.
  3. Media – to widely spread the addressed problematic and the project achievements. At least 10 media.

Final beneficiaries:

  • The network of authorities and CSOs dealing with urban environment planning as well as working with PwD in the target area. At least 50 institutions.
  • Nearly 650 thousand PwD living in the area.
  • In the long-run – the whole population of the target regions (6+ mln people) experiencing more social oriented and friendly urban environment.

Main project activities:

  • 4-day Opening conference «Accessible Urban Environment», Pskov (May 2016 г.), including thematic seminars and master classes.
  • Inventory of tree plantations, development and state examination of the set of design and technical documents for improvement of forest park for recreation and park rehabilitation for people with disabilities in the Pskov city.
  • Implementation of 2 Calls of Small Grants Program for NGOs and people with disabilities to develop and implement micro-projects on the evaluation and creation of an accessible environment in the target cities (creating technical solutions and construction of space trips development, exposure to people with disabilities, etc.).
  • Study visits to Estonia and Sweden (Stockholm, September 2016) and Germany (Berlin, Düsseldorf, 2017).
  • Preparation and publication of the guide-book of the best examples of the organization of universal design of green public cultural spaces in Europe and Russia.
  • Preparation and publication of guidance / recommendations for the development of urban green spaces to meet the needs of people with disabilities.
  • Preparation of experts from among the representatives NGOs and people with disabilities – learning of assessment availability environment on specialized courses in Moscow / S.Petersburg (2017) and during the 4-day School of Public Assessment in Pskov city (October, 2016).
  • The seminar and workshops on natural therapies for the rehabilitation of people with disabilities, Pskov city (June, 2017).
  • 2-day Closing seminar, Pskov city (April, 2018).

Expected results:

  • 6 RU regions with ~ 650 thousand people with disabilities (more than 5% of the total in Russia) involved in the activities,
  • development of network cooperation of NGOs and authorities on the socialization of people with disabilities,
  • a comprehensive analysis of public access to areas of local museums / parks; bringing the results to the responsible authorities,
  •  at least 15 public experts on accessible environment trained as trainers-of – trainees among NGOs and of people with disabilities,
  • training and familiarity of representatives of Russian NGOs, authorities and architects with the best European practices for adaptive reconstruction of the city’s museums and parks,
  • implementation of the Small Grants Program to provide financial support for local initiatives and NGOs representing people with disabilities,
  • development of innovative practical tools (concept and reference books on the availability of urban green areas) – at least 3 sets, containing unique designs and technical documents for public parks and museums.

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