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Localising Issues in the City Map

In the previous tasks, you were asked to self-assess your city’s performance in regard to the global goals and to collect and prioritise challenges and opportunities for urban action. Now ask yourself in which areas of your city these issues are most important and locate your findings in a map. This helps you to identify the neighbourhoods where challenges may have to be addressed more urgently than in other parts of the city. It is important to analyse the surrounding areas as well and think of additional challenges and opportunities that may exist in these specific local contexts.


Localising the main challenges and opportunities in your city with regard to sustainable urban development.


Step 1: Prepare a printed map of your city, ideally in a scale of 1:10.000 or 1:12.500 (e.g. a satellite image in a reasonable resolution; it would be good to be able to recognize different physical/topographic/road features).

Step 2: Now localise the main challenges and opportunities in your city identified during the previous exercise. If possible, use different colours and sticky dots to do so.

Step 3: Discuss in small groups which challenges and opportunities go beyond specific localities. If desired, you can discuss about the reasons for these challenges and start collecting ideas for overcoming them.

Step 4: If not already done before, write down which SDGs or other relevant global goals these are related to.


Map of the city in proper resolution and size, sticky dots, post-its and markers


This exercise is ideal when different cities are participating in a workshop, but can also be used for only one city (in this case, form 2 to 4 different groups). Ideally the group should be composed by experts from different city departments (planning, finance, mobility, education, health, public works, etc) as well as different stakeholders (civil society, academia, NGOs etc).


1 – 2 hours


City map with visualised and prioritised issues