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This Integrated Urban Programme in Seine-Saint-Denis on the outskirts of Paris illustrates the relation between the regeneration of a deprived urban area, Agenda 21 and inter-municipal cooperation, in the framework of regional and sub-regional master plans. Dedicated partnerships and multi-level governance are based upon endogenous resources and fed by a thriving civic tradition of participative democracy. The planning method of urban ecology is used as an investment in the service economy and green growth.

Executive summary

This ambitious project aiming to reinvent the landscape and economy of a heavily industrialised area illustrates the use of Article 8 in ERDF support, with two key elements. First, urban ecology is used as an innovative method of integrative planning along the canal axis, as a means to transform the image and quality of life of these ill-reputed Paris outskirts. Secondly, green technologies are developed through the renewal and expansion of a waste-processing plant into a hi-tech eco-compatible industrial site in Romainville, the creation of an eco-business centre in Bobigny and an incubator dedicated to innovation in Bondy.

A selection of the 36 projects supported by this €5.3 million ERDF and €0.5 million ESF Integrated Urban Programme is examined through the dimensions of governance, infrastructures and socio-economic development. Issues of policy integration are tackled through the Agenda 21 initiative for sustainable development, set up in 2008 by the Seine-Saint-Denis Council.

The main structuring element of the Ourcq Territories programme is the redesign of the RN3 national road to include a reserved lane for a bus rapid transit service (bus à haut niveau de service – BHNS). This achievement is the common denominator for the success of the integrated approach, as it reinforces the area’s attractiveness in terms of job creation and new inhabitants, by linking it to amenities in the metropolis. The aim is to solve traffic congestion in this part of Paris, and to reduce nuisance.

The encouragement of behavioural changes towards more sustainable living in this very dense and fragmented conurbation relies upon strong policy integration, calling for a variable geometry of horizontal and vertical partnerships, involving civil society and public authorities in manifold ways and complementary roles, without being dominated by any of the stakeholders.

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Technical information


Urban ecology along the Ourcq canal near Paris

Member State and Region

France - Île-de-France - Seine Saint-Denis - Ourcq Territories

Duration of project



Total budget: 25 535 140 € - ERDF contribution: 5 297 000 € - ESF contribution: €500 000

Cohesion Policy Objective


Managing Authority

Préfecture Île-de-France - Secrétariat Général aux Affaires Régionales (SGAR) – Direction des Affaires Européennes

CCI nr of OP

2007FR162PO012 OP Île-de-France


Maria Guerrero, Coordinatrice - GIP Territoires de l'Ourcq c/o Est Ensemble

Tel: +33 1 79 64 52 39

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Integrated approaches, Urban renewal, disadvantaged neighbourhoods, Urban transport, Energy efficiency, Environmental technologies