The Project objectives activities were:
- to adopt and transfer environmental and spatial information management concepts based on Open Source technology;
- to train municipal practitioners and community stakeholders in environmental planning, information management and spatial analysis;
- to facilitate the development of municipal planning tools based on various existing and newly created environmental sources;
- to prepare for strategic exploitation and further take-up of project results;
- to conduct an independent evaluation exercise and to promote the project results; and
- to arrange for effective project delivery.
The target groups were:
- actors and decision makers in municipalities in Sri Lanka (and more generally in Asia), especially environmental and technical experts and community representatives;
- decision makers and multipliers from cities, international donor institution representatives, and networks; and
- multipliers and other stakeholders within and outside Sri Lanka, particularly municipal and other associations, the specialised press and global municipal networks.
The ultimate beneficiaries were the population of cities, in particular the poor in the low-income settlements and investors, especially in emerging industrial areas where environmental permits are required before making investment decisions.
The project was co-financed by the Asia Pro Eco programme of the Europe Aid office of the European Commission.