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The kick-off meeting regarding Chengdu's Longquanyi Eco-District development project was held on 9 March 2017. AREP leads a group of experts from China and France in charge of making recommendation on urban and sustainable design in this new district located east of Chengdu.

This consulting mission is financed by AFD, thanks to the specific fund "FEXTE / China-Sustainable Cities" (Fonds d'expertise technique et d'échanges d'expériences / Chine-Villes durables) which especially targets French-Chinese eco-district projects following past Chinese-French bilateral agreements that support urban development and economic initiatives. Funded by the same scheme, the City of Wuhan also benefited from the French urban planning expertise: For the Caidian district, the general master plan of a future Chinese-French Eco-City was designed. Both these projects are supported by the French government through the Vivapolis organization and its representative, Mr. Gérard Wolf.

The French Consul General in Chengdu, Ms. Fabyène Mansencal, the Director of the Office in charge of the Chinese-French Eco-District, Mr. Guo Chen, the representatives of AREP, Antoine Mougenot and Eric Le Khanh, invited all local authorities and stakeholders on 9 March and officially launched the mission. Experts will make recommendation about fostering the environmental quality of the project, whilst making technical proposals in all sectors involved in a sustainable city development (transportation, energy, waste management, water management) in line with French suppliers and their expertise.