Bordeaux, France

Sustainable participatory budget

The participatory budget is an innovative instrument to empower citizens in the decision-making process. The initiative is part of a socio-environmental theory called 'urban acupuncture', using small-scale interventions to transform the larger urban context. 

Residents of all ages can bring their ideas into action by suggesting projects that aim to contribute to sustainable development, which is the key criterion to be eligible.  

The final objective of all submissions should be to increase the city's sustainability and/or resilience. Once submitted, the initiatives are analyzed by the town’s experts and subjected to a vote. The city allocates a participatory budget of 2.5 million euros (or 10 euros per person) to be split between the most popular initiatives. 

The direct participation of citizens makes it possible to respond pragmatically to the challenges of sustainable development faced by their city.

"The participatory budget, co-construction in action! Within this new space for collective expression, the people of Bordeaux will be keen to reaffirm their attachment to the common wellbeing, through inventive, responsible and supportive proposals."

Pierre Hurmic
Mayor of Bordeaux

* Disclosure: The Wellbeing Cities Award’s laureates and finalists were selected prior to the COVID-19 pandemic and the civil rights protests. In the light of these new events, our events team is working to reflect these crucial changes in the program of the Wellbeing Cities Forum.

All photos sent by City of Bordeaux, France.