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Past events related to spatial planning and territorial development in the BSR
8-9 December 2015 ESPON Seminar “A world without borders - Refugees, cooperation and territories”, Luxembourg

The Seminar will address three policy themes as follows:

  • Territorial aspects of refugee migration to Europe;
  • Cross-border cooperation;
  • European macro-regional strategies.

More information HERE

07 December 2015 Conference on maritime spatial planning and marine environment, Brussels

The European Commission is organising a conference on maritime spatial planning (MSP) as a tool to address challenges and develop opportunities in maritime economic activities and environmental protection, in the context of growing and competing uses of marine space.

The main purpose is to share experiences of MSP with representatives of maritime industries, national authorities and NGOs and to take stock of the expectations and requirements of the stakeholders.

More information HERE

25-26 November 2015 Nordregio Forum 2015: Nordic City Regions in a Global Environment, Helsingor

Nordregio Forum - the annual meeting place for professionals and policymakers working with urban and regional development in the Nordic countries. More information: http://www.nordregio.se/forum2015 

28 October 2015 VASAB Workshop on Urban Revitalization, Lodz

Cities and towns are the drivers of European economy due to the population, services, housing, economic activity and transport nodes. Cities play significant role in territorial development to achieve goals of EU Cohesion policy. Urban areas also face different challenges which require purposeful and coordinated action at all governance levels.

In order to achieve coherent development of the Baltic Sea Region, specific approaches for a diverse urban pattern (small and medium cities, urban partnerships, cooperation across administrative borders) are being currently discussed within the EU Urban Agenda process. This will improve urban dimension in EU policy and better support cities in their integrated development through more "urban proof" EU policies, taking into account the governance, social and economic development, as well as environmental issues.

The workshop was organized in order to share experiences on urban revitalization at national and local level and to bring a joint input to ongoing Urban Agenda development process based on existing sustainable urban planning solutions and partnership concepts. The Central Baltic Programme 2014-2020 projects "Baltic Urban Lab" and "Livable Baltic Campus" provided their viewpoint on creative solutions to improve the quality of life in Baltic Sea region cities. Both projects will bring an input to the EU Strategy for Baltic Sea Region and particularly to its Horizontal Action "Spatial Planning" by providing place-based spatial planning solutions.

Workshop was concluded by discussions rising up opinions how VASAB could contribute to the EU Urban Agenda process. It was agreed that VASAB could bring an input by highlighting urban issues in the BSR cities facing the demographic changes. Furthermore it was proposed that the problem of shrinking cities and depopulation topic should be included in the Agenda of the coming VASAB Conference to be held in Warsaw, 6-7 June 2016.

The Workshop on Urban Revitalization was organized back-to-back with VASAB CSPD/BSR meeting in Lodz, Poland on 28 October 2015.

VENUE: EC1 (www.ec1lodz.pl), Łódź, ul. Targowa 1/3

The VASAB workshop was organised in the frame of Baltic Sea Region Programme 2014-2020 Technical Assistance grant project "HASPS - Horizontal Action "Spatial Planning" Support".

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20 October 2015 EMODnet Open Conference "Consolidating the Foundations, Building the Future", Oostende

EMODnet is a network of organisations working together to observe the sea, to make marine data freely available and interoperable, to create seamless data layers across sea-basins and to distribute the data and data products through the internet.

The EMODnet Open Conference provides a unique forum for the marine observation and data community, policy makers/advisors and stakeholders from various sectors and societal domains to meet, discuss and respond to the many challenges and opportunities that lie ahead.

More information about EMODnet Open Conference is available HERE

19-20 October 2015 All-Russian Forum “Strategic Planning in the Regions and Cities of Russia”, St.Petersburg
The Space for Choice and Choice of Space

Following events will take place in the framework of the core International Forum Programme:

• Traditional VASAB ROUND TABLE focused on URBAN-RURAL PARTNESHIPS FOR SUSTAINABLE DEVELOPMENT AND PLACE-BASED APPROACH IN THE BALTIC SEA REGION with an emphasis on good practices and transnational projects encouraging territorialisation of national, regional, local policies and paving way to resource-efficient and eco-innovative urban and rural development. VASAB round table constitutes a step towards implementation of the VASAB Tallinn Declaration.

14-16 October 2015 Warsaw Regional Forum 2015, Warsaw
Territorial uncertainty and vulnerability as a challenge for urban and regional policy

The principal topic of the 2015 conference will be concentrated around such problems as vulnerability, uncertainty and resilience of territories. The subject of discussion will be threats of economic (global crisis), environmental, institutional and geopolitical nature. These issues will be analyzed from a perspective of multiple spatial scales at the European, transborder, national, regional, urban and local levels. The conference's topic fits well into the current ongoing debate over the spatial development that takes place in the EU, combining academic discussion with policies of territorial dimension presently carried out, including especially the cohesion policy (i.a. relating to the EU Sixth Cohesion Report as well as to the outcomes of ESPON findings).

More information can be found HERE

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