Centre for Urban Development & Environmental Management
The ESPON 2006 Programme
Research on the Spatial Development of an Enlarging European Union, supported by the EU-Community Initiative Interreg III.
The key objectives of the ESPON programme are to obtain; a diagnosis of the main territorial trends of the EU scale and the European territory as a whole; a number of territorial indicators and typologies assisting a setting of European priorities for a balanced and polycentric enlarged European territory and some integrated tools and appropriate instruments (databases, indicators, methodologies for territorial impact analysis and systematic spatial analyses) to improve the spatial co-ordination of sector policies. In addition the Observatory is to provide a cartographic picture of the major territorial disparities with a view to guide the future orientation of the Structural Funds after 2006. A network approach is employed, using national research institutions.
For further information about the ESPON programme, visit www.espon.eu
CUDEM have contributed to the following ESPON projects:
- Espon Project 1.1.1 (Thematic)
'The Role, Specific Situation and Potentials of Urban Areas as Nodes in a Polycentric Development' (2002-04)
- Espon Project 1.1.2 (Thematic)
'Urban-Rural Relations in Europe' (2002-04)
- ESPON Project 2.3.2 (Policy Impact)
Governance of Territorial and Urban Policies from EU to Local Level (2004-2006)
- Espon Project 3.2 (Coordinating cross-thematic)
'Spatial Scenarios and Orientations in Relation to the ESDP and EU Cohesion Policy' (2004-07)
- ESPON Project 3.3 (Coordinating cross-thematic)
Territorial dimension of the Lisbon/Gothenburg Process (2004-06)