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The Joint Research Centre (JRC) of the European Commission (EC) is performing a pilot project named MOLAND (Monitoring Land Use / Cover Dynamics), which aims to measure the extent of urban areas and regional developments, as well as their progress towards sustainable development, through the creation of land use and transport network databases for various cities and geographical areas in Europe. The project covers wider issues linked to sustainable development, and also aims to create a network of partners and collaborators within and outside Europe.

MOLAND addresses specifically the issues mentioned in the European Spatial Development Perspective (ESDP) that are related to urban and regional development, and those linked to sustainable land use management. Consequently, MOLAND is also of direct relevance to several environmental topics at the EU level, such as the actions on sustainable urban development and related communications, and the initiatives on Environmental Impact Assessment and on Strategic Environmental Assessment. In particular, MOLAND contributes to the preparation and definition of the Thematic Urban Strategy of the 6th Environmental Action Plan of the European Union.

The project is still under way but on the basis of the experience gained so far MOLAND has opened new avenues for analysing various aspects of urban and regional development such as urban sprawl, and life cycle of abandoned land. The method is being further developed to become a comprehensive tool suitable for complex impact assessments at strategic planning level. el.

Additional information

Authors: LAVALLE C ET AL, European Commission, Joint Research Centre, Institute for Environment and Sustainability, Ispra (IT)
Bibliographic Reference: An oral report given at: CORP2000 Organised by: Vienna University of Technology Held at: Vienna (AT), 27 February to 1 March 2002
Availability: The conference papers are available online at:
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