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Policies and Research for an Integrated Management of Urban Sustainability

Objective

The PRIMUS project has been designed to bridge the gap between research on the European level on one hand, and policy-making at (and for) the local level on the other hand. The theme chosen for this 36-months coordination action is 'sustainable urban management', thus covering the way how the various policy areas of urban development (energy/water/waste, transport, planning and design, social inclusion, etc) are integrated, rather than one of these themes in particular. This focus is based on the assumption that the decoupling of environmental degradation and economic growth can only be achieved through a better management and governance of the largely inter-dependent issues of urban development. Indicators and information systems, efficient and effective policy processes, and innovative public participation are the main instruments to set ambitious targets, gain wide acceptance, and implement behavioural changes in society. The project is built around a series of events of different nature - so-called Connection Fora, Linkage Fora and Implementation Fora - linking into and building upon each other. They convene local governments from across Europe, researchers in the field of urban sustainability management, and national ministries and agencies dealing with sustainability policies directed at the local level in their respective Member States. A pilot dimension of the project is the 'explorative application' of two selected research-based tools for sustainable urban management by some 100 local governments throughout Europe. This application should explore the connectivity between research and policy-making and deliver criteria for its general enhancement in other thematic areas and in the future. With the European Report on Urban Sustainability - the first of its kind and derived from this explorative application - PRIMUS will demonstrate the fascinating potential of a better connectivity between research and policy-making.

Call for proposal

FP7-ENV-2008-1
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Coordinator

ICLEI EUROPEAN SECRETARIAT GMBH (ICLEI EUROPASEKRETARIAT GMBH)
Address
Leopoldring 3
79098 Freiburg Im Breisgau
Germany
Activity type
Other
EU contribution
€ 544 615
Administrative Contact
Wolfgang Teubner (Mr.)

Participants (3)

UNIVERSITY OF NORTHUMBRIA AT NEWCASTLE
United Kingdom
EU contribution
€ 267 993
Address
Sutherland Building College Street
NE1 8ST Newcastle Upon Tyne
Activity type
Higher or Secondary Education Establishments
Administrative Contact
Kate Theobald (Dr.)
AMBIENTE ITALIA SRL
Italy
EU contribution
€ 230 443
Address
Via Poerio 39
20129 Milano
Activity type
Private for-profit entities (excluding Higher or Secondary Education Establishments)
Administrative Contact
Maria Berrini (Dr.)
ABO AKADEMI
Finland
EU contribution
€ 178 494
Address
Domkyrkotorget 3
20500 Abo
Activity type
Higher or Secondary Education Establishments
Administrative Contact
Jari Vuorijoki (Mr.)