RAISE is a Specific Support Action included in the FP6 Sub-priority 188.8.131.52 Global Change and Ecosystems, whose objectives were set out in the Work-Programme as follows: i) consolidation and impact assessment of results achieved in EU research projects relating to regional and urban sustainability aspects; ii) exploitation of these results in the context of a "citizens conference" aiming to test the acceptability of new sustainability approaches and technologies by the user community. These objectives will be achieved by RAISE by arranging a citizens' conference process centred on a bundle of new sustainability approaches and technologies which have been identified by projects selected among those funded within the 5th Framework KA City of Tomorrow and Cultural Heritage or pertaining to the cross-cutting issues of sustainable development: estimating thresholds of sustainability and externalities, tools integrated sustainability assessment. The projects will be selected from a list of projects provided by the Commission. RAISE will concentrate on the areas of city planning and management, built environment and urban transport. The RAISE citizens conference will involve 25 randomly selected citizens from the 25 EU member states. They shall represent the "average citizens" from the different countries of Europe. They will be asked to formulate their view on the acceptance and use of selected urban sustainability approaches, technologies and solutions coming from EU research findings in a sequence of three preparatory meetings, whose final results will be reported to a final Conference event in Brussels, involving also stakeholder representatives and politicians. The citizens conference will be supported by a RAISE participatory assessment framework prepared by the experts, adapted from more general methodologies of PTA. The project is carried out by 5 partners: ISIS (I) Coordinator, ICCR (A), OGM (BE), IMPACT Consulting (Ro), CIMPAN (PL).
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