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Sustainable development of European cities and regions: A concept for local and regional actors.

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Summary: In the SUDECIR project, a methodology for the sustainable development of European cities and regions has been developed and tested. This implied the following crucial elements. 1. deriving a concrete and applicable definition of sustainable development; 2. adapting it to regional and local circumstances and developing criteria and indicators; 3. motivating why cities should be considered in combination with their regional `hinterland`; 4. developing the methodology itself, including methodologies for continuous stakeholder participation; 5. testing it in three case studies in different regions and drawing lessons from them; 6. making the link between regional sustainable development and EU policy; 7. evaluating the results and drawing conclusion and formulating recommendations. The rapportage on SUDECIR has been divided over several texts, viz. - the Resource Book, that contains the scientific and methodological description and justification of out work. - the accompanying Development Manual, containing the minimum necessary background information for application of the methodology in practice, combined with extensive `modules` with databases, guidelines, questionnaires, et cetera; - three separate case study reports in the areas Feldbach (Austria), Trier (Germany) and Rhodes (Greece); - several dozens of papers for conferences, background studies and publications from the SUDECIR partner institutes. Using the Resource Book and the Development Manual, planners in other regions should be able to develop sustainability plans on their own. However, Europe has a wide spread variety of regions in terms of environment, economic and social characteristics, decision making systems and traditions, planning practice, et cetera. It may therefore be advisable to contract the work to one or more of the SUDECIR partners or hire them as adviser. These partners themselves have the intention to extend the methodology to the areas indicated in Table 5 under 4,5,6, and 7 by adding area-specific `modules` to the Development Manual, provided that the authorities of such areas are prepared to finance the research and advising costs. In the SUDECIR project much attention has been paid to the integration of the SUDECIR methodology with existing plans and activities (such as Local Agenda 21 initiatives, EMAS-type approaches, et cetera) into an over-all Regional Management System. Also here, the partners could provide useful assistance. Although the SUDECIR research has been primarily directed at the development of Regional Sustainability Plans, it could be adapted into a methodology to evaluate such plans, e.g. in the context of requests for external funding. Although the SUDECIR research has been primarily directed at the development of Regional Sustainability Plans, it could be adapted into methodology to evaluate such plans, e.g. in the context of requests for external funding. Whereas this is potentially a powerful tool to judge funding requests to the EU Regional Funds, further research with that aim is useful. A combination of (some) SUDECIR partners with external partners would form an appropriate team, that might address the Fifth Framework Programme for Funding.
Summary: In the SUDECIR project, a methodology for the sustainable development of European cities and regions has been developed and tested. This implied the following crucial elements. 1. deriving a concrete and applicable definition of sustainable development; 2. adapting it to regional and local circumstances and developing criteria and indicators; 3. motivating why cities should be considered in combination with their regional `hinterland`; 4. developing the methodology itself, including methodologies for continuous stakeholder participation; 5. testing it in three case studies in different regions and drawing lessons from them; 6. making the link between regional sustainable development and EU policy; 7. evaluating the results and drawing conclusion and formulating recommendations. The rapportage on SUDECIR has been divided over several texts, viz. - the Resource Book, that contains the scientific and methodological description and justification of out work. - the accompanying Development Manual, containing the minimum necessary background information for application of the methodology in practice, combined with extensive `modules` with databases, guidelines, questionnaires, et cetera; - three separate case study reports in the areas Feldbach (Austria), Trier (Germany) and Rhodes (Greece); - several dozens of papers for conferences, background studies and publications from the SUDECIR partner institutes. Using the Resource Book and the Development Manual, planners in other regions should be able to develop sustainability plans on their own. However, Europe has a wide spread variety of regions in terms of environment, economic and social characteristics, decision making systems and traditions, planning practice, et cetera. It may therefore be advisable to contract the work to one or more of the SUDECIR partners or hire them as adviser. These partners themselves have the intention to extend the methodology to the areas indicated in Table 5 under 4,5,6, and 7 by adding area-specific `modules` to the Development Manual, provided that the authorities of such areas are prepared to finance the research and advising costs. In the SUDECIR project much attention has been paid to the integration of the SUDECIR methodology with existing plans and activities (such as Local Agenda 21 initiatives, EMAS-type approaches, et cetera) into an over-all Regional Management System. Also here, the partners could provide useful assistance. Although the SUDECIR research has been primarily directed at the development of Regional Sustainability Plans, it could be adapted into a methodology to evaluate such plans, e.g. in the context of requests for external funding. Although the SUDECIR research has been primarily directed at the development of Regional Sustainability Plans, it could be adapted into methodology to evaluate such plans, e.g. in the context of requests for external funding. Whereas this is potentially a powerful tool to judge funding requests to the EU Regional Funds, further research with that aim is useful. A combination of (some) SUDECIR partners with external partners would form an appropriate team, that might address the Fifth Framework Programme for Funding.
Summary: In the SUDECIR project, a methodology for the sustainable development of European cities and regions has been developed and tested. This implied the following crucial elements. 1. deriving a concrete and applicable definition of sustainable development; 2. adapting it to regional and local circumstances and developing criteria and indicators; 3. motivating why cities should be considered in combination with their regional `hinterland`; 4. developing the methodology itself, including methodologies for continuous stakeholder participation; 5. testing it in three case studies in different regions and drawing lessons from them; 6. making the link between regional sustainable development and EU policy; 7. evaluating the results and drawing conclusion and formulating recommendations. The rapportage on SUDECIR has been divided over several texts, viz. - the Resource Book, that contains the scientific and methodological description and justification of out work. - the accompanying Development Manual, containing the minimum necessary background information for application of the methodology in practice, combined with extensive `modules` with databases, guidelines, questionnaires, et cetera; - three separate case study reports in the areas Feldbach (Austria), Trier (Germany) and Rhodes (Greece); - several dozens of papers for conferences, background studies and publications from the SUDECIR partner institutes. Using the Resource Book and the Development Manual, planners in other regions should be able to develop sustainability plans on their own. However, Europe has a wide spread variety of regions in terms of environment, economic and social characteristics, decision making systems and traditions, planning practice, et cetera. It may therefore be advisable to contract the work to one or more of the SUDECIR partners or hire them as adviser. These partners themselves have the intention to extend the methodology to the areas indicated in Table 5 under 4,5,6, and 7 by adding area-specific `modules` to the Development Manual, provided that the authorities of such areas are prepared to finance the research and advising costs. In the SUDECIR project much attention has been paid to the integration of the SUDECIR methodology with existing plans and activities (such as Local Agenda 21 initiatives, EMAS-type approaches, et cetera) into an over-all Regional Management System. Also here, the partners could provide useful assistance. Although the SUDECIR research has been primarily directed at the development of Regional Sustainability Plans, it could be adapted into a methodology to evaluate such plans, e.g. in the context of requests for external funding. Although the SUDECIR research has been primarily directed at the development of Regional Sustainability Plans, it could be adapted into methodology to evaluate such plans, e.g. in the context of requests for external funding. Whereas this is potentially a powerful tool to judge funding requests to the EU Regional Funds, further research with that aim is useful. A combination of (some) SUDECIR partners with external partners would form an appropriate team, that might address the Fifth Framework Programme for Funding.
Summary: In the SUDECIR project, a methodology for the sustainable development of European cities and regions has been developed and tested. This implied the following crucial elements. 1. deriving a concrete and applicable definition of sustainable development; 2. adapting it to regional and local circumstances and developing criteria and indicators; 3. motivating why cities should be considered in combination with their regional `hinterland`; 4. developing the methodology itself, including methodologies for continuous stakeholder participation; 5. testing it in three case studies in different regions and drawing lessons from them; 6. making the link between regional sustainable development and EU policy; 7. evaluating the results and drawing conclusion and formulating recommendations. The rapportage on SUDECIR has been divided over several texts, viz. - the Resource Book, that contains the scientific and methodological description and justification of out work. - the accompanying Development Manual, containing the minimum necessary background information for application of the methodology in practice, combined with extensive `modules` with databases, guidelines, questionnaires, et cetera; - three separate case study reports in the areas Feldbach (Austria), Trier (Germany) and Rhodes (Greece); - several dozens of papers for conferences, background studies and publications from the SUDECIR partner institutes. Using the Resource Book and the Development Manual, planners in other regions should be able to develop sustainability plans on their own. However, Europe has a wide spread variety of regions in terms of environment, economic and social characteristics, decision making systems and traditions, planning practice, et cetera. It may therefore be advisable to contract the work to one or more of the SUDECIR partners or hire them as adviser. These partners themselves have the intention to extend the methodology to the areas indicated in Table 5 under 4,5,6, and 7 by adding area-specific `modules` to the Development Manual, provided that the authorities of such areas are prepared to finance the research and advising costs. In the SUDECIR project much attention has been paid to the integration of the SUDECIR methodology with existing plans and activities (such as Local Agenda 21 initiatives, EMAS-type approaches, et cetera) into an over-all Regional Management System. Also here, the partners could provide useful assistance. Although the SUDECIR research has been primarily directed at the development of Regional Sustainability Plans, it could be adapted into a methodology to evaluate such plans, e.g. in the context of requests for external funding. Although the SUDECIR research has been primarily directed at the development of Regional Sustainability Plans, it could be adapted into methodology to evaluate such plans, e.g. in the context of requests for external funding. Whereas this is potentially a powerful tool to judge funding requests to the EU Regional Funds, further research with that aim is useful. A combination of (some) SUDECIR partners with external partners would form an appropriate team, that might address the Fifth Framework Programme for Funding.
Summary: In the SUDECIR project, a methodology for the sustainable development of European cities and regions has been developed and tested. This implied the following crucial elements. 1. deriving a concrete and applicable definition of sustainable development; 2. adapting it to regional and local circumstances and developing criteria and indicators; 3. motivating why cities should be considered in combination with their regional `hinterland`; 4. developing the methodology itself, including methodologies for continuous stakeholder participation; 5. testing it in three case studies in different regions and drawing lessons from them; 6. making the link between regional sustainable development and EU policy; 7. evaluating the results and drawing conclusion and formulating recommendations. The rapportage on SUDECIR has been divided over several texts, viz. - the Resource Book, that contains the scientific and methodological description and justification of out work. - the accompanying Development Manual, containing the minimum necessary background information for application of the methodology in practice, combined with extensive `modules` with databases, guidelines, questionnaires, et cetera; - three separate case study reports in the areas Feldbach (Austria), Trier (Germany) and Rhodes (Greece); - several dozens of papers for conferences, background studies and publications from the SUDECIR partner institutes. Using the Resource Book and the Development Manual, planners in other regions should be able to develop sustainability plans on their own. However, Europe has a wide spread variety of regions in terms of environment, economic and social characteristics, decision making systems and traditions, planning practice, et cetera. It may therefore be advisable to contract the work to one or more of the SUDECIR partners or hire them as adviser. These partners themselves have the intention to extend the methodology to the areas indicated in Table 5 under 4,5,6, and 7 by adding area-specific `modules` to the Development Manual, provided that the authorities of such areas are prepared to finance the research and advising costs. In the SUDECIR project much attention has been paid to the integration of the SUDECIR methodology with existing plans and activities (such as Local Agenda 21 initiatives, EMAS-type approaches, et cetera) into an over-all Regional Management System. Also here, the partners could provide useful assistance. Although the SUDECIR research has been primarily directed at the development of Regional Sustainability Plans, it could be adapted into a methodology to evaluate such plans, e.g. in the context of requests for external funding. Although the SUDECIR research has been primarily directed at the development of Regional Sustainability Plans, it could be adapted into methodology to evaluate such plans, e.g. in the context of requests for external funding. Whereas this is potentially a powerful tool to judge funding requests to the EU Regional Funds, further research with that aim is useful. A combination of (some) SUDECIR partners with external partners would form an appropriate team, that might address the Fifth Framework Programme for Funding.
Summary: In the SUDECIR project, a methodology for the sustainable development of European cities and regions has been developed and tested. This implied the following crucial elements. 1. deriving a concrete and applicable definition of sustainable development; 2. adapting it to regional and local circumstances and developing criteria and indicators; 3. motivating why cities should be considered in combination with their regional `hinterland`; 4. developing the methodology itself, including methodologies for continuous stakeholder participation; 5. testing it in three case studies in different regions and drawing lessons from them; 6. making the link between regional sustainable development and EU policy; 7. evaluating the results and drawing conclusion and formulating recommendations. The rapportage on SUDECIR has been divided over several texts, viz. - the Resource Book, that contains the scientific and methodological description and justification of out work. - the accompanying Development Manual, containing the minimum necessary background information for application of the methodology in practice, combined with extensive `modules` with databases, guidelines, questionnaires, et cetera; - three separate case study reports in the areas Feldbach (Austria), Trier (Germany) and Rhodes (Greece); - several dozens of papers for conferences, background studies and publications from the SUDECIR partner institutes. Using the Resource Book and the Development Manual, planners in other regions should be able to develop sustainability plans on their own. However, Europe has a wide spread variety of regions in terms of environment, economic and social characteristics, decision making systems and traditions, planning practice, et cetera. It may therefore be advisable to contract the work to one or more of the SUDECIR partners or hire them as adviser. These partners themselves have the intention to extend the methodology to the areas indicated in Table 5 under 4,5,6, and 7 by adding area-specific `modules` to the Development Manual, provided that the authorities of such areas are prepared to finance the research and advising costs. In the SUDECIR project much attention has been paid to the integration of the SUDECIR methodology with existing plans and activities (such as Local Agenda 21 initiatives, EMAS-type approaches, et cetera) into an over-all Regional Management System. Also here, the partners could provide useful assistance. Although the SUDECIR research has been primarily directed at the development of Regional Sustainability Plans, it could be adapted into a methodology to evaluate such plans, e.g. in the context of requests for external funding. Although the SUDECIR research has been primarily directed at the development of Regional Sustainability Plans, it could be adapted into methodology to evaluate such plans, e.g. in the context of requests for external funding. Whereas this is potentially a powerful tool to judge funding requests to the EU Regional Funds, further research with that aim is useful. A combination of (some) SUDECIR partners with external partners would form an appropriate team, that might address the Fifth Framework Programme for Funding.
Summary: In the SUDECIR project, a methodology for the sustainable development of European cities and regions has been developed and tested. This implied the following crucial elements. 1. deriving a concrete and applicable definition of sustainable development; 2. adapting it to regional and local circumstances and developing criteria and indicators; 3. motivating why cities should be considered in combination with their regional `hinterland`; 4. developing the methodology itself, including methodologies for continuous stakeholder participation; 5. testing it in three case studies in different regions and drawing lessons from them; 6. making the link between regional sustainable development and EU policy; 7. evaluating the results and drawing conclusion and formulating recommendations. The rapportage on SUDECIR has been divided over several texts, viz. - the Resource Book, that contains the scientific and methodological description and justification of out work. - the accompanying Development Manual, containing the minimum necessary background information for application of the methodology in practice, combined with extensive `modules` with databases, guidelines, questionnaires, et cetera; - three separate case study reports in the areas Feldbach (Austria), Trier (Germany) and Rhodes (Greece); - several dozens of papers for conferences, background studies and publications from the SUDECIR partner institutes. Using the Resource Book and the Development Manual, planners in other regions should be able to develop sustainability plans on their own. However, Europe has a wide spread variety of regions in terms of environment, economic and social characteristics, decision making systems and traditions, planning practice, et cetera. It may therefore be advisable to contract the work to one or more of the SUDECIR partners or hire them as adviser. These partners themselves have the intention to extend the methodology to the areas indicated in Table 5 under 4,5,6, and 7 by adding area-specific `modules` to the Development Manual, provided that the authorities of such areas are prepared to finance the research and advising costs. In the SUDECIR project much attention has been paid to the integration of the SUDECIR methodology with existing plans and activities (such as Local Agenda 21 initiatives, EMAS-type approaches, et cetera) into an over-all Regional Management System. Also here, the partners could provide useful assistance. Although the SUDECIR research has been primarily directed at the development of Regional Sustainability Plans, it could be adapted into a methodology to evaluate such plans, e.g. in the context of requests for external funding. Although the SUDECIR research has been primarily directed at the development of Regional Sustainability Plans, it could be adapted into methodology to evaluate such plans, e.g. in the context of requests for external funding. Whereas this is potentially a powerful tool to judge funding requests to the EU Regional Funds, further research with that aim is useful. A combination of (some) SUDECIR partners with external partners would form an appropriate team, that might address the Fifth Framework Programme for Funding.
Summary: In the SUDECIR project, a methodology for the sustainable development of European cities and regions has been developed and tested. This implied the following crucial elements. 1. deriving a concrete and applicable definition of sustainable development; 2. adapting it to regional and local circumstances and developing criteria and indicators; 3. motivating why cities should be considered in combination with their regional `hinterland`; 4. developing the methodology itself, including methodologies for continuous stakeholder participation; 5. testing it in three case studies in different regions and drawing lessons from them; 6. making the link between regional sustainable development and EU policy; 7. evaluating the results and drawing conclusion and formulating recommendations. The rapportage on SUDECIR has been divided over several texts, viz. - the Resource Book, that contains the scientific and methodological description and justification of out work. - the accompanying Development Manual, containing the minimum necessary background information for application of the methodology in practice, combined with extensive `modules` with databases, guidelines, questionnaires, et cetera; - three separate case study reports in the areas Feldbach (Austria), Trier (Germany) and Rhodes (Greece); - several dozens of papers for conferences, background studies and publications from the SUDECIR partner institutes. Using the Resource Book and the Development Manual, planners in other regions should be able to develop sustainability plans on their own. However, Europe has a wide spread variety of regions in terms of environment, economic and social characteristics, decision making systems and traditions, planning practice, et cetera. It may therefore be advisable to contract the work to one or more of the SUDECIR partners or hire them as adviser. These partners themselves have the intention to extend the methodology to the areas indicated in Table 5 under 4,5,6, and 7 by adding area-specific `modules` to the Development Manual, provided that the authorities of such areas are prepared to finance the research and advising costs. In the SUDECIR project much attention has been paid to the integration of the SUDECIR methodology with existing plans and activities (such as Local Agenda 21 initiatives, EMAS-type approaches, et cetera) into an over-all Regional Management System. Also here, the partners could provide useful assistance. Although the SUDECIR research has been primarily directed at the development of Regional Sustainability Plans, it could be adapted into a methodology to evaluate such plans, e.g. in the context of requests for external funding. Although the SUDECIR research has been primarily directed at the development of Regional Sustainability Plans, it could be adapted into methodology to evaluate such plans, e.g. in the context of requests for external funding. Whereas this is potentially a powerful tool to judge funding requests to the EU Regional Funds, further research with that aim is useful. A combination of (some) SUDECIR partners with external partners would form an appropriate team, that might address the Fifth Framework Programme for Funding.