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Urban sprawl: european patterns, environmental degradation and sustainable development

Urban sprawl: european patterns, environmental degradation and sustainable development

Objective

Urban sprawl is defined as the spread of urban functions and infrastructure into the hinterland. It contributes to local, regional, and global environmental stress. This stress comprises of surface sealing, emission of pollutants due to increased traffic or ecosystem fragmentation. The project seeks to attain across-European overview on the stages and history of urban sprawl, its socio-economic and cultural determinants and its relation to environmental degradation and robust strategies for a transition towards sustainable development. Case studies serve as information base for the identification of patterns of urban sprawl, which are formalized by qualitative models. These models will be used to evaluate policy strategies with respect to the avoidance of unsustainable environmental and socio-economic impacts. In a final step the strategies will be refined for the case study regions to meet their specifics.

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Coordinator

POTSDAM INSTITUTE FOR CLIMATE IMPACT RESEARCH

Address

Telegrafenberg Haus C4
14412 Potsdam

Germany

Administrative Contact

Hans-Joachim SCHELLNHUBER (Prof. Dr.)

Participants (9)

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ICLEI EUROPEAN SECRETARIAT GMBH - THE INTERNATIONAL COUNCIL FOR LOCAL ENVIRONMENTAL INITIATIVES

Germany

LIVERPOOL JOHN MOORES UNIVERSITY

United Kingdom

STOCKHOLM UNIVERSITET

Sweden

UFZ-UMWELTFORSCHUNGSZENTRUM LEIPZIG-HALLE GMBH

Germany

UNIVERSITY OF LJUBLJANA

Slovenia

UNIVERSITY OF THE AEGEAN

Greece

URBAN PLANNING INSTITUTE OF THE REPUBLIC OF SLOVENIA

Slovenia

VIENNA UNIVERSITY OF TECHNOLOGY

Austria

WARSAW UNIVERSITY

Poland

Project information

Grant agreement ID: EVK4-CT-2001-00052

  • Start date

    1 January 2002

  • End date

    31 March 2005

Funded under:

FP5-EESD

  • Overall budget:

    € 1 872 351

  • EU contribution

    € 1 516 822

Coordinated by:

POTSDAM INSTITUTE FOR CLIMATE IMPACT RESEARCH

Germany