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Ecolink: Ecocentres as a tool for local sustainable development and for environmental research implementation, Final Project Report

Funded under: FP5-EESD


The Ecolink project was born in 2001 from the idea of basing part of the European policy of R&D for sustainable local development on a network of ecosites.
Many European ecosites can indeed be seen as essentially based on local realities, through their research of solutions for concrete problems; but most of their objectives and modes of action in this sense, notably concerning environmental and social policies, also meet the expectations of the EC in the field of sustainable development, in continuation of its previous actions which favour development based on research and innovation.
So ecosites could appear as especially interesting tools for putting in synergy the "bottom-up" and "top-down" approaches of sustainable development at different levels of a very strategic area "where the things happen" - from citizens to regions.
A rapid inventory of structures that help local development in this sense was made, while a more detailed reflection for clarifying the ecosites concept (definition, modelling, characterization, evaluation...) started in 2001, within a contract (opportunity study) between Ecosite du Pays de Thau and the JRC, Ispra (It).

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