ESPON INTERSTRAT

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On 30 April 2012 the INTERSTRAT Project ended. Final Report is available here.

What is ESPON INTERSTRAT?

The aim of the ESPON in Integrated Territorial Development Strategies (ESPON INTERSTRAT) is transnational learning about using ESPON research in integrated policies for urban and rural development.

Its focus is active learning, using ESPON analysis and related data in the development of integrated territorial development strategies at all levels of decision-making. It aims to maximise transnational cooperation that recognises the importance of working with the diversity of institutional practice and regional potentials that characterises European territories.

The project brings together 9 partners from across the EU, incorporating very different institutional capacities and approaches to territorial policymaking, many different languages and representing a broad cross-section of territorial specificities. This diversity and breadth of experience is an important driver of the project design, with its focus on combining territorial responsiveness with transferability and effective learning. Our approach is therefore to share tools, materials and processes that can be adapted to national circumstances while maintaining comparability and transferability across the project partners.

 

 

What is the aim of ESPON INTERSTRAT?

The ESPON INTERSTRAT project aims to encourage the use of ESPON 2013 research findings in the creation and monitoring of integrated territorial development strategies.

What are the target groups?

Targeted stakeholders will include policymakers involved in European projects, such as INTERREG or URBACT, as well as those responsible for national, regional and local spatial policy. The action will also target consultants who provide input to the territorial policy process and politicians who are responsible for policy accountability. It is envisaged that the engagement processes will fully involve scientists who are either directly involved in ESPON or are interested in being involved or in using its outputs.

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What do we intend to do?

  • Transnational sharing of practice in engaging of ITDS practitioners in the ESPON programme through national engagement strategies that reflect the capacities of each ECP and their national context.
  • Innovative and cost-effective use of a web-platform, linked to the ESPON Programme website, in engaging stakeholders and supporting transnational learning.
  • The targeted design of dissemination material based on transnational learning around the capitalisation of ESPON in integrated territorial development strategies.
  • Interactive events held in each partner nation, exploring ITDS in the ESPON context, which will aim to deliver, in the appropriate national language, learning material developed through transnational co-operation within the project.
  • Transnational networking to share of experiences on the role of ECPs as a link between ESPON and the national and regional users of ESPON.

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What do we want to achieve?

  • To encourage and facilitate the use of ESPON findings in the creation and monitoring of Integrated Territorial Development Strategies (ITDS) and to support transnational learning about the actual and potential contribution of ESPON to integrated policy-making.
  • To facilitate transnational exchange of experience, concepts and data about the development, implementation and monitoring of integrated territorial strategies in the context of the ESPON Programme.
  • To developing and applying a transnational approach to active knowledge-transfer between ESPON scientists and policy makers and practitioners from the participating countries within ESPON.
  • To stimulate interest from practitioners and stakeholders for targeted analytical deliveries under Priority 2 of the ESPON 2013 Programme.
  • To explore the usefulness of ESPON findings in the development of ITDS.
  • To support transnational interest in the preparation of ITDS, that can contribute to competitiveness and cohesion through development of Europe’s regions.
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