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The EU is acknowledged as one of the most urbanized areas in the world, characterized by a relatively dense urban network consisting mainly of medium sized cities. The trend of urbanisation is increasing and the consequent pressure on peri-urban areas has many impacts at environmental, social and economic level: increasing soil consumption, loss of ecosystem services and reduced resilience towards climate change effects, soil speculation. All this has negative impact on economic activities, public health and life quality. Tackling natural heritage protection in peri-urban areas becomes crucial to guarantee that natural resources are not compromised by urbanization; nevertheless, natural heritage protection is often seen as a constraint to economic growth, making the two concepts antithetic. PROSPERA’s overall objective is to improve regional policies on protection and promotion of natural heritage by tackling loss of ecosystem services and improve sustainable development in peri-urban areas threatened by urban-sprawl, with the ultimate aim of preventing biodiversity loss, soil consumption and further degradation of natural assets, by in parallel leveraging on these challenges as a way to favor regional attractiveness and economic sustainable development. To this end, 7 PPs from 5 EU countries (IT-EL-SE-BE-HU) have agreed on 3 leverages as means for a shift from the traditional perspective seeing urban/rural as a dichotomy to a new perspective, where protection of natural heritage fosters economic development in peri-urban areas: 1. Wise governance 2. Eco-lo(gi)cal value chains 3. Sustainable PPP (public-private partnership) PROSPERA PPs will identify at least 15 Good Practices from 5 regions and, after a process of interregional learning based on Study Visits and knowledge exchange sessions, they will define regional Action Plans to improve 5 policy instruments.
Which success factors are crucial for moving cooperation forward and what obstacles should be overcome?
Type: Project
Community, networking and collaboration as an approach to discover and preserve local cultural heritage in new-born urban living areas.
Type: Project
A digital map that depicts areas in the city of Sofia identified as suitable for community urban gardening.
Location: Югозападен, Bulgaria (България)
Project: CityZen
This article discusses the relationship between air quality and urban vegetation.
Type: Project
Representatives of local and regional authorities, EU institutions, Member States and relevant stakeholders will discuss EU Urban Agenda.
Type: Other
Read about the main learning points from the online discussion on urban-rural innovation linkages that took place on 12 January.
Type: Platform
The Baixo Alentejo sub region is divided into 13 municipalities and characterized by open plains, protected areas and intensive agriculture and forestry. Its ma...
Type: Project
The Lodzkie Horse Trail is a tourist (amateur or pro) horse trail covering the area of the Lodzkie Voivodeship, linking urban and rural areas
Location: Łódzkie, Poland (Polska)
Project: Inno4Sports
Partner Pannon has some ideas about improving Hungarian national policy.
Type: Project