Inspire Policy Making by Territorial Evidence
  • ESPON TEDI - Territorial Diversity in Europe

    Thematic scope
    The Territorial Agenda, as well as the Lisbon and Gothenburg Strategies pointed out that the diversity of territorial potentials of regions in contributing to sustainable development, economic growth and job creation in the EU must be identified and mobilised. Not only metropolitan or major urban areas can significantly contribute towards the overall policy goals of these documents. In fact, many regions outside these areas make major contributions towards the Lisbon and Gothenburg Strategies. Against this backdrop, the overall objective of this project is to provide a better understanding of development processes in territories outside the Pentagon that are defined as insular, mountainous, sparsely populated or peripheral. The analysis aims particularly at highlighting how these territories may contribute to the achievement of overarching European objectives expressed in the Lisbon and Gothenburg Strategies. By focusing on a representative sample of such regions, the project will be drawing more general conclusions for territories subject to similar territorial specificities across Europe.
    Please read more about the main areas of analysis and main results envisaged on the next page.

    • Ministry of Local Government and Regional Development, Norway (Lead Stakeholder)
    • Ministry of Employment and Economy, Finland
    • Swiss Federal Office for Spatial Development ARE, Switzerland
    • Department of Town Planning and Housing, Ministry of the Interior, Cyprus
    • National Rural Development Agency, Sweden
    • Malta Environment & Planning Authority, Malta
    • Ministry for Development, Public Works and Housing, Romania
    Lead Partner
    Nordregio - Nordic Centre for Spatial Development (Sweden).
    Detailed information on the contracted project team can be found under Transnational Project Groups

    Budget: € 209 800,00

    Project’s lifetime: February 2009 – April 2010

    Delivery of Reports

    Inception Report: 11 May 2009
    Interim Report: 13 July 2009
    Draft Final Report: 11 January 2010
    Final Report: 12 May 2010
    Reports will be published once they are approved by the ESPON Monitoring Committee
    More information
    Please contact the Project Expert at the ESPON Coordination Unit:
    Michaela GENSHEIMER, e-mail:


    Name Type Size
    Handbook PDF 6.54 MB
    Final Report PDF 11.67 MB
    Draft Final Report PDF 10.83 MB
    Interim Report PDF 5.87 MB
    Inception Report PDF 1.02 MB
    Project Specification PDF 58.82 KB
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