The challenges of sustainable urbanization and land-take in Europe

What might urbanisation look like in 2050, and what impacts could this have on the environment? The ESPON SUPER project strives to provide evidence and recommendations on how sustainable land use can be promoted and how unsustainable urbanisation can be avoided, reduced and / or compensated in Europe.

Experts from all over Europe are invited to exchange and discuss potential effects on the development of future land-take in Europe. During the interactive workshop results of two divergent scenarios will be presented and analysed in-depth by using a well-established territorial impact assessment tool (TIA):

  • A laissez-faire situation where no additional constraints are set on urbanisation, and
  • A situation where a far-reaching policy package is adopted to achieve a net zero landtake by 2050

By applying the TIA Quick Check methodology, probable impacts in the fields of environment, economy, society and governance are identified and suitable indicators for measuring these impacts are selected. The results are fed into the ESPON TIA tool to map the indicators on the regional level and identify the territorial distribution of those secondary impacts of the two scenarios. The results of the workshop will be processed and used for the development of recommendations to policymakers on sustainable land use and urbanisation interventions.

The stakeholder workshop will take place on 10th October 2019, from 10:00 to 17:00 in the Steiermark-Büro Brüssel building at Avenue de Tervueren 82, B-1040 Brussels. The workshop will be held in English. Registration is free. If you wish to register, please send an email to [email protected]

Workshop is limited to 40 participants. The detailed workshop agenda will be sent to all participants.

If you have any further questions, please contact [email protected]

The workshop will be organised in the framework of the ESPON SUPER project by the Austrian Institute for Regional Studies (ÖIR), the Netherlands Environmental Assessment Agency (PBL) and ESPON SUPER project partners.

More information about the project you can find at