Online ESPON Conference on Sustainable Development and Regional Restructuring in the Baltic Sea Region


13 October 2021

The Green Deal aims to ensure just and inclusive decarbonisation. The paths towards decarbonisation differ widely between regions and can have substantial socio-economic consequences. In order to overcome these consequences, today’s political uncertainties must be translated into regional strategy. Policymakers at territorial governance tiers, from the EU to municipalities, seek ways to ensure softer structural change: a just transition.

The ESPON Conference on Sustainable Development and Regional Restructuring in the Baltic Sea Region summarises and synthesises the evidence gathered from recent ESPON studies on the restructuring of the regional economy, especially in the context and challenges of declining regions. The conference is aiming to enhance understanding of the connections between spatial planning and SDGs.

The efforts to decarbonise European economies entail a wave of structural and social consequences. The discussions during the conference will bear the following policy questions:
1. What is the specific nature and magnitude of the consequences of decarbonisation in the Baltic Sea Region?
2. How are these challenges spatially distributed?
3. What are the different regional approaches to structural change?
4. How do these approaches translate to SDGs and how are they integrated in different planning levels?
5. What are the factors hampering the smooth involvement of SDGs in spatial planning?
6. Are there success stories where SDGs guide the planning process and the implementation of the plan?

The policy questions raised are intended to initiate a debate among researchers, government officials, and institutional stakeholders, helping them to set priorities, implement better policies, and ensure the long-term future of Europe.

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Topic paper - Structural Change.pdf

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Pre-event brief - ESPON conference on Sustainable Development and Regional Restructuring in the Baltic Sea Region.pdf

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Presentation Dr. Høgni Kalsø Hansen.pdf

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Presentation Dr. Antti Roose.pdf

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Presentation Ms. Marta Koreniecka.pdf

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Presentation Mr. Ivan-Sergejev.pdf

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Presentation Mr. Daniel Andre.pdf

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Presentation Mr. Tiit Oidjärv.pdf

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Presentation Mrs. Elita Jermolajeva & Mrs. Inese Trusina.pdf

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Presentation Mr. Martin Gauk.pdf

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Presentation Dr. Andrew Copus.pdf

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Presentation Dr. Lukas Kranzl .pdf

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