ESPON Roundtable on Sustainable Urbanisation and Land-use Practices


Venue

Online

27 January 2022




Managing urban growth plays a significant role in achieving sustainability and balancing the trilemma of the environmental, economic and social spheres. To make urbanisation more sustainable, governments, municipalities, civil society, and businesses attempt to address the sustainable use of land and put different approaches into practice.

The ESPON Urban Forum on SUPER aims to give insight into the results of the ESPON project SUPER (Sustainable Urbanization and land-use Practices in European Regions) which analysed land-use change in Europe since the year 2000 and gave an overview of different interventions and their impact on urbanisation. According to the SUPER project, land-use change between nature and agriculture was roughly equal in the period of 2000-2018 but land-use change to urban use happens mainly in one direction – towards continuous urbanisation.

The EU goal is to have no land take (no land-use change to urban) by 2050. To achieve this goal different possible forms of urban development, and how to manage them accordingly, must be considered. Stakeholders responsible for national and regional planning in Lithuania and beyond are thus interested to know more about how to evaluate the sustainability of different forms of urban development.

The discussions during the workshop will address the following questions:

  1. What kinds of interventions have proven effective in promoting sustainable urbanisation?
  2. How can the support for sustainable land-use interventions be strengthened in country and regional-level spatial planning?

The workshop addresses policymakers responsible for national and regional planning in Lithuania and its neighbouring countries. It further invites researchers and stakeholders that were involved in the ESPON SUPER project to discuss the research outcomes on the current status of urbanisation in European Union and share evidence of the best interventions in tackling land take and promoting sustainable urbanisation in national and regional planning practice. Time will also be available for participants to ask questions as well as share their experiences and practices.

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