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    • Lombardy Region, Environment Energy and Sustainable Development Directorate

      Lead partner
      Milan
      Italy
      Contact person
      Project Manager - Maria Grazia Pedrana
      Tel: +39 02 6765 2191
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      Situated in the North of Italy, in the heart of the most prosperous part of Europe, Lombardia represents a bridge to the Mediterranean. It is located in a strategic position, along the main route linking eastern and western Europe. A population of nearly 10 million inhabitants, distributed over an area of approx. 24,000 square kilometres, makes this region in many ways similar to a nation in its own right.

      Lombardy is divided in 12 provinces and 1544 municipalities. Milan is the capital of Lombardy: its metropolitan area is the 5th biggest in Europe for population (4.36 million inhabitants) and the 4th for level of urbanization. A dynamic and competitive reality that, thanks to its geographic position and the resourcefulness of its inhabitants, is a privileged actor in the international market.

      The role of the government authority is to guide, plan, coordinate and control the management of the territory. The Environment Energy and Sustainable Development Directorate deals with environmental conservation and sustainable development (air quality, water resources management and planning, renewable energy and energy saving, waste management, parks and landscape protection, remediation, etc.). Rurbance project is implemented by Environmental Impact Assessment and Sustainable Development Unit.

      According to the integrated approach of the project, the Territory Urbanism and Soil Conservation Directorate collaborate for the activities’ development through the Territorial Planning Strategies and Strategic Environmental Assessment Office.

    • City of Graz

      Partner
      Graz
      Austria
      Contact person
      Gerhard Ablasser
      Tel: +43 316 872 3580
    • Regionalmanagement Graz & Graz Surrounding

      Partner
      Graz
      Austria
      Contact person
      Bernd Gassler
      Tel: +43 316 253860
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      Competences, capacity and Know How of the partner to implement the result of the project:

      Since the year 1999, the Regional Management has built up a strong position as interface between the City of Graz, the 57 surrounding municipalities and the provincial government of Styria. One of the most important tasks therefore is the integrated regional development. It functions as information platform in the field of national, regional and European programmes, gives advice in all matters of regional development and takes over the project management for many trans-national projects. Furthermore it has built up the competence to link the 11 so called "small regions" of the district. With its board of 13 local and regional politicians and the general assembly with all the mayors, social partners, representatives of employer´s and employee´s associations, employment service, chamber of agriculture, etc. it has already involved a broad range of key actors in the region.

      Contribution of the partner to the project:

      The Regional Management Graz & Graz – Region wants to share its knowledge in that network to compare strategies of a common integrated development of cities and regions in order to avoid increasing urban sprawl and to create innovative common measures in the field of mobility and infrastructure. The Regionalmanagement also wants to work out proposals for the participation of key actors and stakeholders in the field of mobility and environment how to organize participation and define structures.

      Benefit of the partner from the project:

      The benefit should appear in getting strategies for an integrative development, best practices for regional governance, strategies for the integration of relevant regional stakeholders and innovative possibilities to finance cooperation.

    • Regional Council of Rhône Alpes, Mountain, Tourism and Natural Regional Park Direction

      Partner
      Lyon
      France
      Contact person
      François Trusson
      Tel: +33 (0)6 85 01 85 73
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      Rhône Alpes region is one of the 23 French regions. Its area covers 44 000 sqm and is home to 5.6 billions inhabitants. Main geographic features of regional territory are the presence of a large river (Rhône) and three mountain massifs (Alps, Jura and Central Massif), besides metropolitan areas of cities: Lyon, regional capital and, towards its alpine side, Grenoble, Annecy and Chambéry cities.

      Region is a local community, governed by an assembly elected every six years, counting 122 members,  among which current president is Mr Jean-Jack QUEYRANNE.

      Main jurisdictions devoted to regions are:

      •  High schools building and fonctionning

      • Professionnal training funding for youngsters and adults

      • Public transportation at regional scale: providing trains et railway stations building

      • Economic development and employement. Région Rhône Alpes region helps enterpreneurship (firms creation or transmission) and encourages cooperation and synergies between companies acting in strategic sectors (food, environment engineering, chemistry….)

      • Land managing, to balance development of its territories, in order to ensure social progress, economic efficiency et environment protection, which means promoting sustainable development.

    • Grenoble Alpes Métropole, Department of Prospective & Territorial Strategy

      Partner
      Grenoble
      France
      Contact person
      Guillaume Tournaire
      Tel: +33 476 59 57 06
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      Grenoble urban area is the main urban area of the French Alps and benefits from a privileged location in the heart of Rhône-Alpes region. Located in the centre of an urban area of more than six hundred thousands people which makes it the second metropolis of the region, Grenoble-Alpes Métropole is an important centre of high-tech research and industry.

      Grenoble Alpes Metropole is a metropolitan government created in 2000 and made up of 28 municipalities and 405 000 inhabitants. Grenoble-Alpes Métropole has the responsibility of many powers : economic development, mobility, environmental (green spaces management, water treatment and waste collecting), housing and cohesion policies. Grenoble agglomeration has also a long tradition of empowering citizen.

      Since 2005 a global strategy has been implemented with the creation of an "agglomeration project" focused on 3 main objectives (nature, innovation and solidarity) to drive the agglomeration into the post-carbone society. All local policies follow these objectives. In the next years, a new “Metropolitan Project” will replace the current strategy.

      Surrounded by mountains and valleys, Grenoble-Alpes Métropole has to develop relationships with neighbourhood territories (Natural Regional Parks and smaller towns) in order to find solutions to tomorrow challenges  the scale of the urban area.

    • University Pierre Mendès, Town Planning Institute of Grenoble

      Partner
      Grenoble
      Rhône-Alpes
      France
      Contact person
      Gilles Novarina
      Tel: +33 6 11 34 07 84
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      Town and Planning Institute of Grenoble was founded in 1970. It is one of Université Pierre Mendès France teaching and research departments. It offers a comprehensive training curriculum that ranges from undergraduate (bachelor) to postgraduate (masters and PhD) in a number of subject areas, including urban planning and regeneration (projet urbain) and urban planning in developing countries. The Institute’s degrees are fully accredited by the Association of European Schools of Planning (AESOP) and its French equivalent, Association pour la Recherche et l’Enseignement en Urbanisme (APERAU).

      Such degrees contribute to gaining professional accreditation delivered by the French Office Professionnel de Qualification des Urbanistes. Courses included a balance of theoretical and technical modules and are taught by academics as well as practitioners.

      The Institute also offers lifelong learning courses for professionals who wish to strengthen their skills. The research team based at the Institute specialises in the analysis of contemporary trends in urbanisation, urban and regional planning, mobilities, sustainable development. Most of these issues are examined in a comparative perspective, whether at the global or European levels.

    • Urban Agency of the Grenoble Region

      Partner
      Grenoble
      France
      Contact person
      Benoît Parent
      Tel: +33 04 76 28 86 00
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      Constituted in Law 1901 association, the Agency is a tool mutualized reflections, studies and project to support the definition of collective strategies and to accompany the sustainable development of territories.

      In a context of rapid changes (Grenelle environmental law RCT) which affect territories and issues to deal with (climate change, new lifestyles, consumption, increased mobility, etc.) an collective invitation to meet now imposes several challenges: environmental and energy challenges, social, quality of life and attraction. Meet these challenges requires new frameworks involving all local actors, public and private, to produce shared visions of the territory, as well as the definition of new models of development.

      In this complex context, the intervention of the Agency shall be bound to the nature spaces: urban, suburban, rural and mountain. As such, the Agency engages a territorial dynamics increasingly broad taking greater account of the identity of the alpine territory: prospective approach "Mountain 2040", reflections on the mountain SCoT (gapençaise area), links cities in the mountains witch emergence of metropolitan pole Sillon Alpin, etc..

    • Leibniz Universität Hannover, Chair for Regional Building and Urban Planning

      Partner
      Hannover
      Germany
      Contact person
      Jörg Schröder
      Tel: +49 511 7625960
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      The Institute for Regional Building and Urban Planning of Leibniz Universität Hannover concentrates research and teaching activities on architectural and urbanistic issues connected within a regional focus, and related to territorial balances, resiliences, and visions.

      The competences of the Institute address rural-urban interfaces, building culture, vernacular intelligence, and rural areas. For example in the project Food and the City food production and chains have been analysed and re-designed for Hannover Region, in cooperation with the Agropolis München project. The Institute is part of the department of Urban Design and Planning of the faculty of Architecture and Landscape, and of the research initiative TRUST transdisciplinary and historical, rural and urban, spatial transformation and development.

      The experience of the Institute's researchers include projects with Technische Universität München (e.g. for AlpHouse with the Bavarian Chamber of Architects), and for other international projects, as for the project AlpBC funded by the EU Alpine Space Programme, or the Italian PRIN Project Re-Cycle Italy. For RURBANCE the Institute works on the territorial system Bavarian Prealpine Arc (European Metropolitan Region München and Allgäu Region), together with the other German project partner Allgäu GmbH. Furthermore the Institute with the Technical Committee of RURBANCE provides scientific background for all project concepts and implementations.

    • Allgäu GmbH – Economic Development and Tourism Management Agency

      Partner
      Kempten
      Germany
      Contact person
      Klaus Fischer
      Tel: +49 831 57537-13
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      The Allgaeu GmbH - The Economic Development and Tourism Management Agency of the Allgaeu region – was founded on January 1st, 2011 as a non-governmental and nonprofit organization. (As merger of the Allgaeu Marketing GmbH and the Allgaeu Initiative GbR) It is the parent organization for the regional tourism and economic development and marketing.

      The main goal of the agency is to make the Allgaeu Germany’s leading alpine health and wellbeing destination, which fascinates its guests with relaxing holidays and spectacular nature experiences that remain in one’s memory long after the actual holiday. Furthermore, the increase of competitiveness and the positioning as one of the most attractive rural area in

      Germany for innovative and sustainable companies is also a priority. It is certain that the region as a whole can only succeed on the highly competitive market if all stakeholders work together and coordinate their actions. So the representatives of the urban and rural districts, the tourism industry, private companies, the Chamber of Crafts, the Chamber of Commerce and Industry and of the University of Applied Science are represented in the agency.

      Together they develop an operational strategy for the whole region. Focus is given to the tourism industry and the regional and economic development. The local decision making process has been amended. Instead of having many stakeholders that each follows their own path, concerted action is now taken in all fields of interest.

    • Veneto Region, Urban and Landscape Planning Department

      Partner
      Venice
      Italy
      Contact person
      Luca Lodatti
      Tel: +39 (0)41 279 2072
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      The Veneto Region was established in 1970, its representative bodies are the Regional Council (legislative body) and the Regional Government (executive body). The Region legislates on matters within its competence such as education, trade, industry, tourism, agriculture, urban planning and territorial government.

      The role of the Veneto Region in the field of Urban Planning took the form of regulatory actions for the territorial management and of a process of coordination and guidance for municipal plans, that are the means by which the local governments program the development of the whole territory.

      Urban and spatial planning have been profoundly changed by the Veneto Region in 2004 with the New Regional Planning Act. Currently planning activities include a regional coordination level with landscape value, an intermediate provincial level, a municipal level which aims at promoting local autonomy and which is divided into structural provisions and operational provisions.

    • Piedmont Region, Department for Strategic Programming, Spatial Policies and Housing, Unit for Spatial and Landscape Planning

      Partner
      Turin
      Italy
      Contact person
      Guido Baschenis
      Tel: +39 011 4323843
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      Department of Relations with the Regional Council, Urban and regional planning, landscape, housing, public works, equal opportunities – Directorate of Strategic planning, land policies and building – Area of Planning and landscape

      Activities: study, research and documentation for the definition of reference methodologies for the government of the territory; analysis of territorial policies in support of acts of regional planning, preparing and updating of the Regional Spatial Plan. Activities of study, research and documentation for the definition of reference methodologies aimed at the protection of landscape assets; preparation of the Regional Landscape Plan. Dissemination of knowledge of planning tools through their publication and advertising.

      Interregional coordination of the instruments of spatial planning and landscape engineering services; preparation of instruments for implementation of regional planning and addresses implementation plans for the formation of provincial jurisdiction; analysis of the constant process of territorial changes at the regional level for the updates of the instruments of territorial and landscape planning.

    • Anton Melik Geographical Institute, Scientific Research Centre of the Slovenian Academy of Sciences and Arts

      Partner
      Ljubljana
      Slovenia
      Contact person
      Petra Rus
      Tel: +386 1 2002733
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      The Research Centre of the Slovenian Academy of Sciences and Arts (ZRC SAZU) began its independent career in 1981. It is one of the leading research and educational centres in Slovenia, and is completely comparable with the most prominent academic institutions in central and southeast Europe. More than three hundred associates are organized into eighteen independent institutes. Work at ZRC SZU is distinctly interdisciplinary and based on cooperation, complementation, and synergy. The diverse research areas can be summed up in the study of cultural, social, and natural phenomena, processes, and practices.

      ZRC SAZU is an equal partner in numerous international projects on the Fifth, Sixth, and Seventh Framework Programmes, the Interreg IIIB Programme, the European Territorial Cooperation Programme (transnational and interregional cooperation), Cross-Border Cooperation, the Life+ Programme etc. ZRC SAZU's basic competences include a scientific, analytical, and synthetic multidisciplinary or interdisciplinary approach, extensive knowledge and experience connected with compiling databases, designing thematic maps and graphic material, and preparing various publications.

      Anton Melik Geographical Iinstitute is part of ZRC SAZU. The institute participates in numerous projects in Slovenia and abroad, organizes academic conferences, trains junior researchers, and participates in professional exchanges. In the past ten years, the institute’s research team has published over 3000 bibliographic units and made over 500 presentations at conferences in Slovenia and abroad.

    • Regional Development Agency of Ljubljana Urban Region

      Partner
      Ljubljana
      Slovenia
      Contact person
      Katja Butina
      Tel: +386 1 306 19 14
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      The Regional Development Agency of the Ljubljana Urban Region (RDA LUR) provides the necessary educational, financial, entrepreneurial, environmental and social infrastructure for the development of the region. We support economic, social and cultural activities in the municipalities of the regions of central Slovenia with the intention of making it a friendly and recognized whole with common goals.

      We direct development in the region in the operational conurbation, which enables the best access to public services and at the same time preserves the close proximity of nature and cultural goods to all citizens. With effective and quality projects in the area of regional development and all the necessary information for their implementation we design opportunities for a quality lifestyle.

      We plan development programs by keeping in mind faster development for the entire region. We harmonize regional structural policies and also prepare projects that apply for European funds.

    • City of Zurich, Urban Development and Foreign Affairs

      Partner
      Zurich
      Switzerland
      Contact person
      Martin Harris
      Tel: +41 44 412 36 60
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      The City of Zurich’s policy to network with other cities and municipalities on regional, national and international level led to the active participation in the URBACT-project «CityRegion.Net» (2008-2011) and on a broader view of cooperation in the Alpine Space-project «Rurbance».

      The cities and municipalities in the Canton of Zurich have a high status of autonomy and therefore have a long tradition of cooperation. Implementations of neighbouring cities or municipalities (fusions) to enlarge the city boarders and population have not been the Zurich way of cooperation since 1934, when some surrounding municipalities fused with the City of Zurich for financial reasons. Rather the City of Zurich is looking for new forms of cooperation with (groups of) cities and municipalities and to optimize existing collaboration. The delimitation of the perimeter consciously was drawn broadly with the «Zurich-Gottardo-Milano-corridor», which forms the pilot area. By this method new ways of cooperation with regions far away shall be explored. With the basis of the classic European north-south-axis, the City of Zurich will analyze with the project-partners the current situation. By this way we hope to find new topics and new governances for new cooperations with new partners.

      Within the city administration of Zurich, the Foreign Affairs-branch of the Urban Development within the Department of the Mayor is responsible for the project management and the coordination.

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