Urban-Rural linkages fostering sustainable development in Europe

Seminar - Brussels 23 January 2009

Agenda

Morning session

09.00 - 09.30

Registration

09.30 - 10.30

Setting the scene – why urban-rural linkages are important for sustainable development of the European territory

Welcome and introduction remarks (Dirk Ahner, Director General, Directorate-General for Regional Policy)

Directorate-General for Agriculture and Rural Development (Loretta Dormal-Marino, Deputy Director General)

Keynote speech (Wolfram Güthler, Deutscher Verband für Landschaftspflege)

10.30 - 12.00

Building on experience of good practice: presentation of case studies (ICLEI)
Introduction

  • urban and landscape planning/ settlement patterns: Case study - Presentation
  • mobility systems and transport strategies: Case study - Presentation
  • waste and water resources management: Case study - Presentation

Presentations will be followed by short remarks from representatives of cases presented.

12.00 - 13.00

Discussion

13.00 - 14.30

Lunch

Afternoon session

14.30 - 15.15

Building on experience of good practice: presentation of case studies (ICLEI)
Conclusions

  • public procurement for energy-saving: Case study - Presentation
  • energy saving and use of renewable energy sources:Case study - Presentation

Presentations will be followed by short remarks from representatives of cases presented.

15.15 - 15.45

Discussion

15.45 - 16.15

Governance for urban-rural linkages: sustainable development aspects

Presentation: Conceptualising urban-rural linkages for sustainable development
(Prof Bob Evans, Northumbria University, Newcastle, UK) - Speech - Presentation

16.15 - 17.00

General Discussion

17.00 - 17.30

Concluding remarks and closing of the event

Dirk Ahner, Director General, Directorate-General for Regional Policy

Conclusions