The project is focused on a multi-sectoral integrated methodology for decision-making in a sustainable rural development enhancing territorial competitiveness. It is based on the development of an innovative toolset incorporating Geographical Information Systems (GIS), system dynamics and indicator modelling, integrating rural areas, natural and human capital and sectors like agriculture, energy, fisheries, forestry, industry, small business, tourism and transport. Six trans-national areas along the former Iron Curtain will serve for practical test applications. The work, lasting three years, will result in a prototype of an integrated methodology and tool system, six reference studies with identification and formulation of local development strategies, and an indicator system reference model.
The overall objective of the Iron Curtain project is to provide territorial competitiveness for rural areas with direct implications for employment and conditions in rural and other relevant areas, and a reduction in the vulnerability of the relevant sectors. Diversification, response to societal demands for sound environmental practices and the production of renewable resources will add to sustainable development. A needed innovative integrated methodology to support interactive planning and decisions will be developed. It will allow the processing of complex and highly structured regional data to deduce viable scenarios in agriculture and rural development. Six trans-national reference areas along the former Iron Curtain will serve for testing and validation representing highly contrasting areas in Europe in terms of integration and demand, and provide a strong European dimension to the envisaged research concept.
Progress to Date
During the first reporting period, three deliverables in the fields of requirement specification, model development and Intellectual Property Right were accomplished. Documentation has been produced on cross boarder region problems, goal systems, socio-economic conditions and on various IT-related features for project performance.
Results in the following deliverables were achieved:
Deliverable 2.1: Requirement Specification
Deliverable 2.2: Prototype of reference area data basis
Deliverable 3.1: Description indicator system/assessment procedures
Deliverable 3.2: Prototype system dynamics model for integrated rural development
Deliverable 3.3: Prototype Energy dynamic model/reference areas
Deliverable 5.1: Documentation of Meta data describing database content of indicator profiles
Deliverable 8.1: Report on technology audit/IPR-search
Deliverable 8.3: Progress Report and Cost Statements to the European Union on the First Project Year.
FORESTRY, NON-FOOD PRODUCTS, CAP AND RURAL DEVELOPMENT, FISHERIES AND AQUACULTURE, QUANTITATIVE APPROACHES AND MODELLING
Scientist responsible for the project
Univ. Prof. Dr. JUERGEN WOLFBAUER
Austria - AT
Phone: +43 3842402850
Fax: +43 3842402856
||MONTANUNIVERSITAET LEOBEN - OEKOSYSTEMS ANALYSIS
||01 September 2001
||3 645 280 €
|Total EC contribution
||1 926 680 €
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