The Commission Communication on Regional Policy contributing to sustainable growth in Europe 2020 proposes a two-pillar approach to increase the contribution of Regional Policy to resource efficiency. Regional Policy has co-financed environmental infrastructures, while the Cohesion and Structural funds are invested in environmental programmes.
The JRC supports the analysis of the regional dimensions of sustainable development by exploring the interaction between ecosystem services and Regional Policy. Two complementary aspects are investigated: a) whether or not Regional Policy could positively enable the provision of goods and services by ecosystems to European citizens and b) whether or not, and how, socio-economic aspects of specific relevance to Cohesion Policy (e.g. economic growth, citizen well-being, etc.) could benefit from ecosystem services.
The analysis is based on an integrated modelling approach developed by the JRC using the Land-Use based Integrated Sustainability Assessment modelling platform (LUISA). In this approach, Regional Policy becomes an integral part of scenario configurations and the output is a set of indicators of the status and performance of ecosystem services as a result of these policy-driven scenarios.
Land-Use based Integrated Sustainability Assessment modelling platform