You are on page 1of 6

EUROSCAPES Kick-off Meeting 18th and 19th February 2010

Thursday February 18th:
o 8.45 Welcoming session o 9.10 General introduction by Mr Aumard, Vice-president in charge of communication and external relations o 9.30 Presentation of the working plan o 9.45 Presentation of the project partners o 12.45 Speech by Mr Piotrowski Vice-president in charge of environmental protection and sustainable development Lunch o 2.00 Presentation by Gilles Vexlard, Landscape architect o 3.30 Workshops : - Inventory and diagnosis tools + SIG - Administrative and financial rules and procedures + communication o 5.45 Presentation of the PERIURBAN project about environmental issues in urban parks o 6.00 Synthesis of the workshops

The European project EUROSCAPES is the result of a shared idea, at the inter-regional level, about the need to develop an integrated and sustainable method to deal with natural and cultural landscapes management issues in urbanized and peri-urbanized areas. The EUROSCAPES project deals with the management – maintenance, preservation, protection and improvement – of natural and cultural landscapes in urbanized and periurbanized areas, that is to say green spaces (parks, gardens, natural heritage, rivers) but also paths, private green spaces and cultural landscapes (historical and cultural heritage). The EUROSCAPES project partners share the ambitious objective to develop a new management scheme for those landscapes, which is to become a major tool for the implementation process of the European Landscape Convention Treaty, adopted by the Council of Europe. After having identified the complementarities between their landscape management tools and practices, the partners will share good practices in order to contribute to the Landscapes Management Plans initiated in the frame of this project. The Landscapes Management Plans will contribute to the development of a global approach, taking into account several dimensions (qualitative, environmental and economic) of cultural and natural landscape management and maintenance methods. They will especially focus on raising education and awareness, and also involve local territorial strategies, urban master plans, and so on.

The 14 project partners: SAN of Marne-la-Vallée Val Maubuée City of Loures, Portugal Region-City of de Gießen-Wetzlar, Germany Vice-Ministry of Land Management of the Canarian Government, Spain Slovak University of Technology, Slovakia Sigulda District Council, Latvia DPTU, La Sapienza University, Roma, Italy LBDCA, Region Balaton, Hungary SERDA Romanian South-East Region, Romania Trikala’s Municipal Enterprise for Social Development, Greece Granollers City Council, Spain Municipality of Torun, Poland ENTP – European New Towns Platform, Belgium Thames Gateway London Partnership, United Kingdom

etc. Region-City of de Gießen-Wetzlar. to develop a common territorial management scheme. to highlight and to develop best practices in terms of landscapes and green spaces management. created a specific working group on cooperation between municipalities with a strong focus on cooperation. chambers of commerce etc. What are the city of Lourdes’ expectations in the frame of the EUROSCAPES project? To benefit from the exchange of experiences and good practices between European partners in terms of land-use planning issues. would like to share and develop a common vision about the need to improve the sustainable management method of cultural and natural urban landscapes. using the methodology which will be elaborated in the frame of the project. network and communication systems. As an academic stakeholder. . including rural landscapes and urban areas. urban planning processes and tools. The core idea of the EUROSCAPES project is to enable the partners to build up on shared experiences and practices between European cities in order to improve existing management tools and the quality of the local environment. a new efficient policy for the development of integrated environmental management methods of urban landscapes. its master plan (which is currently being revised).PRESENTATION OF THE PROJECT PARTNERS Syndicat d’Agglomération Nouvelle of Val Maubuée.STUBA. Concerning urban planning. the city has developed a local tool. urban planning and regional development issues. One of the objectives of this project is to develop a model of sustainable management plan for natural and cultural landscapes and to learn from the experience and practices developed by the other partners. in cooperation with local partners (universities. Spain The Canary Islands regional Vice-Ministry in charge of land-use planning has developed a wide range of tools in terms of land planning and inventory. Sigulda District Council. Portugal The city of Loures manages very different kinds of territories. Slovak University of Bratislava . geographic information instruments. Architecture Department. Italy DPTU has developed research activities in the fields of environment and landscape planning. the regional plan for the Lisbon metropolitan area.) and with the Hessen regional authority. urban regeneration. Latvia The Sigulda District Council would like to benefit from the exchanges of good practices in the frame of the project and to create and implement a management tool for green spaces. Slovakia STUBA’s courses and research activities aim at fostering the best integration of landscape architecture principles and methods while responding to challenges related to sustainable development. STUBA will participate more specifically in the analysis of the state of the art developed in the frame of the project. and a regional instrument. as project lead partner. One of the EUROSCAPES project objectives is to develop an integrated management plan for the Monte Rufeno nature reserve. France SAN Val Maubuée. Germany In 2004 the cities of Gießen and Wetzlar. It would also like to foster common goals: to protect. and finally to participate in the implementation of the objectives of the European Landscape Convention Treaty. thanks to European cooperation. La Sapienza University – Urban and Land planning Department DPTU. City of Loures. The EUROSCAPES project will enable STUBA to benefit from and to contribute to the exchanges between partners in terms of green spaces management and planning. Vice-Ministry of Land Management of the Canarian Government. The project’s final objective is to promote. regional land planning. and other good practices in the field of territorial inventory.. to train local teams and to organize awareness raising campaigns for the local inhabitants about how important it is to live in a good and healthy environment. but also the exchange of awareness raising tools (communication and trainings) and involvement of local stakeholders..

the Strategic Health Authority and the Education and Competences Council. water and waste management. cultural and natural heritage. Green spaces constitute one third of the city area. London Thames Gateway Partnership would like to put the environment and climate change at the heart of future investments on landscapes. Belgium ENTP is a network gathering new towns and urban areas in rapid growth. 8 universities. water quality improvement and the development of tourism in the Lake Balaton region. It will be in charge of the communication and dissemination part of the project and.Lake Balaton Development and Coordination Agency LBDCA. sustainable urban development. Greece As project partner on behalf of the municipality of Trikala. Toruń is the capital city of the Kujawsko-Pomorskie region. Hungary This non-profit-making agency aims at coordinating the development activities of this region. London Thames Gateway Partnership. SERDA aims at strengthening the capabilities of local authorities in terms of sustainable natural and cultural urban and peri-urban landscapes management. energy and sustainable transport systems. it will coordinate and manage the project website. This is why it is now a partner of the EUROSCAPES project.A. The EUROSCAPES project is a unique opportunity to build up on experiences and practices developed by other European partners to improve the quality of natural and built local environment and to create new green spaces. which aims at highlighting the need to preserve important landscapes at the local level..K. the promotion of botanical elements and the preservation of nature and landscape heritage. In the framework of the EUROSCAPES project. is in charge of human resources. the promotion of sustainable social and economic. Poland Located in northern Poland. as well as complete SIG tools.K.A. It promotes the need to develop integrated regeneration policies. it is a public-private organisation which acts on behalf of 11 local authorities. SERDA would like to involve regional stakeholders as well as local leaders in this exchange of good practices. South-Eastern Romania Development Agency SERDA. United-Kingdom London Thames Gateway territory covers almost 1/3 of the London area. regulation and social needs. organise trainings for its staff. and to raise general public’s awareness about the necessity of such a project.E. Spain The Environment Department of the municipality is currently implementing its action plan 2007 – 2011 for the preservation and management of natural heritage.E. European New Towns Platform ENTP. from a coherent and sustainable territorial perspective. Romania According to its core mission. It is an unusual partner. taking into account environmental guidelines. . as well as the actions. The EUROSCAPES project provides an opportunity to improve landscape management tools and to develop new management plans following the future methodology to be developed in the frame of the project. the project newsletters and all the publications. urban and touristic development in South-Eastern Romania. as such. Granollers City Council. Municipality of Toruń. events and investments in the field of environment preservation. Toruń is involved in the EUROSCAPES project because it would like to participate in the exchange process about green spaces management and to learn from its European partners’ practices and expertise. D. SERDA would like to develop several management plans for green spaces. Trikala’s Municipal Entreprise for Social DevelopmentD.

a housing area and the countryside. Following this. there is also a “Europe of landscapes”. the Munich Riern Park is composed of an alternation of flowery meadows and forests. During his presentation. thus creating continuity from Brest to Vladivostok. he talked about issues such as the new types of landscapes or the new urban culture. Les lieux se fabriquent dans le temps se sociabilisent s’ils sont de qualité et cette même qualité induit le bon usage. landscape architect On Thursday afternoon. » Mandinet Park Munich Riem Park . According to Mr Vexlard. Indeed. a landscape architect for 30 years. he described the park’s core concepts of creation and management. qui. Mandinet Park Munich Riem Park « C’est l’homme. landscapes are the outcomes of the European method of shared historical and cultural events. Gilles Vexlard.Presentation by Gilles Vexlard. Gilles Vexlard introduced the exemplary method he used to design the Munich Riem Park. mixing the territorial and human dimensions. He works for the “Latitude nord” agency he created. les inscrit dans le paysage et en définit l’usage qui en est fait. He concluded his presentation by referencing Val Maubuée. Located in the periphery of the city. mentioning the Mandinet Park he designed several years ago. between the international fair. After a brief explanation of the park’s geographical and historical situation. made a presentation on landscaping in parks. en s’appropriant les lieux. He won the German landscape award in 2005 for his work on the Munich Riem Park.

methodological and conceptual aspects. Those tools constitute the basis of the approach developed by the SAN – the core idea of this approach being that management objectives will be elaborated only after acquiring good knowledge about the territory. Communication aspects You will find all relevant information concerning financial. during the 1 workshop about inventory and diagnosis tools and geographic information systems. environment diagnosis) and tools (SIG) which could be used during the implementation phase of the project. Thanks to those tools. Do not hesitate to combine EUROSCAPES events with other relevant events organized at the same time in your region. as well as the impacts on existing tools and practices. Each partner must send to the lead partner the contact information of its financial officer. institutions) Major themes : Tourism / Built heritage / water spaces management / Green spaces… Project orientations Common objectives and goals? Start thinking about the methodology What indicators can we map? Equivalent in terms of SIG tools Development of a common and shared tool? or Implementation of an interactive platform to exchange methods and data. as long as this is coherent with your role in the project as described in the project’s application form. the presentation was followed by a debate about technical. Concerning the project’s communication strategy. a progress report is due to the lead partner. Etc. Normalise the exchanges between partners. to decide if they are realistic or not and to assess which changes will be necessary. as well as in the project’s application form and in the partnership agreements. its communication officer. it is important to note that the SIG tools can be used only once the project challenges have been clearly identified. Each partner must also send to the lead partner a draft communication plan by July 2010 (before the 2nd project’s seminar in Torun) and a list of expected target groups. flexibility and coherent actions are the main rules. and its controller. habits. If we take into account the diversity of the partners’ territories. Therefore. The presentation of the SIG (Système d’Information Géographique – Geographic Information System) tools illustrated the quantitative inventory work made for the spaces managed by the SAN. organisational. human memories. the partners will be able to evaluate these objectives. Workshop 2: Financial and Administrative Reporting Procedures. Last but not least. it seems that the needs and objectives of each partner are different. st SAN activities Official report Need to rationalise our working methods Dispersed knowledge : papers. there is need for partners to discuss those differences Furthermore. adaptability for each partner (specific process according to his tools)? A questionnaire will be sent to each partner in order to identify the main working themes (water. competences. It cannot be used to provide added value to the project. This project is developed in the frame of a process mainly based on an assessment of territorial elements. on the ground. various database On the ground Take into account our green heritage Perception by endusers and inhabitants Equivalent in terms of SIG tools Quantify our spaces Locate geographically Centralise information for a better decision process “Empirical” knowledge Interconnection “Objective” knowledge Sustainable Management of spaces EUROSCAPES Project Landscapes design Experience sharing Very different territories (size. Every six months. The SAN Val Maubuée also presented its internal objectives. . The first progress report is to be sent before September 1st 2010. Identify relevant stakeholders and problems. which could eventually match part of the project objectives. It is possible to identify several types of needs: Clarify the role of each partner in the frame of the project. It also talked about the tools currently developed by the SAN in terms of green spaces management. Define a common strategy (formalisation of the objectives).Workshop 1: Inventory and Diagnosis Tools On Thursday afternoon. it is only a technical solution to meet specific goals and objectives defined by the partners and to do a follow-up of those objectives in the years to come (See table 1). the team of the SAN presented its views about the project. administrative and communication rules and procedures in the INTERREG IVC manual and website.

A thematic seminar on “Open urban spaces” took place in Milan (IT) on the 21st of April 2010. Information & contact: zhudekova@yahoo.For the project website: a paragraph specifically dedicated to the project in which you describe your developed in the frame of the Central Europe programme.Contacts and mailing list for a broad diffusion of this newsletter EUROSCAPES Related Events The Slovak University of Technology. Project Information Please try to send as soon as possible to the lead partner: .pl . video or further information. . is taking part in the European project Urbspace (http://www. actions and expectations concerning the project and pictures. th th Poland.A local communication plan. For more information and registration. contact Anna Karmienko at: a. the partners made a study visit of the Val Maubuée territory. . which focused on urban open spaces and land management with a debate on “Thinking and living urban open spaces” Please remember that the next EUROSCAPES thematic seminar on the “Management of green monuments within the urban area” will take place in Torùn. on the 8 and 9 of July 2010.torun. They discovered the various categories of cultural and natural landscapes as well as the everyday preservation and management work of the SAN teams.Friday February 19th: After the signature of the project partnership contracts. Bratislava.