Dr Cian O’Callaghan ECP Ireland
The interview was shot during the ESPON – INTERSTRAT Conference in Warsaw: Territorial perspective in strategic planning. What do ESPON results say about Poland?
12/10/2011 Warsaw, Poland
The aim of the ESPON in Integrated Territorial Development Strategies (ESPON INTERSTRAT) is transnational learning about using ESPON research in integrated policies for urban and rural development.
Its focus is active learning, using ESPON analysis and related data in the development of integrated territorial development strategies at all levels of decision-making. It aims to maximise transnational cooperation that recognises the importance of working with the diversity of institutional practice and regional potentials that characterises European territories.
The project brings together 9 partners from across the EU, incorporating very different institutional capacities and approaches to territorial policymaking, many different languages and representing a broad cross-section of territorial specificities. This diversity and breadth of experience is an important driver of the project design, with its focus on combining territorial responsiveness with transferability and effective learning. Our approach is therefore to share tools, materials and processes that can be adapted to national circumstances while maintaining comparability and transferability across the project partners.