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This website summarises the work of ESPACE (European Spatial Planning: Adapting to Climate Events) - a groundbreaking five year project led by Hampshire County Council and funded by the European Commission’s North West Europe INTERREG IIIB Programme, the ESPACE Partnership and the Department for Communities and Local Government.

ESPACE influenced the philosophy and practice of spatial planning by recommending how adaptation to climate change can be incorporated into spatial planning policies, processes and practices. Concentrating on water management issues, it was one of the first projects of its kind to focus on increasing awareness of the need for spatial planning systems to adapt to the impacts of climate change and to begin to provide some of the necessary policy guidance, tools and mechanisms to incorporate adaptation into planning systems and processes.

Recognising that climate change is a global issue transcending political boundaries, ESPACE was founded by a transnational group of 10 partners, also known as the ‘ESPACE Partnership’, spanning four North West European countries and bringing together representatives from all levels of civic society. They include, Hampshire County Council (Lead Partner), the Environment Agency, South East Climate Change Partnership, South East England Regional Assembly, Surrey County Council and West Sussex County Council from the UK, Regionaal Landschap Zenne, Zuun en Zoniën from Belgium, Waterschap Rivierenland and Ministerie van VROM from the Netherlands and the Bayerisches Landesamt für Umwelt from Germany.

The ESPACE project has since its launch in 2003 had a major influence on the spatial planning agenda across Europe. It has been highlighted as an exemplar project in a final publication by the Interreg IIIB programme.

This website represents the outputs of both phases of the ESPACE Project. As the project is now complete this website will no longer be updated.

For further information about the ESPACE Project please contact: Chitra Nadarajah

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ESPACE (2003-2007)

This section presents the ESPACE Project's key outputs & final strategy from work carried out between Sept 2003 - June 2007. The Strategy: Planning in a Changing Climate is the major output from ESPACE.


Extension (2007 -2008)

This section presents the work undertake during a one year extension to the ESPACE Project between July 2007 – July 2008. This builds on ESPACE by examining the barriers to implementing policies on the ground. A new benchmarking tool to monitor and support organisational change will also be developed.

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