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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.

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)

enthält die Ergebnisse und die Strategie des ESPACE-Projekts, die zwischen September 2003 und Juni 2007 erarbeitet wurden.


Extension (2007 -2008)

wird die Arbeit der ESPACE-Partner zwischen Juli 2007 und Juli 2008 vorgestellt. Dieser Teil greift die Probleme auf, die in Teil I bei der Implementierung von Strategien beobachtet wurden. Außerdem wird ein neues Benchmarking-Instrument zur Überwachung und Unterstützung von Veränderungen in Organisationen entwickelt.

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