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ATLAS is a project funded by European Commission FP6 , which unites higher research, education and training institutions across Europe. Its objective is to make spotting gaps related to land use and sustainable development in education as easy and effective as possible, and to provide courses most suitable for the user by means of the created database. The results of the project are particularly intended for the policymakers, but are available also for the public. The project is running from September 2005 until March 2007.

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ATLAS enhances the current state-of-the-art and builds capacity in the topic area by designing a route planner for training in land use policies and sustainability impact assessment that will lead to appropriate professional qualifications. The methods and tools to be transferred will relate to local, regional and national levels.


The ATLAS Final Conference
CAPACITY BUILDING IN LAND USE AND SUSTAINABILITY

Thursday 25 January 2007, Amsterdam, Beurs van Berlage

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During the lifetime of the project Atlas will establish a database with a good overview of the current educational provision in the area of land use and sustainability impact assessment at different educational levels throughout Europe.

 There is a major challenge to co-ordinate the education and training provision in the area of land use change as a consequence of accelerated policy developments, especially in the new EU member states. Good examples of training opportunities in sustainability issues will have to be identified. The EU wide agreements on BSc - MSc levels in education will form an excellent background for international co-ordination in education. Also, there is no agreed credit points system for all courses such as short or PhD courses. ATLAS will take this into due consideration, enhancing the analysis of SIA.