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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.

ATLAS is a targeted co-ordination action designed to:

  1. assess the status of educational and training provision in the area of land use change, and develop a tool (web-based database) for the training possibilities
  2. analyse the SIA process and the obstacles to its successful implementation in the field of land use policies in Europe, and suggest better solutions in terms of training and education on SIA
  3. develop a "route planner" as an interactive web-based training tool for SIA primarily aimed at policy makers



Status & Info

The preliminary results of the ATLAS project were examined and discussed in conference in Amsterdam January 25, 2007, focusing on the web-based “Route-Planner” (or ‘Road-Map’) for training in land use sustainability assessment.

Milada Stastna (the ATLAS project WP4 leader) and Annelene Kammer on behalf of the project consortsium annouced official launch of the “Route-Planner” an interactive tool to assist users in obtaining information regarding Sustainability Impact Assessment and land use that tailor-made for their respective needs.

Announcement ATLAS final conference.pdf

Amsterdam Conference (January 2007) PowerPoint presentations:

ATLAS introduction. Hannes Palang (Tallinn University, Atlas coordinator)

ATLAS findings. Hannes Palang (Tallinn University, Atlas coordinator)

EC-funded research for sustainable land management: On-going activities and future prospects within the 7th Framework Programme. Vincent Favrel (European Commission - Research DG, Directorate I – Environment, Unit I.4 – Management of Natural Resources)

SustainabilityA-Test. Marjan van Herwijnen (Institute for Environmental Studies (IVM), Vrije Universiteit Amsterdam)

Part 1. Part 2. Part 3.

E-LUP, on Methodology. Mikael Pihlström (University of Helsinki)

The PERISCAPE group and The LandscapeAmbassador International Course. Teresa Pinto-Correia (University of Évora)

Building capacity for managing and planning sustainable land use strategies. Roy Haines-Young and Marion Potschin (Centre for Environmental Management, School of Geography, University of Nottingham, England)

Working with EIA, SEA and SIA in Landuse State of art, differences, tools, cases and the future. A draft set up for a post graduate course. Carla Oonk (Wageningen Business School)

Learning about sustainable land use planning in an increasingly faster changing world – reflections of an educator – lecturing practice. Prof. dr. Marc Antrop (Department of Geography, Ghent University, Belgium)

The RoadMap Leaflet is published (Road Map Leaflet.pdf)

The working meeting “ROAD-MAP development and testing” of the project held in Tallinn, Estonia, on October 30 – November 1, 2006 examined the results of the SWOT analysis and tested the draft version of final project result Road Map.

Intermediate Progress Report of the Coordination astion ATLAS was submitted to the EU FP6 on June 15, 2006.

Newsletter nr. 2 is published (please read it under Newsletters).

The Mid-Term meeting of the project held in Wageningen, the Netherlands, on May 22-24, summarized that the tasks of WP1 and 2 are completed and reports of the work packages are being prepared. The results of WPs 1-3 form a solid basis to continue with WP4. 

Newsletter nr. 1 is published (please read it under Newsletters).

From 27 to 29 September 2005 a core group meeting of the project ATLAS was taken place in Tallinn. The meeting reviews the plan the activities for the year and a half. The representatives of the partner organizations of the project, included the work packages leaders, were discussed and agreed on elaboration task divisions based on the WP plans.

The project officially started on the 1st of September 2005.

On June 10-11 2005 the Kick-off meeting of the European international project was held in Alnarp, hosted by the Swedish University ofAgricultural Sciences.

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