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Publication Future Challenges: Sustainable Spatial Development of the European Continent in a Changing World

National Report of Germany for the 15th CEMAT Conference 2010

Editor: BBSR Series: BBSR-Online-Publikation Issue: 03/2010 Published: August 2010 ISSN: 1868-0097 URN: urn:nbn:de:101:1-2010080528


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European regional development policy does not end at the European Union (EU)'s borders. 46 states have organised themselves into the Council of Europe, in which almost all European states co-operate to formulate and solve important questions pertaining to the future of Europe. The activities of the Council of Europe, relating to spatial planning, began in 1970 in Bonn where the first European Conference of Ministers responsible for Regional Planning (CEMAT) was held. Fundamental documents, which have guided spatial planning policies, have from time to time been adopted during the activities carried out over the years. In preparation for the 15th CEMAT Conference 2010, the member states have worked on national reports about spatial development over the past five years. The results can be read in this publication.

Dr. Angelika Perner (Coordination), Dr. Wilfried Görmar (Coordination), Dr. Hansjörg Bucher, Dr. Fabian Dosch, Dirk Gebhardt, Dr. Rupert Kawka, Annika Koch, Martina Kocks, Petra Kuhlmann, Gregor Lackmann, Antonia Milbert, Wolfgang Neußer, Lars Porsche, Thomas Pütz, Claus Schlömer, Beatrix Thul, Thorsten Wagener, Michael Zarth, BBSR

Federal Institute for Research on Building, Urban Affairs and Spatial Development (BBSR), Bonn
Dr. Angelika Perner, Dr. Wilfried Görmar


  1. Global evolution of territorial structures and imbalances over the past five years
    1.1 Demographic evolution
    1.2 Economic evolution
    1.3 Significant evolutions in the settlement system
    1.4 Significant evolutions of rural areas
    1.5 Progress of transnational and cross-border integration
  2. Territorial impacts of emerging and growing challenges and related driving forces
    2.1 Climate change: spatial planning strategies
    2.2 Globalisation and international division of labour
    2.3 Renewable energy sources
    2.4 Areas with increased need for integration
    2.5 Areas affected by the economic/financial crisis
  3. Evolution of territorially significant policies
    3.1 Examples of vertical and horizontal cooperation
    3.2 Examples of promoting sustainable spatial development
    3.3 Examples of increasing competitiveness
    3.4 Examples of preventing and adapting to climate change
    3.5 Examples of promoting renewable energy sources
    3.6 Examples of tackling social polarisation, especially in cities
    3.7 Examples of cross-border and transnational cooperation
    3.8 Examples of spatial impacts of the central economic stimulus acts
    3.9 Examples of decentralized measures to tackle the crisis

German version: Zukünftige Herausforderungen: Nachhaltige Raumentwicklung auf dem europäischen Kontinent in einer sich wandelnden Welt. Nationaler Report für Deutschland zur 15. CEMAT-Konferenz 2010. BBSR-Online-Publikation 02/10
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