Cohesion policy and strategies for sustainable and inclusive territorial development: the EVA project, Portugal

Authors: Margarida Queiros*, University of Lisbon, IGOT, Mario Vale, University of Lisbon, IGOT, Luis Balula, University of Lisbon, Eduarda Marques da Costa, University of Lisbon, IGOT
Topics: Urban and Regional Planning, Europe, Environment
Keywords: sustainable and inclusive regional development strategies, EVA project, ESPON project, territorial governance
Session Type: Paper
Day: 4/11/2018
Start / End Time: 5:20 PM / 7:00 PM
Room: Balcony L, Marriott, River Tower Elevators, 4th Floor
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We examine how the Europe2020 objectives of promoting sustainable, inclusive and smart economic development can be promoted by local and regional authorities in the context of evolving landscapes of territorial governance and spatial planning. For this purpose, we will approach the EVA project (Green and Blue Corridor), in the Lisbon Metropolitan Area. In order to achieve this purpose, the research addresses the following research questions: How to promote sustainable and inclusive regional development strategies, taking into account the changing role of regional authorities and the proliferation of stakeholders in functional territories? How can territorial institutions be aligned to promote sustainable development and well-being in the region? EU programming in conjunction with the Integrated Development Regional Strategy for Lisbon underpins the EVA project. The EVA project aims at creating a green corridor structured by the Jamor river in a dense (sub)urban area crossing Sintra, Amadora and Oeiras municipalities in the Lisbon Metropolitan Area. EVA’s promoters are the local authorities of these three municipalities and Parques de Sintra Montes da Lua, a public company responsible for managing the area of the Cultural Landscape of Sintra and Queluz. There are challenges and bottlenecks: weak institutional capacity for reshaping governance at the regional level; inadequacy of traditional planning instruments for dealing with strategic planning; lack of experience in multi-actor and multilevel governance; a fragmented system of regional governance; resistance to post-political governance procedures; dysfunctional administrative divisions and overlapping jurisdictions; municipalities and sectoral planning authorities see themselves as discreet entities competing for political leverage.

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