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On the 31st of March 2004 the 2nd SAUL-symposium took place in Luxembourg in order to promote exchange between the different partner regions six Metropolitan Regions in Germany, Luxembourg, the UK and the Netherlands and allow a broader range of regional experts and practitioners to take part in this exchange and to benefit from it.

workshopOver 50 delegates discussed on the theme Regional Governance how to manage the regional dimension of planning for new urban landscapes?

The symposium started with a plenary session in the morning and continued with workshops in the afternoon. In his introduction, the Minister of Interior from Luxembourg, Michel Wolter, emphasized the benefits of transnational cooperation and the importance of the new urban landscape concept for the South region in Luxembourg. Afterwards Philippe Peters Ministry of Interior gave a deeper insight into the challenges of the future regional development in this region.

The first key note speaker, Prof. Dietrich Frst University of Hannover, gave a theoretical orientated introduction to the topic of regional governance and urban landscape planning starting with a short introduction to the societal and theoretical backgrounds of the regional governance debate, followed by a description of some practical pitfalls when employing the concept and closing with some approaches how to transfer the concept to landscape planning issues.
His speech was followed by Jaap J. Modder, chairman of the Regional Board City Region Arnhem-Nijmegen, Netherlands, giving a problem-orientated overview on their experience with regional spatial planning and discussed the need for a balance between formal and informal governance. He provided a final key message not only for the SAUL-project the important thing in planning is implementing it.

The afternoon was dedicated to workshops dealing with the role of formal and informal stakeholders / processes, a more efficient coordination of sectoral policies on a regional level, the role and cooperation of local authorities and the involvement of regional stakeholders and inhabitants.

A detailed documentation of presentations and workshops will be available on the projects' website

Nicole Skirde-Vural
Contact Point Luxembourg

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