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The Sustainable Open Spaces II (SOS II) project intends to further develop the concept of ‘open space’ examined in the IIC project, to consider ways in which the importance of landscape identity can be achieved. Over three years this ambitious project, which brings together 16 partners from five Member States, acknowledges the importance of retaining the quality of historical assets and stabilising the relationship between town and country. It seeks to i) conserve and enhance the [...]
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Website
http://www.sos-project.org/


 SOS II

Lead Partner:
Provincie Utrecht
PO Box 80300, 3508 TH, Utrecht
NL
Tel +31 258 3616
Fax +31 258 2130

Contact:
Lodewijk le Grand
Project Coordinator
lodewijk@sos-project.org

Measure: 4.2

Start date: 2003/01/01
End date: 2005/12/31

ERDF Grant: € 6 433 620
Total eligible cost: € 13.2M


Partners involved:

NL - Provincie Zuid-Holland

DE - Planungsverband Ballungsraum Frankfurt/Rhein-Main

BE - Provincie Vlaams-Brabant

BE - Vlaamse Landmaatschappij

UK - Standing Conference of South Pennine Authorities

NL - Provincie Limburg

DE - Landsiedlung Baden-Württemberg

NL - Westelijke Land- en Tuinbouw Organisatie

FR - Association des Maisons du Bornage de la Forêt de Fontainebleau

FR - Conseil Régional d'Ile de France

FR - CEZ Bergerie Nationale

FR - Parc Naturel Régional du Gâtinais Français

FR - Conseil Régional d'Alsace

FR - Conseil Général du Haut Rhin

FR - Conseil Général du Bas Rhin


Project type: Investment


Summary
The Sustainable Open Spaces II (SOS II) project intends to further develop the concept of ‘open space’ examined in the IIC project, to consider ways in which the importance of landscape identity can be achieved. Over three years this ambitious project, which brings together 16 partners from five Member States, acknowledges the importance of retaining the quality of historical assets and stabilising the relationship between town and country. It seeks to i) conserve and enhance the cultural and natural heritage through a range of investments; ii) develop joint promotional strategies and tools for raising awareness of landscape identities; iii) establish a knowledge exchange network; and iv) promote a partnership for long-lasting activity on open space issues. The project embarks upon a number of joint actions or ‘prototypes’ that will contribute to the creative enhancement of the NWE’s heritage through various forms of expression: some 17 investments schemes are targeted at landscape identity, peri-urban area and park management, green corridor and forest protection, and the restoration of archaeological and disused military sites. In short, rather than conceiving of open space as the ‘void’ in between strings of cities, the objective of the project is, in the longer term, to encourage new transnational perspectives on the role and positioning of rural areas in territorial planning.

Objectives
The project seeks to:

  • i) conserve and enhance the cultural and natural heritage through a range of investments;
  • ii) develop joint promotional strategies and tools for raising awareness of landscape identities;
  • iii) establish a knowledge exchange network; and
  • iv) promote a partnership for long-lasting activity on open space issues.
The project embarks upon a number of joint actions or ‘prototypes’ that will contribute to the creative enhancement of the NWE’s heritage through various forms of expression: some 17 investments schemes are targeted at landscape identity, peri-urban area and park management, green corridor and forest protection, and the restoration of archaeological and disused military sites. In short, rather than conceiving of open space as the ‘void’ in between strings of cities, the objective of the project is, in the longer term, to encourage new transnational perspectives on the role and positioning of rural areas in territorial planning.

Activities

Expected Outcomes
The overall outcomes of the project are strategies for creating sustainable open spaces, 26 examples in seven regions of those strategies, a knowledge network and knowledge centre on SOS and a lasting partnership (lobby network) for sustainable open space in NWE. Furthermore, the SOS-project hopes to raise more awareness at political level, both in the regions as (inter)nationally, using a European charter that provides policy guidelines for transnational planning of the open space from a landscape identity perspective. The arguments and guidelines will be drawn from the conclusions of the workshops and mile stone events that will be held in connection with the other subjects.

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