The ESPON ECPs from the Nordic and Baltic countries have together established a project which is referred to as ENECON: ESPON Evidence in a North European Context.
The project is one of the Transnational Networking Activities, conducted and funded under Priority 4 of the ESPON 2013 Programme. It aims to activate transnational interest in ESPON by involving policy makers, practitioners and scientists. The transnational networking activities are carried out by groupings of members of the ECP (ESPON Contact Point) network.
Partners of ENECON are the ECPs in Denmark, Estonia, Finland, Iceland, Latvia, Lithuania, Norway and Sweden.
The project ENECON addresses challenges and opportunities facing territorial development and spatial planning policies and practices, particular to the vast territory of the very northern part of Europe. By actively facilitating the use and capitalization of ESPON-evidence the overall aim is to contribute to make clear the significance of the European perspective on territorial development and cohesion, and especially the crucial need for a transnational cooperation approach to territorial analysis, policies and planning, in a macro-regional context and perspective.Disclaimer: “This publication does not necessarily reflect the opinion of the ESPON Monitoring Committee. In addition the Monitoring Committee is not liable for any use that may be made of the information contained therein”
The 22nd and 23rd of August the conference Climate Change in Northern Territories. Sharing Experiences, Exploring New Methods and Assessing Socio-Economic Impacts was held at the University of Akureyri. The conference was held in cooperation between the ESPON project ENECON and The Northern Research Forum (NRF). A total of 48 presentations were given at the conference plus the opening speech of the President of Iceland, Mr. Ólafur Ragnar Grímsson. A total of 110 people from 14 nations participated, where half of them were Icelanders. Out of the 48 contributions at the conference, 14 were from scientists at the University of Akureyri. The conference was a success and was an important contribution to dialogs about Climate change in northern territories. The presentations were recorded and will be soon be accessable. A report from the conference will be published on the web site later.
Keynote: Senior Researcher Jon Naustdalslid, former Director General at Norwegian Institute for Urban and Regional Research (NIBR): "The certainty of uncertainty: The challenge of planning for a changing climate"