23 Jun 2017

Rural–urban peripheries under socioeconomic transitions: Changing planning contexts, lasting legacies, and growing pressure, a paper co-authored by Anton Shkaruba and Viktar Kireyeu has been published in Landscape and Urban Planning.

The status of urban forests and other green open spaces has always been ambiguous within the context of rural-urban peripheries. On one hand, most European countries have introduced protected green zones around cities to contain their sprawl and to provide urban dwellers recreational space and sanitation services since the early days of city planning policies. On the other hand, the ecosystems of green open areas remain under high pressure due to high demand for suburban land, causing issues ranging from illegal dumping to ecosystem fragmentation and forest loss. In Eastern Europe, in particular in the former USSR, rural-urban peripheries went through series of socio-economic transitions that resulted in complex interplays of socialist and post-socialist institutions. In this paper we explore these interplays in the context of land-use dynamics of rural-urban peripheries of two middle-sized cities in Belarus (Mahilioŭ) and Russia (Pskov), with p

7 Nov 2016

Erda RTE contributed to an international conference on green infrastructure in cities and organized by our partners from EKAPRAEKT NGO in Mahilioŭ, Belarus. The event took place on Nov 3-4 on the premises of Mahiloŭ Technological Park and Belarusian-Russian University. Among the participants of the conference were representatives of the city government, municipal service companies, academia and NGOs from Belarus, Russia, and Ukraine. The conference was organised under the project Co-management of Green Infrastructure project implemented by EKAPRAEKT, and was discussing the issues brought forward by the project and the range of solutions explored by it. Erda RTE experts were involved in research and communication activities of this project., and contributed to it by providing Dutch experience in green infrastructure development and co-management of green spaces.

4 Oct 2016

Our third summer school The Precautionary Principle: Governance of Innovation and Innovations in Governance co-organised with Central European University (Budapest) and European Environment Agency has been approved for the summer 2017! The call for applications will be announced soon!

31 Jul 2016

Erda RTE in cooperation with Pskov State University (Russia) and International NGO Ekapraekt (Belarus) organises a short scientific conference "Urban futures and urban ecosystems – Russian and European perspectives" and a stakeholder roundtable talk on urban biodiversity and ecosystem services in urban and peri-urban areas, and related research, management, planning and governance issues. The event will include a short (half a day) scientific conference with a plenary and 3-4 panels, and a roundtable discussion of stakeholders involved into municipal governance on vision and appreciation of ecosystems in urbanised environments. The conference and the stakeholder talk will be held on the premises of Pskov State University.

The conference and the roundtable talk are organ

ised as a part of Erasmus+ Jean-Monnet module “Governance of natural resources – EU experience and challenges for Russia”.

30 Jul 2016
The summer school "The Precautionary Principle: Governance of Innovation and Innovations in Governance", the second one in the series of the
Precautionary Principle schools co-organised by Erda RTE, Central European University, European Environment Agency and MEDIAN is over. It was held at Central European University from 26 June to 2 July, 2016, and it had brought together 23 participants from 14 countries and from a broad variety of academic and professional backgrounds, ranging from biology to policy sciences, and from NGOs to European regulatory bodies.
 
The purpose of the School was to explore challenges and possible ways forward for the effective and appropriate application of the precautionary principle in sustainability governance. It will bring together a solid and diverse group of scholars and practitioners with expertise on the precautionary principle, risk assessment and management, environment and health research, science and technology studies, the governance of innovation, environmental governance, and long term transitions to sustainability.

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