TURAS Transitioning towards urban resilience and sustainability

Country: EU Projects
Start Date:           Duration: 36 months         Project Type: RTD
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Organisation Type:  EC Project
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Contaminated land-->Wider impacts / sustainability-->Sustainable / green remediation
Project objectives:
The TURAS Project bringing together decision makers in local authorities with SMEs and academics to respond to the efforts of city communities. Eleven local 
authorities or local development agencies are involved as project partners and they will orient research and development from the outset towards the most
significant sustainability and resilience challenges facing their cities. Nine leading academic research institutions and eight SMEs will work with these
public sector bodies helping them to reduce their urban ecological footprint through proposing new visions, strategies, spatial scenarios and guidance
tools to help cities address these challenges. Over the five year duration of the project, the feasibility of these new approaches will be examined and results
compared between participating cities, A final set of strategies and tools will be then be produced for demonstration, dissemination and exploitation in
other European cities.
Project Summary:
Over half of the global population live in urban areas and with this  
figure forecast to rise, the demand for increasingly scarce natural  
resources continues to escalate. The “TURAS” initiative brings urban  
communities and businesses together with local authorities and  
researchers to collaborate on developing practical new solutions for  
more sustainable and resilient urban areas.  
11 European cities (Brussels, Dublin, London, Rome, Sofia, Ljubljana,  
Nottingham, Seville, Rotterdam, Stuttgart, and Aalborg) are involved  
in the initial pilot studies of TURAS addressing issues such as climate  
change adaptation and mitigation, natural resource shortage, urban  
sprawl, green infrastructure, short-circuit economies and community  
participation in areas such as temporary usage of derelict sites and  
The results emerging from these pilot studies will be measured  
and compared between participating urban areas before a final  
set of strategies and tools will be developed for exploitation by  
other European cities. Ultimately the Project will illustrate to urban  
communities, businesses, planners and managers how transition  
strategies may be created and implemented as we strive to move to  
more sustainable urban living. 
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Funding Programme(s): 
EC FP7: Seventh Framework Programme for Research and Technological Development.
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Submitted by: EUGRIS Team Professor Paul Bardos  Who does what?  02/02/2013 00:14:00