vienna-at-night-8INTA members whose territories are crossed by a river and who have to manage this asset as a natural axis of communication, development and territorial cooperation, have decided that governance and development issues for those territories require an overall reflection.

Danube's project (Donau Hanse), funded in 2004 as part of Interreg III, can serve as an illustration and reference to search new modes of governance of large areas in a fluvial territory.

Thematic issues that can be explored:
Urban development more and more is taking place in the context of large territories : Greater London, Greater Paris, Greater Lisbon, the Randstad, the Danubian Basin, the Seine Basin, the Oresund, the Po Valley and delta, the Vistule corridor, etc.

These territories have to manage their natural assets such as waterways and waterfronts to make them factor of metropolitan development. Continuous urban development entails controlling the trends that are shaping the socio-spatial aspects of cities along river basins and the institutional structures that manage them.

  • How such corridor can foster regional interactions?
  • How sharing a river basin can be leverage for a coherent and cohesive development ?
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How to maintain a balanced urban growth together with the protection of natural corridors?  
  • These natural axis are often connection and trade systems.
  • Which integrated governance mechanism allows sharing large infrastructural equipments along a river basin ?
  • How to develop different scales of connection fostering urban and regional interactions along the river and within the territories around?


Objectives to be achieved

1. Intensification and extension of the co-operation between river cities and their surrounding regions;
2.Promotion of further project such as making the river a metropolitan corridor linking the neighboring territories;
3. Search for an integrated Governance system.

Coming activity
This reflection will contribute to the results of the coming International Roundatble at Real Corp Conference in Vienna (14-16 May 2012)

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