About the project

We need both improved understanding of comprehensive territorial dynamics and improved coordination among different public policies to achieve territorial cohesion and other development goals at all levels (transnational, national, regional and local). 

The ATTRACT-SEE project addresses the above two challenges. The project is based on real needs expressed by policy and decision makers from different sectors and administrative levels. The project aims to develop tools and approaches, improve the competence and skills needed to monitor and understand interrelated territorial trends, and to incorporate the acquired knowledge into an integrated policy development process. The project partnership for ATTRACT-SEE includes national and regional stakeholders from the field of spatial planning who will be facilitators of this process.

 In order to set up an effective monitoring system, a ‘Common Territorial Monitoring Framework’ will be created, together with the relevant tools. The objective is to establish a monitoring system model that will provide useful outputs and support evidence-based policy development and implementation in all partner countries and regions. By means of the establishment of a shared system of indicators, the model can be applied to monitoring territorial quality and attractiveness.

 The design of the Common Territorial Monitoring Framework will enable project partners to adapt it for use in their country, depending on their specific situation and needs. Through this process, partners will be able to establish a permanent territorial monitoring system in their country/region. This will become a tool for comprehensively monitoring implementation of spatial planning policies, giving valuable inputs for the monitoring of impact of sectoral policies.

 The project outputs will include reports on transnational and national/regional territorial quality and attractiveness. 

Improving communication and cooperation among different policy and decision makers and national and regional stakeholders is also a project priority. For this purpose, a policy coordination process will be designed, promoting and supporting participation and involvement of all relevant stakeholders, including policy and decision makers from different sectors and administrative levels.

Policy coordination is seen by the project partners as a permanent and continuous process, and for this reason improvement of their capacity to facilitate and drive the process is crucial. A Policy Coordination Process Handbook will be prepared, and workshops with stakeholders will enable them to create and/or strengthen permanent stakeholder networks with the task of coordinating different policy goals, objectives and implementation measures.

The territorial monitoring system, policy coordination process and stakeholder networks, which will be established in each participating country/region, will lead to improved coordination among different public policies and to sounder decisions based on territorial knowledge, and hence to more effective implementation of territorial cohesion goals.

 The results of the project will be used by policy/decision makers to improve cooperation and networking on a South East European scale, with a view to reinforcing the role of territorial information in the promotion of cohesion and growth in South East Europe.

 The Attract-SEE project, which started in September 2012, will last 24 months, ending in August 2014. It involves ten partners, an ‘EU Associated Strategic Partner’ and seven ‘Observers’.  The Lead Partner is the Geodetic Institute of Slovenia. 

The Attract-SEE project is financed by the South East Transnational Coopeartion Programme.