In the last decades the interest for sustainable development of mountain areas has considerably increased for different reasons. As stated in chapter 13 of AGENDA 21, mountain regions are a source of biodiversity and environmental resources. At the same time, the population’s decrease generally caused a loss of indigenous knowledge and natural resources conservation, too.
The LINK project has created a European Forum on Intermodal Passenger Travel in order to enhance the combined use of different transport modes on one single journey, with its focus on long distance trips and thus also on cross-border travelling. This stresses the context of an often unknown environment for the traveller.
Future strategies and measures of spatial development will increasingly focus on energy policy. Adopting a holistic approach, measures of mitigation and measures of adaptation need to be combined. In addition, socio-political elements should be taken into account. Therefore the term “climate justice” contains the requirement to be suitable for the climate (as environmental justice) and the socially fair arrangement of these strategies in terms of standards of living and survival capability (as social justice).
Plan4all is a European project co-funded by the Community programme eContentplus. The main aim of the project is to harmonise spatial planning data and related metadata according to the INSPIRE principles. The Plan4all project should contribute to the standardisation in the field of spatial data from spatial planning point of view. Its activities and results will become a reference material for INSPIRE initiative; especially for data specification.