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Brussels Environment | "Bridges to Local Economies", final report of TURAS project

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In the framework of the European TURAS project on transitions, resilience and sustainability, a report on resilient and sustainable local economies has been published, based on some five years of research coordinated by ACR+ member Brussels Environment.

Bridges to Local Economies” is a handbook looking at the role of the ‘bridging actor’ in facilitating resilient and sustainable local economies. While the book has a focus on public authorities – whom have traditionally been charged as the guardians of ‘public interest’ – the strategies, tools and methodologies presented in the book are just as relevant to entrepreneurs, community leaders, consultants and investors whom are as responsible for the health of local economies. The book is based on four bridging strategies:

  • Connection between elements and the system;
  • Cooperation between pioneers and the establishment;
  • Alignment of particular and common interests and;
  • Collaboration between communities and entrepreneurs.

The book covers numerous case studies involving various regions: Brussels , Rome, London, Malaga, etc. It presents a novel approach to transversal planning as a method to deal with place-based economies. It is prefaced by Rob Hopkins, founder of the transition movement and Françoise Bonnet, ACR+ Secretary General. The full book is available online 

TURAS programme is a research project exploring the transition towards urban resilience and sustainability through action research in twelve cities and regions across Europe (including ACR+ members Brussels Environment, Dublin City Council, and Sofia Municipality).