ESPON Peer Learning Workshop: How to reach “No net land take” by 2050?

The ESPON Programme, in cooperation with the Department of Spatial Planning of the Ministry of Energy and Spatial Planning (DATer, MEA) of the Grand Duchy of Luxembourg, invite you to a peer-learning workshop on the topic of "How to reach no net land take by 2050?


The rate of urbanisation, its trajectories and its consequences has a central role in achieving sustainability for the future of the planet. Too rapid urbanisation generally outruns the service provision and a decline of environmental quality ensues. One of the main objectives to reach long-term sustainability is to densify within already-built urban structure without hampering the environmental value and quality of its surroundings and ultimately halting the further urbanisation of green areas.


This ESPON event will focus on how Luxembourg, as part of the Greater Region, can reach the objective of “No net land take” by 2050. The ongoing revision of the Master Programme for Spatial Planning will provide a strategic section with a time horizon of 2035 and a long-term vision for 2050. The event will address the following policy questions:

·        What is the experience of other countries or regions with quantitative targets for land take?

·        How does the situation in Luxembourg compare with that of other European countries?

·        Which (spatial) strategies, instruments and mechanisms (financial, fiscal and economic) could be used, at national and local level, to limit and contain land-take?

·        How can a no net land take target be combined with the urgent need to build more housing (considering the demand for housing in Luxembourg and rising prices)?


The workshop will take place on 9 February 2022 from 9:30 to 13:15 online.


Workshop languages: English and French (with simultaneous translation).


More information and the programme will follow shortly.

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