The challenges and problems of urban and peri-urban regions and their development are becoming more and more apparent in the globalised world. Besides the traditional planning, critical issues like 'conflict prevention' and 'crisis management' have become crucial factors and important tasks for appropriate planning, management and development processes all over the world. The urban and regional developments of Asia and Africa are very dynamic processes and are characterised by complex socio-economic challenges prevailing in these regions. Fast growing populations, climatic change, increasing risks and natural hazards as well as social and political influences of the globalisation process are forcing the spatial planning and management agencies to apply new and appropriate concepts.
North–South–South Cooperation for Capacity Enhancement in the context of increasing globalisation, worldwide processes of urbanisation and regional development are of growing importance for research, teaching and capacity enhancement, particularly in regard to development policy and economic cooperation.
- Organise an international Summer School in Laos PDR involving various stake holders from several countries in Africa, Asia and Europe.
- Provide a platform for sharing and exchange of experties and experiences among the stakeholders through presentations and discussions
- Complement the ideas and example of 'good practices' with practical oriented 'hand-on' workshops.
- Create congenial environment for networking through study programmes and other activities for future cooperation
| Contact: Dr. Shahnawaz, Centre for Geoinformatics (Z_GIS), University of Salzburg, Austria.