Erasmus Intensive Programme 2013: Almere (The Netherlands)

The Erasmus initiative approved recently the Intensive Programme "Adapting to Climate Change in Europe's peri-urban and rural high risk areas", in which students from the Master Programme in Sustainable Land Planning will be offered to take part in the academic year 2012-2013 along with students from other universities from the Netherlands, Portugal, Bulgaria, Finland, Czech Republic, Germany, Rumania, Hungary and Slovaquia.
 
This programme will be funded by the Lifelong Learning Programme of the European Union, and will take place during two weeks in the spring of 2013 in the Dutch city of Almere. The municipality will also participate as it is expected that the work carried out by the students would contribute to the sustainable development of the city, located under sea level in a polder in the delta of the Rhin river, in a context of foreseeable climatic change.
 
The participating students, coming from diverse academic and cultural backgrounds, will focus in the current situation of the municipality, the proposed objectives for the future, and the foreseeable scenarios. Together with local stakeholders, they will design an integrated territorial strategy for the area and suggest the measures that should be adopted in accordance.
 
The city of Almere and its peri-urban perimeter is a pilot area of the Interreg project F:ACTS! in which the Land Laboratory of the University of Santiago de Compostela takes part. As in previous editions, in which students of the Master Programme in Sustainable Land Planning travelled to other pilot areas of the same project (Baixo Vouga Lagunar, Portugal, or Strofilia, Greece) and took part in the design of a territorial integrated strategy for the area, the 2013 edition is intended to combine teaching with action-research and to increase the students' abilities to work in complex environments by including them in multidisciplinary and multicultural teams.

Published: 31.08.2012