European Topic Centre for Land Use and Spatial Information opens in Barcelona
We are delighted to have ETC/LUSI expand its role to land use and spatial planning, and would like to offer our gratitude to the Spanish Ministry of Environment, the Generalitat of Catalonia and Junta De Andalucia for helping to make this happen.
Prof. Jacqueline McGlade, Executive Director of the European Environment Agency
The centre is a 'network of networks' in the field of land use and spatial planning, 'bridging the gap' between scientific research and decision-making communities. The consortium's agenda is driven by the main policy needs within environment, sectoral integration and planning in Europe. 10 core European partners are involved and the consortium is led by the Universitat Autonoma de Barcelona. ETC/LUSI has a 4-year contract with the EEA.
For more information, see: ETC/LUSI
Most human activities have a major impact on land and soil. Therefore, an understanding of the implications of changes in land cover and land use is a key part of planning for sustainable development. Spatial analysis is a set of techniques used to analyse these changes and related impacts, not only in a particular area of concern but also in nearby regions.