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Cross-sectoral working group meeting

Detailed description of the Good Practice

Regional Council of Southwest Finland organized a Cross-sectoral working group meeting to support the implementation of the Pilot Action taking place in several municipalities in the western part of the Turku urban region. The Pilot Action was implemented in the framework of the NEW BRIDGES project and the aim was to develop a sustainable mobility concept for the area and evaluate the sustainability of the planned housing.

The Cross-sectoral working group meetings were an important method used during the whole duration of the project in the Turku urban region in order to involve different stakeholder groups to participate in the Pilot Action process and evaluate the achievements. The purpose of this meeting organized in Masku one of the municipalities in the region was together with stakeholders representing different municipalities, research institutes, associations and other organization in the city-region to discuss and brainstorm new ways for organising services in the Pilot Action area and evaluate the accessibility of the current services using different modes of transport.


NEW BRIDGES
quality of life
services
urban planning
stakeholder involvement

Objectives of the Good Practice

to support the implementation of the Pilot Action taking place in several municipalities in the western part of the Turku urban region

Participants of the Good Practice

different municipalities, research institutes, associations and other organization in the city-region

Funding of the Good Practice

with the financial assistance of the European Union (European Regional Development Fund within the BSR Programme)

More Details of the Good Practice

The meeting started with a presentation from a researcher focusing on the role of third sectors and the production of services in rural areas. The aim was to give participants new ideas, perspectives and feed on the discussions later in the meeting. Then the concept of sustainable mobility that had been planned for the Pilot Action area was presented to give idea of the current status of the Pilot Action. Related to the concept of sustainable mobility other study on the historical development of the public transport in the area had been conducted and the results were presented to the participants in order to provide them a picture of the current state and of the overall development of the public transport in the area.

After the introductory presentations the meeting participants were divided in smaller groups. The workgroups functioned mostly as brainstorming in small groups of 5 to 10 persons with a self-elected chairperson who presented the results and a secretary appointed by the project, who made the notes. The participants were given a chance to choose the group according to the theme they were the most interested in. To direct the discussions the coordinators of the Pilot Action had prepared beforehand some questions to be addressed in the workshop. With the help of the elected chair person who led the discussion each participant had a chance to give input to the topic discussed and express their opinions from the point of view of their organisation.

The atmosphere in the meeting was open and the participants had a chance for free discussion and brainstorming in order to create ideas how to develop the service and the transport structure in the Pilot Action area. One valuable achievement besides the opinions and new ideas collected was that the representatives of different municipalities and sectors were given a chance to interact with each other, change opinions and develop together new ideas building base for mutual trust and further cooperation.

Documentation and documents

Available files

Contact details

Mikko Laaksonen mikko.laaksonen(at)varsinais-suomi.fi

Mr. Lauri Hooli
Project coordinator
Mob. +358 40 764 0683

Ms. Maija Rusanen
Communication coordinator
Mob. +358 44 9075994