In the context of global change strategies for economic and social cohesion within the accession countries and between regions, the protection of our natural and cultural heritage is of particular importance. Therefore it is necessary to implement measures improving access to knowledge and the information society, which will be promoted by mutual learning, interaction and transfer of knowledge between the participants. Learning as integral part of planning has become an important area of practice. We must become involved with group processes that develop dynamically in ways that cannot be foreseen.
The question of the sustainable development of the Danube region – our common living space – requires intensive co-operation especially in the fields of ecology, economy, social sciences and culture. University teachers and students, planners and concerned citizens as well as politicians and administrative staff, are expected to co-operate with each other. Within the framework of the community initiative INTERREG IIC and cofinanced by PHARE representatives of research institutes of universities and public administration have realised the project BRIDGE Lifeline Danube between 1998 and 2000.
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