The NEW BRIDGES Final report: Managing Quality of Life in the Context of Urban-Rural Interaction

– Approaches from the Baltic Sea Region

The final report "Managing Quality of Life in the Context of Urban-Rural Interaction – Approaches from the Baltic Sea Region " synthetisizes, analyzes and evaluates the results and successes of all the Pilot Actions implemented during the project and the achievement of entire project.

Planning Together for Better Quality of Life - Guide for Integrated Management of Urban Rural Interaction

“Planning Together for Better Quality of Life – Guide for Integrated Management of Urban Rural Interaction” is one of the final outputs of the NEW BRIDGES project promoting a more integrated approach to regional planning. This guide functions as an inspiration to anyone interested in striving for a more open, inclusive and interactive planning culture. It can be used in different ways; either as a guide to establishing city-regional co-operation and applying the quality of life approach to regional planning from scratch or it can be used to help improve existing practices by rendering co-operation structures more effective.

This guide will introduce a model of how to facilitate the integration of the decision making and planning processes across administrative borders and sectors. How to get started with the common planning processes; how to involve necessary actors and finally how to implement the plan successfully. The guide is based on the experiences and work done in the partner city-regions throughout the project.

Planning Together for Better Quality of Life

The guide is also available in several Baltic Sea Region languages:

Estonian version: Juhendi Elukvaliteeti parandav ühine planeerimine – linna ja maa koosmõju kompleksse planeerimise käsiraamat

Finnish version: Suunnitteluyhteistyöllä kohti parempaa elämänlaatua – Opas kaupungin ja maaseudun vuorovaikutuksen integroituun hallintaan

German version: Gemeinsames Planen für mehr Lebensqualität – Ein Leitfaden für das integrierte Management stadtregionaler Kooperationen

Latvian version: Kopīga plānošana labākai dzīves kvalitātei — vadlīnijas integrētai pilsētu un lauku reģionu savstarpējās mijiedarbības pārvaldībai

Lithuanian version: Bendras planavimas siekiant geresnės gyvenimo kokybės – miesto ir kaimo sąveikos integruoto valdymo vadovas

Polish: Wspólne planowanie – lepsza jakość życia – Informator na temat zintegrowanego zarządzania relacjami miejsko-wiejskimi

Swesidh version: Planera tillsammans för bättre livskvalitet - handledning för integrerad styrning av samspelet mellan stad och landsbygd

Handbook on quality of life and its 3 elements at conceptual level

Project Newsletters

The project has published two newsletters. The first News Bridge 1/ 2010 focus on different approaches to Quality of Life and ways to strengthen regional cooperation and create partnerships between urban-rural actors. The second News Bridge 1/2011 introduces new ways to engage stakeholders across administrative borders and different sectors into regional planning giving practical examples from the Pilot Action implemented in the NEW BRIDGES partner city-regions.

The pdf versions for download: News Bridge 1/2010 and News Bridge 1/2011. If you wish to order print outs, please contact the lead partner.

Partner city-regions Pilot Action Plans

One of the most important outcomes of NEW BRIDGES project is partner city-regions Pilot Actions for improved urban-rural interaction and individuals’ quality of life. NEW BRIDGES project faced its mid-term in early autumn 2010 and the focus of the project is now to turn the established plans into actions. Find out more about the plans from below:

City of Turku & Regional Council of Southwest Finland (appendix 1. & appendix 2.)

Free and Hanseatic City of Hamburg

Hiiumaa County Government

Municipality of Kaunas District

Region of Lower Silesia (Voivodeship)

Zemgale Planning Region

Örebro municiplality