Special Issue "Sustainability and Territorial Project Assessment"

A special issue of Sustainability (ISSN 2071-1050). This special issue belongs to the section "Sustainable Urban and Rural Development".

Deadline for manuscript submissions: 31 January 2022.

Special Issue Editor

Prof. Francesco Scorza
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Guest Editor
School of Engineering, University of Basilicata, Potenza, Italy
Interests: regional development; urban and regional planning; spatial analysis; sustainability

Special Issue Information

Dear Colleagues,

Beyond an “environmental impact assessment” approach, the issue to define effective metrics and methods in order to perform the assessment of territorial transformations represents an incomplete contribution of territorial sciences to policy making processes at any territorial scale. The ambition to identify “the best” methodology or “the best” set of indicators, relevant for any specific field of application, is far from being intended as an objective to be reached. However, the effort to perform robust case study applications oriented toward delivering project assessment through the elicitation of effects produced in the territorial dimension, benchmarking sustainability principles adopted under international agreements, represents a challenging interdisciplinary research domain.

The Special Issue aims at collecting papers in an interdisciplinary framework of applied processes of territorial design characterized by the focus on scoping the relation between specific artifacts or anthropic activities/objects and existing territorial systems of values.

Such practices link academic research and policy debate, providing on-field examples of current territorial development processes which are mainly based on projects and planning.

This SI expects to collect papers critically assessing technical improvements in urban and regional development and territorial governance, based on case study research, demonstrating evidence-based results and the feasibility of innovative urban planning solutions and projects evidence on the bases of robust methodological frameworks oriented toward assessing sustainability and territorial impacts.

Case studies, theoretical and methodological contributions, as well as critical discussion on policy implementation and project design are welcome, with reference to the following topics:

  • Framework and toolkits for territorial design;
  • Project assessment process;
  • Impact evaluation models and scenario building;
  • Sustainability assessment of territorial transformation;
  • Strategic environmental assessment as a tool for project improvement;
  • Spatial planning policies and scenario analysis;
  • New Urban Agenda and “planning for urban future” under sustainability umbrella;
  • Natural Risks preparedness as mean of sustainable territorial management.

Prof. Francesco Scorza
Guest Editor

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Keywords

  • sustainable territorial design
  • project evaluation
  • impact assessment
  • strategic environmental assessment
  • geodesign
  • sustainable development
  • advancements in territorial governance
  • new urban agenda
  • natural risks preparedness
  • regional studies

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Comparing Impact Evaluation Evidence of EU and Local Development Policies with New Urban Agenda Themes: The Agri Valley Case in Basilicata (Italy)
Sustainability 2021, 13(16), 9376; https://0-doi-org.brum.beds.ac.uk/10.3390/su13169376 - 20 Aug 2021
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The European Union’s Cohesion Policy is the most important structural policy in terms of financial commitment, geographical size and time frame, aimed at redistributing wealth between regions and countries, to stimulate growth in areas whose development is lagging behind. The reach of the [...] Read more.
The European Union’s Cohesion Policy is the most important structural policy in terms of financial commitment, geographical size and time frame, aimed at redistributing wealth between regions and countries, to stimulate growth in areas whose development is lagging behind. The reach of the investments prompted the EU Commission to promote an impact evaluation of the European Structural Funds (SF); however, the impact evaluation of EU programs is almost neglected in the Italian regions. This paper is based on the results developed within the RI.P.R.O.VA.RE project and is aimed at defining an impact evaluation of EU SF and other regional funds, based on evidence derived from the analysis of a specific case study in the Agri Valley area (Basilicata, Italy). To develop the impact evaluation process, the euro amounts of all the individual policies organized according to the themes of the New Urban Agenda (NUA), the impact indicators and the trend for the municipalities are considered together, in order to obtain an overall trend for the entire case study area. An important result is achieved above all in the methodological approach to impact evaluation: the municipal territorial scale is taken into account; the maps illustrate the use of resources; regardless of the type of funding source since there is a comparison between the priority axes of the funds with the NUA issues; and indicators are developed with open data available at a national level. This experiment makes it possible to detect that, even in the face of significant investments, some substantial aspects that are part of the policy objectives remain unchanged or even worsen. Full article
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The Italian Experience of the Covenant of Mayors: A Territorial Evaluation
Sustainability 2021, 13(3), 1289; https://0-doi-org.brum.beds.ac.uk/10.3390/su13031289 - 26 Jan 2021
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European climate policy, since the 1990s, has developed incrementally and supported programs, plans and actions for sustainable, clean and secure energy. Additionally, climate-change adaptation issues have been tackled through Mayors Adapt since 2016. The Covenant of Mayors (CoM), a volunteer movement of local [...] Read more.
European climate policy, since the 1990s, has developed incrementally and supported programs, plans and actions for sustainable, clean and secure energy. Additionally, climate-change adaptation issues have been tackled through Mayors Adapt since 2016. The Covenant of Mayors (CoM), a volunteer movement of local administrators established in 2008, set a target of a 20% reduction in CO2 emissions by 2020. The CoM has launched a new season on energy planning in Europe based on Sustainable Energy Action Plans (SEAPs), defining actions for selected intervention sectors. The aim of the work was to evaluate the state of the Italian CoM signatories, assessing the results achieved in terms of the Municipalities involved (CoM signatories), the SEAPs developed and the Monitoring Reports submitted. Specifically, the analysis of the Monitoring Reports data represents a relevant step needed in order to formulate some critical appraisals concerning the performance level of CoM adoption at a national scale, in terms of the commitment levels, goals achieved and actions completed or in progress. The paper also compares national figures with a regional detailed survey developed for the Basilicata Region. It represents a benchmark useful for interpreting the general results derived from the CoM official data and a marker for pointing out suggestions for improving the Global Covenant of Mayors for Climate and Energy (GCoM) adoption procedures. Full article
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The Effect of the Comprehensive Rural Village Development Program on Farm Income in South Korea
Sustainability 2020, 12(17), 6877; https://0-doi-org.brum.beds.ac.uk/10.3390/su12176877 - 24 Aug 2020
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Faced with an aging and declining population, many governments around the world endeavor to revitalize their rural communities in a sustainable manner. In South Korea, the Comprehensive Rural Village Development Program (CRVDP) was carried out from 2004 to 2013 as a key strategy [...] Read more.
Faced with an aging and declining population, many governments around the world endeavor to revitalize their rural communities in a sustainable manner. In South Korea, the Comprehensive Rural Village Development Program (CRVDP) was carried out from 2004 to 2013 as a key strategy to reinvigorate rural areas. This study aims to conduct an ex-post quantitative evaluation of the effectiveness of the CRVDP in boosting rural households’ farm income. In doing so, the present study adopts quasi-experimental research design that is seldom utilized in assessing rural policies. As an alternative evaluation tool with flexibility for using readily available data, the study employed the combined application of the Heckman selection model and the Blinder–Oaxaca decomposition method. The study revealed a significant positive impact of the Program on farm income of rural households in the program-supported areas from both cross-sectional and longitudinal perspectives. A robust causal estimation of the impact of this bottom-up, multi-sectoral rural development program on farm income is achieved, which can be leveraged to widely promote similar type of rural development approach. Full article
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