Urban Development

Tartu, Rezekne, Pskov: Green Management for Urban Development & Planning in EE-LV-RU Border Capitals

Green areas represent the whole system of green landscapes inside the cities, including natural and artificial ones, combining trees and bush belts, parks, lawns and nature recreation areas, as well providing daily communication between people and nature. The overall objective of the Green Man is to make the cities in the Estonia-Latvia-Russia border area more green and attractive places for both their inhabitants and visitors as a result of effective and consistent green management policies. The project brings together a unique consortium of 10 institutions from all three countries - municipal, academic and non-state actors - to exchange best practices in green management and to use the scientific and research potential of the local academic institutions in order to increase their role in territory development and raising their impact as innovative, experimental platforms in new technologies and teaching methods. All cities participating in the project, Tartu, Rezekne and Pskov, are located comparatively far from the national capitals and at a relatively short distance from the external borders of the states. Besides this, they are also the biggest cities in the area and thus can be symbolically called border region capitals and “the gates” for foreign visitors, providing them with their first impression of the country. The Green Man project develops 4 large-scale green are as in partner cities by restoring the Arboretum (Dendropark) in the centre of Pskov, creating the Friendship AlleyinTartu, reconstructing the children's recreation area and improving forest park coverin Rezekne, as well as establishing the Rosarium of Partner Cities and the Natural Trailin the centre of Tartu. Universities from border are conducting a study on the situation of municipalities’ needs in green management, accumulating information about green management best practices and developing the study course for the preparation of green managements pecialists.

Website:http://greenmanproject.org/

Cooperation in building up a library for family

The overall objective of the project is to contribute to the improving of family educational, informational and cultural environment, contributing to cross-border social and economic development. Main estimated direst results of the project are listed below:1. One library in Marijampole (Lithuania) of 289 m2 in area reconstructed. 2. One library in Chernyakhovsk (Russia) of 226.9 m2 in area renovated. 3. Functional zones with equipment adapted for users’ needs set up in two libraries, 2 sets of books, music, games and film records in CD and DVD formats purchased. 4. One website designed in Russian, Lithuanian and English languages for dissemination of information, cognition, partnership and cooperation 5. Two exhibitions of creative works, two mobile exhibitions and 10 meetings of “Reading Families’ Club” organized. 6. One educational programme developed for further organization of 96-hours introductory training courses in Marijampole (10 events for 70 participants) and Chernyakhovsk (10 events for 60 participants). 7. Published publication "Library for family: challenges and opportunities " (500 copies). 8. One joint international conference organized for 100 participants in Marijampole (Lithuania) in order to summarize the results of project partnership and cooperation of libraries while realizing the concept “A Library for Family”.

Improvement of public areas' infrastructure to increase tourism attractiveness in the cross-border region

The overall objective of the project is to promote the sustainable development of the cross-border tourism through preparation of the infrastructure for it and creation of places for public events such as open-air concerts, exhibitions, festivals andTown days in the Polish-Lithuania-Russian cross-border region. Main estimated results of the project are as follows: 1) The European Square in Suwałki (Poland) was reconstructed (2nd stage of the construction works was finalised). 2) The part of the city parkin Chernyakhovsk (Russia) was reconstructed. 3) Project documentation for the reconstruction of a city park in Guryevsk was developed.

Project web-site: www.um.suwalki.pl