Between the 23rd and the 27th of October 2017, Assoc. Prof. Raularian Rusu, PhD, head of the Centre for Regional Geography, and Teaching Assistant Gheorghe Hognogi, PhD, coordinated the field trip for the 1st year students in Territorial Planning at the Faculty of Geography, entitled “Ecological Education and Territorial Planning in Zărand Mountains and Târnova Commune, Arad County”. Initiated as an introduction in the subject of territorial planning, the fieldtrip was a good opportunity for the 25 students involved to work in teams, in several groups focusing on different subjects, to get to know a part of the trails in Zărand Mountains and to draw up a diagnostic analysis for the 6 villages comprised in Târnova commune, Arad County (Târnova, Chier, Dud, Agrișu Mare, Drauț, Arăneag).

Field trip and training in the middle of autumn

The Centre for Regional Geography of the Faculty of Geography within Babeş-Bolyai University of Cluj-Napoca in partnership with the Centre for Regional Development, Cross-border Studies and Territorial Planning within the West University of Timişoara, Romania, Academy of Economic Studies of Moldova, Chişinău, Republic of Moldova, and Université d’Angers, ESO-Angers-CNRS, Angers, France, announces the completion of the project “Demographic Disparities in Rural Areas” (14-AUF/DISRUR).

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Proiectul “Disparităţi demografice în spaţii rurale” (14-AUF/DISRUR), desfăşurat la UBB

Between the 2nd and the 6th of May 2017, the Centre for Regional Geography is organising a practical training in the Land of Năsăud (Ţara Năsăudului) and the District of Ciceu (Ţinutul Ciceului), two genuine geographical mental spaces. The practical training is aimed at the students of the Faculty of Geography at all academic levels and study lines, regardless of their specialization. Its purpose is to train students to apply their acquired basics and specialist knowledge, familiarise them with certain research methods and techniques and support them in developing new skills. The theme is focused on economic activities in rural areas. The practical training involves the elaboration of several spatial plans focused on proposing concrete solutions to support the economic development of a certain selected area and to serve the local communities involved.

 

 

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South Muntenia Regional Development Agency, in collaboration with the Centre for Regional Geography, organizes the session on “Integrated Solutions for Urban Development in the Framework of the Implementation of Cohesion Policy 2014-2020” at Dâmboviţa County Council, in Târgovişte, on 25-26 November. The information session is aimed at analysing and identifying integrated solutions for sustainable urban development in the framework of the implementation of the Regional Operational Programme 2014-2020. At the same time, the event aims to support smart cities (programmatic objective of the EU, included in Europe 2020 strategy) and their transformation using innovative solutions to create a more efficient system of urban area management, use and sustainability.

 

 

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Session on “Integrated Solutions for Urban Development in the Framework of the Implementation of Cohesion Policy 2014-2020”

On the 15th and the 16th of October 2016, the Centre for Regional Geography under Babeş-Bolyai University of Cluj-Napoca, in collaboration with the Romanian Academy, Cluj Subsidiary, Geography Section and the South Muntenia Regional Development Agency hosted the 7th International Conference “Regional Development and Territorial Disparities”. The event was attended by scholars, researchers and PhD students from seven countries, who promoted a beneficial exchange of ideas on the conference topics.

 

 

 

 

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International Conference on Regional Development and Territorial Disparities

The Centre for Regional Geography under Babeş-Bolyai University of Cluj-Napoca, in collaboration with the Romanian Academy, Cluj Subsidiary, Geography Section and the South Muntenia Regional Development Agency organizes the 7th International Conference “Regional Development and Territorial Disparities”. The conference will be held in Cluj-Napoca, Romania, on the 15th and the 16th of October 2016. Scholars and researchers from Algeria, Canada, Hungary, Iran, Republic of Moldova, Romania, and Slovenia have already announced their participation in the event.

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International Conference on Regional Development and Territorial Disparities

Following the call for project proposals of the Francophone University Agency (L’Agence universitaire de la Francophonie - AUF), the Centre for Regional Geography under Babeş-Bolyai University of Cluj-Napoca, in partnership with the West University of Timişoara (Romania), the Academy of Economic Studies of Moldova, Chişinău (Republic of Moldova) and the University of Angers (France), is implementing the project “Demographic Disparities in Rural Areas” during the period 16 August 2016 - 16 October 2017. The project is funded under PN III Programme/ Sub-programme 3.1. Bilateral/multilateral/ Module AUF-RO. The project’s degree of originality derives from the interdisciplinary of the created partnership and of the research teams, on the one side, and the identification, access and transfer of good practices from the partner states to the Romanian rural areas, on the other side. The overall objective of the project is to develop recommendation guidelines on alleviating demographic disparities in the Romanian rural areas, focused on the Poiana Ruscă Mountains.

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Results of the 12 May 2016 Call for proposals under PN III Programme/ Sub-programme 3.1. Bilateral/multilateral/ Module AUF-RO
A tripartite international project (Ziarul Făclia)

While participating in a mobility programme at the universities of Bucharest, Iaşi and Cluj-Napoca, Mr Azzedine Madani, Associate Professor at Djilali Bounaama Khemis Miliana University, Khemis Miliana, Algeria, also visited the Centre for Regional Geography. On this occasion, an agreement of institutional cooperation was signed between Babeş-Bolyai University and Djilali Bounaama Khemis Miliana University. With an extensive expertise in territorial planning, Mr Madani will return to Cluj-Napoca in October 2016 on the occasion of the 7th edition of the International Conference on Regional Development and Territorial Disparities.

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Université Djilali Bounaama Khemis Miliana

Invited at the International Cluster Conference in Cluj-Napoca on 23-24 June 2016, Mr Markku Markkula, President of the European Committee of the Regions (CoR), participated in an informal meeting with representatives of Babeş-Bolyai University on how universities train students in line with market requirements. Mr Markkula pointed out the need to ensure interdisciplinary fields of activity and public-private collaboration to integrate students into the labour market.

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Despre Markku Markkula
CoR head Markku Markkula: Former providers of cheap labour transitioning into digital hubs

Between the 27th of April and the 2nd of May 2015, the second-year students in Territorial Planning at the Faculty of Geography, Babeş-Bolyai University of Cluj-Napoca, together with a team of young researchers and teaching staff members of the Centre for Regional Geography, had their specialty practical training in the Land of Haţeg, Romania. The aim of the practical training was to apply their basics and specialist knowledge required for spatial planners and work on the elaboration of a spatial plan using specific research methods. The practical training included the elaboration of five projects (Arrangement of the Râul Alb River Basin, Arrangement of Fundătura Ponorului, Restoration of the Royal Fortress of Haţeg, Reconstruction of the Băuţar-Subcetate Railway, Arrangement of the Village of Goteşti). The results of the five projects will be published in a volume in 2016.

 

Completed in July 2015, the White Paper on Integrated Sustainable Development of the Danube River Basin is the outcome of a cooperation between Danube Rectors’ Conference (DRC) and Alps-Adriatic Rectors’ Conference (AARC) and it was initiated by a team from the Core universities of the Danube:Future project, a Flagship project of the Priority Area 7 of the EU Strategy for the Danube Region. The document was discussed and completed at the first Danube:Future Workshop in Klagenfurt, Austria, on 8-10 April 2015. Subsequently, other representatives of the academic community contributed to the final version of the paper. Therefore, the Danube:Future White Paper was prepared in a bottom-up process that involved more than 50 researchers in Natural Sciences, Social Sciences and Humanities from the majority of Danube countries. The Centre for Regional Geography was represented in this process by Lelia Papp, Lecturer at the Faculty of Geography and member of the Centre for Regional Geography, and Ana-Maria Papp, Research fellow at the same Centre. The paper aims to support the more than 90 member universities of DRC and AARC in their efforts to promote a sustainable knowledge society, taking into account the research and capacity building needs, and challenges and opportunities for the development of the sustainability-oriented knowledge society of the Danube River Basin. The document also includes a series of recommendations for future research that take into account inter- and transdisciplinary approaches and are based on principles of precautionary action, public participation, social learning and responsible research.

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Danube:Future White Paper on Integrated Sustainable Development of the Danube River Basin

The European Studies Institute of the University of Piura (Peru) and the Faculty of European Studies of Babeş-Bolyai University (Romania) organize the 13th “European Culture” Conference in Cluj-Napoca between the 29th and the 31st of October 2015 at the Faculty of European Studies. The conference is especially defined by the variety of themes, which allows various disciplines to come together. However, it is organised in several main thematic sections, as follows: 1. Culture Theory, Cultural Identity; 2. Multiculturalism/ Interculturality/ Migrations/ Encounters between Culture; 3. Contemporary Culture; 4. European Identity/ The Idea of Europe; 5. Europe: Culture, Economics and Law; 6. Communication; 7. Education; 8. The Role of Regionalisms in Shaping the Public Regional Agenda.

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“European Culture 2015” International Conference

Between the 18th of July and the 2nd of August 2015, the Faculty of Geography of Babeş-Bolyai University organizes “From Puszta to the Carpathians – Cultural Landscapes in Transition” Summer School, coordinated by Lecturer Kinga Xénia Havadi-Nagy. The two-week event is focused on spatial planning issues in Romania and Hungary.

 

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Von der Puszta in die Karpaten – Kulturlandschaften im Umbruch. Herausforderungen und Ansätze nachhaltiger Raumplanung in Südosteuropa

From the 14th to the 23rd of March 2015, the third DIAnet International School will be organized by the University of Trieste in Gorizia, Italy. The 2015 edition is dedicated to cultural heritage and is focused on “The Role of Cultural Heritage for the Sustainable Development of the Danube Region”. Aniţa Constantin and Alexandra-Camelia Potra, PhD students, will represent the Centre for Regional Geography and, together with other representatives of the Danube countries, will formulate new project ideas for the development of the Danube Region.

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2015 Edition | Danube:Future Project

Danube:Future Network was developed in 2012 under the coordination of Alpen-Adria-Universität Klagenfurt (AAU), University of Trieste (UNITS) and University of Natural Resources and Life Sciences Vienna (BOKU) and later, in 2013, it was adopted as a flagship project of the Priority Area 7 of the EU Strategy for the Danube Region. Local, regional, national and supranational initiatives in interdisciplinary sustainable research combined with capacity building and networking contribute to the sustainable development of the Danube River Basin. The sustainable development of the Danube River Basin involves elements of natural and cultural heritage, perceived both as an opportunity and as a challenge. Aimed at encouraging the member states of the Danube Region to cooperate, in line with the EU recommendations, Danube:Future Network will organize the first international Danube:Future Workshop on the role of cultural and natural heritage for the sustainable development of the Danube Region in April 2015 at the Alpen-Adria-Universität Klagenfurt facilities.

 

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1st Danube:Future Workshop | Danube:Future Project

Elaborated in 2013 and published a year later, the Development Strategy for the Commune of Aiton, coordinated by Professor Pompei Cocean, brings to the local community “[…] some issues that could lead to the development of the commune, to the improvement of population in terms of age and quality, the increase in the number of young people; there are some ideas and benchmarks that could lead to some investments, creation of jobs, attraction of young people”, according to Mr Nicolae Făgădar, Mayor of Aiton.

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Development Strategy for the Commune of Aiton (Ziarul 21)
The Commune of Aiton has its development strategy until 2050 (YouTube)

The Ministry of Regional Development and Public Administration, in compliance with Law no. 350/2001 on Spatial and Urban Planning, as subsequently amended and supplemented, has drafted the Territorial Development Strategy of Romania, subtitled Polycentric Romania 2035. Territorial Cohesion and Competitiveness, Development and Equal Opportunities for People, a long-term programmatic document, which stipulates the main development directions of Romania. After the final version is approved, this document will substantiate the regional, county and local strategic documents (territorial development strategies, spatial plans, urban plans and other documents with major territorial impact).

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Territorial Development Strategy of Romania

On the 18th and the 19th of October 2014, the Centre for Regional Geography is celebrating its 10th Anniversary, reflecting on a decade of regional changes. The conference aims to celebrate the Centre’s achievements and, together with the conference participants, to set up a common platform on the phenomenon of regional development in the coming years by anticipating future challenges.

 

 

 

 

 

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International Conference on Regional Development and Territorial Disparities

The exhibition “A Decade of Spatial Planning in Romania”, organized by the Union of Romanian Architects and “Ion Mincu” University of Architecture and Urbanism, in partnership with the Romanian Professional Association of Urban Planners and the Romanian Register of Urban Planners has arrived in Cluj-Napoca, at the Tailors’ Tower. The exhibition comprises 59 works achieved by different teams of Romanian urban and spatial planners, as well as student works. The Faculty of Geography of Babeş-Bolyai University is present with four posters presenting the outputs and results of four spatial plans developed by the members of the Centre for Regional Geography: Zonal Spatial Plan – Mărginimea Sibiului, Update to the County Spatial Plan – Maramureş County, Sinaia – Azuga – Buşteni – Predeal – Râşnov – Braşov - Poiana Braşov Inter-municipal Spatial Plan and Tisa Catchment Area Development (TICAD).

 

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Building Rules of Cluj-Napoca afront the urban planning projects of the neighbours (Actual de Cluj)

On Thursday, 20 June 2014, the Romanian Cultural Institute held a public debate on the “Regionalization of Romania”. The meeting was organized by the Romanian Geographical Society and the Romanian Cultural Institute. Acad. Dan Bălteanu, Director of the Institute of Geography of the Romanian Academy, Prof. Mihai Ielenicz, President of the Romanian Geographical Society and Prof. Pompei Cocean, Director of the Centre for Regional Geography of Babeş-Bolyai University took part in the debate. The territorial-administrative division of the country, or regionalization, aroused intense discussions at national level, the proposed regional administrative boundaries following different criteria.

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Regionalization, in public debate at the Romanian Cultural Institute (YouTube)

Several representatives of Europa Nostra Association and the European Investment Bank Institute were present in Cluj-Napoca, Roşia Montană and Bucharest between the 16th and the 19th of June 2014, following the inclusion of Roşia Montană site in “The 7 Most Endangered” programme. In the press conference “Roşia Montană Should Become a Model of Sustainable Development in Europe” held in Bucharest on the 19 of June 2014, Mr Costa Carras, Vice-President of Europa Nostra, insisted on the importance of cultural heritage in the history of a nation and the need of the present generation to valorise the legacy of our ancestors. In Cluj-Napoca, he mission held a series of important meetings with members of the academic community and civil society, at the Centre for Regional Geography, and also with the President of the Romanian Chamber of Architects.

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Interview with Costa Carras (YouTube)
Roşia Montană Mining Landscape in Transylvania, Romania
Roşia Montană Should Become a Model of Sustainable Development in Europe

Addressing the topic “The Role of Natural Heritage for the Sustainable Development of the Danube Region”, the second edition of DIAnet International School was held in Gorizia, Italy, between the 22nd and the 31st of March 2014. During the 2014 edition, 40 participants from different member states of the Danube Region attended the training. Their challenge was to draft projects for the development and valorisation of the natural heritage in the Danube Basin. Romania was represented by five participants from Babeş-Bolyai University, out of which, Lelia Papp, Lecturer at the Faculty of Geography, and Gheorghe-Gavrilă Hognogi, PhD student, represented the Centre for Regional Geography.

 

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2014 Edition | Danube:Future Project

The first edition of DIAnet International School was held in Gorizia, Italy, between the 13th and the 22nd of April 2013. The 2013 edition of the International School, part of the project “DIANET – Danube Initiative and Alps-Adriatic Network”, co-financed by the European Social Fund 2007-2013 and the University of Trieste, was focused on “Interdisciplinary Methods for the Sustainable Development of the Danube Region”. Lectures throughout the week introduced to participants a host of interdisciplinary approaches for dealing with the roles of cultural and natural heritage in sustainable development. Participants were challenged to use interdisciplinarity to achieve viable development projects in the Danube Region. Researcher III Ana-Maria Pop, PhD and Izabela-Amalia Mihalca, PhD student, represented the Centre for Regional Geography.

 

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2013 Edition | Danube:Future Project