ISTER – Policy Handbook is about to be finalized!

Urbasofia together with our ISTER partners ( – Network for Towns and Regions, DDTG Danube Development Transnational Group nonprofit limited liability company and Scientific Research Centre Bistra Ptuj) is preparing to finalize one of the most important outputs: ISTER Policy Handbook.
The policy Handbook of recommendations based on ISTER experience will allow the sharing of the project’s findings to Danube Region similar territories, as well as to wider interested communities at the EU level. The lessons learned are formulated in such a manner to cover the following sectors: Policy integration, Policy design and Policy Communication and will answer to several questions such as:
(1) What are the potential links between (Roman) Cultural Heritage and other domains and how these links can be strengthened in order to achieve an eco-cultural route?;
(2) How different policies at the same territorial level can be connected in order to assure truly sustainable development?;
(3) Why is necessary coordination between different decision-making levels in the process of policy development for a cultural route and how this coordination can be assured?;
(4) What concrete guidelines/policies could be applied within the Danube Region but also within each ISTER country for successful protection, preservation, management, and sustainable use of Roman Cultural Heritage?;
(5) How to bridge the gap between different groups of stakeholders and public administration bodies in order to increase multi-level capabilities and skills for policy implementation?
Stay with us to find the answers!

DanuP-2-Gas National Workshop

Now that the DanuP-2-Gas project is coming to an end, a workshop will follow in which the results of the project will be presented to the stakeholders and to those interested.

We are therefore waiting for you on November 9 from 10 AM (Bucharest time) to be with us to present our project and what we have done together with the DanuP-2-Gas consortium in the last 2 years.

We gladly invite you to join us! 🙂

Register for the webinar at the following link :

See you there!

KINETIC Open Webinar

We invite you to our open Webinar – on the 19 of October. The KINETIC project, funded under Positive Energy Districts and Neighbourhoods Joint Call for Proposals, PROJECT NUMBER: 43971918

Register in advance for this webinar:…/reg…/WN_eyzeFp0ESXiuMC53nkTT4Q

KINETIC (Knowledge Integration of Neighbourhood in Energy Transition led by Inclusive Communities) aims to innovate in planning Positive Energy Districts (PED). The project will deploy context-based research on how to create energy-efficient neighbourhoods, exploring options for sourcing sustainable energy at the local level, and different frameworks of creating Local Energy Communities. Local actors are empowered as the main drivers for sustainable transformations, assessing consuming behaviours, developing mitigation measures to ensure energy-efficient neighbourhoods, and exploring suitable energy infrastructures and frameworks.

We invite researchers, academia, public administration, cities, NGOs, industry, or any urban actor interested in the sustainable planning of cities and neighbourhoods to participate in the KINETIC Kick-off Event on 19 October 2022.

ISTER Benchmarking Toolkit

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You can now find and download the ISTER Common Benchmarking Toolkit directly from our website!
This toolkit may be of interest to you if you are a public authority, policy maker or any other urban actor interested in the protection, valorization, management and sustainable use of the Cultural Heritage and more specifically of the Cultural Routes.
It will take you from understanding if and to what extent your cultural route meets a set of criteria for fulfilling its potential in different stages, through an in-depth understanding of the eligibility criteria that have to be met in order to receive the “Cultural Route of the Council of Europe certification”, straightforward to the importance, criteria to be met, policy guidelines, practical methods and best practices applicable for five priority fields of action set by the European Council:

  1. Cooperation in research and development
  2. Enhancement of memory, history and European heritage
  3. Cultural and educational exchanges for young Europeans
  4. Contemporary cultural and artistic practice
  5. Cultural tourism and sustainable cultural development

At the end you will find a set of recommendations specific for each country part of ISTER project which are based on the results and findings of the first round of capacity building workshops in relation with the documentation made for each field of action.