Project's Overview

FUTURREG is designed to have significant long-term impacts for regional development policies, especially by ensuring that policies - and regional development organisations - are informed by high-quality futures tools and participatory processes, including Environmental Scanning, Trend Analysis, Scenarios, Visionary Management and Delphi.

The FUTURREG inter-regional value comes from bringing the knowledge and proven successes of the partners together - to produce a regional futures toolkit that can also be applied in other EU regions. The project will not construct a new set of tools but will bring together the approaches used successfully by the partners within their regions in one toolkit.

The partners will collaborate to address common regional development problems-with the main goal of achieving sustainability-using proven futures methods.The FUTURREG inter-regional value comes from bringing the knowledge and proven successes of the partners together - to produce a regional futures toolkit that can also be applied in other EU regions.

FUTURREG builds on the successul regional Foresight exercises conducted by two Innovative Actions Programmes in Wales (LP) and the Border, Midland and Western Region of Ireland (P7). Both programmes developed important tools and lessons related to the future competitiveness and sustainabilityof the regions. FUTURREG will combine the two succesful Innovative Actions Programme with the other successful regional futures approachesdeveloped by the other partners.Regions face significant challenges in delivering sustainable development.

The futures toolkit will help regional authorities to face some of the most important regional development questions, such as: what are the main trends and issues that will affect the prospects of the regions?What is their capacity to deal with those trends?How can they build the necessary regional partnerships to face the challenges?What concrete actions can be undertaken?