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Urban and Regional Planning



European local and regional authorities have significant responsibilities in the field of spatial planning. In particular, they are responsible for the successful implementation at local and regional levels of EU policies influencing spatial planning.


However, Europe’s municipalities and regions face diverse planning challenges (e.g. waste management, exploitation of renewables energies, etc.), which can have a major impact on the quality of life.


Copernicus can help local and regional authorities face these challenges by providing information on urban growth, urban green areas, land use and its evolution, wildlife conservation, etc.



With more than a quarter of the European Union territory directly covered by urban land use, the management of urban areas is a key component of any sustainable development policy. For instance, Copernicus can monitor the evolution of soil sealing and help cities to adapt their spatial planning policies.


Copernicus can also help local and regional authorities monitoring the evolution of urban green areas or improving waste management practices (e.g. by detecting illegal landfills).



Screenshot from the UrbanAtlas+ application (Credits: GI0SAT) Geohazard map of London (Credits: Pangeo/Fugro NPA)


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