The Peri Urban Charter supporting the work of PURPLE was developed in 2013. Topic papers were also produced by a number of regions throughout 2013 covering topic areas such as climate change, biodiversity, ecosystem services, peri urban open space and food security. Strong discussions emerged in 2013 with regards to developing PURPLE projects and
During the October General Assembly 2013 in Brussels, the Open Days Exhibition had 25 posters of peri-urban areas on display in the Committee of the Regions as part of the '100 EUrban solutions' exhibition taking place during Open Days 2013. The posters were selected from the peri-urban photography competition organised in 2012 by PURPLE, and show the specific mix of urban and rural features of peri-urban spaces, which provide vital resources and enhance the quality of life of city dwellers.
PURPLE regions work together to maximise the advantages resulting from their location in proximity to large urban areas while minimising adverse impacts on the urban-rural character, landscape and environment that make them distinct and special. PURPLE has worked to raise awareness of the specific peri-urban agenda at European, national and regional levels. In the longer term, PURPLE regions intend to share experience and best practice with each other and with other regions, designing and developing partnerships for EU projects. Regional Authority membership of PURPLE would be a clear advantage when calls for proposals for suitable peri-urban projects are made by relevant EU programmes which could contribute to achieving targets for job creation under the 2014-2020 EU Operational Programmes.
What is PURPLE doing?
- Raising awareness & understanding of
Europe’s complex & crowded peri-urban areas – their features & assets as well as their potential.
- Advocating recognition for peri-urban areas across
Europe& in EU policy making.
- Acting as a platform for peri-urban regions to share knowledge and good practice, and promoting connections and productive cross-fertilisation between networks and existing projects, as well as new trans-European initiatives.
How is PURPLE organised?
An Executive Board, of political representatives chosen from the member regions and a General Assembly, consisting of political representatives from all member regions manage the network. The General Assembly meets twice yearly during a large scale PURPLE conference held in one of the member regions or in
For a map of peri-urban Dublin please click here