July 2012: The project is now finished.
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The aim of the ESPON Applied Research Project GEOSPECS (Geographic Specificities and Development Potentials in Europe) was to provide a solid assessment of the current situation, trends and perspectives of areas with geographic specificities, i.e. mountains, islands, sparsely populated areas, coastal zones, outermost regions, border areas and inner peripheries. Via the analysis of a range of socio-economic indicators, a number of case studies and different transversal themes, the project quantitatively and qualitatively characterized geographically specific areas in Europe. On this basis, policy options were formulated.
The project ran from summer 2010 to summer 2012. All outputs of the project (i.e. all reports) can be downloaded on the ESPON website.