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(1) The project "Support for Local Initiatives" (PoLoK), implemented in 2009-10, www.polok.si), brought together initiatives and people in Ljubljana that participate actively in the creation of inhabitant-friendly neighborhoods. The objective was to empower local initiatives in order that they become actively involved in planning the area in which they live, through participating in decision-making processes at the local level.

The project will create a network that brings together various local initiatives and spatial planning institutions at both local and national levels, together with other relevant stakeholders. It will also design and develop a local initiative model, as well as a model for co-operation between local initiatives and people and organizations with expertise in the field of spatial planning.

Through this project, local initiatives would become active participants and catalysts in spatial planning politics at local and national levels, and they would do so "from the bottom up". On the longer-term, this approach will contribute to increased confidence, on the part of citizens, in key stakeholders including the public sector and funders and donors of development projects. Although the project is particularly focused on groups that live in potentially degraded areas, and are less privileged in social and economic terms.

The project was implemented by institute for Policies of Space (IPoP, www.ipop.si). The Community-Based Natural Resource Management Network (CBNRM Net, www.cbnrm.net), based in Norway, was a partner in the project.

The project received funding from the EEA and Norway Grants (www.eeagrants.org).
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