Presenting the CPDT
Created on 7 May 1998 by the Walloon Government, the Standing Conference on Territorial Development (CPDT) is a multidisciplinary research, training and exchange platform that includes about fifty researchers coming from three university Academies.
The CPDT’s missions, namely doctoral rostrum (theses and conferences), research, and training are henceforth registered in the Walloon Code of Land-Use Planning, Town Planning, Heritage and Energy (Article 12, Subparagraph 1, Clauses 6 and 7).
The Rostrum’s mission is to encourage doctoral land-use research focusing on Wallonia and promote the sharing and dissemination of the research results in a context of academic confrontation and trans-regional and international exchanges.
The Research and the Watches constitute a tool for helping the Walloon Government with its decision-making.
The on-going Training, based on active teaching principles, of the Land-use and Town Planning Advisors employed within the Walloon communes, enables the Walloon Region to introduce a common approach and the advisors to develop a network of competences.
Finally, the Communication seeks to promote and disseminate the CPDT’s work to the university world and to the players concerned (the networks of international and regional experts, elected officials and civil servants, as well as all the local players involved in territorial development) by means of the website, publications, seminars and conferences.
The 2010-2011 implementation programme of the Standing Conference on Territorial Development is based on the Walloon Government’s Regional Policy Declaration. This year, the essence of the CPDT’s work is focused on the future revision of the Regional Space Development Scheme (SDER) and on the diagnosis for that purpose.