The project began on the first of January 2007 and is expected to end the 31st of December 2010.

The PLUREL project will develop the new strategies and planning and forecasting tools that are essential for developing sustainable rural-urban land use relationships. These strategies and tools, generic in nature, will support the analysis of urbanisation trends in the EU so that ways can be identified of both supporting this process and mitigating its negative impacts.

In this way the PLUREL tools will help improve the quality of life of the population living in cities as well as in the peri-urban and rural surroundings. PLUREL will evaluate costs for the implementation of these strategies, and help stakeholders to better understand, plan and forecast the interactions between urban, peri-urban and rural areas.