The central idea of the project is the transference of guidance to South East Asia, already developed through European-funded research. In particular PROSPECTS and PLUME, are defining current best practice in land use and transport policy formulation to achieve sustainability. SPARKLE proposes to use the outputs and processes from the European research as the basis for the transference of policy-making skills to central and local governments in South East Asia.Many European strategies themselves are likely to be inappropriate in the Asian context, and suitable policies for one Asian country are likely to be less suitable in another, so it is very important to emphasise that it is the objective of SPARKLE to transform a logical process of decision-making to Asia, not to transfer policies.
Within this broad objective set out for the project, a number of specific objective for achieving the ultimate goal are as follows:
This will be done principally through seminars in South East Asia supported by guidance manuals. The European and Asian partners will together prepare seminar and training materials based on the best practice from the existing European-funded research. This process will include discussion of the relevance and applicability of European practice in the context of each of the South East Asian partner countries. In addition, a modelling case study for a city in Thailand (Ubon-Rjatchatani) and another in Vietnam (Hanoi) will be developed to be included in the training course materials, to demonstrate the role of appropriate models as an important tool to support policy-making. Two international seminars will be organised in Bangkok and Hanoi which both local and international government officials and planners will be invited to attend. A number of "hands-on" training courses will be organised in Cambodia, Lao PDR, Thailand, and Vietnam to follow up the initiative stimulated from the initial seminars and to train the local planners on how to use the qualitative and quantitative methods for formulating sustainable urban land use and transport policy.