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Guest Editorial
Territorial Identities and Sustainable Development. Challenges and Solutions

Marinela ISTRATE1, Oana-Ramona ILOVAN*2
* Corresponding author
1 “Al. I. Cuza” University of Iaşi, Faculty of Geography and Geology, Department of Geography, Iaşi, ROMANIA

2 Babeș-Bolyai University, Faculty of Geography, Department of Regional Geography and Territorial Planning, Territorial Identities and Development Research Centre, Cluj-Napoca, ROMANIA

Abstract. Territorial belonging and territorial attractiveness are elements of strategic relevance for development at various levels. Therefore, territorial identity is relevant for building the social capital so useful during the processes of development and territorial planning. The concern about territorial identity and development is part of the same trend that occurred in the academic and political environment after the 1990s, when it became obvious that there was a strong connection between these and environmental, social and economic well-being. This special issue hosts the results of original empirical and theoretical scientific research on territorial identity and its relation to sustainable development.

K e y w o r d s:  community development, public policy, smart and green communities, urban and rural regeneration