In Europe, the technical and thematic cartography supports decision makers in order to choice appropriate policies for territorial management and governance. Economic, social and environmental issues are also included in the mapping that accompanies the strategic and integrated planning, as well as the assessment processes reducing the uncertainty of the expected results. From 2009 today, by the Inspire Directive, several regions contribute to use the place evidence instrument, increasing the intra and transnational cohesion level. They adopted common methodological approach that are now useful for building predictive medium-long term scenarios and visions starting from short-term projects and assessing their ex ante territorialised impacts related to Integrated Strategic Investments (ITI).
As place evidence, cartography and mapping absolve this political objective supporting the public economic-territorial choices. In the following, their renewed position in European arena is discussed with regard to the Europe 2020 and the Cultural Heritage policymaking. Some experiences and case studies are mentioned as results of the STeMA (Sustainable Territorial environmental/economic Management Approach for Territorial Impact Assessment) tool GIS application.