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Policy briefs, environment and resource efficiency
Citizen engagement in the protection of cultural heritage This policy brief considers the mechanisms that can be used to foster the participation of citizens in cultural heritage projects and the value which this can bring.
Ecosystem services: Interregional cooperation for sustaining the European natural capital Policy brief on EU policies, approaches and good practices as concerns protection and restoration of ecosystem services.
Protection and sustainable management of cultural heritage: The role of regional cooperation in preserving cultural heritage This Policy Brief highlights the value of cultural heritage, and considers how regional actors can meet the challenges, and ensure sustainable management of these assets.
The role of cities and regions in promoting resource efficiency across the EU This policy brief highlights the need to use resources in a sustainable way and presents key policy developments in this direction. Emphasis is put on policy actions of cities and regions aiming to improve resource efficiency.
Protection of biodiversity and natural heritage: Exchange of experience and policy learning for greener Europe The policy brief highlights the need to improve the relevant policies and to provide multi-stakeholder solutions for protection and sustainable use of the natural capital. Emphasis is put on the exchange of experience and policy learning for greener Europ
Industrial symbiosis This policy brief provides information on how industrial symbiosis is supported by EU policy framework and on the potential actions regions and cities can take to support the establishment of sustainable industrial networks that are based on exchanges of
Sustainable management of bio-waste: Regional cooperation for improved bio-waste management This policy brief highlights the approaches which have been taken to improve management of bio-waste. The focus is put on European Union waste policy developments and regional actions encouraging more sustainable management of bio-waste.
Role of Green Public Procurement in improving resource efficiency Public procurements representing approximately 19% of EU GDP. By using procurement as a tool strategic policy goals can be reached. This policy brief addresses the EU policies, approaches and good practices aimed at promoting green public procurement.
Protection and sustainable management of heritage in coastal and fluvial regions The policy brief presents the main challenges that coastal and fluvial regions are facing with regards to protection and sustainable management of cultural and natural heritage assets. It demonstrates that cultural and natural heritage is a significant as
Eco-innovation Production-consumption trends are putting excessive and unsustainable strain on the environment. Resource input costs are becoming volatile. Read in this policy brief why eco-innovation is a potential solution.
Use of technologies for better protection and management of nature and biodiversity Explore the link between technology use and the protection of natural heritage. Several good practices demonstrate inspiring examples on how emphasising the benefits of technologies and stimulating their uptake leads to great benefits.
Cultural Routes in Europe Discover the transnational routes that help tourists discover how Europeans have lived since ancient times. This policy brief presents the Council of Europe’s Cultural Routes Programme, the EU’s policies on Cultural Routes, as well as lessons from interre
Circular Economy Business Models in the EU Discover the challenges and solutions that policymakers face in implementing circular economy business models. This policy brief includes recommendations on how to speed up the development of these models.
Good governance for biodiversity The economic development in Europe in the past century put an enormous burden on biodiversity. Biodiversity is vital for human health and is important for economic factors with over half of global GDP depending on ecosystem services.
Separate waste collection The European Union (EU) is aiming to reduce the environmental impact of waste and its dependency on raw material imports and thus fosters the transition towards more sustainable materials management and a circular economy.
Sustainable tourism: strategies to counteract overtourism Overtourism has a devastating impact on natural and cultural heritage of many popular holiday spots around the world. This policy brief presents solutions to the current challenges of the tourism sector.