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Project good practices Newest first Oldest first A-Z Z-A Territorial Forestry Charter (CFT) 26/11/2018 The CFT is a tool for local territorial development allowing a better inclusion of forests in their local and multi-functional environment. Location: Alsace, France Project: BIO4ECO FOREST BIOMASS PLANT FOR THE PRODUCTION OF THERMAL ENERGY 28/09/2018 Demonstrative and replicable plant with forest biomass for the production of thermal energy for the school building with supply from the surrounding woods Location: Abruzzo, Italy (Italia) Project: BIO4ECO AGRICULTURAL BIOMASS SYSTEM FOR THERMAL, ELECTRIC AND BIOGAS ENERGY PRODUCTION 28/09/2018 Plant powered with agricultural biomass to produce biogas, with which to feed a cogenerator for the production of thermal and electrical energy. Location: Abruzzo, Italy (Italia) Project: BIO4ECO Municipality Vransko – active local bioenergy policy approach 23/08/2018 Municipality Vransko with bioenergy policy approach ensures cleaner energy from renewable resourses and greater energy self-sufficiency of the community. Location: Burgenland AT, Austria (Österreich) Project: BIO4ECO New production line for more effective use of forest biomass for production of heat energy 21/08/2018 New production line for pellets installed in Kastamonu Bulgaria LTD wood processing factory Location: Северен централен, Bulgaria (България) Project: BIO4ECO Machinery circle Bled 13/08/2018 Good example of cooperation among forest owners – enabling the increase of timber from private forests, improving forest management and higher income. Location: Burgenland AT, Austria (Österreich) Project: BIO4ECO Functional land use management planning approach for bioeconomy development 02/08/2018 Latvia works on functional land use management to find sustainable land use solutions. It is based on soil data analysis and cartographic material. Location: Latvija, Latvia (Latvija) Project: BIO4ECO Low value forest stands replacement – improvement of biomass production 18/07/2018 Support for low value forest stands replacement incentivise private forest owners for more active forest management and improve biomass production. Location: Latvija, Latvia (Latvija) Project: BIO4ECO Promoting biomass through a circular management processes at local scale in Berguedà county 05/07/2018 Promote forest management Create local employment Forest products optimization through classification Forest biomass as bioenergy Transition to low-carbon Location: Cataluña, Spain (España) Project: BIO4ECO Knowledge transfer for creating eco-businesses along the value chain of the biomass 04/07/2018 A series of knowledge-transfer activities to increase knowledge and skills on sustainable use of biomass in a small Romanian community from Centru Region. Location: Centru, Romania (România) Project: BIO4ECO 12 Next Visit the good practice database Sign up for the BIO4ECO newsletter Subscribe now
Project summary The project focuses on river deltas in Europe and their potential to develop innovative activities aiming at utilization of local natural and cultural heritage.  The aim is to improve the regional policy instruments that foster the capabilities of using ecosystem services in river deltas to strengthen regional economy. The delta regions are rich in biodiversity but poor financially. The challenge is how to foster the natural and cultural capabilities available from the past and to develop new experiences based on ecoservices in river deltas to boost regional economy. 6 delta regions particiapate: Rijn delta (NL), Danube delta (RO), Camargue delta (FR), Albufera delta (ES), Po delta (IT) and River Blackwater delta (IE). 9 partners from 6 countries represent a mix of regional and local public authorities as well as education and research institutes. PROGRESS SO FAR After three semesters of working together, partners of the Delta Lady found high opportunities in the cross-regional learning and cooperation in fostering the capabilities of using local natural and cultural qualities of delta regions. Partners have engaged well with each other and each partner is developing a better understanding of the capacity and expertise of other partners. The policy learning process started since the 1st Interregional Learning Event in France. Partners shared some experiences on a few joint themes such as nitrification of water, design based on local resources, payments for ecosystem services, and tools for development of regional capabilities. An overarching strategy is to put ecosystem services on the agenda of the EU Regional Development with illustrative operational instruments for deltas. The 2nd Interregional Learning Event in Spain was dedicated to learning the best practices and focusing on innovative ecosystem services in deltas. Stakeholder involvement is envisaged by organising the RSG meetings where partners give opportunities to local actors to describe their problems and their expectations which is the added value of the project. The 3rd Interregional Learning Event in Italy was dedicated to the exchange of experiences on the use of Payments for Ecosystem Services (PES) schemes in the participating delta regions. The 4th Interregional Learning Event and Partner Meeting was held online, as Covid-19 outbreak prevented the planned meeting in Cork, Ireland. The meeting was dedicated to the development of action plans for delta regions. The two-day online meeting was successfully concluded with identifying further steps and activities for continuation of the project and preparation for the next meeting. The 5th Interregional Learning Event planned to be held in Tulcea, Romania, was instead organized online as well, due to Covid-19 situation.  The focus of the meeting was on action plans and sustainable business models.  €1,807,904.00 from 1 Jun 2018 to 31 May 2023 Topic Environment and resource efficiency What will this project change? The project will encourage all relevant stakeholders to get actively involved in the process which will result in the improved implementation of the regional policy instruments leading to better use of deltas' ecosystem services for regional economy. This will be done through policy improvements, improvement of governance, learning sessions, development of action plans, identification of good practices and sharing and active work in chosen deltas with involvement of regional stakeholder groups. Partnership Lead Partner Partner What policy instruments does the project address? Noordelijke Innovatie Agenda 2014-2020 (OP Noord) Northern Innovation Agenda concerns a joint course towards economic growth, employment and well-being in the Northern Netherlands, addressing current social challenges around water, renewable sources, food, health as starting point and building on the existing qualities and knowledge for realization of innovative solutions for regional economic development. The agenda is developed along three lines of investment. One of the investment lines is renewing ecosystems which entail an environment where new ecosystem products and services are developed in a good interaction with a society. The reason for improving this policy instrument is that Innovation Agenda does not have a specific focus on the ecosystem services of deltas and their potential is not used for implementing this strategy. Therefore, we want to introduce new, innovative aspect in the policy instrument that would foster diverse economic development for the addressed region. Which partners are working on this? Province of Fryslân Charter of Commitment of the Regional Natural Park of Camargue (RNPC) The charter, established for 2011-2026, has 4 major ambitions: 1. To manage the delta complex by integrating the impacts of the climate change; 2. To guide the evolution of the activities to the benefit of an exceptional biodiversity; 3. To strengthen the territorial solidarity, social cohesion and improve the living environment; 4. To share the knowledge and open the delta to the Mediterranean cooperation. For this purpose, the Park must be a tool to renew its actions, initiate new partnerships to take up the challenges facing the territory. The reason for improving this instrument is that there is currently no commitment regarding the use of ecosystem services in deltas. These improvements are necessary for the territory, also classified as a Biosphere Reserve by UNESCO (RNPC being co-manager), in order to better meet the objectives of its program. Which partners are working on this? The Regional Natural Park of Camargue Regional Operational Programme (ROP) ROP aims at promoting smart sustainable and inclusive growth to make regions more attractive. It addresses major development challenges for Romania: regional competitiveness, sustainable urban development, low-carbon economy and economic and social infrastructure at regional and local levels. Actions aim at addressing TO 6 'Environment and resource efficiency' through the axis/ measures of separate financial allocation for Danube Delta (DD), through the Integrated Territorial Investments Instrument in accordance with the DD Integrated Development Strategy (DDIDS). In a regional context with multiple protection statuses (UNESCO Ramsar and Natura 2000), innovative approaches for sustainable economic development through valorization and efficient management of natural and cultural resources are needed. Although ROP provides funding for improving urban environment and preserving and valorizing cultural heritage, there is no specific reference to the use of ecosystem services for achieving the programme’s objectives and the ways to promote different uses of ecosystem services that could contribute to regional economy. The actions of ROP focused on DD have potential for improvement taking into account specific aspects of delta ecosystems and needs of local communities, with the help of lessons learnt through exchange of experiences with similar areas in Europe. Which partners are working on this? Danube Delta National Institute for Research and Development Po Delta Park Territorial Plan Po Delta Park Territorial Plan is dedicated to the development of Po Delta area. Objectives relevant to the project are: -Protection and valorization of natural/cultural heritage, environment and landscape in the park area; -Management and safeguarding of wetlands; -Protection and valorization of water, forest and habitats; -Management of agriculture, fishery and hunting activities. All these topics identify ecosystem services as a resource. Moreover, Territorial Plan is related to the Po Delta Park Strategic Plan, that is aimed at conservation and valorization of biodiversity through different measures, such as: -Supporting agriculture, tourism and aquaculture operators; -Raising awareness of interested parties about delta's natural and cultural capital value. The reason for improvement of this policy instrument is that it has measures related to ecosystem services, but lacks financial operative tools and competences among local actors. With the project we want to develop mechanisms of Payments for Ecosystem Services (PES) and promote shared solutions and Public Private Partnership (PPP). PPP and PES can integrate Po Delta Park Territorial Plan measures and increase its effects on local development and ecosystem services restoration. The ecosystem services valorization is particularly strategic for Po Delta Park that obtained the Man And Biosphere “MAB” UNESCO acknowledgement in 2015. Which partners are working on this? Po Delta Park ART-ER Joint Stock Consortium Company (until 30/04/2019 ERVET- Emilia-Romagna Valorizzazione Economica del Territorio) ERDF Regional Operational Program Valencia 2014-2020 This Operational Programme (OP) addresses thematic Objective 6: Preserving and protecting the environment and promoting resource efficiency. Priority Investment 6c: Conservation, protection and development of natural and cultural heritage. Specific Objective 6.3.2: Protection, development and promotion of natural areas, in particular of touristic interest. This OP aims at accomplishing the Territorial Strategy of the Valencia Region for 2030 (ETCV 2030), in particular by: - Promoting efficient use of resources; - Green infrastructures; - Valorization of landscape; - Connecting landscapes with relevant nature areas to facilitate the attraction of visitors; - Recovery of the natural and landscape heritage linked to historic, livestock and green-ways; - Developing healthy leisure and touristic activities that have an economic repercussion in the development of the region. The policy instrument needs to be improved because Valencia region has very high valuable natural resources with around 45% of its territory declared as “protected area” according to the environmental regulation at regional, national and EU levels. Its “green infrastructure” (all areas and elements with natural, cultural and visual value), constitutes a big asset for the attractiveness and efficiency of the territory, which makes it necessary to preserve and improve it to guarantee economic growth and quality of life. Which partners are working on this? Council of Chamber of Commerce, Industry, Services and Shipping of the Valencia Region Regional Planning Guidelines (RPGs). (To be replaced by the Regional Spatial & Economic Strategy (RSES) ) Prior to the establishment of the three new Regional Assemblies on January 1st, 2015, the eight previous Regional Authorities produced individual Regional Planning Guidelines (RPGs), which remained in force until 2017. The implementation of RPGs plays an important role in the national economic recovery. Due to changes to Irish Regional structure, RPGs will be reviewed and will be replaced by Regional Spatial & Economic Strategy (RSES) for each region. The "objective of RSES shall be to support implementation of National Spatial Strategy and economic policies and objectives of the Government by providing a long-term strategic planning and economic framework for the development of the region for which the strategies are prepared which shall be consistent with National Spatial Strategy and economic policies or objectives of the Government” (Section 23 of the Planning and Development Act 2000). Due to impending preparation of RSES, this is an opportune time to incorporate new policy areas such as ecosystem services in deltas. The concept of ecosystem services is not currently mainstreamed into Irish spatial policy. However its inclusion in RSES for Southern Region will, for the 1st time, ensure that there is a policy framework for ecosystem services at regional level. Legally all plans at Local Authorities level must be consistent with RSES, therefore this will ensure that ecosystem services are also incorporated into Local Authority policy documents i.e. Development Plans. Which partners are working on this? Cork County Council University College Cork (UCC) Sign up for the Delta Lady newsletter Subscribe now Our 5th Newsletter Read our 5th issue! Our 4th Newsletter Read our 4th issue! The 3rd Newsletter Read our 3rd issue! Our 2nd Newsletter Read our 2nd issue! Our 1st Newsletter Read our 1st Newsletter! 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Type: Project 21/10/2020 University Workshop of Irish partners Workshop with regional University on 21st October 2020 Type: Project 30/09/2020 Workshop with Universities of Italian partners Online workshop with regional Universities on 30 September 2020. Type: Project 09/09/2020 The 5th Interregional Learning Event Online The 5th Partner Meeting was held Online on 8-9 September 2020 Type: Project 28/07/2020 The 4th meeting of stakeholders in Italy The regional stakeholders met on July 28, 2020, online Type: Project 16/07/2020 The 4th meeting of stakeholders in Spain The RSG meeting was organised on 16 July 2020 in Valencia Type: Project
Project summary European regions play a multiple role in the adoption of green public procurement (GPP) policies as they elaborate and adopt GPP plans, can mainstream GPP within all policy instruments that they manage, can purchase eco-innovative and resource efficient goods and services, playing thus also a significant role the promotion of more resource efficient economies. There are still large areas for improvement in the adoption of GPP in relation to EU funded programmes and other policy instruments, in the undertaking of the tool by beneficiaries and in the monitoring of GPP implementation, hence in the evaluation and mainstreaming of its benefits. GPP toolkits, common environmental criteria, training materials and help desks have been developed throughout Europe. Limited experience is yet available on how to include environmental criteria into financing instruments and in the implementation of development strategies. GPP-STREAM builds on the idea that interregional cooperation can help mainstreaming GPP policies within the administrations involved and ensure that resource efficiency measures are spread and benefits acknowledged. GPP-STREAM AIMS The project aims to improve the management, implementation and monitoring of policy instruments that integrate GPP approaches so as to ensure that resource efficiency gains can be maximized and that resource efficiency objectives are institutionalized through GPP. The project is coordinated by Region Friuli and is implemented in partnership with 8 Bulgarian, Spanish, French, Italian and Romanian bodies that have complementary environmental and GPP expertise. RESULTS AND OUTCOMES 5 transnational learning events, at least 300 stakeholders involved, 13 GPP webinars, 5 GPP toolkits and one online platform, 8 policy instruments from 5 EU countries will integrate GPP approaches, 40 EU policy instrument managing authorities apply GPP-STREAM toolkits. Author of the cover image: Massimo Armani €1,413,145.00 from 1 Jun 2018 to 31 May 2022 Topic Environment and resource efficiency What will this project change? GPP-STREAM will be the first project to focus on how the governance and implementation of GPP can be improved by encouraging the interaction of different  policy instruments within one administration and across different government levels. The innovative character will also be reflected by the use of environmental criteria and the spread of green procurement practices not only in the purchases of goods and services that administrations need for the realization of their ordinary activities, but also by the use of the tool as a transversal instrument for selecting and directing development and investment measures, directly targeting the policies beneficiaries. GPP-STREAM will propose monitoring measures that can guarantee that the effects of the inclusion of GPP into policy instruments can be measured as part of the overall GPP strategy of an administration. GPP-STREAM foresees the participation of regions with different development levels that can engage in GPP mainstreaming by adapting management and policy approaches to the different situations and stakeholders. We believe that cooperation at this level can be more effective in reducing the gaps than cooperation focussing only on the implementation of GPP tenders and criteria as it is more suitable to be adapted to different market structures. Partnership Lead Partner Partner What policy instruments does the project address? National plan for green public procurement (Planul național de achiziții publice verzi) The Law 69/2016 establishes the national framework for green public procurement (GPP) in Romania. It aims to promote, among others, resource efficiency use. Accordingly to art. 3 from the Law 69/2016, the Ministry of Environment has the obligation to elaborate the National plan for GPP and approve it by Governmental decision by October 2017. The Plan will include mandatory multi-annual targets for GPP for all the categories of products, services and works and it will address the contracting (public) authorities.   The National GPP Plan will not include operational tools addressed to its main beneficiaries, central public authorities, nor it will propose a monitoring system. Moreover, the beneficiaries of EU funds will not be specifically targeted by the Plan, despite the large potential that they have to influence the market through their project purchases (between 2014 – 2020, Romania benefits from 21 bn. EUR of structural funds). A large variety of purchases made by EU funds beneficiaries have important resource efficiency potential and the Romanian market begins to be relatively well prepared. Last, resource efficiency is a specific objective of the Law 69/2016 but the GPP Plan will not address this issue specifically. Therefore, specific measures and tools need to be developed to better address existing and potential GPP beneficiaries, including by tackling resource efficiency potential, and by engaging and capacitating various institutional stakeholders.  Which partners are working on this? Ministry of Environment Plan National d’Actions pour les Achats Publics Durables (French national plan for GPP) The National Action Plan for Green Public Procurement (PNAAPD) has been adopted through the Ordonance of 23.07.2015 and Decree from 25.03.2016. It aims at giving the State broad guidelines for integrating sustainable development into its purchases. It takes into account the will of the French State to integrate the circular economy and sustainable development towards an ecological and energy transition. The PNAAAPD applies primarily to government services, but to the extent that the government's obligations are identical in France to GPPs for all public bodies, it also serves as a reference for all public actors in France. The PNAAPD has proposed targets that are not currently being met. The reasons include:
 - ignorance of the law (order of 2015 and decree of 2016) by public actors (public procurement must necessarily take into account sustainable development in France since 2006 but less than 10% of procurements actually take it into account) 
- training needs of purchasers 
- needs for concrete support to help public buyers to take into account sustainable development in their procurements - difficulties for companies to respond
- lack of offers taking into account sustainable development. The PNAAPD recalls that green public procurement must achieve "smart" energy savings, as close as possible to the need, sobriety in terms of energy and resources. It advocates that by 2020 100% of the products and services purchased by public organizations be energy-efficient products. Which partners are working on this? Auvergne-Rhône-Alpes Energy Environment Regional Operational Programme (ROP) Romania 2014-2020   POLICY FEATURES The ROP aims at promoting smart sustainable and inclusive growth. ROP 2014-2020 aims to ensure the continuity of the strategic vision on regional development in Romania, complementing and developing the regional development directions and priorities contained in the NDP and NSRF 2007-2013 and implemented through ROP 2007-2013 and other national programs. The ROP 2014-2020 addresses 9 of the 11 TO of the Europe 2020. For TO4 supporting the shift towards a low-carbon economy in all sectors, ROP envisages the highest allocation: 44,19%. IMPROVEMENT Romania has not adopted until now a National Action Plan on Green Public Procurement, (being one of the last states without such a strategy), even though nearly 20% of its GDP is spent on public procurement (more than the average in the EU, which is 16%). As result, the contracting authorities did not really take into consideration the environmental value of goods, services and works even if the green public procurement generates not only positive environmental effects but also economic and social benefits. On the other hand, ERDF beneficiaries have an important role to play in the deployment of GPP at regional and national level, as they are realizing important purchases within their projects. The adoption of GPP by ERDF beneficiaries may create a virtous cercle of practices, influence the market and motivate other public bodies to purchase in a sustainable manner.   Which partners are working on this? North-East Regional Development Agency Programma per la Cooperazione e l’Occupazione – POR FESR 2014-2020 della Regione Friuli Venezia Giulia Italy adopted the Action plan for environmental sustainability of Public Administration’s consumption (PAN GPP) with a ministerial decree on 11th April 2008. Consequently, Regions are invited to include green and sustainable procurement in the regional set of laws and they should ponder the opportunity of adopting a regional plan for the implementation of PAN GPP that includes as well communication and training. Friuli Venezia Giulia Region has been a first mover in the national scenario, elaborating a first draft of the Regional plan already in 2014, acting as the Environmental Authority of the Regional Operational Plan for the European Regional Development Fund (POR-FSER) to introduce environmental criteria in the structural fund. At national level, Legislative Decree 50/16 introduced a radical reform for PAs, that have now to contribute to the achievement of environmental targets, through the adoption of environmental criteria in their procurement procedures. This national reform was introduced when Friuli Venezia Giulia was already working on its regional plan for GPP, allowing the Region to act as Environmental Authority in the elaboration of new calls under POR FESR 20014-2020. Specific measures and tools still need to be developed to better address existing and potential GPP beneficiaries and to engage and capacitate various institutional stakeholders. The regional GPP plan will include operational tools and it will propose a monitoring system for the ERDF.  Which partners are working on this? Autonomous Region Friuli Venezia Giulia Rural development Plan 2014-20  POLICY FEATURES The Rural Development Programme (RDP) of Lazio for the 2014-2020 period, formally adopted by the European Commission on 17/11/2015, has a value of € 804 million. Lazio's RDP is putting particular emphasis on actions related to improving the competitiveness of the farm and forestry sectors, as well as on actions related to restoring, preserving and enhancing ecosystems and to promoting social inclusion and economic development in rural areas. IMPROVEMENT Tenders for funding actions under measure 4 (4.1.1 investments aimed at improving performance; 4.1.3 Investments for the improvement of the energy efficiency of production processes; 4.1.4 Investments in agricultural farms for the supply and use of sources of renewable energy supply, by-products and waste materials and raw materials and non-food; 4.2.2 Investments to agri-business enterprises, functional to improve energy efficiency) and measure 6 Support to agricultural start up of young farmers included green selection criteria. Monitoring tools and a communication strategy are necessary to improve knowledge of beneficiaries on how to pass from compliance with selection criteria to full greening of activities so as to be able also to enter into green supply chains. Actions to be funded under Measure 7 Services and development in rural areas shall include environmental criteria so as to make them coherent with the objectives of the recently approved Regional GPP Action Plan (Decision n. 310 of 13/06/2017).  Which partners are working on this? Lazio region Regional Plan for Development of South Central Region 2014-2020 (NUTS 2 region), policy implemented through OP "Regions in Growth" 2014-2020 (OPRG)  The Regional Plan analyses the socio-economic and ecological state and potential of the region and presents strategic objectives for regional development. The plan complies with the national strategic framework and the regional development strategies of the main administrative units – Pazardzhik, Plovdiv, Smolyan, Haskovo and Kardzhali. It sets as its strategic objective to bring the region’s development level closer to the average EU regions’ level, by increasing the  regional competitiveness through local resources, new incentives for the innovative firms, application of new technologies, technology transfer, consultations and services. Specific Objectives 6 “Prevention of the effects of climate change” and  7 “Supporting the transition to a low-carbon economy” within Priority 1.3 “Development of infrastructure for environmental protection and adaptation to climate change” outline the measures that municipalities should uptake.  The improvement of local policy by-laws (local programmes for development and for air quality management, energy efficiency plans and programmes for their implementation; local RES Programmes; environmental and clean energy issues) in order to mitigate the effect of climate change is among the main priorities of the Regional Plan. GPP can bring a significant added value for their implementation.  The Regional Plan foresees a specific horizontal objective linked to sustainability. GPP might help the Plan's beneficiaries to achieve this objective. Which partners are working on this? Centre for Sustainability and Economic Growth Municipal development plan of Gabrovo Municipality 2014 – 2020 The legal framework of Municipal Development Plans is set out in the Regional Development Law of Bulgaria. It outlines the strategic policy and instruments for achieving smart, sustainable and inclusive growth. The Municipal Development Plan of Gabrovo municipality 2014-2020 reflects the goals and priorities of other hierarchical planning documents, i.e. the Regional Development Plan of Gabrovo Region 2014-2020 and the National Regional Development Strategy 2012-2022, and it is funded through: structural funds, state and municipal budgets, and private capital. The implementation of the Municipal Development Plan is through public procurement procedures, and is regulated by the Bulgarian Public Procurement Act (aligned with EU public procurement legislation), which allows the use of environmental criteria for green public procurement.   Gabrovo Municipality will develop, test and integrate new methodologies for GPPs in chosen categories within the Municipal Development Plan, i.e. construction works, delivery of products and provision of services etc., funded by EU, national, municipal and/or private funding. The project will set the methodological ground for introduction of GPPs, influencing other public bodies to introduce specific GPP recommendations in their tenders. The monitoring system of the municipal plan will be improved including indicators to measure the effect of GPPs.  Which partners are working on this? Municipality of Gabrovo Operational Programme of the ERDF of the Valencian Region 2014-2020 This programme aims to enhance regional development and competitiveness of the Valencian Region by focusing on the following strategic priorities: investment in research and innovation, development of information technologies, support to SMEs and energy efficiency. These programme priorities have been mainly selected in concordance with Europe 2020 Thematic Objectives. While Spain has adopted a National Action Plan on Green Public Procurement, the Valencian Region still has room for improvement in implementing this plan, in regard for instance, to other entities such as Barcelona which is a pioneer city in monitoring its GPP achievements. Even though Valencian public sector do use environmental criteria, its weight in the global process of decision-making is much lower than other criteria. Sharpening the policy related to GPP could increase their use, improve their impact and involve and empower ERDF beneficiaries into a positive dynamic of sustainable development. Which partners are working on this? Association of Municipalities of Ribera Alta Region Sign up for the GPP-STREAM newsletter Subscribe now Download (function(d, s, id) { var js, fjs = d.getElementsByTagName(s)[0]; if (d.getElementById(id)) return; js = d.createElement(s); js.id = id; js.src = "//connect.facebook.net/en_US/sdk.js#xfbml=1&version=v2.10"; js.async = true; fjs.parentNode.insertBefore(js, fjs); }(document, 'script', 'facebook-jssdk')); GPP-STREAM Tweets by GPP-STREAM Latest News See all project news 14/12/2020 Stakeholder meeting organized by AR FVG An online stakeholder meeting organized by Friuli Venezia Giulia Autonomous Region within the GPP-STREAM Project Type: Project 04/12/2020 GPP-STREAM on the TV! A TV interview with the Project Manager of GPP-STREAM, Mr. Nicolò Tudorov Type: Project 16/10/2020 Online Steering committee meeting - October 2020 Online Steering committee meeting of GPP-STREAM consortium Type: Project 08/10/2020 GPP Integration into Policy Instruments An EU GPP-STREAM webinar was held on the 8th of October 2020. Type: Project 23/07/2020 Second Romanian GPP-STREAM webinar ON AIR The second national Romanian GPP-STREAM webinar was held on 23 July 2020 Type: Project 27/04/2020 STAKEHOLDER MEETING organised my MANRA 27th April 2020. • Video- conference (stakeholder meeting) between MANRA and the Environmental Education Center in Valencian Region (CEACV). • Partici... Type: Project 24/04/2020 Steering committee meeting - online Online Steering committee meeting On April 24, 2020, GPP-STREAM partners gathered online to discuss project progress - pending and upcoming activities for end ... Type: Project 23/04/2020 Socond Bulgarian webinar -ON AIR Second Bulgarian GPP-STREAM Webinar related to GPP for EU funds beneficiaries and for urban and rural development plans was held on the 23rd of April 2020. Her... Type: Project 09/04/2020 Recording of the First Romanian GPP-STREAM Webinar First Romanian GPP-STREAM Webinar! Watch the recording here. Type: Project 07/04/2020 5 th Transnational Learning Event ONLINE 5th Transnational Learning EventThe Fifth Transnational Learning Event on the GPP-STREAM project took place online.Partners gathered 3 days in a row in orde.. Type: Project
Project summary REMIX Project encourages resource efficient and environmentally and socially acceptable production of raw materials, including critical raw materials. Growth and competitiveness of European industry is currently limited by the state of play in these two areas and policy instruments have been set up across Europe to address these important topics. REMIX Project brings together: 9 partners 1 advisory partner  9 countries  8 policy InstrumentsThe selected regions are at different stages in the mining cycle and have complementary resources and profiles. The REMIX project will advance innovation in their regional mining value chains, of large and small scale companies. Regions rich in mineral resources have an important strategic role in Europe. Collaboration between European Commission (EC) and regional policy makers is needed to develop complementary approaches, which will boost EU competitiveness and stimulate sustainable development, growth, jobs and new SME industries. The REMIX Project contains:5 Regional stakeholder meetings 5 in-depth international workshops targeted to specific topics9 Peer review study visits. 2 Mining Conferences (to help disseminate the results Europe-wide)Project partners and stakeholders take part in the activities together, to share knowledge and develop best practice guidelines. The results are used to improve the policy instruments in each region. Also, the project forms an investment platform and Smart and Green interregional mining cluster supporting the Industrial Modernisation. The project continues to phase two to ensure the outcomes are implemented. The project highlights will be communicated directly to the EC at the end of Phase one to help improve EC policy on raw materials. This is an outstanding opportunity to obtain pan-European in-depth consideration of smart and green mining policies. €1,830,619.00 from 1 Jan 2017 to 30 Jun 2021 Topic Research and innovation What will this project change?     Partnership Lead Partner Partner What policy instruments does the project address? Sustainable growth and jobs 2014 - 2020 - Finland's structural funds programme, Priority axis 2: Producing and using the latest knowledge and skills (ERDF) Specific objective 4.1:Developing research, competence and innovation clusters that draw from regional strengths In Lapland the OP is implemented through Lapland regional Programme coordinated by Regional Council of Lapland. Region is the most sparsely populated region in Finland. Despite of the economic depression the Lapland has been able to increase its yearly production and GPS compared to the other regions of the Finland. Lapland is one of the most prominent regions for the extractive industries at global level. Lapland possesses vast deposit of natural resources which provide business opportunities and generate sought-after investments and employment in the region. In addition, the Lapland’s bedrock also contains deposits of critical minerals described by the EC. At the same time with the opportunities created by the use of natural resources, there is an evident need in Lapland to create and nurture a sustainable balance between main industries, other businesses, regional community, and the vulnerable Arctic nature.   The main focus of S3 for Lapland is the balanced use of the Arctic natural resources and conditions. One of the specific priorities is to develop new business concepts for Lapland’s industrial and mining service companies and to support the creation of new products and services. The challenge is to push the sector development into the next level, innovation projects having ownership among SMEs and to move on from the small-scale models or pilot projects to large-scale, close to-market projects in which a range of solutions are tested under real-life conditions. Which partners are working on this? Regional Council of Lapland The 2014-2020 ERDF Operational Programme of Castilla y León (OP): Thematic Objective 1: Fostering of Research, Technological Development and Innovation, Thematic Objective 6: Preserving and protecting the environment and promoting resource efficiency Thematic Objective 1 Fostering of R&D and Innovation OE.1.1.2. Strengthening R&D and innovation institutions and creation, consolidation and improvement of the technology and scientist infrastructures. OE.1.2.1. Impulse and promotion of R & Innovation activities by enterprises and support the creation and consolidation of innovative enterprises. OE.1.2.2. Transfer and dissemination of technology and cooperation between companies and universities or other research centres Thematic Objective 6 Preserving and protecting the environment and promoting resource efficiency, protecting and restoring biodiversity and soil and promoting ecosystem services, OE.6.4.1 Promote the management, protection and maintenance of soil, natural areas and biodiversity including measures to alleviate the problems of erosion, The capacity building in the MINING sector can be developed from the adaptation / integration of R&D&i capabilities, environment protection policies, natural resources efficiency, awareness and promotion. There is margin of improvement in the regional mining sector around integration of concepts like research of new processes, products, environment, circular economy and GREEN concept development. The knowledge sharing with other regions will be important in the generation of synergies and will open capabilities for defining a sustainable action plan for improving the sectoral approach. A multidisciplinary regional collaboration is well defined and influenced during the project.   Which partners are working on this? ICE- Institute for Business Competitiveness of Castilla y León Regional Innovation Strategy for 2011-2020 of the Lower Silesian Voivodeship The Regional Innovation Strategy of Lower Silesian Voivodeship for 2011-2020 is the valid strategic document to define regional challenges on building knowledge and innovation based economy. With the main objective: “Modern economy and high quality of life in a attractive environment” it emphasizes the need to build stronger ties between the private sector and scientific community with the active involvement of the regional and local authority. The Strategy directly affects the Regional Operational Programme, especially in priority area on enterprises and innovations. As such it also includes the annex: “Strategic Framework for Smart Specialisations of Lower Silesia” which contains elements recommended by the European Commission to form the strategy of Smart Specializations in the region, identifying the so-called key sectors as well as scientific and technological specializations across existing centres of science and enterprises in the region. This annex is available for update on a regular basis based on the rapid changes in R&D and business.   Raw and natural material sector (mining, processing and recycling) that the strategy identifies as a smart specialization has a potential to be more evident and supported in the region’s economy through the support of international cooperation. This branch may above all transform into a successful production industry based on locally available raw materials on the condition that an up-to-date and relevant strategy is implemented. . Which partners are working on this? Marshal's Office of Lower Silesian Voivodeship Raw materials planning and management at national and regional level as a planning basis for future mining activities with the federal states and municipalities in relation to their specific needs. When developing the AMRS, identification and evaluation of the mineral deposits in terms of the protectionworthiness was carried out (phase one) followed by a second phase identifying conflict free "mineral zones" (with other properties protected by law e.g. residential areas, national parks, water management priority zones, landscape protection areas, forests, Natura 2000). Distinguished mineral zones are to be declared as “mineral protection zones” for land use planning purposes. In defining mineral protection zones, special attention will be given ensuring an adequate regional supply of raw building materials found close to the surface. Securing the supply of minerals is an issue of private enterprise. Considering this, the public administration within the framework of the AMRS performed the groundwork where AMRS encourage the collaboration between enterprises, academia and authorities. This is seen to be vital within the context of an active raw materials policy. The AMRS strives to achieve a broad consensus among the federal government, states and businesses specifically active in this field. Improvement has to be done in the direction of integrating AMRS in a regional level. Which partners are working on this? Montanuniversität Leoben CENTRO2020 Operational Program OP and RIS3 Centro are in line with European Critical Raw Materials (CRM) policies identifying a number of CRM important to safeguard EU interest. Some of these CRM, such as tungsten, occurs in several important mineral deposits in Centro Region, in areas with strong necessities regarding reevaluation of potential reserves and base resources. EU level strategies are needed to be taken in regard in regional policies so that they include EU expectations.   There is a need to incorporate REMIX findings on the future implementation of Centro2020 OP (particularly Thematic Obective 1 –Reinforcement of Research, Technologic Development and Innovation – Investment priority 1.2 particularly to reinforce the transfer of knowledge to business sector) and enhancement of a S3 for Centro Region in PT, where a number of mining industries operate but, also, where innovative actions and knew potentialities for geological economic resources needs to be promoted, as identified in the RIS3 Centro2020.   Articulation with Centro Regional administration and improvement of regional implementation strategies in line and complementing the National Strategy for Geological Resources (NSGR) are highly relevant. The NSGR focuses on: adequacy of the bases of the sector (section a); Development of knowledge and appreciation for the National Geologic Potential (section b); publicity of the National Mining Potential (section c), and promotion of the economic, social and environmental sustainability. Which partners are working on this? NOVA University of Lisbon, Faculty of Sciences and Technology State Raw Materials Policy of the Czech Republic Czech Ministry of Industry and Trade is responsible for the State Raw Materials Policy (SRMP) that is national master plan to ensure conditions for exploration and mining of mineral resources into the territory of the Czech Republic and serve as planning basis for future mining activities. Valid SRMP was approved in the time of depression of mining industry, low costs of raw materials and growing environmental protection. Czech Ministry of Industry and Trade prepares now the modernization of SRMP taking into account Raw Materials Initiative of EC, focusing on critical materials of EC and cycles of prices of raw materials. Modernized SRMP is also focused on support of education and R&D in mining sector and also international cooperation. Modernization tries to bind better the SRMP and Land Use Planning on state and regional level. Which partners are working on this? Ministry of Industry and Trade of the Czech Republic Cornwall and Isles of Scilly Local Enterprise Partnership European Structural and Investment Fund Strategy The SIF strategy contains three main areas of activity : ‘Future Economy’ which concerns investment to capitalise on regional strengths and characteristics to exploit new and emerging markets, including smart specialisations; ‘Growth for Business’ to accelerate business productivity and competitiveness and ‘Conditions for Growth’ to overcome blocks to growth, improve infrastructure and increase human potential. Future economy includes (1) smart specialisations of Agritech, Digital Economy, E-Health, Marine technology, and Space and aerospace assets and (2) Activities with growth potential that develop Cornwall and the Isles of Scilly as a ‘green and marine’ region.   The policy recognises that almost all businesses in the region (99.8%) are micro, small and medium sized enterprises and therefore this sector is the key driver of growth and employment. The proportion of micro enterprises is high (87.7%). Also recognised is the challenge of how much lower research and innovation investment in Cornwall and Isles of Scilly than the average elsewhere in the UK. Which partners are working on this? The University of Exeter Regional Operational Programme of Sterea Ellada (ROP) 2014-2020 The Regional Operational Programme of Sterea Ellada is comprised of 11 Thematic Objectives (TO) with subsequent connected Priority Actions (PA). In REMIX project, the following will be addressed. TO 01: Fostering of Research, Development and Innovation - PA 1a. Enhancing R&D&I infrastructure, development capacities of excellence in research and innovation and promoting centers of competence - PA 1b. Promoting business investment in research and innovation, and developing links synergies between businesses, R&D centers and academia, particularly through the promotion of investment in product development and services, in technology transfer, social innovation, eco-innovation, and innovation through smart specialization TO 04: Support the transition to a low-carbon economy - PA 4c1. Reducing emissions by reducing energy consumption - PA 4e. Promoting low -carbon strategies for all kinds of sites TO 06: Preserving and protecting the environment and promoting resource efficiency - PA 6b1. Improving the management of water resources - PA 6c. Preservation, protection, promotion and development of natural and cultural heritage - PA 6d. Protection and restoration of biodiversity and soil and promoting ecosystem services , including through the network Natura 2000, and green infrastructure - PA 6g. Support industrial transition towards an economy with efficient use of resources, promote green development, eco-innovation and environmental performance management   Which partners are working on this? National Technical University of Athens-NTUA Sustainable growth and jobs 2014 - 2020 - Finland's structural funds programme, Priority axis 2: Producing and using the latest knowledge and skills (ERDF) Specific objective 4.1:Developing research, competence and innovation clusters that draw from regional strengths In the North Karelia the OP is implemented through POKAT 2017 – Regional Strategic Programme 2014 2017: The act on regional development and management of Structural Fund programmes coordinated by Regional Council of North Karelia. The policy instrument is drawn up by the Regional Council including development objectives. Region is rich with its natural resources like Lapland. Mining is mentioned as a one of the main production priority in POKAT and defined as an internationally competitive field of industry. Anyway, the implementatin of the POKAT in the relation of mining is rather weak at the moment. The emphasis of SME’s and industry should be clarified in the strategic programme better and mining/extractive industry should be seen as a source of interregional cooperation in addition to strong key cluster. Also the stronger connection with regional development with industry should be elaborated in the POKAT in more detailed manner.   At this point problem is the lower growth of the whole industry and inertia in development of new projects and mining businesses. Monitoring of sustainability could be improved by participating actively to regional discussion with mining related cluster organisations. Most important improvement on strategy level in the region of North Karelia is to improve smart specialisation agenda and tools towards stronger link with regional mining and raw material related strategies, like the suggested policy instrument addressed. Which partners are working on this? Business Joensuu Oy 'JOSEK until 1.1.2019' Sign up for the REMIX newsletter Subscribe now Tweets by REMIX Latest News See all project news 01/06/2020 Future Funding of Raw Materials Sector in EU Some take-aways and interesting points brought up at the MIREU Workshop 25-26.52020 on future funding of raw materials sector. Type: Project 03/09/2019 The Future Development of Mining Sector in Europe The phase 1 of the project has ended in June 2019 and this article takes a look into the project achievements from the last 2,5 years. Type: Project 27/05/2019 6th REMIX Newsletter is out If you missed the REMIX International Mining Conference in Poland 15.5.2019. Not to worry. Join it via our newsletter. Type: Project 15/05/2019 SAVE-THE-DATE on REMIX Mining Conference Join us on 15.5.2019 at the Final REMIX Mining Conference in Poland. Type: Project 19/04/2019 5th REMIX Newsletter is out Join us for the final stages of phase 1 in the REMIX project. Type: Project 09/04/2019 Castilla y León – EU Cluster Matchmaking Event REMIX Partners ICE and GKZ are jointly organising Matchmaking Event for clusters and specialised eco-systems in mining and metallurgy across Europe Type: Project 28/11/2018 4th REMIX Newsletter is out Read what has been cooking in the REMIX project lately. Type: Project 09/05/2018 3rd REMIX Newsletter 3rd Newsletter will give you insight to the1st project organised conference. Experiences of the stakeholders and information on the sister project H2020 MIREU. Type: Project 23/03/2018 REMIX getting some media coverage The first Smart and Green Mining Conference organised by the REMIX Project was a great success and received a good amount of media coverage. Type: Project 20/12/2017 The second REMIX Newsletter is out! Read what has happened in the project during the last 6 months in the regions & in the project meetings in Leoben, Austria and Prague, Czech Republic. Type: Project
Project summary With the objective of the transition to a low carbon economy, some countries and regions in Europe are developing energy and land use policies in separate ways by different administrations. To improve the energy sector in balance with the natural resource a challenge is to work on bridging those conflicting views and policies.   BIO4ECO aims to improve regional and national policy processes and policy implementation and delivery addressing the transition to a low carbon economy, in relation with renewable energy use, energy efficiency of building, and forest and agricultural biomass. The main expected outcomes are: increase the share of renewable energy in the overall energy mix (17 M€ of ERDF funding benefited by the project)take into account bioenergy and bioeconomy in all planning and decision-makinglay the groundwork for future integrated strategies and programmes for regional bioeconomy and carbon neutrality.  BIO4ECO will organise interregional and local learning process by thematic workshops, study visits and local stakeholder groups meetings, to achieve a greater integration among the lessons learned. These are going to be the cornerstone of the learning process. Topics that will be worked in these events are the following:Role of forests within regional and national low carbon and bioeconomy strategies and programmesFirst-hand experience on integral solutions for bioenergy policies and strategiesThe Energy-Foof-Water land use nexus: possible equilibrium for the low-carbon transitionHow to increase social acceptance of bioenergy policies?Priorization of bioenergy production at different geographical scalesBIO4ECO videos of the thematic workshop in Paris “Prioritization of bioenergy production at different geographical scales” Bio4Eco Interreg Europe - workshop&study visits Paris Bio4Eco - interview Aiga Grasmane, Latvian Forest Owners Association BIO4Eco - interview de Florin Andronescu, Alba Local Energy Agency - Romania €1,412,249.00 from 1 Apr 2016 to 30 Sep 2020 Topic Low-carbon economy What will this project change? Each partner will base their Action Plan on their current and expected policy challenges, and will integrate the lessons learned throughout the project with these exchange activities. In the case of bioenergy policies, there is a strong multi-sectorial element, and Action Plans will take into consideration policy areas where partners have direct legal competence, and other areas where they have shared legal competence and will have to coordinate with other departments/administrations. This is a very important aspect of this project as many policy challenges linked to the regional development of bioenergy strategies are indeed the legislating across policy areas.  Partnership Lead Partner Partner What policy instruments does the project address? Investment Priority 4.1 (increase the production and distribution of renewable energy) from the Objective 4 of the ERDF OP of Catalonia (transition to a low carbon economy) Investment Priority 4.1 aims at: reducing the dependence on fossil fuels and increase the thermal uses of biomass, through the development and implementation of the Regional Strategy for the energetic development of forest and agricultural biomass (RSFAB).  Its main objectives are to ensure the adequate ecological and market equilibrium between uses of biomass feedstocks; prioritise public investments according to efficiency and growth; guarantee a sustainable production and management of energetic resources; set a general framework for a future low-carbon regional strategy; and impulse research and innovation in this field.  It is an essential piece of a future bioeconomy/low carbon regional strategy, in the sense that the region is void of fossil fuel reserves and has an enormous potential with primary biomass excess (both agricultural and forestry). It sets an ambitious objective of multiplying by 2.5 the current consumption of biomass-based energy. This in turn will create pressures on several other policy areas: energy efficiency, urban planning, waste management and regulation, agricultural and forestry production, industrial policy, biodiversity, water availability, air pollution, etc.  The Priority 4.1 needs improvement creating sufficient leverage to encourage and promote investments from the private sector, as well as further coordination with other regional policy instruments from different policy areas.  Which partners are working on this? Government of Catalonia - Directorate General of Forest Ecosystems and Landscape Management Forest Science and Technology Centre of Catalonia (CTFC) Regional Climate and Energy Programme “Towards oil free and carbon neutral North Karelia” & RIS 3 foci Forest Bioeconomy Regional Climate and Energy Programme is linked to Europe 2020, Regional Development Programme 2017 and Sustainable Growth and Jobs 2014-2020, Structural Funds Programme for Mainland Finland (ERDF, ESF).  One of the three foci of North Karelia´s Smart Specialisation Strategy is “Forest bioeconomy” which consist of forest bioenergy, decentralised biorefinement and wood materials, forest technology and the logistics of wood procurement, bioinformation economy (for example forest inventories and management of forest information) and sustainable multiuse of forests and nature.  Forest-bioeconomy is an essential theme in the North Karelian application of smart specialisation. It is based on more innovative utilisation of our forest resources.  It would be useful to emerge the Climate and Energy Programme and the Forest Bioeconomy Foci of the RIS3 strategy into a regional bioeconomy strategy that would combine aspects of environmental sustainability and increase in region´s competiveness. Intersectoral cooperation should be enhanced – for example, region´s RIS3 strategy has two separate foci of forest bioeconomy and technology and materials which are very much interlinked and should not be developed separately.  The overall idea would be to create from the experiences gained in this project a “Smart Bioeconomy Region Strategy” that would be part of all the key regional development documents (Regional Development Programme POKAT 2021, ESI Funds 2021+).  Which partners are working on this? Regional Council of North Karelia Improvement of Priority 4 of ERDF OP of Latvia via the development of a National Bioeconomy Strategy (Effective land use for low carbon economy) The National Bioeconomy Strategy (NBS) sets strategic goals and principles for bioeconomy development. Some objectives are: effective use of land resources taking into account agriculture and forestry measures impact on GHG emissions and CO2 removals; biomass contribution to energy independence; new job creation and revenue generation in rural communities.  NBS integrates and improves existing policy documents such as Latvia’s sustainable development strategy 2030; Latvia’s long term energy strategy 2030; Forest sector and related sectors development baselines. Further development of sectors of national significance such as forestry, agriculture and other land uses is also one direction for knowledge based bio-economy area in the Smart Specialization strategy for research and innovation in Latvia. The new challenge for land use sectors are raised also in the national 2030 Climate and Energy Policy Framework.  Improvement is needed for: strategic planning at national level and linking improvement with regional development planning based on existing local resources and stakeholders involvement in that process; creating sufficient support instruments to incentivise private sector investments within the bioeconomy strategy implementation; and enhancing effective “translation” of newest scientific knowledge on innovation potential to field-level solutions.  Which partners are working on this? Ministry of Agriculture Republic of Latvia Latvian Forest Owners' Association Territorial Energy Air Climate Plan The Territorial Energy Climate Plan (PCET) aims at engaging municipalities in a climate mitigation and adaptation strategy, with an action plan covering all activities which have an impact on GHG emissions.  The Grenelle law approved in 2010 has made the PCET mandatory for joint municipalities above 50 000 inhabitants. The current “energy transition” law plans on deploying this tool by making it mandatory for joint municipalities above 20 000 inhabitants by the end of 2018. It also adds a mandatory section concerning air quality, consistent with Air Energy and Climate Regional Strategies (SRCAE).  Considering the rural context of the next generation of mandatory PCET, the effects of both agriculture and forest sectors should be addressed in a more advanced and differentiated way. To optimize the overall contribution of the forest sector to the operational objectives of the PCAET, 3 effects must be taken into account: carbon storage, depending on forest management practices; fossil fuels substitution, using forest biomass for energy (heat and electricity) production; carbon sequestration, using timber as one of the best material for green and energy efficient buildings.  This specific “forest sector assessment” needs an improvement of the tools used, such as Clim'agri developed by the French Environment and Energy Agency (ADEME), as well as a greater awareness and mobilization of stakeholders, and first of all of forest municipalities.  Which partners are working on this? French Federation of forest municipalities Energy Objectives of the Slovenian National Forest Programme (NFP) NFP is a fundamental strategic document aimed at determining the national policy of sustainable development of forest management. The main principles of the NFP are directed towards the preservation of forests and provision of a multipurpose role, which includes the environmental, social and economic aspects.  NFP also presents the implementation of the Environmental Action Programme at the national level, which defines four priorities: energy and climate change, nature and biodiversity, environment and health, and the quality of life, natural resources and waste. The EU’s Thematic Strategy on Sustainable Use of Natural Resources meanwhile presents a reference point for the NFP, which is based on regional characteristics and ecosystem approach.  The objectives of this policy which refers to biomass issues are: higher share of use of wood in Slovenia’s primary energy balance and increase the scope of activities using wood, in particular in rural areas, where those activities considerably contribute to their development.  The NFP needs improvement in three aspects: 1. Creating better basis for more active role of field experts, regarding the promotion of efficient use of biomass for energy. 2. Creating a basis and guidelines for awareness raising and pooling of the forest owners, especially in areas with a higher share of low quality wood stands. 3. Better coordination with other policy areas wich offer incentive to investments in bioenergy projects.  Which partners are working on this? Slovenia Forest Service Operational Programme "Innovation and Competitiveness" 2014-2020 The Operational Programme "Innovation and Competitiveness" (OPIC) strategy is closely related to the objectives for Growth and Jobs and Bulgaria‘s contribution to achieving the three complementary types of growth according to Europe 2020. It directly engages in smart and sustainable growth and has also been developed in line with the objectives the 2020 Energy Strategy of the Republic of Bulgaria, representing the country's vision for the sector in accordance with the current European framework and the global trends in energy technology.  OPIC is built upon six areas of intervention and includes Area 4 “Energy technologies and energy efficiency”. Four priority axes with relevant investment priorities have been identified, and of particular relevance to the project proposal is Axis 3 “Energy and resource efficiency”. It is divided into two investment priorities: 3.1 Energy technology and energy efficiency and 3.2 Resource efficiency.  OPIC needs to be improved in terms of providing conditions for supporting the implementation of Axis 3 and in particular, connected with the production and usage of solid wood biomass. According to the preliminary initiative of the Executive Forest Agency, the Action Plan to be developed in Phase 1 will be implemented in pilot areas/ enterprises, on the basis of the best EU practices identified and subsequently financially supported by OPIC through concrete projects.  Which partners are working on this? Executive Forest Agency Investment Priority 4b. (“Promotion of energy efficiency and use of renewable energy in enterprises”) of the Priority Axis 4 of the ERDF OP of the Abruzzo Region (“Promotion of a low carbon economy”) - Action 4.2.1 “Incentives aimed at reducing energy consumption and gas emissions in enterprises and Action 4.2.1 of the Investment Priority 4.b is specifically addressed to grant incentives aimed at: reducing energy consumption in enterprises and in production areas; reducing gas emissions in enterprises and in production areas; and favouring the installation of renewable sources energy production plants for enterprises’ consumption (including biomass plants) and giving priority to high-efficiency technologies. This action is then intended to promote the rationalization of consumption and the minimization of polluting emissions from the production of SMEs. In fact, since June 2014, in the Abruzzo region there were 128,388 active SMEs, being then clear how crucial is the issue of ensuring energy efficiency and production from renewable energy sources in the industrial sector, to achieve the objective of reducing the consumption of electricity, without forgetting that this reduction affects also enterprises’ competitiveness. Furthermore from 2010 in Abruzzo there was a trend reversal of CO2 emissions (respectively -37% compared to 2005 and -10.9% compared to 2010) which decreased up to 4,1 ton/inhab, 3.3 points below the national average (7,4 ton/inhab). In terms of energy requirements, in 2013 energy consumption of the Abruzzo region (amounting to 6,137.3 GWh) was only partly covered by the regional production (3,915.9 GWh), resulting in a deficit of electricity equal to 2,221.4 GWh; the electricity needs of the industrial sector amounted to 2,613.4 GWh.  Which partners are working on this? Abruzzo Region - Agricultural Department Structural Funds Regional Operational Programme (ROP) 2014-2020 The ROP aims at promoting smart sustainable and inclusive growth in all regions in Romania. The programme addresses the major development challenges for Romania: regional competitiveness, sustainable urban development, low-carbon economy, and economic and social infrastructure at regional and local level.  The ROP aims to continue implementing the strategic vision of regional development in Romania, completing and developing the directions and priorities of the National Development Plan. The priority axis 3 of the ROP 2014-2020 “Support for the transition to a low carbon missions economy», investment priority 3.1 «Support to energy efficiency, intelligent management of energy and for use using renewable energy sources in public infrastructure, including public buildings and residential houses».  During the implementation phase, the beneficiaries should adopt the most efficient solutions to increase the use of renewable energy in public buildings. The best solutions provided by project partners during the exchange/transfer of good practices will improve the implementation of ROP in terms of results and impact. We appreciate that the policy instrument should provide additional guidelines to project beneficiaries in order to help them identify the best solutions and models in using renewable energy sources and assist them in making the best use of the European initiatives like: Covenant of Mayors, Smart Cities, Structural Funds, etc. Which partners are working on this? Regional Development Agency Centru Sign up for the BIO4ECO newsletter Subscribe now Latest News See all project news 18/09/2020 BIO4ECO Final Conference Files Videos and presentations of the BIO4ECO Final Conference, which took place on September 17th and 18th as an online event Type: Project 17/09/2020 Closing of the Interreg BIO4ECO Project On September 17th, The Minister of Agriculture, Livestock, Fisheries and Food, Teresa Jordà, closed the Interreg Bio4ECO Project. Type: Project 14/05/2020 Approaching biomass to forest users The Forest Service has carried out many activities that will greatly contribute to raising awareness of the use of biomass for energy purposes. Type: Project 26/03/2020 New: sustainable soil management in Latvia Latvian Ministry of Agriculture aims to improve national soil data for the development and implementation of climate change policy in agriculture. Type: Project 28/02/2020 Meeting in Abruzzo Region Regional working group of the Agriculture Department met the main stakeholders to make the point about the implementation of the project. Type: Project 07/01/2020 Communication and dissemination partners activities 2019 summary (communication and dissemination partners activities) Type: Project 21/11/2019 Energy and Climate Plan 2030 On November 21, the “Energy and Climate Plan 2030 – Towards a Sustainable Country” forum was held in Latvia. Type: Project 07/11/2019 European Forest Week: Forests and circular economy Under the theme Forests and the Circular Economy, the European Forest Week 2019 took place from 4 to 8 November 2019 in Geneva, Switzerland. Type: Project 29/10/2019 Presentation to the Terreverdi Teramane The Bio4eco Project presented to the Terreverdi Teramane LAG Type: Project 08/10/2019 JRC helps Romanian BIO4ECO stakeholders RDA Centru, identified as PP10 within the BIO4ECO project, in collaboration with JRC organised a training course on H2020 project writing Type: Project
Project summary The S3UNICA project is the natural follow up of the Pilot Project “Smart Campus” selected by DG REGIO under the call for expression of interest for “Thematic Partnerships to pilot interregional innovation projects”, within the S3 Partnership on “Sustainable Buildings”. Who are the protagonists?                         Why S3UNICA?S3UNICA brings together 5 countries to build more effective innovation policies and to support interregional cooperation.The Smart Specialization University Campus project aims at emphasizing the role of Universities in regional innovation policies, by providing specialist research and technical expertise in the field of energy sustainable buildings and by offering campuses as a hands-on lab where to implement these innovative solutions. Universities involved in the project can contribute to regional knowledge exchange and its translation into innovative energy products, solutions and public/private services.     €1,538,662.00 from 1 Aug 2019 to 31 Jul 2023 Topic Low-carbon economy Our goals                                              S3UNICA will be able to create a virtuos circle, indeed it promotes the symbiosis with regional territory and capitalize the experience of "Smart Campus" project toimprove the energy efficiency of University Campus buildings and infrastructures develop of innovative solutions throughout the value chain associated to energy saving and smart grid developments define a common methodology, using the new Energy Performance of Buildings directive and its Smart Readiness Indicator. Moreover, being S3 an ex-ante conditionality to access Cohesion Policy funds, this project will contribute to the foreseen “entrepreneurial discovery” process to influence regional policy, starting from University achievements and involving all the quadruple helix actors: S3UNICA can count on the involvement S3P Partnership on Sustainable Buildings, which currently includes 45 public administrations and the participation of different stakeholders from the industrial sector and civil society.   How can we do that?5 action plans 24 stakeholder meetings 7 newsletters and communication strategy Catalogue of good practices Self assessment tool 5 exchanges of experience 3 campus technical meetings6 steering group meetings Partnership Lead Partner Partner What policy instruments does the project address? The Friuli Venezia Giulia region has approved its regional energy Plan (REP) on the 22nd December 2015 as stated in the Italian decrees n. 28/2011 and n.102/2014 which implements the directive 2009/28/CE on energy and climate and the use of renewable energies and the directive 2012/27/EU on energy efficiency Based on the 20-20-20 Package on climate and energy the FVG REP is articulated on the following measures:implement and finance an energy register of public buildings (university campuses as well), starting from the regional heritage, to establish regional energy requalification objectives and priority funding for interventions. At the same time, create a regional computerized system for collecting data on the  regional contributions granted in terms of energy efficiency, energy saving and use of RES and on energy savings achieved;create a summary of technical sheets with the description of "typical interventions" in the field of energy requalification (both for building structures and for facilities) available to public administrations. To this end, prepare the regional guidelines to encourage and promote the use of GPP (Green Public Procurement) in public  administations;introduce an incentive in new buildings and existing buildings (university campuses included) to implement an improvement in energy performance, to install RES plants and micro-plants or to increase supply from RES, compared to the minimum already established by national obligations; obligation of a three-year plan for the Public Administration for the restructuring of public buildings with the aim to comply with the minimum RES levels and the incentive of the same through an order of priority in the allocation of financial spaces.Thanks to interregional cooperation and exchange of experiences within the project, the selected energy Plan will be mainly improved through:  NEW PROJECTS : develop distributed generation and intelligent networks that allow the measurement and control of flows with digital communication systems and finance pilot projects that include innovative thermal storage systems for existing public buildings; STRUCTURAL CHANGES: promoting the use of IOT systems which would allow to monitor and manage electric and thermal energy in order to improve energy saving and the integration of RES in the traditional systems.  S3 POTENTIAL NEW TRAJECTORIES: entrepreneurial discovery process based on the involvement of the Energy sector quadruple helix actors.  Which partners are working on this? Friuli Venezia Giulia Autonomous Region – Environment and Energy Central Directorate – Energy Service University of Udine - DPIA University of Trieste Andalusia ERDF 20142020 Objective T.O. 4. Priority Line 4d: The development and application of intelligent distribution networks operating at low and medium voltage The main aim of the Priority Line 4d is to develop an energy infrastructure system that ensures quality of supply and use of autochthonous resources of Andalusia, as well as its orderly implementation in the territory, forming a more efficient energy model through the incorporation of elements that allow for "smart" energy management. The policy instrument addressed parts of regional energy strategies and planning of the Regional Government, precisely the Energy Strategy for Andalusia 2020. Actions associated with smart energy grids and improving the quality of energy supply are being financed. Improvements should be made concerning the development of integrated and complex projects, as the DG Regio "Smart Campus" pj. Currently, the Incentive Programme 2014-2020, managed by the AEA, should include possible other beneficiaries as university campus to receive incentives. Further improvements envisaged include increasing projects concentrated in critical areas as university campuses, technological parks, ports. S3UNICA will include pilot projects and foster conditions for replication and the development of smart grids and increasing quality of supply, identifying new areas of interest in the energy system, improving coordination with the regional energy strategy and Incentive Scheme, specifically in the Smart Grid action line. More flexible development tools should be applied facilitating monitoring and evaluation bodies and management centres when reorienting the programme. Which partners are working on this? Andalusian Energy Agency, Regional Ministry of Employment, Enterprise and Commerce, Andalusian Government (AEA) University Institute of Domotic and Energy Efficiency. University of Malaga Programme for sustainable growth and jobs 2014-2020 Finnish national program of EU Structural funds ERDF Priority 2 Theme Producing and using the latest information and knowledge (ERDF) The policy instrument is the Finnish national operating program of EU structural funds. The ERFD priority 2 aims at the production of new knowledge and knowhow, and also at delivering it to the society. The program is a major tool for the regional advancement of low-carbon society, as well as creation of strutural reform of the local economy, employment and entrepreneurship. The selected policy instrument contains three specific objectives (SO’s) that are interlinked with respect to the topic area of S3UNICA project. These SO’s are:    4.1 the development of new research, knowhow and innovation hubs based on regional strenghts,5.1 strenghtening the innovation capacity of companies3.2 developing new solutions for renewable energy and energy efficiency.The transition to low carbon society is a crosscutting theme in the Finnish OP, which strongly supports also regional transition measures. The challenge of SO selection in multi-dimensional topics, such as competence building and integrated projects for improved sustainable real estate management, is both on the MA’s and the project developers side. There is also more room for interregional project intitatives than are being currently utilised. The project is targeting this aspect of the policy instrument through deepening the stakeholder interaction and EU benchmarking of best practices within the topic area covered by S3UNICA. Which partners are working on this? Regional Council of South Karelia Lappeenranta University of Technology LUT Low Emission Development Programme and a new Sustainable Energy Action Plan for Bielsko-Biała The document establishes municipality's long-term energy strategy, which is then translated into a set of specific measures to be implemented by the municipality and local stakeholders (including educational community) by 2020.The overarching aim is the reduction of GHG emissions from the city territory by minimum 20% by 2020 through the reduction of energy consumption and wider use of RES. Key areas of action include "energy efficiency in buildings" and "energy education" and educational community is among the key stakeholders. Since the plan is periodically evaluated & updated and there is a possibility that the municipality will continue its commitment with the Covenant of Mayors by adopting new, extended Sustainable Climate and Energy Action Plan with extended goals until 2030, some improvements could be suggested, including adoption of new, innovative energy efficiency measures (to contribute to the achievement of ambitious GHG emission reduction targets) and better cooperation with the higher education community - both in the area of testing new solutions (that could be later replicated in other sectors) and in the area of energy education and raising energy awareness. The activities planned within the project will also support the implementation of current measures foreseen and the achievement of the current, ambitious goals. Which partners are working on this? Association of Municipalities Polish Network "Energie Cités" Regional Operational Programme - Priority Axis 3.1 - Support for energy efficiency, smart energy management and renewable energy use in public infrastructures, including in public buildings and in the housing sector Regional Development Plan of Centru Development Region is the main planning and programming document elaborated at Centru Development Region. Its global objective is ”balanced development of Centru Development Region by stimulating knowledge-based economic growth, environmental protection and the sustainable use of natural resources as well strengthening social cohesion”. The Development Strategy of the Centru Region comprises 6 strategic areas of development, each of them grouping a number of specific priorities and measures:  Urban development, development of regional technical and social infrastructureIncrease of economic competitiveness, stimulating research and innovationProtection of the environment, increase of energy efficiency, stimulation the use of alternative energy sourcesDevelopment of rural areas, support of agriculture and forestryIncrease of regional tourist attractiveness, supporting cultural activities and recreationDevelopment of human resources, increasing social inclusion  Which partners are working on this? Alba Local Energy Agency – ALEA officially S3UNICA start S3UNICA project video - Storytelling of officially project start Watch! S3UNICA Newsletter S3UNICA six-monthly newsletter Read! 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Type: Project 22/10/2020 2nd Stakeholder meeting for Finnish partners Last 31st March, Regional Council of South Karelia and LUT University held their second Regional Stakeholder meeting (the last one in presence) Type: Project 13/10/2020 It is now the turn for ALEA stakeholders meeting! Last 30th June ALEA organized its second stakeholder meeting and it has been able to count on 13 participants and 5 policy makers participants. Type: Project 02/10/2020 Second stakeholders meeting for AEA and UMA Second Stakeholders meeting for Andalusian Energy Agency, in collaboration with the Andalusian Institute of Domotics ad Energy Efficiency! Type: Project 30/09/2020 Recent energy saving measures at the UniTS University of Trieste will complete soon the transition from the use of fuel oil and diesel oil for heating to the less impactful use of methane gas. Type: Project 29/07/2020 S3UNICA second Newsletter is now available online! Another semester has passed and now it’s time to read the second S3UNICA newsletter! Type: Project 25/06/2020 Self Assessment tool has been approved! After some months of work and discussion, the project Steering Committee has approved the Self-Assessment Tool. Type: Project 23/06/2020 EU Sustainable Energy Week goes on! Until 26th June the EU Sustainable Energy Week will take place under the theme ‘Beyond the crisis: clean energy for green recovery and growth’. Type: Project 17/06/2020 S3UNICA goes on! S3UNICA project partners and stakeholders met online this morning. Type: Project Latest Events See all project events Jan 27 2021 Andalusian online Exchange of Experience The Andalusian Energy Agency and the University of Malaga are pleased to invite you to the second S3UNICA Exchange of Experience that will be held on ZOOM on We Type: Project
Project summary PROGRESS is here to make progress! The aim of the project is to initiate a process of policy change towards the conservation of biodiversity and the maintenance of nature’s capacity to deliver the goods and services that we all need. The policy instruments tackled by the project are the ERDF OPs at regional or national level and other strategies dealing with the protection and valuing biodiversity and ecosystem services. The approach proposed by the project is firmly based on policy learning and capacity building of the partner organizations and relevant stakeholders of the concerned policy subsystems, as it stimulates a collective multidimensional and dynamic exchange of experience. The guidelines to boost the change are:Promote the measurement of the costs and benefits of ecosystem services derived from land use. Support the horizontal integration of the ecosystem concerns into the sectoral policies and plans .Explore innovative financial and marketing mechanisms for payment for ecosystem services.  Improve landscape governance for economic and environmental sustainability.   €1,445,500.00 from 1 Aug 2019 to 31 Jul 2023 Topic Environment and resource efficiency Partnership Lead Partner Partner What policy instruments does the project address? Regional Biodiversity Strategy of the Tuscany Region 2015-2020 The Tuscany Regional Biodiversity Strategy (RBS) is the instrument aimed at the design and implementation until 2020 of the most urgent regional actions to fight the loss of biodiversity and of the ecosystem services offered by both the terrestrial and the marine environments. The RBS is consistent with and functional to the National Strategy for Biodiversity 2020 and the EU Strategy for Biodiversity. This strategy has been included in the Regional Plan for Environment and Energy so to guarantee the implementation of those actions that are considered most urgent and their necessary integration, both with the planning of protected areas and with other environmental policies. The main objective of this Strategy is to preserve and enhance the natural heritage of terrestrial and marine biodiversity of Tuscany, reducing and controlling human pressure which constitute a threat, favoring its sustainable use at the benefit of current and future generations. The RBS is in fact a response to the need for integration between the protection of biodiversity and the objectives pursued by sector policies, through a multidisciplinary approach and collaboration between different offices of the Regional Authority, local authorities, protected areas, agencies, the academic and scientific world, etc. What should be improved is the horizontal integration of the ecosystem concerns into the sectoral policies and plans and innovative financial and marketing mechanisms for payment for ecosystem services. Which partners are working on this? National Association of Italian Municipalities Tuscany Operational Programme ''Growth and Employment'' 2014-2020 The Latvian single multi-fund Operational Programme ''Growth and Employment'' (OP) aims at achieving key national development priorities along with the "Europe 2020" objectives. By combining support from the ERDF, ESF and the Cohesion Fund, the OP will provide a significant support to the economic growth and employment, with a particular focus on the competitiveness of Latvia's economy. Among other, the OP focuses on measures dedicated to protecting the environment and promoting the sustainable use of resources (priority axis 5) aiming to ensure the balance between the nature protection and economic interests, to maintain and improve the status of ecosystems by ensuring availability of the ecosystem services and promoting the image of Latvia as a green country (5.4). Environmental monitoring is currently performed to insufficient extent. Insufficient data on the current state of the environment is another reason why it is impossible to provide complete information on compliance with EU requirements, and there are no corresponding results to assess the influence of implementation of various measures on environmental quality. Current policy instruments are not sufficiently targeted towards protecting biodiversity. The quality and accessibility of information, including environmental monitoring data, environmental education, promoting green thinking, are essential for implementation of EU directives and successful implementation of environmental policies. Which partners are working on this? Riga Technical University Regional Planning Guidelines (RPGs) for the Greater Dublin Area 2010-2022 Currently the Greater Dublin Area Regional Planning Guidelines (RPG) set out the planned direction for growth of the Greater Dublin Area. They establish policy ideas to guide sustainable and balanced growth, to support the national objective of more balanced regional development and protect biodiversity. The RPG will be replaced in future by a Regional Spatial & Economic Strategy (RSES) for the Eastern & Midland Regional Assembly, PROGRESS will inform the current RPG and a future RSES. In addition to the top-down approach, the RPG embraces a bottom-up approach by taking account of the proposed spatial plans (i.e. Local Authority Development Plans) and economic plans (i.e. Local, Economic, Community Plans) of local authorities to ensure issues raised locally feed into regional policy. The RPG aims to ensure the resilience of natural resources and cultural assets. It enables Ireland’s planning system to play an important role in the national economic recovery by delivering a plan-led system where spatial plans are aligned to benefit the economy, environment and provide for an improved quality of life. There is a need to improve the methods for the assessment of ecosystem services as the concept of ecosystem services is still relatively new in Ireland. PROGRESS will inform the environmental components of the RPG. The policy learning, interregional co-operation and capacity building actions as part of PROGRESS will provide tools to measure and implement the concept of ecosystem services. Which partners are working on this? Eastern & Midland Regional Assembly Environmental and Energy Efficiency Operational Programme The Operational Programme aims to support sustainable growth and contribute to achieving the Europe 2020 targets for smart, sustainable and inclusive growth. It improves flood protection, provides better waste and wastewater management services and good quality drinking water to more residents, help protect natural habitats and species, and it should improve energy efficiency and the use of renewable energy sources. The programme focuses among others on adaptation to climate change impacts, development of water supply, wastewater disposal and cleaning,nature protection and wildlife protection. The OP targets the development of green infrastructure and restoration of degraded ecosystems and protected natural values and areas of Community importance in order to improve its nature conservation status. It plays a significant role in the conservation and development of key ecosystem services, both in terms of sustainable economic growth and the quality of life of the population, through the restoration of 5% of the degraded ecosystems as well as the protection and conservation of Natura 2000 sites preserving jobs and creating of new ones. The aim of this priority has to be supported by a permanent decision-supporting system that harmonize the different investment plans of the given territory with the principal of protecting the ecosystem-services as usually short run economic objectives have priority in the decision making process, which hinders the implementation of this principle. Which partners are working on this? Tolna County Development Agency ERDF Regional Operational Programme 2014-2020 of Catalunia Region  This policy instrument pursues Europe Strategy 2020 objectives of a smart, sustainable and inclusive growth. Sustainable growth is in fact among the horizontal principles of all ERDF co-financed activities, described as measures towards environmental protection, resource efficiency, climate change adaptation and mitigation, biodiversity and ecosystem protection, resilience to disturbances, and risk management. The articulation of ERDF objectives related to the conservation, protection, promotion and development of natural heritage in the Catalan Strategy 2020 priorities (ECAT 2020) results in promoting soil management, protection and maintenance, natural areas, and biodiversity (ECAT 2020 6.4.1) towards green economy (PO FEDER specific objective 3). What should be improved is the achievement of a greater effectiveness of such policy actions through the effective management of land use related ecosystem services (including soil maintenance, biodiversity and many others), by sharing experiences in measuring their costs and benefits, integrating them into sectorial policies, and exploring mechanism for payment for them, and by applying restoration and adaptation investments and landscape governance. Which partners are working on this? CREAF (Ecologic Research and Forestry Applications Centre) Large Infrastructure Operational Programme 2014-2020 – Romania The Large Infrastructure Operational Programme (LIOP) aims at promoting sustainable economic growth as well as safe and efficient use of natural resources. It addresses the development challenges identified at national level in terms of transport infrastructure, sustainable urban transport, environment, energy and risk prevention. Among its priorities, an important focus is represented by the preservation of the biodiversity, including measures concerning the support of  the development and implementation of management plans for Natura 2000 sites and protected natural areas and studies to ensure an appropriate level of knowledge and biodiversity monitoring and ecosystems. Romania has to actively promote measures to prevent biodiversity decline by implementing sustainable management models to Nature 2000 sites and natural protected areas and protecting biodiversity out of protected areas. The policy instrument should be further improved by promoting sustainable regional development based on the delivery of the ecosystem services, in particular financial benefits associated with investing in ecosystems biodiversity landscapes and the potential to attract the attention of investors, private actors or donors interested in developing self-sustaining revolving instruments that are complementary to grant and sponsorship mechanisms.  Which partners are working on this? University of Craiova Sign up for the PROGRESS newsletter Subscribe now 2nd Good Practices Handbook now on-line Support the horizontal integration of the ecosystem concerns into the sectoral policies and plans at regional and/or national level. 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Type: Project 30/11/2020 ECOSYSTEMS SERVICES IN PROGRESS – A YEAR IN REVIEW Ecosystem services play a key role in human and the planet well-being and the PROGRESS project has started to identify its first sets of good practices to promo Type: Project 09/07/2020 Ireland’s initiative to reverse pollinator decline We reflect on the important role that pollinators play in protecting biodiversity and contributing to the agri-economy Type: Project 12/06/2020 A training of ecosystem services for all! Confinement turned a training for local stakeholders into an international show thanks to the Riga Technical university and the TV24 Studio. Type: Project 11/05/2020 Could ecosystem services protect us from diseases? Don’t blame biodiversity! This ecosystem service is the very thing protecting us from new pandemics as COVID-19. Do you want to know how? Keep reading… Type: Project 03/04/2020 Ecosystem services seminar beats confinement We hold our first thematic seminar on-line last 31st of March. We all discussed about the best good practices to measure ecosystem services Type: Project 31/01/2020 Ecosystem services bring together local stakeholders In different regions around Europe, PROGRESS brought together scientists, associations and councils to discuss about ecosystem services Type: Project 07/10/2019 The Interreg Europe project PROGRESS begins! PROGRESS aims to initiate a process of exchange of experiences for maintaining nature’s biodiversity, goods and services Type: Project
Project summary Overall objective Overall objective of BRIDGES project is to significantly improve partner regions’ RIS3 implementation governance and the delivery of the structural funds; to benefit from policy learning and enhance industry-led Centres of Competence (CC) as RIS3 implementation units. The industry-led focus is Bioeconomy, an industry common to partners’ RIS3. Main challenges BRIDGES partnership is from Finland, Greece, Spain, Hungary, Poland and Slovenia. It combines RIS3 diversification and specialisation regions, contributing to the achievement of the objectives in complementary and synergetic way. BRIDGES regions face challenges deriving from the effectiveness of their RIS3 implementation. In some cases challenges relate to the process of valorising research results, while in other cases to the transformation and renewal of regional economies. The overarching improvement need is for better RIS3 implementation governance, to deal with: 1) relatively weak impact of RIS3 on growth, jobs and regional economy renewal (linked to low upscale investments, research excellence absorptiveness, and exploitation of related variety potential), 2) mismatches between RIS3 productive and RDI bases, 3) distance from and better exploitation of research excellence as a path to further specialisation, 4) restricted resources towards RIS3 impact. Problem addressed BRIDGES wants to primarily break the vicious circle of regional lock ins, dominant in less advanced regions, and restricting the RIS3 impact. By addressing knowledge asymmetries through networked solutions it also contributes to the uptake of commercially unexplored excellence results of the more advanced regions. Thus the RIS3 performance is improved in both types of regions. And thus awareness, methodological and resource gaps between advanced and less advanced regions are bridged, concretely and for the long run. Thus we create or upscale existing paths, i.e. upscaled sources of increasing returns for all the regions. BRIDGES methodology €1,814,473.00 from 1 Apr 2016 to 31 Mar 2021 Topic Research and innovation Partnership Lead Partner Partner What policy instruments does the project address? Kainuu RIS3, part of the Sustainable growth and jobs 2014–2020 – Finland's structural funds programme 2014FI16M2OP001, Sub-programme for Northern Finland. Kainuu RIS3 priorities: Pr1 ICT, Pr 2 Raw materials/Bioeconomy (Objectives: 2.1 The ecosystem economy, 2.2 Bio-&circular economy, 2.3 Bioenergy), & Pr3 Health & well being. Finland has one ERDF/ESF Sustainable growth & jobs 2014–2020 - Finland's structural funds programme' with a budget of 2,9 billion €. The aim of the ESIF OP is to create more than 12,000 new jobs and 1,200 new enterprises by the year 2023. It is composed of 3 OPs one for Helsinki-Uusimaa, one for East and North Finland, and one for South and West Finland.  BRIDGES project is aligned with  Producing and using the latest information and knowledge; Thematic priority 1 Research & technology development, & effectiveness of innovation; Investment priority 4, specific objective 4.1 Research, knowledge and innovation focus on the development on the basis of regional strengths (this is how RIS3 in Finland is integrated into the structural funds) and Investment priority 5, specific objective 5.1 Strengthening enterprises’ innovativeness. The main result indicator is an increase in RDI spending by the private sector.   BRIDGES focus: Kainuu RIS3 Pr2, specific objective 2.2. Improvement needs: (1) Criteria for & upscale investments in Bioeconomy; (2) Partnerships addressing region’s RIS3 mismatches between productive & RDI base; (3) Enhance centres of expertise and innovation for better RIS3 implementation (KE- CC), (4) leverage of resources for innovation. Which partners are working on this? Kainuun Etu ltd Regional Council of Kainuu RIS for the Lubelskie Voivodeship 2020 (RIS LV 2020) RIS LV 2020 priorities: Pr1 Implementation of innovations in the business sector, Pr2 Creation and commercialization of knowledge in the science sector, Pr3 Strengthening business environment and administration. Smart specialisations: Bioeconomy, medicine&health, IT and automation and low carbon-emission energy. BRIDGES focus: Pr2. Improvement needs: (1) Increase of added value in Bioeconomy; (2) Create long lasting and effective links between productive & RDI base; (3) Enhance platforms for better RIS LV 2020 implementation: (4) leverage of resources for innovation. The main RIS3 LV 2020 financial instrument is the Lubelskie Regional Operational programme (ROP): Priority Axis 1 Research & Innovation & Priority Axis 3 Competi-tiveness of enterprises.  Which partners are working on this? Lubelskie Voivodeship Smart Specialisation in the Helsinki-Uusimaa Region – Research and Innovation Strategy for Regional Development 2014–2020, part of the Sustainable growth and jobs 2014-2020 – Finland's structural funds programme 2014FI16M2OP001, Sub-programme for Helsinki-Uusimaa The priorities of the RIS3 in Helsinki-Uusimaa are determined by the spearhead industries, key enabling technologies and cross-cutting theme of well-being solutions enabled by digitalisation. The RIS3 priorities of HUR are Urban Cleantech, Human Health Tech, Welfare City, Digitalizing industry and Smart citizen. Finland has one ERDF/ESF Sustainable growth & jobs 2014–2020 – Finland's structural funds programme' with a budget of 2.9 billion €. The aim of the ESIF OP is to create more than 12,000 new jobs and 1,200 new enterprises by the year 2023. It is composed of 3 OPs one for Helsinki-Uusimaa, one for East and North Finland, and one for South and West Finland. BRIDGES project is aligned with Priority Axis 2, ERDF 434 369 000€, 33.5% of ERDF, Producing and using the latest information and knowledge; Thematic priority1 Research & technology development, & effectiveness of innovation; Investment priority 4, specific objective 4.1 Research, knowledge and innovation focus on the development on the basis of regional strengths (this is how RIS3 in Finland is integrated into the structural funds) and Investment priority 5, specific objective 5.1 Strengthening enterprises’ innovativeness. The main result indicator is increase in RDI spending by the private sector. BRIDGES focus: HURC RIS3 key enabling technologies (among which Bioeconomy RDI). Improvement needs: • help the region accelerate innovation research, • build innovation capacity through multi-financial instrument. Which partners are working on this? Helsinki-Uusimaa Regional Council Regional Development   Research and Innovation Strategy for Smart Specialisations (RIS3) of Western Macedonia 2014–2020, part of the WESTERN MACEDONIA OP 2014GR16M2OP006 The OP supports 10 thematic areas and those relevant to BRIDGES project are:TO1 Research & innovation, Funding Priority "Strengthening research, technological development and innovation" (ERDF – 3.13% of EU allocation) and TO3 – SMEs competitiveness, Funding Priority "Enhancing competitiveness of SMEs" (ERDF – 9.40 % of EU allocation). The OP budget is ERDF: 245,794,494.00 € + ESF: 18,795,693.00 € = 264 590 187€. The  relevant impact indicator is support of more than 240 SMEs and promotion of cooperation with research institutions.   Improvement needs: In spite of strengths in the productive base and overall potential in terms of rural economy, energy and manufacturing tradition, Western Macedonia faces: • weak absorptiveness of research excellence of the RIS3 industries and the economy in general; • low effectiveness of innovation management, including RIS3 implementation; • RIS3 implementation needs to clarify implementation agency; • clusters for growth and innovation weak. Which partners are working on this? REGIONAL DEVELOPMENT AGENCY OF WESTERN MACEDONIA S.A. - ANKO National Smart Specialisation Strategy (RIS3) of Slovenia (NUTS1), part of the Operational Programme for the Implementation of the EU Cohesion Policy in the Period 2014–2020, 2014SI16MAOP001 Slovenia has prepared one single Operational Programme for the Implementation of the EU Cohesion Policy in the Period 2014–2020. The Operational Programme(OP) is the implementing document serving as the basis for the absorption of the EUR 3.2 billion available in the period 2014–2020 under the European Regional Development Fund (ERDF), the European Social Fund (ESF) and the Cohesion Fund (CF). BRIDGES project is aligned with Thematic Objective 1 Strengthening research, technological development and innovation while strengthening its links with enterprises and the higher education sector. The primary Slovenian source of funding of fundamental research will be secured through national funds, while the ESI Funds will support strengthening the links and new synergies created in the innovation system and enhancement of the collaboration between the economy and knowledge institutions in the areas defined by the Smart Specialisation Strategy.   Improvement needs: Investment under priority axis 1 will target improvement of infrastructure for research and innovation and enhancement of capacities for excellence in this area in accordance with the Smart Specialisation Strategy. RIS3 is in final level of stakeholder consultations and when adopted it will be one of the key documents for the implementation of the OP. The industry focus will agro food and forest economy: improvement of quality, clustering, and linkages ot new product lines. Which partners are working on this? Soča Valley Development Centre Economic Development and Innovation Operational Programme (EDIOP) (Gazdaságfejlesztési és Innovatív Operatív Program) 2014HU16M0OP001 It is linked to the National Structural Funds operational programme. The BRIDGES project is aligned with Priority Axis 2, Improving knowledge Economy; Thematic priority 1 Research & technology development, & effectiveness of innovation; Investment priority 1a, specific objective, 2.1. Improved participation in H2020 with strengthening of R&D capacities. Priority 2: R&I, the budget of which is EUR 1687.9 M. The programme (source: ERDF, ESF, IKF; a total of 9,004.2 M EUR over 7 years) aims to stimulate the economies of the less developed regions in Hungary. Its most important priorities are the competitiveness of small and medium sized enterprises, research and innovation, and employment. The strategy – in its form – functions as a general framework for R&D and innovation and avoids mentioning concrete sectors. In Hungary there is a National Smart Specialisation Strategy (as part of the National Research and Development and Innovation Strategy 2020), based on the aggregated regional data. Within the Strategy three national smart specialisations are identified in accordance with the types of regions, i.e. the regional productive base strengths. Prioritised sectors, serving as reference, include among others material sciences, physical, sciences, biological sciences, agricultural science, pharmaceuticals, pharmaceuticals. Improvement needs:  The industry focus needs to be focused on innovations, & tailored tools improved. The BRIDGES project provides exactly this opportunity. Which partners are working on this? Pannon Business Network Association BRIDGES videos and interviews Videos and interviews from the BRIDGES peer review in Helsinki Interviews BRIDGES newsletter Regions share experiences from interregional cooperation Enjoy reading BRIDGES second brochure The new brochure gives a quick overview about project achievements in each partner region Enjoy reading! (function(d, s, id) { var js, fjs = d.getElementsByTagName(s)[0]; if (d.getElementById(id)) return; js = d.createElement(s); js.id = id; js.src = "//connect.facebook.net/en_US/sdk.js#xfbml=1&version=v2.10"; js.async = true; fjs.parentNode.insertBefore(js, fjs); }(document, 'script', 'facebook-jssdk')); BRIDGES Tweets by BRIDGES Latest News See all project news 22/01/2021 The most popular SME story from TRINNO Over 300 people voted for their favourite stories from our result publication. Check the interview with TRINNO's Slovenian partner who topped the SME list. Type: Programme 15/01/2021 BRIDGES: a favourite in our 30 stories publication We interviewed partners from the Lubelskie region in Poland to find out more about their project results in bioeconomy. Type: Programme 14/12/2020 BRIDGES project publication The final publication of the BRIDGES project is available to read. Type: Project 12/12/2020 Reflections from the BRIDGES project (3) Reflections on the implementation of the BRIDGES project action plan in Kainuu region. Type: Project 10/12/2020 Closing conference of the BRIDGES project Organisation of the closing conference of the BRIDGES project, on line, 10.12.2020. Type: Project 01/12/2020 BRIDGES project closing conference BRIDGES closing conference_10.12.2020 Type: Project 24/11/2020 Approval of the S3 BERRY+ The S3 industrial modernisation partnership BERRY+ was approved by the EC. Type: Project 01/10/2020 Regional Stakeholder Group meeting in Kainnu region Regional Council of Kainuu organized 2nd Regional Stakeholder Group to discuss the revision of the Kainuu RIS3. Type: Project 21/08/2020 Reflections from the BRIDGES project experience (1) Reflexions from the BRIDGES project experience, matching & connecting regions’ strengths…part1 Type: Project 21/08/2020 Reflections from the BRIDGES project experience (2) Reflexions from the BRIDGES project experience….matching & connecting regions’ strengths…part2 Type: Project
Project summary Project FRiDGE (Development of food industry SME competitiveness for better potentials in growth) deals with one of the most important aspects of European food and drink industries: SME competitiveness. The food and drink sector is the biggest employer in the EU and the largest sector in manufacturing while 99% (285,000 businesses) of the companies are SMEs accounting for 62,8% of the total employment in the sector but only 48,1% of the value added and 49,4% of the total turnover (based on FoodDrinkEurope data). Increasing input costs diminish turnover which results in the sector losing its competitive edge in terms of profitability. In order to support the food and drink sector to be able to keep its position in the world market the partnership seeks to contribute with interregional policy learning, promotion of good practices and leveraging interregional experience exchange by improving relevant operational programmes and regional policies. Market reach both inside and outside of the EU, productivity issues in terms of process management and capacity enhancement with regards to machinery and equipment are the focal points of this interregional cooperation with special attention given to EU2020 goals regarding sustainability and social inclusion as underlying secondary goals. The partnership consist of six organizations across from the quadruple helix (government and academia), and food and drink industry is the main beneficiary of the project, and also the general public will indirectly benefit from this cooperation in terms of the better performance of the sector in the partnering regions and in the EU. "> €1,180,604.00 from 1 Aug 2019 to 31 Jul 2023 Topic SME competitiveness Partnership Lead Partner Partner What policy instruments does the project address? Hungary ERDF ESF Economic Development and Innovation Operational Programme 2014-2020; Priority Axis 1 SME competitiveness, Investment Priority 3 ERDF 3(d) Creating a marketable and cooperative SME sector; Specific objective 3.1. Creating a marketable and cooperative SME sector through increasing the cooperation intensity of business, with special regards given those engaged in export activity. Objective: The EDIOP aims to stimulate the economy of the less developed regions in Hungary though several objectives making it a wide angle OP, and one of the most important priorities are the competitiveness and productivity of small-and medium sized enterprises, which is related to ERDF thematic objective 3(d).   Characteristics: The Specific Objective in question deal with market reach in the SME sector due to the low international market share of those actors, which is true to a bigger extent to food industry as well. The open nature of the Hungarian economy and the relatively small size and the low level segmentation of the domestic market makes it even more important for food industry to reach EU and extra-EU markets.   Priority concerned: 3.1. Creating a marketable and cooperative SME sector through increasing the cooperation intensity of business, with special regards given those engaged in export activity - linked to ERDF Investment priority 3(d)   Reasons to improve: Even though the EDIOP intends to deploy state-of-the-art solutions the steps taken forward however are too small, which could be improved by policy learning and sharing good practices in terms of competitiveness measures, which should put more emphasis on improvements in soft expertise and participating in international networks. Further stressing international policy inputs may improve the current state of the policy instrument.   Which partners are working on this? TCDA Tolna County Development Agency Nonprofit Public Benefit Ltd. Regional Operative Programme 2014 – 2020 Priority axis 2. Improving competitiveness of small and medium enterprises Objective: The Regional Operative Programme 2014-2020 addresses the development needs of regions, amongst others regarding SME competitiveness in all sectors. The ROP is deisgnated to be in line with Europe2020 directions. Characteristics: The ROP 2014-2020 addresses the major development challenges for Romania - regional competitiveness, sustainable urban development, low-carbon economy and economic and social infrastructure - through different priority axes. Based on the ROP regions develop their regional development strategy and have a budget allocated from the overall OP. IP 2.2 contributes to realizing the goal of Harghita County to build an overall economic system aligned with local development needs. Priority or measure concerned: P2 of the ROP targets improving the competitiveness of SMEs. IP 2.2 “Supporting the creation and expansion of advanced capabilities, production and development of services” aims at further developing competitive advantages of SMEs. The main challenge of SMEs’ is quickly responding to the market demands. Reasons for improvement: The further development of the policy instrument is necessary by prioritizing food industry projects, in order to catalyze investments in remote regions with less visibility. The policy recommendations could be inserted into the targeted PI through the formulation of better focused thematic calls at regional level, and modified selection criteria of the financed projects.   Which partners are working on this? Harghita County Council Regional Operational Programme 2014-2020 of Region of Western Macedonia Axis 3: Enhancing the competitiveness of SMEs Investment Priority 3.d Specific Actions: Funding new SMEs projects to engage in growth in international markets. The main objective of the ROP–Axis 3 is to promote regional economic attractiveness & to increase the competitiveness of SMEs through actions proposed by the RIS3 plan (like internationalization assistance, regional structures for innovation support, direct SMEs co-financing etc). Food & drinks sector is the most exporting one in RWM (after fur sector) & a RIS3 priority sector. Characteristics : The main characteristics of the instrument consist of activities to improve the food sector regional governance in internationalization as a high priority among other actions of the PI 3.d. Priority concerned: RWM after the interregional learning period will prepare an Action Plan for ROP Axis 3 structural funds, that will combine the project objectives & lessons learnt, with the regional strategy on RIS3 food sector related with internationalization SME’s funding. Reason for improvement: The region faces a 60 years lack of entrepreneurial culture due to the mono-industrial heritage (power supply from lignite). As RWM is entering the post-lignite era it should enhance the effectiveness of SMEs development plans related with high qualitive food products that will be internationally promoted. RWM should reposition existing initiatives as pieces of a coherent territorial strategy based on food sector to promote the economic attractiveness of the region, in order to manage & develop in a sustainable way. Regional policy instrument improvement is under a strong political commitment.   Which partners are working on this? University of Western Macedonia Regional Strategy of South Ostrobothnia (CCI number: 2014FI16M2OP001); Thematic Objective 1.Regenerative Local Industry and Commerce; Subtarget 1.1. Growth and Promoting Activities That Support Regeneration From the Regional Strategy of South Ostrobothnia especially Thematic Objective 1.Regenerative Local Industry and Commerce and Subtarget 1.1. Growth and Promoting Activities That Support Regeneration will be addressed by the project. In the Regional Strategy and the Regional Operative Plan the renewal of industries has been recognised as one of the key development objectives as the intake of innovation, research results, proactive competence building or digitalisation is slow hindering the small businesses from competing , growing and being able thrive in their changing business ecosystems in long run. As a part of renewal approach special reference has been made to developing sustainable food systems and new solutions for bioeconomy, food safety, traceability, digitalisation of the food chain, farming of the future, nutrition and healthiness. Digitalisation, IoT, resource efficiency and circular economy are connected to development of all businesses in all business sectors, not just food. Because the business owners are ageing, also change of owner is a relevant development topic. Many entrepreneurs are masters on their own field of expertise, but improving basic business skills and knowledge is needed. Improving the provision of business services and supporting SMEs in transnational cooperation and exporting their products are also amongst the recognised development challenges. Which partners are working on this? Regional Council of South Ostrobothnia Premium Strategy for Food In early 2017 the Bavarian Ministry for Nutrition, Agriculture and Forestry started the “Premium strategy” to focus the high quality regional food specialities and its producers. The idea is to strengthen regional value chains for niche products and SMEs and give them a stable perspective in their market share. The Premium Strategy for Food focuses on products at the "top of the quality pyramid". The added-value strategy benefits producers and consumers alike and gives the consumer orientation in the direction of "special specialties" and raises awareness of the quality and peculiarity of domestic producers. The Premium Strategy is built on three pillars: “100 Genussorte” (100 indulgence spots) is an award for locations (cities, villages, regions, monastery etc.) in Bavaria with an outstanding and/or traditional food culture and/or extraordinary food products. Pillar two is “Genussakademie Bayern” (indulgence academy). This section does qualification and skill enhancement (e.g. cheese sommelier, spice sommelier and new formats) for professionals from the food sector. The main goal is also the development of common high quality standards. The third is called “Regionale Wertschöpfungsketten” for strengthening regional value chains for niche products and SMEs. This part of the strategy has the aim to help to connect the parties along the food supply chain – help for building bridges, for choosing the right activity/strategy and finding business partners. Which partners are working on this? Competence Center for Nutrition Economic Development Policy Plan for East-Flanders 2013-2019 The objective of the policy plan is to create an innovative and sustainable East-Flanders. Stimulating growth in the food industry is one of four major priorities of the plan. As the food industry in East-Flanders is a major sector for growth, locally embedded and important for employment. The main activities to stimulate the local food sector described in the policy plan are: - Public private cooperation: o positive image building of the local food industry to attract new customers and employees (war for talent) o promotion of local food products to the local market o promotion of local food products on the foreign market o cross-sectoral cooperation between for example the food industry and the tourism sector; or the food industry and the social sector o distribution of food products in a short chain to local consumers o developing managerial and entrepreneurial social capital in the food industry SMEs - Triple Helix approach: local government, food industry and knowledge centres share needs and solutions on innovation in the food industry. The Economic Council of East-Flanders hosts a network ‘Lekker Oost-Vlaams’ (Tasteful East-Flanders) of more than 200 SMEs from the food sector. The most important reason for improvement is the rapidly changing environment (VUCA world). More than 90% of the food companies in East-Flanders are SMEs. They need extra support and facilitation by government policy actions in developing their business. New initiatives should be undertaken.   Which partners are working on this? Economic Council of East-Flanders Sign up for the FRiDGE newsletter Subscribe now (function(d, s, id) { var js, fjs = d.getElementsByTagName(s)[0]; if (d.getElementById(id)) return; js = d.createElement(s); js.id = id; js.src = "//connect.facebook.net/en_US/sdk.js#xfbml=1&version=v2.10"; js.async = true; fjs.parentNode.insertBefore(js, fjs); }(document, 'script', 'facebook-jssdk')); FRiDGE Tweets by FRiDGE Latest News See all project news 10/12/2020 Impacts of the EU protection of origin labels A new study on the economic impacts of the European protection of origin labels on three Bavarian products offers new insights. Type: Project 25/11/2020 Small food industry SMEs face similar challenges Joint Workshop organized by project FRiDGE offered Good Practices to help local companies reach new markets Type: Project 24/09/2020 Comparative analysis on FRIDGE regions’ food sectors The comparative examination compares the regional policies, territorial needs and the state of the food industries in FRIDGE regions. Type: Project 17/08/2020 Regional Food Brands in FRiDGE regions, Part 3 In this article we present good example from Szekszárd, Hungary where a lot of cooperation and actions have been taken to promote the region's wine products. Type: Project 24/06/2020 Regional Food Labels in FRiDGE Regions, Part 2 In this article we will present two more examples of regional food brands and labels in FRiDGE regions. Type: Project 16/06/2020 Regional Food Quality Labels in FRIDGE Regions In this article we share experiences of regional food brands and labels in FRIDGE regions. Type: Project 08/06/2020 EU Quality labels in FRIDGE regions Regional food brands and quality labels have received a lot of interest among the FRIDGE partners and experiences around the subject has started to be shared. Type: Project 01/06/2020 First 10 months of FRIDGE project The project FRIDGE is turning one year in two months and now it’s good to look back of what has been achieved in the project so far. Type: Project 25/02/2020 FRIDGE partner meeting & study visit, East-Flanders The second partner meeting & first Study Visit of FRIDGE project took place in East-Flanders (Belgium) from 18th to 20th of February 2020. Type: Project 23/01/2020 Meet the FRiDGE partners (6): ECEF Last but not least, the sixth partner in FRiDGE, is the Economic Council of East-Flanders, Belgium. Type: Project
Project summary CityZen responds to the growing number of cities and regions that recognize the benefits of urban farming for living sustainably and improving revenues. It aims to promote urban farming as a successful driving force for economic and social transformation by introducing the concept to policy makers. Various regional policies on green innovation and resource efficiency, like food security, waste management, community development and adaptation to climate change, are to be improved by integrating urban farming models and practices. CityZen will explore successful and new (business) values that urban farming brings to the ecosystem and link them to innovative entrepreneurship and supply chains. The creation of a knowledge pool of urban farming policies, initiatives and business processes is meant to support decision makers and leverage the efficiency of their actions. Showcasing how improved policies impact the five European partner regions, create entrepreneurship opportunities and drive business and social transformation is set a priority of the CityZen project. €1,028,207.00 from 1 Aug 2019 to 31 Jul 2023 Topic Environment and resource efficiency What will this project change? CityZen’s main outputs spell out in 5 Action Plans for policy change in each region, a good practices ‘marketplace’, accelerators for policy makers, serious gaming by a JRC SES technique and compelling guidelines on how urban farming changes city landscapes. The partners represent public bodies, a think-tank and research center coming from Bulgaria, Greece, Portugal, Spain and Germany (for the concrete policy instruments and projects in each region, see below).The project will scale up capacities in 5 regions and 10 municipalities, will adapt in practice 6 new models in business, marketing and food consumption and will mature 20 projects to foster interactions among local stakeholders. Partnership Lead Partner Partner What policy instruments does the project address? ERDF, 2014-2020, Operational Programme “Innovation and Competitiveness” (OPIC), Priority Axis 1 "Technological Development and Innovation", Investment Priority 1.1 "Technological Development and Innovation" OPIC provides support for Bulgarian (BG) enterprises in the field of innovation, entrepreneurship, improvement of production capacity of companies, energy and resource efficiency (RE). PA1 includes support for technological development and innovation at enterprises. It contributes directly to promotion of innovation activity of enterprises in the thematic areas identified in S3, which aims to foster Bulgaria’s transition from "modest" to "moderate" innovator by 2020 in the fields of environment, nation’s health, intellectual capital utilization, youth employment and brain drain.One of the main procedures within the PA1 aims to support the Regional Innovation Centres (RIC) as modern research, innovation and expertise hubs for applied open-ended R&D activities in BG regions. The hubs will be part of the national innovation system and will focus on regional potentials in S3 and entrepreneurial discoveries. Healthy life and biotechnologies as one of the four S3 priorities for BG is set as priority area in all planning regions of the country. Bulgaria is lagging in “green markets” thus eco-innovation and new ways of sustaining green entrepreneurship create room for urban farming as innovation and business area for RIC.Why is there a need for improvement?Although Bulgaria has experts and  traditions in the field of healthy life and food production (e.g. production of yogurt, honey, etheric oils, herbs, etc.) and the methods for clean production of such products have been defined as priority by its national S3, the public financing instruments rarely address this issue explicitly and there is low investment in human capital, R&D&I and emerging export-oriented industries.Moreover, different policy instruments address green entrepreneurship and circular economy from different perspectives (environment, human resources, tourism, etc.), but the synergies between those instruments are rarely in the spotlight of governance attention. Support measures are needed to foster business opportunities based on eco-design of new products, services, business models, market niches and value chains connected with the food and environmental resources in cities and towns. There is also a tangible need of enhancing public instruments so as to better address the issue of eco-innovation, encourage “green” entrepreneurship in the regions outside Sofia and provide business opportunities especially to young people to remain in those regions.Operational objectives include:Monitoring of RIC procedure implementation will be set as ongoing, systematic information analyses that strengthen and enhance RIC projects performance. CityZen will help in identifying progress towards urban environmental/sustainability/socio-economic improvements, make connections between eco-design and innovation actions and outcomes in resource efficiency, green entrepreneurship and circular economy, and suggest improvements and added value in RIC activity. In addition, key regional data will be mapped to analyse and identify ‘below the radar’ indicators that highlight impacts and potential entrepreneurial discoveries. Support to RIC projects at regional level will be carried out by screening CityZen good practices on urban farming that can  give policy and innovation pull and opportunities for local collaborations, new business models and business endeavors towards better quality of life and resource management.  Which partners are working on this? Applied Research and Communications Fund ERDF 2014-2020, ROP of Central Macedonia (Sustainable Urban Development (SUD) is implemented through Integrated Territorial Investment (IΤI)), Priority Axis 3: Competitiveness and extroversion of the regional economy, & Priority Axis 6: Protecting the environment and resource efficiency, Investment Priority 6e - Take action to improve the urban environment, rebuild cities, rejuvenation and disinfection of degraded areas (including areas to be reconstructed), reduction of air pollution, and promoting measures to reduce noise. The urban environment of the Central Macedonian region is quite overwhelmed by exhaust gases, solid particles and noise and its cities lack in freely accessible public, green spaces. Furthermore, deindustrialization has left many abandoned industrial sites and overburdened soils, which are often a threat to public health. That is why the social economy needs to be strengthened with more investments and innovation, and competences to adapt to climate change need to be developed and acquired. Ideally, the urban environment and microclimate is improved.General objectives:In light of increasing tourism GDP and its pressures on environment, infrastructures and people, there is a great need for resource efficiency and sustainable food production, food security and resilience.The increasing influx of refugees, and the economic crisis have increased the need for better value for money food, and thus an increased need for new sustainably produced goods (local, gastronomical close to local culture).On an organizational level, the efficiency of administration and the organization of local operations is to be increased, modernized and ensured. That also means the promotion of integrated urban governance and metropolitan synergiesThe main reasons to improve the policy and with which measures, are:A low use of innovative sustainable (mature) innovations (foster public-private collaborations); a low engagement of public and private stakeholders and citizens (develop new vision); and a weak intervention logic between strategy and implementation (showcasing good practices). Which partners are working on this? Regional Development Fund of Central Macedonia on behalf of the Region of Central Macedonia Baixo Alentejo Strategic Development Plan (PEDBA), 2014-2020, Priority AE.06 Infrastructure and Environmental Services The Baixo Alentejo sub region is characterized by open plains, protected areas and intensive agriculture and forestry. Its main challenge is the increasing pressure on urban resources stemming from more people moving from rural areas to cities. Innovations that generate economic and social value from the sustained use of city resources are of key importance to ensure that Baixo Alentejo keeps the image of environmental and resource excellence.A combination of efficient and smart practices, enhanced performance standards and structure of activities can contribute to the development of the local economy of natural resources. In this context, PEDBA policy instrument aims to promote the development of programs and initiatives in Baixo Alentejo sub region that raise awareness and capacities of the population to adopt more rational patterns of consumption / use of resources.Its main challenge is to eliminate barriers on the processes, knowledge and innovation levels, which require the dissemination and diffusion of knowledge in order to stimulate the development  and implementation of innovative solutions in the field of urban farming and resource efficiency. Therefore, the project aims to increase the effectiveness of knowledge transfers between innovators, territories and public administration. The aim is also to support and involve more regional actors (research centers, innovative companies) to co-create new initiatives in urban farming, screening and adopting good practices to the region context.Furthermore, the monitoring system on the PEDBA activities will be improved by tracking the performances and impacts of new projects and support services to companies in the region in terms of urban sustainability. Affected stakeholders, and the managing authority CIMBAL (Baixo Alentejo Intermunicipality Community and Municipality of Beja) will provide feedback to the PEDBA action plan. Which partners are working on this? CIMBAL - Baixo Alentejo Intermunicipal Community Municipality of Beja ERDF Regional Operational Programme of Castilla y Leon, Thematic Objective: 6: “Preserving and protecting the environment and promoting resource efficiency”. Investment Priority (IP) 6.d “Protecting and restoring biodiversity and soil and promoting ecosystem services, including through Natura 2000, and green infrastructure” The aim of this policy instrument is to promote resource efficiency, restore the environment and develop productive green infrastructures (urban farming for integral maintenance and economic use of city resources and spaces). Its instruments include innovation, research and development in agriculture, livestock, food, bio-energy and forestry. So far, the priority of IP 6d has been to implement active restoration of construction and demolition illegal landfills. For 2020, the managing authority wants to take a new approach that focuses on creating new management and utilization models for those sites.Natural Heritage Foundation (FPNCYL) will enhance IP 6d by integrating urban farming in cities in the region. The transformation of ex-landfill sites into productive urban landscapes can provide new business niches for the regional economy and further resource efficiency benefits.The region Castilla y Leon is well positioned to develop the bio-economy model of Europe 2020, to research and reconcile food safety and the sustainable use of renewable resource, to open new markets and diversify food and bio-products. The research line priority includes food safety, traceability and quality plus the innovation in processes, products and services in the integrated agrifood supply chain. The sustainable supply chain implies that the activities from farm-to-fork meet the needs of the stakeholders in the food chain while protecting, sustaining and enhancing the human and natural resources that will be needed in the future. Which partners are working on this? Natural Heritage Foundation of Castilla y León Higher Technical School of Agrarian Engineering - University of Valladolid Framework concept and action plan RhineMain Regionalpark (Leitkonzept) Frankfurt-Rhine-Main is a growing metropolitan region with strong real estate markets and fierce competition in land use. Agricultural areas constitute over 37% of the region and more than 40% in the city of Frankfurt. Despite the fact that agriculture makes up less than 0.1% of the gross value added in the region, it plays an important role in providing environmental and social benefits e.g. maintaining landscapes and habitats, biodiversity, contributing to microclimate regulation, providing areas for recreational purposes and for growing niche products. A key threat to urban agriculture is the land consumption for new building or transport infrastructure and farmers not putting much effort against those trends, due to financial profits by the high prices paid for their land. For this reason, resource efficiency and social values support on new land management and entrepreneurial approaches are key instruments to support the development of urban agriculture. So far the RhineMain Regionalpark Framework Concept (2012) lacks the systematic development of urban farming spaces for the provision of food, public goods and ecosystem service, which is why a supplementing Action Plan for ‘Urban Agriculture in the RhineMain Regionalpark’ (AP) is to be drawn up.The aim of the AP is to improve the resource efficiency, ecosystem services, multifunctionality and preservation of green and cultural landscapes in conurbations by securing sustainable income opportunities for urban farmers. It also aims to better respond the growing demand of local community for regional products and the related expansion of purchasing and sales relationships.The urban farming action plan will include priorities for future measures, projects, implementation strategies and potential financing instruments that complement the Framework Concept and Action Plan for the RhineMain Regionalpark.Relevant aspects for CityZen are the growing demand for traditional production of herbs within the city boundaries for the local specialty of Green Sauce (Grüne Soße), and traditional orchards supplying apples for the production of Hessian apple wine (Äppler), which has a Protected Geographical Indication label. Which partners are working on this? Institute for Rural Development Research at Goethe University Frankfurt/Main (IfLS) Sign up for the CityZen newsletter Subscribe now (function(d, s, id) { var js, fjs = d.getElementsByTagName(s)[0]; if (d.getElementById(id)) return; js = d.createElement(s); js.id = id; js.src = "//connect.facebook.net/en_US/sdk.js#xfbml=1&version=v2.10"; js.async = true; fjs.parentNode.insertBefore(js, fjs); }(document, 'script', 'facebook-jssdk')); CityZen Tweets by CityZen Latest News See all project news 12/01/2021 Urban farming improves climate resilience Urban agriculture and food production are an innovative tool to increase citizens' awareness of a healthy diet or to increase social inclusion. However, in most... Type: Project 14/12/2020 Alternative agricultural models in RhineMain The development of the action plan ‘Developing Cultural Landscape. Strengthen agriculture. Experience the Regionalpark’ within the framework of the EU-Inter... Type: Project 07/12/2020 Call for experts! For our first Impact Workshop in January 2021 we are looking for two experts in urban farming. From January 21-22 we are organising a digital impact worksh... Type: Project 03/11/2020 Urban farming in Thessaloniki: shaping policies In a world of a rapidly increasing urbanization where over half of the population lives centrally, urban farming has become a favored approach for civilians, en... Type: Project 30/07/2020 Why regional agriculture is more important than ever In the wake of the COVID-19 pandemic hitting the world in early 2020, local markets and regional agriculture have become more relevant. Type: Project 24/06/2020 Self-sufficiency in Mértola, Portugal On June 22nd, CIMBAL organized a webinar on ‘COVID19 and the challenge of self-sufficiency in food: the case of the food network in Mértola’. Fernando Romb... Type: Project 19/06/2020 A virtual trip to Beja Instead of visiting Beja in Portugal for our second peer-to-peer workshop, Beja Municipality and CIMBAL, as well as our Spanish partners University of Valladoli... Type: Project 28/05/2020 Cultural landscape & agriculture - the Regionalpark Together with the Regionalpark RhineMain  (RP), the Institute for Rural Structural Research (IfLS) is developing the action plan 'Developing Cultural Lands... Type: Project 20/05/2020 International conference on urban farming International conference “Urban agriculture as a strategy to increase the quality of life of urban communities” Type: Project 16/04/2020 Urban farming in Castilla y León (Spain) In Spain, the phenomenon urban agriculture is increasing exponentially, as demonstrated by data from a study led by Gregorio Ballesteros, from the Studies and A... Type: Project