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Lead Partner: Municipality of Breda
WaVE stands for Water-linked heritage Valorization by developing an Ecosystemic approach. WaVE can count on 7 partners who have in common a rich history of cultural heritage that has been formed through an interaction with water. WaVE focuses on the improvement of regional and local policies to open up their possibilities for supporting the development of integrated adaptive reuses of water-linked cultural heritage sites in human settlements. WaVE goal is to improve the overall support by the addressed policy instruments for integrated valorisation approaches of cultural heritage, to sparkle ideas for the creation of new projects aiming at integrated valorisation of water-linked cultural heritage, and to raise awareness for the subject at other cities and regions in Europe. "We thus not only want to preserve and further develop heritage and nature, but also expect side effects such as socio-economic growth and climate adaptation."
Lead Partner: Province of Limburg
WILDLIFE ECONOMY (WLE) is based on the conviction that nature is an economic asset. In some cases, especially in remote parts of Europe, it can be one of the main building blocks of a sound economic development strategy. This conviction is not common practice. Nature is seldom considered an economic asset, making implementation of policies for nature conservation ineffective as nature conservation measures are regarded an expense or threat for economic development, leading to a lack of local support. Regional economic development policies often fail to capitalize on the opportunities arising from nature development and conservation. Additionally, mechanisms for re-investment of income from natural capital into nature and visitor management tend to be lacking.  WLE aims to support European regions in delivering sustainable growth, by enabling them to improve policies for regional economic development rooted in their regional natural assets. Good practices of wildlife economy will be exchanged, showcasing WLE as an innovative, viable and attractive economic strategy.  Partners will: >Develop Regional Action Plans (RAPs) supported by local communities, including hunters, farmers and fishermen, that integrate entrepreneurial development strategies in nature conservation policies to make nature conservation policies more effective Exchange good practices and generate input for the RAPs through tailor-made study visits with regional stakeholders Organize peer2peer sessions to generate joint solutions for common issues Build a knowledge base in cooperation with an international team of experts Set up a joint monitoring plan of WLE results Generate new projects that implement the wildlife economy principles Communicate results to relevant stakeholders, amongst other via two conferences WLE impacts existing nature areas by attaining a better conservation status. Moreover, the regional economy benefits from an improved business climate for regional entrepreneurs.
Lead Partner: National Association of Italian Municipalities Tuscany
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.  
Lead Partner: Intermunicipal Community of Alto Minho
One of the Europe’s most relevant resources are the rivers that cross it. They are not only the main responsible for the rich & diverse European natural ecosystems but also the main source of the water used by the population & population activities Water is a scarce resource that must be protected and reused & in this context the preservation of the quality of the European rivers’ water is a major concern of local, regional, national & even European authorities The project aims to go forward in the water directives implementation proposing the promotion of a smart water management (ICT should support the implementation of a smart water management in the participant territories as a transversal enabling technology that generates real-time information & allows different stakeholders to access & share it for a supported decision making process) The overall objective of the project is to exchange experiences & good practices between partners in the field of the efficiency of the water systems, to adapt those good practices & apply the lessons learnt to each partner reality through the development of individual action plans & to promote their application through the partners’ policy instruments BIGDATA4RIVERS is in essence a driver for the generation & exchange of information & knowledge enabling better planning processes & decision-making regarding the local/regional water management. The interregional learning process will allow partners to learn & support each other based on their own experiences in the EU Water Framework directives implementation The project main outputs are: ●Joint analytical report aiming at identifying the main rivers’ water management policies in the project regions and compare the application level of the water sector European directives allowing partners to identify opportunities & improvement needs of their policy instruments (PI) ●Exchange of experiences activities (site visits, interregional training seminar and interregional workshop)
Lead Partner: LAB University of Applied Sciences (until 31.12.2019 Lahti University of Applied Sciences)
CECI desires to:  Raise awareness of circular economy and highlight the importance of citizen engagement Inspire citizens to adopt sustainable  consumption habits and behaviour patterns Promote new sustainable services, e.g. sharing  economy, lengthening product life cycles through reuse, repair, remanufacturing and refurbishment Further encourage waste reduction, energy savings and circular thinking               AIMS at transferring knowledge among regions to bring more relevant and efficient policies to promote citizen involvement in circular and sharing economy. ACTIONS include interregional learning through thematic workshops and studies, round-table policy discussions and site visits. They will form the basis for sharing expertise and boost citizen dialogue on the local/regional levels. Sharing Good Practices will help to disseminate circular solutions and save resources across Europe. As a RESULT, the partner regions will develop Action Plans to translate gained knowledge of the citizens’ role in circular economy and new solutions. CECI will raise public awareness to create demand for sustainable services. Changes in consumption patterns will stimulate the development of circular economy business models, and create new jobs.    Circular Economy       blooms through                   Citizen Involvement
Lead Partner: HESAM University
WE ARE 6 partners from 5 different countries, regional and local councils, public development agencies and universities, sharing good practices on circular economy, involving research capacities to empower local authorities and to improve regional public policies. In France, HESAM Université and the Regional Council of Burgundy-Franche-Comté ;In Spain, the Provincial Council of Grenada ;In the Netherlands , Van Hall Larenstein University from North-East Friesland ;In Romania, the Regional Development Agency of Centru ;In Czech Republic, the Central Bohemia Innovation Centre. WE BELIEVE Circular economy is a cross-cutting issue which does not fit into sector-bound policiesLocal authorities are key players to make circular economy solutions happenInnovative cooperations with the research community can help local authorities address this issue of circular economy and its local governance. WE DO identify and mobilize stakeholder groups in each of the 5 partner regions,help create new collaborations between local authorities and researchers on circular economy,meet every semester in one of our partner countries, every time different, to learn more on the regional policy and activities on circular economy (methodology, key players, difficulties),share good practices.
Lead Partner: Government of Navarre
Embark with us on our journey to the Life Cycle Approach! LCA4Regions is expected to contribute to the more effective implementation of environmental policy instruments by the application of Life Cycle Methodologies. Currently, many individual policies are implemented in isolation of others. Thus, the project is focused on expanding the use of life cycle methods as a holistic approach when conceiving and implementing public policies related to environmental protection and resource efficiency. Life cycle expertise resides mainly in the business sector while public authorities are much less familiar with the techniques and their functioning. However, the full success of policy implementation depends on similar expertise also in governmental authorities. The outcomes of improved public policy implementation are greater concordance with stated sustainability objectives, fewer unwanted side-effects and greater transparency in the compromises and offsets that need to be made to move ahead on sustainable economic targets. Each project region has its own characteristics, methods of design and implementation of policies. Nevertheless, all of them face a common challenge: the adoption of a more efficient use of natural resources to reduce the non-desirable secondary effects (spill-overs) that generate negative economic and environmental impacts Expected results: 7 Actions Plans to improve 7 policy instruments funded by the ERDF in the following regions: Navarre (ES), Satakunta (FI), Baixo Alentejo (PT), Lombardy (IT), Lodzkie (PT), Kaunas (LT), and Zahodna (SI). This is achieved through, inter alia, intense local stakeholder group involvement, 7 transnational learning journeys, exchanges of experiences, study cases and the compilation of good practices. These activities are intended to clarify the success factors and barriers for the application of life-cycle management approaches for policy implementation. Action plans will contribute to: 1) improve policy instruments introducing the LCA in all steps of policy cycle management 2) Enlarge the circle of end-users that will benefit from making conscious decisions on resource efficiency and investments using the LCA
Lead Partner: Atlantic Axis of Peninsular Northwest
The European Union’s strategy for the period 2014-2020 has considerably reinforced the urban dimension of the cohesion policy. According to article 7.4 of its Regulation, Member States must allocate at least 5% of their national European Regional Development Fund (ERDF) to the support of sustainable urban development integrated strategies. In particular, it means to improve the urban environmental quality and the efficiency of the environmental management of EU urban areas. EURE proposes the exchange of experiences as a way to improve the environmental performance management of EU urban spaces  including the urban areas with a low population density. Easier to say than doing, right? For some cities, the fund is not meeting with their expectations and needs to design and implement a proper urban policy, especially in the field of resource-efficiency environmental quality. On the one side, small urban areas might not have access to these funds due to their low population density. On the other side, big urban areas might find difficult to include the circular economy principles in their integral urban development strategies. The objective of EURE is to use interregional cooperation to improve the way the ERDF addresses the environmental urban challenges of cities at peripheral regions, paying also attention to those cities of small dimension but with influence in the sparsely populated areas where they are located.  How will the partners proceed? In the first step, each partner will produce a regional report detailing the state of play of urban environmental policy instruments. For that, partners will define, with the support of a pool of experts in urban environment, a joint structure and methodology. The regional state of play reports will be then presented during a study visit to each territory. These visits will allow partners to understand the real context of the report, to know in situ the good practices and to meet the main regional stakeholders. In addition, partners will develop a joint report about how the funds allocated by article 7 of the ERDF Regulation are being used in their territories. It will correspond to a catalogue of policies, actions and good practices that partners consider as relevant and can support them in the improvement of their own policies and programmes. Each partner will set on its territory a group of local stakeholders with the mission of following up the development of each stage of the interregional learning process and discuss the project outputs. Action plans will be elaborated as a result of the learning process and the exchange of experiences activities. They will include a selection of good practices, concrete actions and recommendations about how to transfer those lessons learned to the local policy instruments. Action plans will establish schemes for improving the governance of key urban activities like waste management, water treatment and recycling.  What are the expected results? The project will contribute to Europe’s sustainable growth and territorial cohesion, both as dimensions of the Europe 2020 strategy. Namely, it will contribute to the achievement of the flagship initiative “Resource-efficient Europe” by supporting urban areas in sustainable and more efficient use of resources and in the introduction of the circular economy principles in cities governance. Finally, the EURE project will assure proper environmental performance management at the local level.
Lead Partner: Ústí Region
RFC aims at the sustainable revitalisation of heritage buildings by improving the coexistence of fortified cities and neighbouring forts in urban regions. There is a high number of former fortresses and fortified sites of big historical value in Europe, established at different times. This fortified heritage defines the image of today’s landscape and the struggle and war around these cities define the current borders of municipalities, regions, countries and Europe. But in many cases such constructions are neglected, some derelict, some presented as historical monuments, or only partly utilised. In the majority of cases, they are fragmented and there is a problem to maintain them as this requires big financial investments and strong cooperation. Focuses of RFC: An innovative approach by developing smart ways of utilisation of old fortresses.Make their maintenance easier and to include the fortresses into the life of the City by the development of sustainable strategies of the maintenance and exploitation of this heritage. A new point of view for fortress structures, not only in a conservative way as protected heritage or environment.An integrated approach for fortresses revitalisation. "Natural and cultural (military) heritage should be adapted and used for current and future challenges."
Lead Partner: EMULSA, Municipal Company of Urban Environment Services of Gijon
Europe needs to accelerate its entry into the era of re-use. The old linear economy equation “produce, use and throw away” is not valid anymore. However, a significant portion of reusable home appliances including books, clothes, WEEEs, furniture and food are still being wasted and landfilled. Despite the waste hierarchy in force – Reduce, Re-use and Recycle – and the fact that cities and regions are backing some re-use initiatives, re-use could be much further developed. Waste management programmes include re-use but prioritise recycling, even though re-use is more environmentally and socially friendly. Thus, the project is meant to be an instrument to help boost re-use through public policies. Based on experience, 2LIFES partners have identitied that re-use is often marginally and partially explored. However, when properly managed, re-use promotes environmental sustainability as well as employment and solidarity. Unlike previous waste prevention projects, 2LIFES focuses exclusively on re-use and more specifically on re-use activities promoted by public administrations – something pending as it is usually promoted by the third sector. The project brings together advanced cities and regions in the political backing of re-use, in addition to others that are in the process of doing so. The problem of masses of reusable goods being prematurely recycled or even landfilled is cross-cutting in the whole of Europe. The main expected results are the development of new channels, infrastructures and protocols for re-use through instruments in force as well as the awareness-raising of households, businesses and administrations regarding the need to change the consumption patterns. Green jobs around re-use initiatives are also expected. Interreg Europe framework for stakeholders’ involvement is excellent for 2LIFES, since re-use initiatives require the collaboration of municipal waste services with SMEs, civil society, NGOs, social enterprises and training and employment services.