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Public policies against climat change effects, will not be able to stop negative consequences both for environment and human health. Health infrastructures can help to increase community resilience
26/09/2019 - 27/09/2019
This is the third study visit of the Interreg Europe Intensify Project.
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Discover the results of the BLUEISLANDS project, bringing innovation in waste management for a sustainable tourism.
Type: Project
Welcome to the BIO4ECO Project Library. Here you will find the Newsletters and Media Clippings of the project Studies and analysis 22/08/2017 Studies and analysis of the national/regional situation and policies Type: Project Newsletters 19/12/2016 Read the Newsletters of the BIO4ECO Project and stay up-to-date Type: Project Policy Brief 26/04/2017 Objectives, process, activities and outputs of the project Type: Project Media Clippings 03/08/2017 Media Clippings per semesters Type: Project Policy learning events 14/02/2018 Events Type: Project Action Plans & related... 07/08/2018 Roadmap towards oil-free and low-carbon North Karelia by 2040 Type: Project BIO4ECO FINAL CONFERENCE 29/09/2020 BIO4ECO Final Conference files, from 17-18th September 2020 Type: Project See all Library Items Studies and analysis Copy Link Abruzzo Analysis promotion biomass energy in Regione Abruzzo PDF (3.90MB) Download CTFC CTFC: The bioenergy sector in Catalonia PDF (1.72MB) Download EFA Bulgaria National and EU biomass regislations and policies - 28.04.2017 PDF (1.33MB) Download Latvia BACKGROUND STUDY ANALYSIS FOR NATIONAL BIOECONOMY STRATEGY PDF (1.56MB) Download Regional Development Agency Romania Analysis of the national/regional situation and policies. Romania PDF (1.80MB) Download Slovenia Forest Service Study and analysis of the biomass potentials, production of wood biomass and policies related to the use and production of wood biomass in Slovenia PDF (1.60MB) Download Regional Council of North Karelia - Finland Study and Analysis in North Karelia - Finland PDF (1.38MB) Download France NATIONAL PANORAMA OF FOREST ISSUES WITHIN THE “PLANS CLIMAT AIR ENERGIE TERRITORIAUX ” PDF (2.08MB) Download Newsletters Copy Link Newsletter 1 - BIO4ECO Newsletter 1 - November 2016 PDF (1.61MB) Download Newsletter 2 - March 2017 Newsletter 2 - March 2017 PDF (1.08MB) Download Newsletter 3 - September 2017 Newsletter 3 - September 2017 PDF (1.19MB) Download Newsletter 4 - March 2018 Newsletter 4 - March 2018 PDF (7.12MB) Download Newsletter 5- September 2018 Last news about BIO4ECO PDF (1.35MB) Download Policy Brief Copy Link Policy Brief 2nd Semester Catalonia 31/03/2017 PDF (862.47KB) Download Policy Brief Bulgaria EFA 2nd semester PDF (679.74KB) Download Policy Brief 3rd Semestre- Catalonia 3rd semester Catalonia PDF (130.21KB) Download Policy brief Policy Brief 3rd Semester – Centru Region PDF (68.40KB) Download Policy Brief 4th semester Centru Region Policy Brief 4th semester Centru Region PDF (83.25KB) Download Policy Brief 5th Semester Centru Region July 2018 PDF (218.70KB) Download Policy Brief - V Semester - North Karelia “Integral solutions for bioenergy policies and strategies” and “Prioritization of bioenergy production at different geographical scales” PDF (129.25KB) Download Media Clippings Copy Link Media Clipping 1st Semestre From 04/2016 to 09/2016 PDF (389.79KB) Download Media Clipping 2nd Semestre From 10/2016 to 03/2017 PDF (568.50KB) Download Worshop and study visit in Paris Videos on the thematic workshop in Paris, 6th-7th September 2018. (links are in the news with the same title) PDF (176.48KB) Download Policy learning events Copy Link Policy learning events. 3rd semester Policy learning events , 3rd semester PDF (153.84KB) Download Study visit report Catalonia Jul 2016 Study visit report PDF (511.07KB) Download Study visit report Slovenia Sep 2017 PDF (1.91MB) Download Policy learning events 2n semester PDF (140.48KB) Download Meeting report Abruzzo Mar 2017 PDF (2.22MB) Download Meeting report Bulgaria Nov 2016 PDF (770.65KB) Download Thematic Workshop Latvia Summary Thematic Workshop in Latvia 13 - 14 June 2017 PDF (1.00MB) Download Policy learning events . 4th semester Policy learning events – 4th semester (October, 1st 2017 - March, 31st 2018) PDF (166.22KB) Download Solutions for bioenergy policies and strategies The two-day Bio4Eco study visit in North Karelia, Finland, was arranged 12.6.-13.6.2018 in Joensuu and the surrounding areas. PDF (1.63MB) Download Social acceptance of bioenergy policies Review of the Thematic Workshop, 6 – 7 March 2018, Brasov, Romania PDF (862.48KB) Download Action Plans & related documents Copy Link LOW-CARBON NORTH KARELIA BY 2040 ROADMAP TOWARDS OIL-FREE AND LOW-CARBON NORTH KARELIA BY 2040 PDF (301.90KB) Download North Karelia Action Plan Regional Action Plan, North Karelia (Finland) PDF (6.27MB) Download Action plan Latvia (MoA) Ministry of Agriculture of Latvia and Latvian Forest Owners’ Association jointly have elaborated Action plan PDF (290.48KB) Download Action Plan Regione Abruzzo Abruzzo region has a potential availability of woody forest biomass PDF (947.45KB) Download North Karelian Smart Forest Bioeconomy Strategy North Karelian Smart Forest Bioeconomy Strategy PDF (604.99KB) Download Action plan Centru Region (RDAC) The Romanian partner responsible for the implementation of the BIO4ECO project in Romania is the Regional Development Agency Centru. PDF (1.72MB) Download Action plan Slovenia (SFS) Include and activate the forest owners to take advantage of upcoming climate events and make the salvage cut profitable PDF (1.35MB) Download Action Plan Catalonia (DARP) Analysis of the good practices reported by the partners of the project in Catalonia PDF (833.36KB) Download Action plan France (FNCOFOR) Action plan drafted in cooperation with the French agency for environment and energy control, main stakeholder of the project. PDF (336.78KB) Download Latvian Bioeconomy Strategy Latvian Bioeconomy Strategy 2030 Booklet PDF (1.20MB) Download Action Plan Bulgaria (EFA) Action Plan for Energy Development from Forest Wood Biomass, Bulgaria PDF (5.63MB) Download BIO4ECO FINAL CONFERENCE Copy Link Presentation 3.6 Presentation 3.6 PDF (148.55KB) Download Program Program of the event PDF (744.80KB) Download Presentation 1.1 New perspectives of the Strategy to promote the energy use of forest and agricultural biomass in Catalonia PDF (4.50MB) Download Presentation 0.3 State of play of interregional cooperation - Verena Priem PDF (1.44MB) Download Presentation 1.5 Overview of the implementation of ROP 2014-2020, PI 3.1B. in Romania - Adriana Muresan PDF (1.28MB) Download Presentation 1.6 Result oriented and sustainable resource management in forestry - Aiga Grasmane PDF (4.77MB) Download Presentation 1.7 Bionergy in North Karelia, Finland - Sari Pitkänen PDF (1.14MB) Download Presentation 2.1 Forest Biomass and EU policies - Harald Mauser PDF (8.70MB) Download Presentation 2.2 Policy developments with impact on biomass use in the European Union. - Alicja Kacprzak PDF (7.38MB) Download Presentation 2.3 EU Green Deal: challenges and opportunities for the bioenergy sector - Giulia Cancian PDF (5.02MB) Download Presentation 3.4 BIO4ECO results: Catalonian action plan implementation - Josep Salvador Blanch PDF (3.32MB) Download Presentation 3.5 Latvia’s Action plan to promote the use of biomass - Kristīne Sirmā PDF (1.01MB) Download Presentation 3.7 Integration of forest & wood issues in Energy & Climate local plans (PCAETs) - Silvère Gabet PDF (1.28MB) Download Presentation 2.4 Bioenergy by-product and game changer - Christoph Pfemeter PDF (1.10MB) Download Presentation 3.8 Action plan implementation in Slovenia - Ana Rep, Slovenia Forest Service PDF (71.60KB) Download Presentation 2.5 The role of biofuel in the post-pandemic era to achieve EU Green Deal goals. - David Chiaramonti PDF (3.72MB) Download Presentation 3.1 Development of smart forest bioeconomy in North Karelia - Tiina Hyvärinen, PDF (575.99KB) Download CTFC What BIO4ECO brought us - Adriano Raddi PDF (1.17MB) Download Presentation 1.2 Presentation 1.2 PDF (1.89MB) Download Presentation 1.4 Presentation 1.4 PDF (249.32KB) Download Presentation 3.2 Presentation 3.2 PDF (1.77MB) Download PResentation 3.3 PResentation 3.3 PDF (6.79MB) Download Sign up for the BIO4ECO newsletter Subscribe now
Project summary 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. €1,533,753.00 from 1 Aug 2019 to 31 Jul 2023 Topic Environment and resource efficiency Partnership Lead Partner Partner What policy instruments does the project address? Plurirregional Operational Program for Sustainable Growth 2014-2020 This policy instrument (PI) develops the ERDF Article 7 through its thematic axis 12 -Sustainable Urban Development- tackling the challenges faced by urban authorities to reach the real sustainable urban development, namely by improving the urban environmental conditions. Within this axis urban areas can address one (or more) of the 5 challenges defined by that article where is included the environmental challenge that should be treated as a transversal factor of local urban policies aligning its sectorial dimension with the territorial one. It includes the thematic objective 6 (to preserve & protect the environment & promote the resource-efficiency) as cities are strong consumers of natural resources, big generators of residues & of air & acoustic pollution (specifically the investment priority (IP)6c that addresses the improvement of the urban environment). Yet, the actions/projects supported by this IP are more focused in the recovery of degraded urban areas & of decontamination & recovery of public soils than in assuring a proper environmental management & the inclusion of the circular economy principles in that management. The support of the ERDF Article 7 doesn’t reach equally to the territory around. Small populations aren’t supported, without considering their influence on their territory & that dispersed areas are precisely those where an improvement of urban environmental management will have greater incidence & where resources-efficiency search is not a priority. Which partners are working on this? Atlantic Axis of Peninsular Northwest ROP ERDF 2014-2020 - Axis VI "URBAN" Within the PI, Axis VI is addressed to urban policies & combine at this purpose several thematic objectives (TO) & investment priorities, particularly concerning: -functional recovery & reuse of buildings for purposes of social inclusion & employment support -promotion of eco-efficiency & the reduction of energy consumption in public buildings & public lighting networks -measures to increase sustainable mobility. Some specific objectives are: -Reduction of energy consumption & integration of renewable sources -Increasing sustainable mobility in urban areas -Improvement of the urban texture in areas with low lawfulness Tuscany chooses to combine several TO in a single axis because multiple dimensions (social, environmental, economic, cultural) are strongly intertwined in urban policies which need of an integrated approach and to ensure a concentration of resources in urban areas. The Urban Innovation Projects (PIU) represent the tool for implementing the urban strategy: they are an integrated set of actions aimed at solving social, economic and environmental Which partners are working on this? Agency for the Development of the Empolese Valdelsa Integrated Urban Development Strategy The Integrated Urban Development Strategy of Alba Iulia is a planning tool for sustainable urban development the municipality The development of the strategy is mandatory during the current programming period PI is a key document whose purpose is to provide a coherent development vision for the municipality, a portfolio of priority proposals, ideally supported by the community and fundable by the EU This strategy outlines an inclusive, open and intelligent city. A territory where strategic urban management facilitates growth, improving living standards and competitiveness PI outlines an inclusive, open and intelligent city, and has the aim to develop and improve living standards, competitiveness, sustainable development, coherent and resilient use of resources, and energy efficiency, in accordance with the EU's territorial and urban policies Through the PI, Alba Iulia wants to develop the green city concept by increasing air and water quality, recycling and efficient waste management, green areas, using renewable energy sources and easy access to products and services which will develop a green lifestyle (organic products, clean transport) The aim is to improve its approach in developing targeted, policies regarding urban areas environmental challenges and increasing resource-efficiency through projects that will improve and stimulate green growth, eco-innovation and environmental performance. The main aim of these objectives is developing a sustainable circular economy Which partners are working on this? Alba Iulia Municipality Regional Urban Policy for Lubelskie Voivodeship The policy of Lubelskie Voivodeship towards cities in the region focuses on: - preparing the cities (and the region) for a new financial perspective CP 2020+, - elaborating a new model of cooperation at all levels of administration (synergy), - creating a platform for cooperation and building partnerships of cities and their surroundings, - including rural municipalities located in functional urban areas in development process planning. Main elements of Regional Urban Policy for Lubelskie Voivodeship: - support areas – towards all cities - actions – towards specific cities Support areas define 3 levels of urban development resulting from basic functions of city (common for all cities): - developing external functions; - strengthening economic base; - improving the quality of living. The quality of living strongly depends of the improvement of the environmental conditions in urban areas. Regional Urban Policy for Lubelskie takes up a challenge of creating an urban area attractive and friendly for inhabitants focusing on implementation of the idea of “a green city” prepared for the effects of climate change and environmental pollution.   Which partners are working on this? Lubelskie Voivodeship Integrated territorial investments he main improvement expected to reach with the support of EURE is to make easier to run territorial strategies and promote more local (place-based) form of policy-making for urban issues, especially when talking about urban environmental performance as it is directly linked to cities and citizens. The policy instrument emerges from the EU cohesion policy that promotes the establishment of policies and strategies to assure an integrated (and more efficient) territorial investment taking into account unique characteristics of the area. In this particular case, this policy instrument is used to solve problems that occur in the cities and urban functional areas having as one its strategic axes (PO4) “Technical infrastructure and the environment” mainly dedicated to water management. As ITI is an instrument promoting integrated use of funds and has potential to achieve better results with the same amounts of public investments, the PI had other strategic axis that tackles (directly of indirectly the environmental management performance and, above all, to the urban areas sustainable development. Due to the lack of focus and quite complicated management, this tool is not reaching the expected results. In this context, it is necessary to learn about the way of implementation in different countries to improve this IP. Which partners are working on this? Department of coordination of European projects of the Pilsen City Operational Programme Competitiveness and Sustainable Development Regarding the Operational Programme: Competitiveness and Sustainable Development (included in the Structural Funds of the Republic of Cyprus 2014-2020), the project will address (aiming to improve it under) the priority axis 4A - Protection of Environment and Resource Efficient Management. In particular, focusing in the related priority investment 6i - investments in the waste sector to meet requirements of the EU acquis in the field of environment (specific objective: 6i.2 - Increasing the recycling rate and prevention of waste production). The above mentioned policy instrument is based on the need to cover deviations from the acquis communautaire, according to the National Strategy of Cyprus through: - The reduction of biodegradable materials disposed in landfills (max to 35% by weight, Directive 1999/31 / EC). - Increasing the proportion of recyclable materials to 50% (Directive 2008/98 / EC).   Which partners are working on this? NICOSIA DEVELOPMENT AGENCY (ANEL) Bretagne ERDF Operational Program 2014 - 2020 41/5000 Priority Axis 3 Energy Transition EU wished to strengthen the urban dimension of its cohesion policy. Article 7 of the ERDF Regulation requires that "at least 5% of the ERDF resources allocated at national level under the "Investment for growth and jobs" target (be) allocated to actions for sustainable urban development " Whereas the 5% is quite successful, the level of decentralisation is different depending on the country, causing disruption & inefficiencies when it is too low. In France, each region has adapted their own OP’s to the circumstances of the territory & thus sustainable urban development is mainstreamed for Brittany. Same as per environment, whereas the whole programme has a greener economy as objective, we will focus for practical reasons in Axis 3: Energy transition and its impact in local authorities However, Brittany is strongly mobilized around 3 major axes: the development of renewable energies, the control of consumption & reinforcement of networks. Cities are the main targets of those axis. Climate & Energy transition are conveyed locally through “Climate and Energy Transition Plans” (“Plan Climat”) that Brittany fosters through a regional network. Investment priority 3 of axis 3 is therefore oriented to sustainable urban development & thus to those Climate Plans The urban dimension is fostered transversally by the OP in its section “An integrated approach of territorial development” where ITI are envisaged. As for consistency of our analysis, ITI’s of Rennes & Brest must be included Which partners are working on this? Conference of Atlantic Arc Cities Operational Programme ''Growth and Employment'' The PI aims at achieving key national development priorities along with the "Europe 2020" objectives. Within the framework of this OP, the funding allocated to the City of Riga under the Article 7.4 of the ERDF Regulation is used for implementation of the following priority axes: • Shift towards a low-carbon economy in all sectors (priority axis 4). Together with investments in energy efficient economy, these funds contribute to reaching Latvia's national Europe 2020 target of renewable energy • Measures dedicated to environment, sustainable use of natural resources and adaptation to climate change (priority axis 5), including investments to ensure the fulfilment of the EU environmental acquis requirements. Within implementation of various projects under the Article 7.4 of ERDF Regulation, the City of Riga has witnessed that there is a lack of awareness, including from the supervisory authorities, on the role and benefits of green infrastructure solutions applied in urban areas as part of different urban development projects – brownfield regeneration, urban transport infrastructure development, urban environment management (i.e. urban floods management, storm-water management, wastewater management) and other. Which partners are working on this? Riga City Council Sign up for the EURE newsletter Subscribe now For a better and greener life in European cities? Discover our 15 recommendations for the future of the EU Urban Policy. Read EURE Joint Report Get inspired by EUREka! Are you searching for inspiration on sustainable urban policies? EUREka! is there for you! To EUREka! #3 EURE in a three-fold paper The journey looks long to the final improvement of the 8 policy instruments, but the EURE team is ready to tackle the challenge. Take a look! Download EURE leaflet Let's sum up! Take a look at the 8 summaries of the third semester in the 8 regional languages of EURE. Choose your language Tweets by EURE Latest News See all project news 16/06/2021 10 recommendations for a more effective Urban Policy Read EURE recommendations to improve the presence of the small and medium sized cities in the definition of the European Urban Policy. Type: Project 27/05/2021 Conference-Urban Development Strategy of Pontevedra A conference entitled "A Look at 'Modelo Mais' Urban Strategy of Pontevedra" was held on the 7th of May in Pontevedra (Spain). Type: Project 20/05/2021 Towards a more just, green & healthy future "Cities and Pandemics: Towards a more just, green and healthy future"... Type: Project 17/05/2021 Public Presentation: RR Lubelskie Voivodeship Occasion of the conference entitled „The Future of Urban Policy”, which gathered over 70 participants and was organized in Lublin... Type: Project 13/05/2021 6th SC meeting: Partners keep the ambitions high The 6th Steering Committee (SC) meeting of EURE project took place on the 22nd of April 2021. Type: Project 12/05/2021 Regional Report Empoli The PIU “HOPE, Home of People and Equality” helps to redevelop Empoli’s old town centre , with the aim of reducing social hardship... Type: Project 12/05/2021 “The Future of Urban Policy” Conference The conference entitled "The Future of Urban Policy”, organized within EURE project, took place on the 21st of April 2021... Type: Project 23/04/2021 Regional Report Lubelskie Voivodeship Located in southeast of Poland, Lubelskie Voivodeship is one of the 16 Polish regions... Type: Project 23/04/2021 Public Presentation - Regional Report Spain-Portugal On the 3rd of March 2021, the Eixo Atlântico participated in the "Duerodouro Summit 2021"... Type: Project 16/04/2021 Save the date for "The future of urban policy" The conference "The Future of Urban Policy” will be organized on 21st of April 2021 within the 4th meeting of the EURE project partners Type: Project
Project summary A satellite image of night-time Europe shows a continent that is covered in light. Over 85% of the EU territory is subject to some degree of artificial illumination. This increasing loss of natural darkness has a negative impact on biodiversity and ecosystems and on the quality of nature and the environment. Regions across Europe must intensify their policy efforts to reduce light pollution and protect areas with naturally dark night skies to help preserve their nature and vulnerable landscapes and prevent biodiversity loss. At the same time there are opportunities for sustainable economic development linked to the protection of dark skies. Several EU regions already demonstrate this by creating areas where the dark sky has a protected status and successfully positioning this as an asset to develop new eco-tourism services. In the Night Light project regional authorities from The Netherlands, Hungary, Spain, Luxemburg, Denmark, Slovenia and Italy join forces to improve their regional policies for the prevention of light pollution, preservation of dark skies and the sustainable exploitation of dark sky places. The project will introduce packages of regional policy measures for each of the partner regions that will result in a lasting reduction of light pollution, the designation of nature areas where dark skies are protected and the introduction of new services and facilities to attract eco-tourism to these dark sky areas.  €1,779,905.00 from 1 Jan 2017 to 31 Dec 2021 Topic Environment and resource efficiency What will the Night Light project change ...... Province of Fryslân: In Fryslan NightLight will strengthen the awareness of the possitive effect to feel the night with all your senses, resulting in many places to experience the night! Avila County Council: Avila keeps one of the cleanest and darkest skies in the whole country, thanks to Night Light project that contributes to reduce light pollution for preserving dark sky in Avila province, therefore, to achieve wellbeing of its inhabitants and to be enjoyed by astrotourism lovers. Avila keeps shining !! Hajdú-Bihar County Government : Making people not be afraid of darkness and convincing them to take care of it in all respects is a challenge now and will come true to the end of the project.  Nature Park Our: With NIGHT LIGHT, Nature Park Our will reduce light emissions in its municipalities and support sustainable dark-sky tourism developments. As a side effect, the project will make a positive contribution to regional energy efficiency. Samsø Energy Academy: In Denmark there is no policy in the area of light pollution, and the Night Light project therefore aims to address this problem of light pollution through awareness, concrete measures and policy making.                                                                                                                 The Night Light projects local stakeholder group and Samsø Energy Academy is now actively working to show how energy efficiency, tourism and cultural development can go up to a higher level when it comes to combating light pollution in Central Region of Denmark. BSC, Business support centre Ltd., Kranj: Together with stakeholders in the Gorenjska region we will pave the way towards the first dark sky area in Slovenia and at the same time increase appreciation for such areas, resulting in the preservation of the delicate natural environment, development of astro-tourism products and effective measures to maintain darkness in our region. BASILICATA REGION: The Basilicata Region is one of the "darkest" regions in Italy and thanks to the NightLight project will continue its commitment to reduce light pollution for preserving dark sky in all the Region. With Night LIght Basilicata Region will enhance this precious resource by developing products for Parks ( Astro-tourisme) and actions to support the attractiveness of the natural areas of the regional territory. Matera-Basilicata 2019 Foundation: With the Night Light project the Foundation Matera-Basilicata  will raise awareness at urban  and then at regional dimension about the values expressed in the project such as the values and importance to reduce light pollution, preserve and valorise dark skies and boost experimental tourisme focused on darksky storytelling and stargazing.  Island Government of La Palma: For La Palma this project will change the local vision of the dark night for an international concept where  La Palma has many qualities. Partnership Lead Partner Partner What policy instruments does the project address? Regional Spatial Plan (‘Streekplan’) for Fryslân The ‘Streekplan’ is an overarching policy framework for territorial development at regional/provincial and local level for the whole province of Fryslân. The Plan defines the territorial qualities and developments for the region for a 10 year period and sets priorities for action within a broad thematic scope that includes Nature, Landscape, Environment, Economic activity, Heritage, Tourism and Infrastructure. The Plan is delivered through provincial implementation plans and through the policies and interventions of local/municipal authorities in the province (which must adhere to the plan). The Plan identifies the ‘darkness’ of this rural province as one of its’ core spatial values. Yet, an intermediate evaluation in 2012 showed increasing light pollution in rural and natural areas. In an initial response, the province set up schemes to reduce light pollution from provincial infrastructure and cattle farms. More efforts are needed to protect the darkest rural and nature areas on a more permanent basis. We intend to mobilise local authorities and private actors across the region to take action to reduce light emissions from their settlements and businesses. And we aim to designate an area where dark skies enjoy a protected status and facilitate the sustainable exploitation of this area. An update of the Plan is due after 2017. This offers an excellent opportunity to formalise these ambitions and prepare further actions with all regional stakeholders.   Which partners are working on this? Province of Fryslân Territorial and Settlement Development Operational Programme (TOP) 2014 – 2020 Territorial and Settlement Development Operational Programme (TOP) 2014 ­ 2020 is an ERDF funded, centralised Operational Programme for territorial development of Hungarian regions, aiming at (i.a.) economic development, job creation and development of settlement identity. We aim to improve implementation of following priorities (both linked to T.O. 6):
 - Priority 1: Sustainable tourism development - Priority 2: Enterprise friendly territorial development, incl. improvement of green areas and environmental protection   The 1. priority contains measures in terms of tourism development of the county. Settlements can implement destination developments, improvement of tourist attractions, without harming the environment. This includes valorisation of dark skies in areas where this can be a tourist attraction, such as Hortobágy Dark Sky Park in Hadjú-Bihar. Tourism development in this kind of vulnerable areas requires careful balance of the need for developments, the need for tourists and the need for environment protection.   The 2. priority contains all incentives and development possibilities that a city or a town could utilize to improve the environment of settlements and to implement green concepts. This includes development of green areas, energy efficiency actions and other interventions to decrease environmental.. These developments should aim at the improvement of economic environment that could attract new investors to the area.   Which partners are working on this? Hajdú-Bihar County Government ERDF Regional Operational Programme Castilla – León 2014-2020 (FEDER Programa Operativo Regional Castilla – León 2014-2020) The ERDF OP 2014­2020 is the programme for Investment for growth and jobs in the Castilla y Leon region, of which Avila County is part. As one of its’ priority axes, the OP addresses Thematic Objective 6: Environment and resource efficiency. Through the Night Light project we aim to improve the implementation of this priority of the OP, in particular the Specific Objective 6.4.1. which aims to “Promote the management, soil protection and maintenance of natural areas and of biodiversity, including in protected areas [...].”   To achieve this Specific Objective, the OP supports actions and measures that contribute to the conservation of natural habitats and wild fauna and flora in the region, and that lead to the protection and sustainable exploitation of natural heritage and protected natural areas in the region, including those that are part of the Natura 2000 network.   Night Light will improve implementation of this specific objective by introducing, based on interregional learning, solutions and measures to further reduce light pollution in and around protected Gredos natural park in Avila County, to strengthen the conservation status of its habitats and biodiversity. The project will also introduce initiatives to facilitate responsible eco­tourism based on the quality of the protected dark skies in the park.   Which partners are working on this? Avila County Council Climate Pact (Pacte Climat) The Climate Pact is a national programme that sets themes, targets and tools for the climate, nature and landscape protection efforts of Luxemburg municipalities. We will improve implementation of the following action lines of the Pact: - regional guidelines to protect nature and landscape - impact reduction and efficiency of lighting infrastructure - environmental education - strengthen role of municipalities in landscape and nature protection - initiatives in local economy, e.g. eco-tourism Which partners are working on this? Nature Park Our Regional Growth and Development Strategy 2015 - 2025, Central Denmark Region (Vækst og udviklingsstrategi 2015-2025) The Regional Growth and Development Strategy for Central Denmark Region was adopted in January 2016. It sets the vision for sustainable development, attractiveness and growth of the region by 2025 across a range of policy fields. The strategy identifies 4 focus areas: sustainable transition, coherent urban development, knowledge and skills and focused growth.   Night Light contributes to improving the implementation of the strategy, in particular on the objectives of 2 focus areas: - ‘Sustainable transition’ aims at reducing the pressure on the environment and on our common resources such as water, nature and landscape and energy in a context of on-going growth in production and consumption. - ‘Focused growth’ aims to concentrate regional development in sectors where it has a strong competitive advantage based on territorial or other assets. These regional strengths include environment, nature, energy and tourism.   The strategy identifies coastal and nature tourism as an important position of strength for the region. It supports municipalities and companies in nature tourism to jointly strengthen the related value chain, which includes the valorisation of natural values. In support of these 2 objectives, Night Light will plan actions to reduce the environmental pressures from light pollution and allow regional actors to develop new sustainable tourism products based on protected dark skies.   Which partners are working on this? Samsø Energy Academy Natura 2000 Management Programme for Slovenia for the period 2015-2020 The Natura 2000 Management Programme governs the protection of Natura 2000 areas in Slovenia. With the implementation of the programme, the Republic of Slovenia aims to achieve protection goals and measures for the Natura 2000 areas and at the same time prioritises projects that also contribute to local/regional development, jobs, economic growth and/or preservation of cultural heritage.   With Night Light we intend to improve the implementation of the Programme, more specifically its’ sub­measure 7: “Contribution of Natura 2000 network to smart, sustainable and inclusive growth, through the active preservation of nature as a foundation for green growth.” This sub­measure targets interventions that combine improved protection of Natura 2000 areas (ecosystems, biodiversity) with facilities to allow visitors to experience these areas (visitors infrastructures, information and education facilities).   The Natura 2000 Management programme does not (yet) specifically address reduction of light pollution or protection of dark skies, although national legislation is in place to reduce light pollution in Slovenia (See territorial context below). The interregional policy learning in Night Light provides the opportunity to improve the implementation of the Programme by introducing practices and measures to actively reduce light pollution and protect dark skies and develop sustainable dark sky tourism initiatives in Natura2000 areas, in particular in the Gorensjka Region of Slovenia.   Which partners are working on this? BSC, Business support centre Ltd., Kranj ERDF Operational Programme Basilicata 2014/2020 The ERDF OP Basilicata 2014­2020 addresses (i.a.) Thematic Objective 6: Environment and resource efficiency. In particular Priority 6C.6.6 (Strand n.5) of the OP sets the objective to enhance natural parks and landscapes and improve eco­tourism and innovative models of touristic development in Basilicata Region.   A large part of Basilicata territory is designated as natural park and this is a pivotal asset for its development. As a consequence, the objective of the policy is to enhance this big potential. The programme aims to protect these qualities and increase the attractiveness of natural areas and enhance their environmental peculiarities and biodiversity. At the same time it supports the development of new eco- tourist products for the parks (for instance astro-tourism) and foster innovative touristic products and tools by using new ICT. NightLight will improve the implementation of this Priority, by introducing measures to reduce and manage light pollution and facilitate eco­tourism based on dark skies in the natural parks.   Which partners are working on this? BASILICATA REGION Matera-Basilicata 2019 Foundation EDRF Regional Operational Programme of the Canary Islands 2014 – 2020 (Programa Operativo Regional FEDER – Canarias 2014-2020) ERDF Regional Operational Programme of the Canary Islands 2014 – 2020 (R.O.P) The island government of La Palma will tackle the priority 6.3.2 of the R.O.P. addressing, under the Thematic Objective 6, the protection, development and promotion of natural areas, in particular those of touristic interest.   The Island Government expects to improve the implementation of such priority by defining measures to valorise and exploit the competitive advantages it has in sectors requiring clean dark skies, such as tourism, sky observation and astrophysics’ R&D related activities.   Which partners are working on this? Island Government of La Palma Sign up for the Night Light newsletter Subscribe now La Palma november 2019 Night Light meeting watch the video click here!! the Night Light Video Proud to pressent the project video Night Light Night Light Project video Night Light disemmination video_Avila Night Light disemmination video_Avila nightlight InterregEU Tweets by Night Light Latest News See all project news 05/12/2020 La Palma Walk of the stars of Science the project called "Walk of the Stars of Science" was inaugurated on December 5th, coinciding with "The Night of the Stars" in Santa Cruz de La Palma. Type: Project 23/11/2020 CERTIFICATION RESERVE STARLIGHT GREDOS-AVILA AVILA achieves a major goal on the Night Light project. CERTIFICATION OF RESERVE STARLIGHT FOR GREDOS REGIONAL PARK – AVILA Type: Project 28/01/2020 Night LIght Video La Palma Video Mid Term Pollicy learning Partnermeeting November 2019 La Palma Type: Project 26/11/2019 the 5th Night Light Newsletter The 5th Night Light newsletter mostly about What are you proud of. Type: Project 10/04/2018 Diaro de Avila "Diaro de Avila " about the education and Divulgative Night Light activities. Type: Project 22/02/2018 Night Light Hajdú-Bihar County Government On 23rd February 2018 the Night Light project manager of Hajdú-Bihar County Government will introduce the recommendations to the General Assembly. Type: Project 06/02/2018 Femke van Akker about the Night Light project Interreg Night Light Congres about Light Pollution. 6th and 7th of February 2018 in Leeuwarden Fryslân Type: Project 01/01/2018 News item TV channel AVILA RTCYL8 TV Channel with the interview about Night Light project Type: Project 27/11/2017 Tom Axelsen intervieuwed by TV and newspaper. Tom Axelsen from the island of Moen about Light Pollution issues and their certification as Dark Sky Area & Community. Type: Project 18/11/2017 newspaper EL MUNDO Astrotourism and Night Light ProjectNightlight in the newspaper EL MUNDO, Special tourism page about Astrotourism and Night Light. Type: Project
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