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Project summary What is Innocastle? Mostly located in rural and remote areas, historic castles, manors and estates (HCME) have the potential to stimulate rural and regional development and innovation. However, this requires a shift of paradigm in governance and support. By developing new policy instruments to unlock these assets, HCME could act as drivers for job creation, better education, improving life quality and reducing social inequalities. The partnership of Innocastle consists of four European regions, each addressing one policy instrument: The National Institute of Heritage in Romania, the Province of Gelderland in the Netherlands, University College Ghent in Belgium and the Provincial Government of Badajoz in Spain.  National Trust from the UK will act as knowledge partner throughout the process and support all partners in remodeling their policies.  What does that mean in practice? In phase 1 (June 2018 - November 2020), the partners first compared the situations between each region and learned from each other. Afterwards, four partners developed local action plans to improve targeted policy instruments in each region. The main deliverables of the process are: 1. A joint baseline survey on existing policies and practices. Consult it here.  2. Study visits to each of the partner organisations, including a themed seminar and opportunity for peer review. Read about the visits so far in Romania, Wales, Gelderland, Badajoz and Flanders.  3. Fifteen transferable and inspiring good practices have been identified, which could serve other policymakers across Europe - read the Innocastle good practices here.  4. The development of four regional action plans together with local actors to improve particular policy instruments, using the data collected. Read here the Local Action Plans proposed for the regions of Badajoz (ES), Flanders (BE), Gelderland (NL) and Romania. In phase 2 (December 2020 - November 2022), all partners will monitor that the actions proposed in the Local Action Plans are implemented in each region. Anticipated results INNOCASTLE seeks to demonstrate the importance of partnership in the sustainable revitalisation and future-proofing of heritage sites. It will alert policymakers to the need for effective funding to enable heritage sites to become self-sufficient.  INNOCASTLE will also highlight our shared European identity. The project will use interregional cooperation to develop new policies for heritage across four partner regions (Gelderland, Extremadura, Flanders and Romania).  Each has a different emphasis, but each will work towards improving the long-term sustainable development of HCME through 4 specific objectives: GOVERNANCE AND PARTNERSHIPS - Innocastle increases collaboration between all levels of governance (local, regional, national, European), between expert fields (heritage, tourism, leisure, landscape, nature) and between sectors (public, private, research and society) in order to help HCME to flourish.FINANCE AND INVESTMENTS - Innocastle generates know how on meaningful, integrated and durable transformation of HCME and sustainable business models. Available resources need to be used more efficiently.PROMOTION AND VISIBILITY - Innocastle develops know-how for local and regional actors to better promote and facilitate HCME through storytelling, cultural routes and product development.DISSEMINATION AND CONTINUATION - Innocastle opens a European-wide discussion about the current and future role of HCME in our society, as an important testimony of our shared European identity. €1,163,346.00 from 1 Jun 2018 to 30 Nov 2022 Topic Environment and resource efficiency Partnership Lead Partner Partner What policy instruments does the project address? Regional Operational Program 2014-­2020 / Investment Priority 5.1 ­ Preservation, protection, promotion and development of the cultural heritage and identity. The Regional Operational Program (ROP) 2014-2020 in Romania will be tackled by the National Institute of Heritage.Specifically, investment priority 5.1 of the ROP refers to the “preservation, protection, promotion and development of the cultural heritage and identity”, with the objectives to stimulate the local economy by improving the overall condition of heritage sites in Romania. As such, this priority can finance the restoration and touristic promotion of built heritage.The practice has shown that the ROP guides could be improved in order to better correlate with other related domains and current issues found in the field. Specifically: More detailed inquiries by central and regional authorities are needed to better reflect the realities in the field.Systems to collect and monitor data of public interest regarding heritage need to be put together to offer a complete overview.It is essential that regional programs reflect the complexity of architectural heritage that can only be properly conserved when brought in relation with its context, which often includes natural, movable and immaterial heritage.Like all other policy instruments that are part of Innocastle, also Priority 5.1 needs to be more correlated to other regional development strategies which include or affect cultural heritage, reflect stakeholders’ needs and to develop comprehensive evaluation criteria for the economic impact on local communities. Which partners are working on this? National Institute for Heritage Onroerend Erfgoeddecreet (Decree on Immovable Heritage) The Decree on Immovable Heritage is an overall decree on monuments and landscapes elaborated by the Flemish Government. The Decree addresses the working instruments to protect and to manage immovable heritage in Flanders, such as: Scientific inventories of important heritage can be set legally;Four protection statutes support the heritage values of sites: instruments to manage heritage, permits to change immaterial heritage, premiums to conserve immaterial heritage and subsidies for an additional structural support. The Belgian partner in Innocastle, University College Ghent will further investigate the degree from the perspective of historic castles, manors and estates to find improvement points within Innocastle. Several ideas are already identified:  Historic castles, manors and estates which are listed on the inventory of architectural heritage get specific restrictions which can limit their possibilities for developmentThe complexity and exhaustiveness of the regulations discourage owners to take initiatives to preserve, transform or exploit their monuments.The current subsidies are inadequate for a sustainable preservation.Heritage legislation often coincides with other (sectoral) legislations regarding nature, spatial planning, tourism and others.Heritage policy mainly focuses on identification, assessment and conservation. There is nearly no attention or expertise for the dynamics of the transformation of castles, manors and estates.The heritage policy in practice solely aims at listed or protected heritage. Non-listed heritage sites do not get the opportunity to work on development instruments such as management plans within this decree. Which partners are working on this? University College Ghent Programa Operativo de Extremadura, Operational Programme for Extremadura objective 6.3.1 The Extremadura Operational Programme has allocated EUR 2 billion euro of funding with the aim to stimulate economic growth and strengthen the civil society in the Extremadura region. One of the investment objectives addressed (6.3.1) is to boost protection, promotion and development of cultural heritage. The main objective of this instrument is the valorization of cultural and natural heritage resources of the region. The creation of cultural heritage itineraries focused on castles and fortifications that are located mainly in rural areas with a great natural value (including their physical or virtual recreation) is a priority for the promotion of sustainable tourism in the region and the improvement of the economic development of isolated rural areas. The operational programme has several issues at implementation level due to different factors. The political situation at a national and regional level, delays in information and approval of budgets, the limitation of resources, the necessity of new solutions for adequate exploitation of castles and fortifications (both public and private). INNOCASTLE will address a clear necessity in the region of Extremadura, the correct valorization and sustainable exploitation of the local cultural heritage. Which partners are working on this? Provincial Government of Badajoz Beleidsprogramma Cultuur en Erfgoed (Policy Program Culture and Heritage) The main objective of the Policy Programme “Culture and Heritage” is to enhance the conservation of protected heritage in the province of Gelderland in combination with suitable use and a better experience of the heritage involved. The main goals of this policy programme are: The positioning of heritage as a structural part of spatial plans based on actual informationWell-organised heritage sector in the provinceGood condition of listed monuments, both buildings and gardens, parks, archeological monuments etc.Innovation of the heritage practice, notably on economic significance, sustainability, skills and financing. Owners of castles manors and estates in the Province of Gelderland, especially private ones, come forward with questions on economic viability, sustainability and financing the necessary measures. At the same time, municipalities in the region are increasingly seeking the support of the province on applying the legislation and other rules on this important body of heritage. The Province ofGelderland aims to investigate possible changes in the policy so that the needs of owners and municipalities could be met.  Which partners are working on this? Province of Gelderland Sign up for the Innocastle newsletter Subscribe now Local Action Plan Flanders The first Local Action Plans have been validated. Read here the plan for Flanders proposing a cross-sectoral and participative approach to rural estates. Read the Local Action Plan for Flanders Local Action Plan Romania Romania proposes the improvement of the Regional Operational Programme (ROP) 2021 - 2027 and the National Restoration Plan of Historic Monuments. Read the Local Action Plan for Romania Local Action Plan Gelderland The Province of Gelderland proposes an ambitious plan targeting climate change, regional tourism and spatial fragmentation. Read the Local Action Plan for Gelderland Local Action Plan Badajoz Diputacion de Badajoz proposes four actions and a pilot aimed at improving the ERDF Operational Program (2014-2020 and 2021-2027) in the region of Extremadura. Read the Local Action Plan for Badajoz (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')); Innocastle Tweets by Innocastle Latest News See all project news 24/11/2021 Engaging the public digitally in cultural heritage The webinar organised by the International National Trust Organisation in collaboration with the Province of Badajoz (Extremadura, Spain) showcased three... Type: Project 09/11/2021 Webinar on historic estates and climate change On the 17th of November, an online webinar will take place on the topic of climate change and historic estates: impacts and strategies. Type: Project 03/06/2021 Read the Innocastle Baseline Survey in Spanish Read an in-depth analysis of the current situation of rural estates in the region of Badajoz in Spanish. Type: Project 26/04/2021 Local Action Plan Badajoz, Spain - Approved The Local Action Plan and Pilot Action proposed by the Diputacion de Badajoz, Spain have been approved. Read more about their contents here... Type: Project 18/03/2021 Local Action Plan Gelderland, NL - Approved The Local Action Plan proposed by the Province of Gelderland, Netherlands, proposes an area-based approach to rural estates. Type: Project 16/03/2021 Local Action Plan & Pilot Action Romania - Approved The Local Action Plan and Pilot Action proposed by the National Institute for Heritage Romania have been approved. Read more about their contents here Type: Project 11/03/2021 Local Action Plan Flanders, Belgium - Approved The Local Action Plan proposed by Hogeschool Gent for the region of Flanders introduces a participatory, cross-sector approach to rural estates. Type: Project 22/02/2021 Learning Report Study Visit Flanders The learning report of the online study visit to Flanders was published. Read about the local challenges, proposed interventions and some good practices. Type: Project 27/11/2020 More Resilient, Post-Pandemic Heritage Interviews with partners gave insights into the project impact as well as the future of heritage. Type: Project 03/11/2020 Online Study Visit to Flanders Originally planned to take place in May 2020, a study visit to Flanders was organised online in several parts. Type: Project
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The 4th Stakeholder Meeting in UK was held online on 2nd June 2020.
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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 participate: 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 six semesters of working together, partners found high opportunities in 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 at 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 the 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 ensured through the RSG meetings where local actors have opportunities to describe their challenges and 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 the 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 by identifying further steps and activities for the continuation of the project. The 5th Interregional Learning Event to be held in Tulcea, Romania, was instead organized online as well, due to the Covid-19 situation.  The focus of the meeting was on action plans and sustainable business models. The 6th Interregional Learning Event was planned to be organized in the Province of Friesland but instead was held online on 14-15 September 2021. The focus of the meeting was on the progress related to action plans and the lessons learned from the exchange of experiences process in Phase 1.  €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 Action Plans Read our Action Plans Our 6th Newsletter Read our 6th issue! 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 28/05/2021 The 2nd RSG meeting in France The stakeholders of the Regional Natural Park of Camargue met on 28 May 2021 Type: Project 19/05/2021 The 6th stakeholder meeting in Ireland The regional stakeholders met in Cork on 19 May 2021 Type: Project 10/05/2021 The 6th RSG meeting in Italy The RSG meeting took place on10th of May 2021 Type: Project 11/03/2021 Partner meeting on Co-branding Partners met on 11th March 2021 to discuss the co-branding concept Type: Project 25/02/2021 The 4th meeting of stakeholders in Romania The 4th RSG meeting organized on 25 February 2021 Type: Project 24/02/2021 Online Partner Meeting Partners met to discuss the progress on 24 February 2021 Type: Project
Project good practices Newest first Oldest first A-Z Z-A Greater Manchester Freight and Logistics Strategy 30/07/2019 The GM F&L strategy sets out how the Greater Manchester Freight network will the economic viability of the region whilst reducing its environmental impacts Location: Greater Manchester, United Kingdom Project: RESOLVE Last mile delivery by electric cars and cargo bikes in urban areas 24/07/2019 The city administration of Maribor set new rules for last mile delivery in city center to avoid air polution and regulate the delivery in pedestrian zone Location: Vzhodna Slovenija, Slovenia (Slovenija) Project: RESOLVE West End Waste Consolidation 24/07/2019 A project which aims to reduce the amount of waste vehicle movements in a chosen area through identification of a preferred commercial waste company. Location: Inner London - West, United Kingdom Project: RESOLVE Bike sharing system Antwerp 19/07/2019 Since a couple of years the City of Antwerp offers a new bike sharing system to its citizens and visitors, called Velo Antwerpen. Location: Prov. Antwerpen, Belgium (Belgique-België) Project: RESOLVE Spoordeelwinkel 19/07/2019 The Spoordeelwinkel (rail discount shop) has special offers for retail and leisure related trips made by train. Location: Utrecht, Netherlands (Nederland) Project: RESOLVE Mobility-S 19/07/2019 Mobility-S aims to service and develop, parking and mobility services in Strijp-S in order to stimulate sustainable mobility among visitors and inhabitants. Location: Noord-Brabant, Netherlands (Nederland) Project: RESOLVE Welcoming accessible 's-Hertogenbosch 19/07/2019 The city of ’s-Hertogenboch aims to inform visitors about the city and its accessibility in a client oriented manner at different stages of a customer journey. Location: Noord-Brabant, Netherlands (Nederland) Project: RESOLVE Free ride through Maribor City Centre 17/07/2019 Maribor city centre offers a free public transport system – a mini electric vehicle Location: Vzhodna Slovenija, Slovenia (Slovenija) Project: RESOLVE Almada “Better without cars” campaign 15/07/2019 In the “Better Without Cars” Campaign, drivers were voluntarily encouraged to leave their cars at home on Thursdays, by offering discounts and special prices. Location: Lisboa, Portugal Project: RESOLVE Support the Development of Alternative modes of transport - Moravian-Silesian Region 12/07/2019 Support the Development of Alternative modes of transport - Moravian-Silesian Region Location: Moravskoslezsko, Czech Republic (Česká Republika) Project: RESOLVE 123 Next Visit the good practice database Newsletter Read our Newsletter nr. 6! Download Subscribe to our newsletter SUBSCRIBE (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')); RESOLVE Tweets by RESOLVE
Practical informationIn this section you will find information related to venue and accommodation arrangements. Please keep in mind that travel and accommodation costs are at the expense of the participants. For Interreg Europe project partners, the travel and accommodation costs can be claimed through the progress reports and be reimbursed by the programme. We suggest that you book your flights and hotel as soon as possible after receiving a confirmation email from us. Venue Fundación Tres CulturasDel MediterráneoPabellón Hassan II - C/ Max Planck, nº 2 41092 Isla de la Cartuja - Seville Bus stops:  Americo Vespucio, Lines: C1, LCCam. descubrimientos (Albert Einstein), Line: LC   AccommodationThe costs for travel and accommodation are covered by the participants. Interreg Europe project partners can claim the costs through their progress reports. Please note that mid-October has a quite high occupancy rate in Seville. We strongly advise you to make your hotel booking as soon as possible, either through online systems like booking,com or hotel,com or directly by calling the suggested hotels. Given the fringe location of the venue from an hotel and accommodation point of view, we recommend you to take a taxi to reach the hotels listed below. In Seville: Barcelo sevilla renacimiento - (****) – 8 min by taxi, 20 min by foot0034 954 46 22 22www.barcelo.com Eurostar Regina - (***) – 12 min by taxi0034 954 90 75 75www.eurostars-regina-hotel-seville.hotel-dir.com Hotel Ilunion Puerta de Triana – (***) -13 min by taxi0034 954 21 54 04www.ilunionpuertadetriana.com Hotel AACR Museo - (***) – 11 min by taxi0034 954 50 22 31www.hmuseo.com Hotel Reyes Católicos – (***) – 12 min by taxi0034 954 21 12 00www.hotelreyescatolicos.info Hotel San Gil - (****) – 13 min by taxi0034 954 90 68 11www.hotel-san-gil.sevillehotels.net Welcome to Seville!Welcome to one of the most charming cities of Spain. Seville’s rich history has left the city stuffed with innumerable monuments like the awesome cathedral , the third largest in the world, the Giralda tower, the wonderful palace of the Reales Alcázares, the magical Barrio of Santa Cruz with its narrow streets, the Maestranza bullfighting ring and the passion for Flamenco an the perfume of orange blossoms on every corner. Seville certainly is one of the most beloved places by visitors to Spain. Situated on the banks of the Guadalquivir River, Seville has a rich Moorish heritage, and used to be a prosperous port that carried out trade with the Americas.  The streets and squares in the historic quarter of the capital of Andalusia are lively and busy. They treasure many constructions that have the World Heritage designation, and many districts are full of traditional culture, like Triana and La Macarena.  Seville is a prominent business and service centre in the south of Spain and has many hotels distributed all over the city which enable visitors to discover endless attractions. Museums and art centres, theme parks, cinemas, theatres and clubs are some of the many leisure options that a great city like Seville holds. Without forgetting, of course, the numerous terraces, inns and bars where visitors can practise one of the most deeply-rooted and tasty traditions in the city: "Going out for tapas". For further information on Seville, please visit www.visitasevilla.es/en Seville quick facts:Status: city / capital of Andalusia,Population: 720,000 in the city + another 400,000 in its outskirts,Tapas: snails, spinach with chickpeas, fried fish, pincho moruno (meat skewer), cured ham, egg scrambles, gazpacho, stuffed artichokes, wine and sherry,Tipping: tipping in Spain is not obligatory but it is common to leave some change or to give a tip of 5 – 10 %. There are no added service charges on the final bill at any hotel restaurant, or bar,Sevilla's cathedral - argued to be the world's largest - holds a monument and tomb to Christopher Columbus. But is he really buried there? It's a veritable unsolved mystery,Part of the ‘Star Wars: Episode II Attack of the Clones’ movie was filmed in Seville, at the Plaza de España. Local transportFrom Seville airport to the City Centre Transfer by bus: The Line EA, that you will find outside the airport when going out from the  arrival terminal connects the Seville airport with the city centre.  To go from the airport of Seville to the center of the city and vice versa, there is an urban bus transport line (Line EA) that connects both points including the AVE station. The ticket can be bought directly from the driver. The journey takes about 30 minutes, depending on traffic. A ticket for a single journey costs € 4.00, a return ticket costs € 6.00 and is only valid on the day of purchase. Please consult timetable EA Especial Aeropuerto for more information. Transfer by taxi: Outside the Arrivals hall plenty of taxis are available to transport you to the city, a journey by taxi takes 15 minutes and costs between €15 and €22 depending on the time and on the traffic.  From Seville airport to the venue Transfert by bus: To go from the airport directly to the venue, you can take the line EA until the Torneo Plz. Armas stop. From here, you can either walk to the venue, but it will take you approximatively 20 minutes, or take a taxi.  Transfer by taxi: You can also take a taxi from the airport directly to the venue, the journey will cost you around €25 and will take 25 minutes. Useful informationWeather Towards the end of the year, the weather in Seville starts to become slightly milder. In October, the sun shines for at least 7 hours per day and there are on average 6 days of rainfall during the month. Around 70mm of rain falls throughout October with temperatures generally settling between 14 °C and 26 °C. www.Seville.climatemps.com/ Transport Seville has a well organized city bus system making stops along most of the city's main streets known as the Autobús Urbano. Rides cost 1.40€ each way when you pay on the bus. Tickets and passes can be purchased at many kiosks (grey with 'prensa' sometimes written on them), news stands, stores, and hotels.  Schedules and route maps are available where tickets are sold. Seville has one line of metro.All relevant information about transport: www.tussam.es/Seville airport: www.sevilla-airport.com/en/Train: hwww.renfe.com/EN/viajeros/Taxi: easily accessible throughout the city and the airportLOCAL CUSTOMS  Smoking is prohibited in public buildings and on public transport in Seville. Business Hours Most shops in Seville open at 09:30 or 10:00, closing at 13:30 or 14:00 for siesta and reopening at 17:00 until 21:00 (or even later) on weekdays. On Saturdays they generally only open for half a day and on Sunday remain closed, but several bigger stores stay open all day, including Saturdays. Currency: EuroCountry dialing code: +3424 hour emergency number: 112Time zone: GMT+1 What to do if you miss your flight? According to EU legislation, all passengers departing from/arriving in an EU country (or Iceland, Norway, Switzerland) with a carrier licensed in the EU are entitled to a specific set of rights upon conditions.  If your flight is cancelled, the airline must give you the choice between reimbursement or rerouting (you have the right to assistance while waiting). You may also be entitled to additional compensation (€125-€600) under some conditions.For long delays, you may be entitled to assistance and to compensation, depending on the delay length and flight distance.If you are denied boarding, you also have the choice between reimbursement or rerouting. You may also be entitled to compensation. If you choose re-routing, you are entitled to assistance if necessary.The airline must always inform you about your rights.If your luggage is lost, damaged or delayed, you may be entitled to compensation from the airline of up to about €1200.For damaged luggage, you need to file your claim within 7 days of receiving your luggage (21 days for delayed luggage).For more information, please visit EU Consumer Centres Network. Download the practical info kit The pdf document contains the same information as displayed on this page. Download
Project summary When advertising door-to-door accessibility between origin (usually urban areas) and destination (often remote areas), the tourists often facing missing links on the last stretch of the journey, i.e. from the hubs/regional railway station to the final destination. Public transport is a challenging task in many hinterlands due to different factors that make the operation of regular lines difficult. Beyond that, locations with tourist frequentation are facing a variation in demand depending on seasons. Experiences have shown that a demand-responsive transport system (sharing/pooling/public), embedded in the trunk net of regular public transport, is a thankful enhancement in many cases: to cover the "last mile" in the travel chain of tourists and to provide for the inhabitants an alternative to car use for their daily ways. While various operational models of intermediate services have been created and tested in several foregoing projects, operators are still confronted with institutional barriers and/or the sustained financing in the long run. Capitalizing on foregoing research and development work, regions create new and tailor-made solutions on the basis of the experiences. Integrated solutions tailored to multiple user with target-group oriented information tools, interlacing with main public transport lines and hubs and introducing low-emission and energy-efficient vehicles, shall lead to sustainable and financeable regional mobility systems. Through the interregional exchange, a synthesis and recommendations concerning the implementation of sustainable demand-responsive transport systems had been developed. Policy recommendations and thereby catapulted policy dialogue processes shall facilitate the realization of low-threshold mobility services in the long run. The main results of the project can be found in the brochure. Benefits lie in the positive environmental effect (both in destinations and origins=urban areas), in the improved accessibility for residents and in the regional economy (tourism as an important factor in rural areas), which are shown by the good practices visited. After the end of the project in 2020 6 project partners started November, 3rd  with a prolongation of LAST MILE. As the COVID-19 crisis impacted severely many of the identified FTS, six partners from 5 regions (AT, BG, ES, LU, SK) want to identify the effects on FTS the COVID-19 crisis had on them and search for good practices for the current situation and possible challenges in the future. €1,882,979.00 from 1 Apr 2016 to 30 Sep 2020 Topic Low-carbon economy Partnership Lead Partner Partner What policy instruments does the project address? ERDF-OP "Investment for Growth and Jobs Austria 2014-2020", Investment priority 9d - CLLD Tyrol Austria has only one general structural funds programme ("Investments in Growth and Employment Austria 2014-2020 - Operational Programme for the use of the ERDF funds") – agreed between federal state and the provinces. The Managing Authority ist located at federal level, whereas each province acts as an intermediary (funding) body. The ERDF OP (Investment priority 9d for the province of Tyrol) is meant to give communities the ability to develop their region. Within this instrument, regions have the possibility to use structural funds for regional development. The basis for the developement is a strategy wich defines certain priorities, two of these priorities (ERDF) aim at migitating climate change (and to adapting to it), and at cooperation between cities and their surrounding. In this context, the development of mobility solutions is an integrative building block for overall regional development and therefore it is necessary to pursue mobility projects within the CLLD (community-led local development) approach. Which partners are working on this? Regional Management East Tyrol Integrated Regional Operational Programme Main objective of IROP is to contribute to the promotion of quality of life, to ensure sustainable provision of public services across the country, to improve public transport infrastructure. This will be beneficial for a balanced and sustainable regional development, as well as economic, territorial and social cohesion of Slovak regions, cities and municipalities. The IROP will be influenced by proposing such activities within the action plan that will be in line with IROP and could be financed by it. Which partners are working on this? Agency for the Support of Regional Development Kosice Regional Plan for Development of Northeastern Region 2014-2020 (NUTS 2 region) The ERDF OP "Regions in Growth" 2014-2020 (OPRG) through which the Regional Plans are implemented, is aiming at promotion of growth and jobs by improving business environment and connectivity and enhancing local potential. Measures for development of regional tourism improving transport infrastructure and urban environment are foreseen, but provisions for the "Last Mile" issue are missing.   Special attention is paid to specific objective 2: “Improving the transport connectivity at national level by the development of the road infrastructure with regional importance”, and specific objective 3: “Developing the relations “city-region” and improving the access to cultural and historical values, the logistics centres, the places of recreation and tourism, the industrial and business zones in the regions”.   In the OP, measures for sustainable mobility, especially on the "last mile" are principally eligible according to the programme`s investment priorities, but no projects in this veine have yet been proposed nor implemented. "Last mile" has not particularly been considered in before implemented and funded projects during the period 2007-2013. This is the reason to propose this project in order to allow regional and local authority to be able to elaborate relevant action plans for sustainable mobility and ask for funding for their implementation. Which partners are working on this? Club "Sustainable Development of Civil Society" Cataluna ERDF 2014-2020 OP. Specific Objective OE.4.5.1 One of the priorities stablished within Cataluna ERDF 2014-2020 OP is priority 4 "Promote the low-carbon emissions economy to all sectors". Moreover, it is also stablished the specific goal 4.5.1 "Promote Sustainable Urban Mobility: clean urban transport, public transport, urban-suburban-rural connections, road network improvement, cycling, walking, electromobility and development of clean energies". In this sense, the LAST MILE objectives and goals suit very well with the specific goal 4.5.1, as the development of flexible transport systems in tourist regions with low residential population density and the broad stakeholder work will help to integrate the "last mile" in relevant transport and tourism strategies/regional development instruments as well as in the regional funding priorities in the long term. The LAST MILE aim is to enable multimodal travel chains based on main public transport lines for tourists to access holiday destinations and for residents to improve their accessibility in public transport within their places of residence and of the centers/cities where they find workplaces and different upper-level services. Therefore, the specific 4.5.1 goal of ‘Promote Sustainable Urban Mobility’ is completely covered. Within the LAST MILE project, the regional government of Cataluna wants to propose well prepared mobility measures with a focus on the last link of the travel chains ("last mile") to be supported by structural funds in the frame of this programme. Which partners are working on this? Mobility and Transport Direction. Ministry of Territory and Sustainability. Government of Catalonia Global Strategy for sustainable mobility for residents and cross-border commuters (MoDu, April 2012) The MoDu strategy describes 4 political objectives: 1. Improve links between territorial development and mobility: Principle of "city of short distances", better mix of the functions housing, work and leisure, compact urban development, reduction of (individual) motorized traffic at its source 2. 25% of daily trips by soft mobility: Reduce motorized transport by increasing the share of soft mobility in the daily paths and especially in short distances (at least 25% of daily trips by soft mobility by 2020) 3. 25% of motorized trips by public transport: Offer attractive transport prompting users to perform many of their motorized trips by pt (at least 25% of daily motorized trips by pt) 4. Promote alternative use of the car: parking management, P&R, carpooling or carsharing - in combination with an attractive public transport offer;   The main focus of the MoDu strategy lies on the daily traffic (residents, commuters). To gain a more integrative viewpoint, LAST MILE will provide a profound analysis of the regional situation and analyse the real needs, in particular the specific tourists’ needs. These reflexions will be complementary to the national reflexions. The action plan will propose possible innovative and sustainable solutions which could be integrated in the national scheme in order to better fulfil the aims 2+3. Actions shall also help to sensitise the public (residents and tourists) about the mobility issue and encourage them to make a more sustainable choice. Which partners are working on this? Nature Park Upper Sûre Spatial Management Plan of Westpomeranian Voivodeship - does not apply to the 5th call Spatial Management Plan of Westpomeranian Voivodeship is a regional spatial policy instrument managed by Regional Office for Spatial Planning on behalf of the Regional Board; 3 major purposes: • provide information about the region, i.p. its spatial conditions and directions for development, • determine the spatial policy of the region, in line with the nat. and reg.development strategies, • coordinate elements of spatial development resulting from international obligations. It defines goals for management of space in the region and development rules, and determines long-term directions for spatial policy. It is a basis for elaborating regional OPs and conclusions pertaining to the regional spatial policy. Local governments need to take into consideration provisions of the Plan in their planning practice. For West Pomerania it is crucial to strengthen the potential of tourism as main sector of regional economy. On the other hand, demographic changes in the region force the regional selfgoverment to meet different requirements of older people and young families, who are two strong groups of residents. Their exclusion from social life thought inefficient transportation system and lack of accessibility to important and vivid parts of the region is the main challenge of regional developement. It requires multi-sectoral analysis and measurable components to be able to invest financial tools in the region (e.g. Regional ERDF OP) in multifarious smart way. Which partners are working on this? Westpomeranian Voivodeship – Regional Office for Spatial Planning of Westpomeranian Voivodeship Sign up for our newsletter! Sign up now! Latest News See all project news 06/12/2021 Varna: Awards for sustainable tourism and mobility Varna received two prestigious awards: the Award for tourist destination of the year and the Award for contribution to the development of sustainable tourism an Type: Project 03/11/2021 Kick off for project prolongation After the end of the project in 2020 6 project partners started November, 3rd with a 3rd phase. In focus: the effects of the COVID-19 crisis on FTS. Type: Project 22/06/2020 Successful policy impact in East Tyrol Regional policy instrument involves LAST MILE results to provide funding opportunities for mobility projects in rural areas. Type: Project 22/06/2020 Tourism mobility management is growing in East Tyrol A focus group with tourism mobility purpose is working on mobility trainings and further marketing activities. Type: Project 09/06/2020 MOBILIADA - Mobility fun to play! The board game "Mobiliada" was created to promote the use of public transport and mobility initiatives of the region. Type: Project 01/05/2020 Successful collaboration in Catalonia A successful experience with the collaboration of stakeholders in Catalonia Type: Project 08/04/2020 Success in transport legislation in Slovakia The implementation of two small proposals in transport legislation has led to a major change in favour of flexible transport systems in Slovakia. Type: Project 10/02/2020 LAST MILE Final conference cancelled Due the current outbreak of coronavirus disease (COVID-19) the final conference is cancelled. Type: Project 04/12/2019 Save the date | LAST MILE Conference | 1 April 2020 Save the Date: LAST MILE Final Conference on 1 April 2020 in Innsbruck. Type: Project 04/12/2019 Implementation of the LAST MILE in Varna How Interreg Europe LAST MILE inspired Bulgarian policymakers. Type: Project
Contacts Auvergne-Rhône-Alpes Tourism Lead partner France Auvergne-Rhône-Alpes Tourisme is in charge of the promotion of the Auvergne-Rhône-Alpes region and the development of its tourist economy. Website Thomas DUCLOUTRIER +33 473 294 940 Send me an email × Contact Thomas Sorry, there was an error submitting your enquiry. Please try again. Please check the recaptcha field below. Thank you, your message has been sent. Complete the form below to send Thomas a message... First name: Last name: Email address: Message: Send Grand Paradis Foundation Partner Italy (Italia) Fondation Grand Paradis was created in order to enhance and promote sustainable tourism in the Aosta Valley area within the Gran Paradiso National Park Website Luisa Vuillermoz +39 016 575 301 Send me an email × Contact Luisa Sorry, there was an error submitting your enquiry. Please try again. Please check the recaptcha field below. Thank you, your message has been sent. Complete the form below to send Luisa a message... 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Project good practices Newest first Oldest first A-Z Z-A A food innovation system based on Competence Centre environment 26/06/2018 BioCC OÜ covers the full chain of product development & commercialization process starting from base research and finishing with an end product on the market. Location: Eesti, Estonia (Eesti) Project: NICHE The Food Coast – Donegal’s Good Food Initiative 05/06/2018 The Food Coast was developed by Local Enterprise Office Donegal as a programme to support development, growth and quality in Do Location: Border, Midland and Western, Ireland (Éire) Project: NICHE HERAKLION WINEMAKERS’ ASSOCIATION (WINES OF CRETE) / Region of Crete 22/05/2018 Establishment of a Winemakers Network in Crete with a view to promoting both the product and its tourism potential. Location: Κρήτη, Greece (Ελλαδα) Project: NICHE LegenDerry Food Festival 22/05/2018 LegenDerry Food Festival is a two day event in the heart of the city. Promoting everything that's 'legendary and local' and attracting some 36,000 visitors. Location: Northern Ireland, United Kingdom Project: NICHE FoodOvation Centre 21/05/2018 North West Regional College is a credible knowledge provider having worked with numerous food companies in the delivery of Innovation. Location: Northern Ireland, United Kingdom Project: NICHE Agronutritional Cooperation of Region of Crete (ACoRoC) 18/05/2018 ACoRoC was created as an attempt for development of a dynamic primary sector and its connection with the national and international market as well as tourism. Location: Κρήτη, Greece (Ελλαδα) Project: NICHE Cooperative Linkages Fund 17/05/2018 The CLF allows to obtain grants for the creation and development of clusters. Location: Dolnośląskie, Poland (Polska) Project: NICHE Food Workshop 16/05/2018 The aim is to find new ways of co-operation between research organisations and companies and to generate new ways to improve the development work in the sector. Location: Burgenland AT, Austria (Österreich) Project: NICHE Seafood Product Development Project 04/03/2018 The aim of the project is to assist companies in researching and developing new seafood products using the resources in the Region. Location: Border, Midland and Western, Ireland (Éire) Project: NICHE Donegal Atlantic Coastal Trail Project 04/03/2018 The goal of this project is to raise awareness of the excellent marine leisure and seafood opportunities on the Donegal coast and islands. Location: Border, Midland and Western, Ireland (Éire) Project: NICHE 12 Next Visit the good practice database Join our dialogue on LinkedIn Join us and share ideas, insights, experiences, events and opportunities in order to address the demands of the food sector in 7 European regions. Click here Subscribe to newsletter Subscribe to newsletter Tweets by NICHE
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