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Projects currently running in 2017

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CO-EVOLVE

CO-EVOLVE is anInterreg MED modular project belonging to thematic community 3.1 (Sustainable Tourism). It aims to analyse and promote the ‘co-evolution’ of human activities and natural systems in coastal zones where tourism is an important activity, to enable the development of sustainable tourism based on the principles of Integrated Coastal Zone Management (ICZM) and Maritime Spatial Planning (MSP). The project will gather an analysis of threats and opportunities relating to sustainable tourism in the Mediterranean, and local case studies of seven representative pilot areas. The goal is to demonstrate – through pilot actions – the added value and the effectiveness of a planning process based on the principles of ICZM and MSP. The CPMR and its Intermediterranean Commission (IMC) will be responsible for the communication aspects as well as the link with the BleuTourMed horizontal project and the 3.1 thematic community. The IMC will also participate in the project’s capitalisation activities.

This project is related to the CPMR’s work on maritime and coastal tourism.

Website in development. More information is available in the project brochure.

Project co-financed by the European Regional Development Fund

UFM Agreement

Following the Memorandum of Understanding signed by the CPMR’s Intermediterranean Commission and the Union for the Mediterranean (UfM) in June 2013, this agreement was established in February 2017 under the EASME administered grant (EASME/EMtt/2076/7.2.1.1) “Promoting the Blue Economy in the Mediterranean”, to create synergies between the activities of the two organisations and consolidate and develop their cooperation. It sets out the conditions for cooperation between them, focusing on developing the blue economy in the Mediterranean basin. The IMC-CPMR will support the UfM Secretariat in several activities, concretely the UfM Stakeholders Conferences on Blue Economy, the conceptualisation and dissemination of the Virtual Knowledge Centre, the promotion of new initiatives and projects in line with the UfM blue economy dossier, and involve its regions in the follow up of UfM work on this theme at territorial level.

This project is related to the CPMR’s work on maritime investments.

InnoBlueGrowth

The InnoBlueGrowth project is one of the eight Horizontal Projects approved from the first call of the Interreg MED programming period 2014-2020. It will carry out several actions, including a communication strategy, community-building initiatives and events, to build a real community of modular projects dealing with innovation and blue growth. This innovative community will strengthen the cross-cutting and integrated approach between the modular projects and key transnational stakeholders, a prerequisite for supporting the transnational activities of Mediterranean clusters. The project will also support the dissemination and transferability of the modular projects’ capitalised results and ensure a wider and deeper impact on other stakeholders at all levels, contributing to the sustainable social and economic development of the Mediterranean area through innovative investment in the blue economy. InnoBlueGrowth will also ensure close coordination and communication with the platform project of priority axis 4 of the MED programme, developed in parallel.

This project is related to the CPMR’s work on IMP governance and maritime investments.

Visit the website: http://planbleu.org/en/activites/projet-une-economie-bleue-pour-une-mediterranee-en-bonne-sante/innobluegrowth-horizontal

Project co-financed by the European Regional Development Fund

PANACea

The PANACeA project will improve the management of protected areas in the Mediterranean to enhance and protect biodiversity in the region. The project, which will streamline networking and management efforts in Mediterranean Protected Areas (PAs), is one of the eight Horizontal Projects approved from the first call of the Interreg MED programming period 2014-2020. It will encourage a range of people and organisations working on projects related to biodiversity and ecosystems in the Mediterranean,  including managers, policymakers, socio-economic actors, civil society and the scientific community, to cooperate, share knowledge and experiences. The project will build a community of nature conservation stakeholders in the Mediterranean who can bring about behavioural and policy change. The main thematic focus areas include coastal and marine conservation, fisheries, Maritime Spatial Planning and climate change.

This project is related to the CPMR’s work on maritime spatial planning.

Website in development

Project co-financed by the European Regional Development Fund

MITOMED+

MITOMED+ is an Interreg MED multi-module project combining Testing and Capitalisation (M2 + M3). It follows on from the MITOMED project (MED maritime programme), which aims to promote the integrated management of maritime and coastal (M&C) tourism by enhancing knowledge of data, products and services using a set of indicators based on the NECSTouR model. MITOMED+ builds on and develops the results achieved, with a view to enhancing the coordination of strategies between the territories at transnational level and the development of M&C tourism through cooperation and joint planning between the regions. The main goal of the project is to make maritime and coastal tourism more sustainable and more responsible, by improving local and regional strategies and policy actions and by coordinating them within a transnational MED network. The CPMR is mainly involved in the project’s capitalisation and communication activities.

This project is related to the CPMR’s work on maritime and coastal tourism.

Website in development

Project co-financed by the European Regional Development Fund

SHERPA

The SHERPA project, which involves the CPMR’sIntermediterranean Commission as WP2 (Communication) leader, is an Interreg MED Testing and Capitalising (M2+M3) modular project that aims to improve the energy efficiency of public buildings in regions across the Mediterranean. It contributes to the application of the EU Directive on Energy Efficiency in Buildings and aims to reach its 20% energy efficiency target by 2020 (among other EU directives and connected policies). One of the key aims of the project is the setting-up of 200 project proposals for Energy Renovation in Public Buildings (100 in regional buildings and other 100 in buildings from the municipalities of the partner Regions). All the projects will be implemented in compliance with the specific results, directives, tools and strategies provided by SHERPA. Their implementation will draw on public-private investment and will create thousands of jobs. At the end of the project, a joint action plan on energy retrofitting in Mediterranean buildings will be adopted. The Intermediterranean Commission will contribute to most of the project activities and lead the project’s communications work (WP2).

This project is related to the CPMR’s work on energy and climate.

Website in development. More information is available in the project brochure.

Project co-financed by the European Regional Development Fund

MED-SPRING

The Mediterranean Science, Policy, Research & Innovation Gateway (MED-SPRING) project is focused on tackling three challenges in society in the Mediterranean area: energy, high quality affordable food, and scarcity of resources. Financed by the 7th Framework Programme of the European Commission, the project aims to tackle policy objectives by creating dialogue and coordination between government institutions, research organisations, associations and civil society. Involving 28 partners from around the Mediterranean. CPMR’s role in the project, which involves 28 partners from around the Mediterranean, is to analyse systems of research and innovation in the countries involved. It is also in charge of some of the project dissemination activities.

This project is related to the CPMR’s work on external cooperation and the Intermediterranean Commission Working Group on Territorial Cooperation and Macro-Regional Strategies.

Visit the website: http://medspring.eu/

PLATFORMA (2015-2017)

2015-2017 period For the third consecutive period, CPMR is a partner in the consortium of this project, which aims to address the territorial approach to development policies. The CPMR contributes to PLATFORMA’s core activities and to the dialogue with the European Southern Neighbourhood. The project kicked off on 1 August 2015. More recently, the IMC-CPMR has been contributing by elaborating a report with the final aim of helping to organise a training module addressed to local and regional authorities, notably from the Southern IMC members. The training will deal with capacity building for integrated territorial development.

This project is related to the CPMR’s work on external cooperation.

Visit the website: http://platforma-dev.eu/

Completed Projects

MAREMED project

The MAREMED project was developed within the framework of the creation of an integrated Mediterranean maritime policy (COM (2009) 466 final). The project aimed to improve the coordination of regional maritime policies, between themselves and with National, European and Mediterranean levels of governance. MAREMED targeted the constituents of maritime policy that bear an intrinsic transnational dimension. Thirteen regional partners, and the CPMR’s Intermediterranean Commission, carried out an overview of the policies implemented and their governance, identifying pilot coastal zones for transnational management, operational tools to aid in common decision-making. They developed and disseminated consistent results to encourage integrated maritime management and the sustainable development of coastal zones for the different levels of coastal governance.

Project co-financed by the European Regional Development Fund

ELIH-MED project

The ELIH-Med project focused on identifying and experimenting on a large scale a set of practical and innovative technical options and financial mechanisms targeted to develop energy efficiency in low income housing. The results of the project were crossed with other MED Projects dealing with energy renovation in buildings. They also produced a capitalisation process which led to the Declaration of Lubljana and the joint policy paper MARIE-ELIH-MED-PROFORBIOMED. The policy recommendations of these papers are guiding the current action of the regions towards the definition of energy renovation strategies and a joint action plan on energy renovation in public and private buildings of the Mediterranean.

Project co-financed by the European Regional Development Fund

MEDGOVERNANCE project

The MEDGOVERNANCE project developed a network of research institutes, regions, key institutional and non-institutional subjects able to support the development of Mediterranean Governance in relation to key issues of sustainable development. The reflections from this project are considered, together with the ones of MarInA-Med COM & CAP and other relevant projects, as a common ground for the CPMR IMC road map for macro-regional and sea basin strategies in the Mediterranean.

Project co-financed by the European Regional Development Fund

MarIna-Med COM&CAP project

The full name of this project is COMmunication and CAPitalization of Maritime Integrated Approach in the Mediterranean Area (MarIna-Med COM&CAP). It was built on an operational partnership with a high level of expertise in the maritime field. Working closely with a network of Mediterranean policy-makers, the project aimed to coordinate communication and capitalisation activities for 13 projects selected under the “‘maritime integrated approach” call for proposals of the MED Programme. COM&CAP MarInA-Med was responsible for collecting, processing and disseminating the key results and policy recommendations of the selected projects. It also included inter-project information exchange and the organisation of several events to present and capitalise on project results. The main topics involved included marine renewable energies, sustainable fisheries and aquaculture, environment protection, sustainable maritime transports and smart ports, maritime economy, clusters, maritime spatial planning and integrated coastal zone management. The CPMR’s Intermediterranean Commission was a key consortium partner in the development of this project which was a model for the new horizontal project approach of the MED INTERREG Programme in the current 2017-2020 programming period.

Project co-financed by the European Regional Development Fund

COASTGAP project

The COASTGAP project was built on over 10 years of shared experience among Med coastal administrations and institutions involved in the field of coastal adaptation to climate change effects and other natural/anthropogenic threats. In 2011 these actors established the cluster FACECOAST (www.facecoast.eu ) and proposed COASTGAP to capitalize on 12 ‘Best Practices’ from nine projects in the cluster (from MED and other programmes). The ‘Best Practice’s concerned several aspects of ICZM, Flood Directive, Maritime Spatial Planning and other relevant legal provisions. Some of them dealt with the general matter of governance: they fostered the political initiative (Bologna Charter 2012) or the rational use of the coastal resources (SICELL), widened the suitable application of provisions, regulations and laws like ICZM Protocol (art.8) or Flood Directive (COFLERMAP), specified environmental procedures for the coastal safeguard (EIA & SEA) and other topics having a great impact on coastal zones management. The project capitalised on and disseminated these ‘Best Practices’ among other actors, contributing to their adaptation and mainstreaming in local, regional and national frameworks. COASTGAP also aimed to design, characterise and prepare the launch of the Macro-Project, already laid out in previous projects (MEDGOV, COASTANCE, MAREMED). One of the partners involved coordinated a set of concrete proposals (projects, researches, network, etc.) considering focal questions like quantitative coastal hazard assessment (EUROSION-MED), the characterisation of coastal territory and its sustainable development, coastal sediments and their individuation and sustainable use for adaptation policies, the shared monitoring of coastal areas exposed to CC effects through a network of observatories (EURIOMCODE), etc. These proposals were included in a concrete Joint Action Plan, linked to the Bologna Charter and supported by the CPMR’s Intermediterranean Commission.

Project co-financed by the European Regional Development Fund

Bologna Charter

The Bologna Charter is aimed at strengthening of role of Coastal Administrations in the context of European policies and initiatives at Mediterranean level, such as coastal protection, integrated management and adaptation to climate change. The ‘Charter’ also promotes a Macro-Project initiative for the Programming Period 2014-2020, designed for a coherent Mediterranean macro-thematic and multi-sectoral strategy, open also to the South and East Mediterranean coasts. The CPMR’s Intermediterranean Commission formally promotes the Charter to all institutions and stakeholders, as well as its Joint Action Plan ‘Developing conditions for the sustainable growth in the Mediterranean coastal areas’.