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Contacts University of Patras Lead partner Greece (Ελλαδα) Founded in 1964 it is the 3rd largest University in Greece covering a wide range of disciplines & attracting personnel involved in the cutting-of-edge science. Website Christos Bouras 302 610 996 951 Send me an email × Contact Christos 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 Christos a message... First name: Last name: Email address: Message: Send Lombardy Region Partner Italy (Italia) Located in Northern Italy it is the 3rd most populated region in Europe. Milan is he capital and the region is divided in 12 provinces and 1547 municipalities. Website Monica Peggion +3902 6765 4746 Send me an email × Contact Monica 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 Monica a message... First name: Last name: Email address: Message: Send Lodzkie Region Partner Poland (Polska) Located in central Poland it is made up of 24 districts & 177 municipalities and has a population of 2,5 mil. The Marshal’s Office shapes the regional policy. Website Monika Zielińska +48 042 663 38 05 Send me an email × Contact Monika 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 Monika a message... First name: Last name: Email address: Message: Send Province of Antwerp Partner Belgium (Belgique-België) The province of Antwerp in Flanders has 1.8 mil and is made up of 70 municipalities. Main policy areas: leisure, mobility, welfare, agriculture, environment. Website Taverniers Liesbeth +32 3240 57 55 Send me an email × Contact Taverniers 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 Taverniers a message... First name: Last name: Email address: Message: Send Ministry of Agriculture, Livestock, Fisheries and Sustainable Development (Regional Government of Andalusia) Partner Spain (España) Junta de Andalucia is the department of the Andalusian Government in charge of the environmental protection, nature conservation and territorial planning. Website Jorge Pérez Miras +34 955003525 Send me an email × Contact Jorge Pérez 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 Jorge Pérez a message... First name: Last name: Email address: Message: Send Zemgale planning region Partner Latvia (Latvija) ZPR is responsible for regional development planning under the supervision of the Ministry of Environmental Protection & Regional Development Republic of Latvia Website Katrīna Dūda +371 63084947 Send me an email × Contact Katrīna 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 Katrīna a message... First name: Last name: Email address: Message: Send Stara Zagora Regional Economic Development Agency Partner Bulgaria (България) Established in 1995 it is a non-profit organization supporting SMEs, the business community & local governments and promoting the region’s economic development. Website Rumyana Grozeva +35942605007 Send me an email × Contact Rumyana 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 Rumyana a message... First name: Last name: Email address: Message: Send Department of Environment, Climate and Communications Partner Ireland (Éire) DCCAE creates and implements policies in order to protect and manage Ireland’s energy supply, natural resources, communications, broadcasting &postal services. Website Bernie Kiely +35316782911 Send me an email × Contact Bernie 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 Bernie a message... First name: Last name: Email address: Message: Send Malta Regional Development and Dialogue Foundation Partner Malta MRDDF is a registered non-governmental organisation in Malta focused on sustainable regional development, including consensus building through social dialogue. 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First name: Last name: Email address: Message: Send People Georgios Diles University of Patras Interested in: Joining a project, Networking with peers, Exchanging good practices Stefan Schaa Malta Regional Development and Dialogue Foundation Interested in: Joining a project, Networking with peers, Participating in peer reviews, Exchanging good practices Vasw Mantadaki University of Patras Interested in: Leading a project, Joining a project, Sharing a project idea, Networking with peers Monika Zielińska Lodzkie Region Interested in: Joining a project, Sharing a project idea, Networking with peers, Participating in peer reviews, Exchanging good practices, Attending networking events, Following online learning activities Inmaculada Daza Regional Government of Andalucia Interested in: Sharing a project idea, Attending networking events Liesbeth Taverniers Provincie Antwerpen Interested in: Joining a project, Sharing a project idea, Networking with peers, Participating in peer reviews, Exchanging good practices, Attending networking events, Following online learning activities Bernie Kiely Department of Communications, Climate and Environment RAÚL MIR Ministry of Environment and Spatial Planning (ANDALUSIA) Interested in: Joining a project Irene Cadogan Department of Communications, Climate Action and Environment Interested in: Networking with peers, Exchanging good practices, Following online learning activities Mihaela Dineva Stara Zagora Regional Economic Development Agency Interested in: Joining a project, Networking with peers Joachim Piens Provincie Antwerpen Interested in: Leading a project, Joining a project, Sharing a project idea, Networking with peers, Exchanging good practices, Attending networking events GPP4Growth Project upat Interested in: Joining a project, Networking with peers Stefan Schaa Malta Regional Development and Dialogue Foundation Interested in: Joining a project, Networking with peers Konstantin Stoyanov Stara Zagora Regional Economic Development Agency Interested in: Joining a project, Networking with peers, Following online learning activities Christos Bouras University of Patras Interested in: Leading a project, Joining a project, Sharing a project idea, Networking with peers Hanne Witters Province of Antwerp Interested in: Joining a project, Sharing a project idea, Networking with peers Artūrs Penčura Zemgale Planning region Interested in: Joining a project, Sharing a project idea Vasileios Kokkinos University of Patras Interested in: Joining a project, Networking with peers Dimitrina Pavlova Stara Zagora Regional Economic Development Agency (SZREDA) Rumyana Grozeva Stara Zagora Regional Economic Development Agency (SZREDA) Interested in: Leading a project, Joining a project, Sharing a project idea, Networking with peers, Participating in peer reviews, Exchanging good practices, Attending networking events, Following online learning activities Paola Zerbinati Lombardy region Interested in: Sharing a project idea, Exchanging good practices, Attending networking events, Following online learning activities Vicky Leloup Province of Antwerp Interested in: Leading a project, Joining a project, Sharing a project idea, Networking with peers, Exchanging good practices, Attending networking events, Following online learning activities Magdalena Rajch Marshal's Office of Lodzkie Region Magdalena Rajch Marshal's Office of Lodzkie Region Anna Blumenfeld-Wrońska Marshal's Office of Lodzkie Region Mihaela Dineva Stara Zagora Regional Economic Development Agency Interested in: Leading a project, Joining a project, Sharing a project idea, Networking with peers, Participating in peer reviews, Exchanging good practices, Attending networking events, Following online learning activities Rumyana Grozeva Regioanl Economic Development Agency - Stara Zagora Boryana Petrova Regional Economic Development Agency - Stara Zagora María Briones Alcañiz Ministry of Agriculture, Livestock, Fisheries and Sustainable Development (Regio Interested in: Leading a project, Joining a project, Sharing a project idea, Networking with peers, Participating in peer reviews, Exchanging good practices, Attending networking events, Following online learning activities Evija Erkske Zemgale Planning Region Interested in: Joining a project, Sharing a project idea, Networking with peers, Exchanging good practices, Attending networking events, Following online learning activities Patryk Pawlak Marshal's Office of the Lodzkie Region Interested in: Leading a project, Joining a project, Sharing a project idea, Networking with peers, Participating in peer reviews, Exchanging good practices, Attending networking events, Following online learning activities Fiona Hill Department of Communications, Climate Action and Environment Interested in: Joining a project, Networking with peers, Exchanging good practices, Following online learning activities Valentina Sachero Lombardy region Interested in: Sharing a project idea, Exchanging good practices Monica Peggion Lombardy region Ieva Zeiferte other Ieva Zeiferte other Kostadin Penchev EGIONAL ECONOMIC DEVELOPMENT AGENCY STARA ZAGORA Interested in: Leading a project, Joining a project, Sharing a project idea, Networking with peers, Participating in peer reviews, Exchanging good practices, Attending networking events, Following online learning activities Sign up for the GPP4Growth newsletter Subscribe now live stream GPP4Growth High Political Event Click the button below to follow the event 28/6 at 9.30 AM (CEST). live stream (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')); GPP4Growth Tweets by GPP4Growth
Project summary Many European territories have developed strong relations with a river, that both take an economic and social role in their history. In the heart of European cities or in suburban areas, riversides offer exceptional natural, cultural and industrial heritage, both tangible and intangible. As these destinations are regional capitals or near a capital, they combine a tourism offer specific to urban areas (architectural visits, cultural activities) with a more natural one with sports and leisure, in particular related to water as well as wellness. This natural environment has historically been protected or is today the purpose of new environmental policies. That is why riverside development is a real opportunity for European cities to create innovative solutions for sustainable tourism development. Unfortunately, riversides are rarely identified as touristic spots and not sufficiently addressed by tourism policies. They globally suffer from a lack of consideration from Metropolitan authorities and tourism boards, but also from a lack of professional skills and tools for tourism actors. However, those spaces are at the crossroad of tourism challenges faced by European capitals such as the high concentration of tourism in city centres, the Cities “Museumification” phenomenon, the increased attention to sustainable development and the new trends of tourism practices (authenticity, slow tourism, etc). European cooperation could help managing authorities in charge of Structural Funds, tourism strategies or urban development policies to better understand what needs to be changed and identify solutions by exchanging good practices. The STAR Cities project will involve the entire tourism ecosystem existing along rivers and, in this regard, is relevant to the Interreg Europe programme’s specific objective dealing with protecting, promoting and developing natural heritage, biodiversity and ecosystems. STAR Cities brings together seven partners to improve the regional policies in five European cities : Val-de-Marne Tourism Board (France, Lead partner)Lazio Region (Italy)Municipality IX EUR of Rome (Italy)Free and Hanseatic City of Hamburg (Germany)Public institution "Kaunas 2022" (Lithuania)Regional Development Agency of the Ljubljana Urban Region (Slovenia)NECSTouR (Belgium, Advisory partner)Riverside Cities European network Some of the STAR Cities partners are also members of the Riverside Cities European network, bringing together local regions wishing to develop or redevelop recreational activites along rivers or waterways in an urban environment. The network plans to apply for the "Culural Route of the Council of Europe" certification to ensure recognition of the role of rivers in the emergence and the development of popular leisure activites in Europe.       €1,154,909.00 from 1 Jun 2018 to 31 May 2023 Topic Environment and resource efficiency STAR Cities thematic programme A thematic programme of seminars has been voted and will be the governing principle of the different meetings during the whole project. DateLocationTheme(s)September 2019Kaunas 2022 (Lithuania)Locals & Communities engagementOctober 2020Online seminar organized by the Free and Hanseatic City of Hamburg (Germany)Tourism products & MarketingFebruary 2021Online seminar organized by the Val-de-Marne Tourism Board (France)Governance & Coordination April 2021 and October 2021Online seminar followed by a study visit tour organized by the Regional Development Agency of the Ljubljana Urban Region (Slovenia) (Slovenia)Environment & SustainabilityLearn more on the dedicated article. Partnership Lead Partner Partner What policy instruments does the project address? Regional Tourism and Leisure Development Plan 2017-2021 The Regional Tourism and Leisure Development Plan (RTLDP) determines the specific objectives and financial conditions for tourism development planning in Ile-de-France. In December 2016, the Ile-de-France Regional Council voted a series of objectives for the next RTLDP 2017-2021 and among others: - Strengthen and diversify the tourism offer within the whole region - Enhance and develop the leisure offer to the regional public The STAR Cities project shares these objectives but river tourism is not identified as a specific potential to be developed and the Regional Tourism Fund, made for the policy implementation, is rarely used to support projects related to river tourism. River tourism is a real cross-cutting theme for regional tourism development that should be supported by a specific strategy. Along its 700km of waterways, the Region offers cultural tourism, heritage, gastronomy, nature and sports, etc. Administrative limits are crossed by rivers and the Region would be the proper scale for tourism development by developing territorial projects and by involving local and departmental public authorities. Which partners are working on this? Val-de-Marne Tourism Board ERDF-OP of Lazio Region (2014 -2020) Axis 3 Competitiveness aims to support competitive repositioning of territorial entrepreneurial systems through the provision of useful tools to enable local stakeholders and businesses to identify the best opportunities to boost growth and innovation of target sectors (industry, crafts, tourism and commerce).   The specific objective 3.3 is dedicated to “Consolidation, modernisation and diversification of territorial production systems” and tourism has been identified as the main strengths of Lazio economy for this purpose. Indeed, tourism is considered as an opportunity for both direct and indirect economic growth as it will lead to maintenance of employment levels but also improvement of territory attractiveness, increasing of tourism flows, sustainable development in a social and cultural way, enhancement of cultural and environmental assets, etc. As for STAR Cities issues, diversification is thought in terms of resources (Lazio Region focus on historical-cultural assets but could develop traditions and nature ones) and in geographical terms (tourism is an opportunity to develop peripheral parts for a proper management of tourism flows).   However, this specific objective should be improved as it does not sufficiently address natural heritage potential of Lazio Region tourism development. In particular by targeting riverside tourism as an emerging sector for job creation, development of peripheral areas of Rome Metropolis, and raise awareness on environmental issues. Which partners are working on this? Lazio Region Municipality IX EUR of Rome National OP ERDF 2014-2020 The main aim of this OP is to bring back rapid and sustainable growth after the recent financial and economic crisis and reduce the gap between the country’s level of development and the EU average. STAR Cities will address the specific objective 5.4 Enhance relevance, number of visits and visibility of cultural and natural heritage, including public awareness on the surrounding environment.   The implementation of this objective is expected to result in: - Increasing awareness of Lithuanian society on the distinctiveness and significance of Lithuania’s cultural and natural heritage - Turning natural, cultural and recreational sites into centres of social, educational and economic activities - Improving image of Lithuania as an attractive tourist destination in foreign markets   By providing more accessibility to natural and cultural sites, more information, better infrastructures and effective marketing actions, this specific objective aims to increase attractiveness of natural and cultural heritage for both Lithuanian people and foreign tourists. But it should be improved in several points: - the Lithuanian society should be counted as part of the culture and tourism attractiveness, with an active role, instead of a passive role of visitor - river tourism is not identified whereas it would be a perfect link between local people, tourists and both natural and cultural heritage - international events, as ECOC, are not identified as key tools to increase the country image Which partners are working on this? Public institution “Kaunas 2022” Regional Development Programme of the Ljubljana Urban Region 2014-2020 (RDP LUR 2014-2020) The Regional Operational Programme of Romania for 2014-2020 intends to answer the major changes brought by the transition to the market economy in Romanian cities. Less industrial activities and reduced investment of local authorities combined to uncontrolled urban expansion, lead to the decay of some urban areas, especially cultural and historical ones.   The Ministry of Tourism chose to focus on the axis 5 Improvement of urban environment and conservation, protection and sustainable exploitation of cultural heritage. The objective is to protect and promote the local cultural identity and foster economic growth and life quality improvement through its sustainable exploitation, the revitalisation of urban areas and an improved management of cultural resources. Although STAR Cities addresses similar objectives, it focuses on river tourism and natural heritage which are axis absent from the policy instrument and from most of urban revitalisation plans. This will not only influence the EU regional development policy but also the national legal framework at the national level with the new Tourism Law to be voted and participate to make the most of river tourism potential.   Finally, the project will help to influence the axis 7 of the ROP which is complementary as it addressed the diversification of the of local economies through the sustainable development of tourism by adding a specialisation and a concentration of the effort on this particular promising part of tourism sector. Which partners are working on this? Regional Development Agency of the Ljubljana Urban Region Position Paper of the Senate from Feb. 12, 2014 « Strenghtening Tourism – Supporting Sustainability », Doc. No. 20/10483 The City of Hamburg released its statement as a strategic decision binding for all related offices and ministries. It describes the aims of Hamburg’s tourist policy and the means to be taken in order to achieve the named targets. Contents: readiness and support for “city-Tourism” (i.e. Musicals, heritage), upgrading of inner city transportation services, use of regional funds for raising the attractiveness of the city, guiding systems, port facilities (for cruise tourism), airport – city-connection improvement, expansion of “city-card-model” to more locations like museums, theatres etc.   This policy instrument should be improve because it is exclusively focused on the inner city attractions and does not include tourism development at Metropolitan scale as well as the involvement of local people in order to ensure their well-being together with tourists. Elbe river tourism development, through STAR Cities project, will participate in filling the gap as it is predictable that the inner city will reach its capacity limits.   Furthermore, the extended regional approach will create new targets, foster the outlying districts of Hamburg as well as the Metropolitan Region and include them into a coherent strategy of sustainable development and protection. This extended strategy, including peripheral parts along the river Elbe, will bring an improved global and consistent strategy instead of the actual parallel existence of several, partly competing and inefficient approaches. Which partners are working on this? Free and Hanseatic City of Hamburg Sign up for the STAR Cities newsletter Subscribe now STAR Cities videos Relive the major milestones of the project in video Watch now Tweets by STAR Cities Latest News See all project news 26/11/2021 STAR Cities European Conference - Results & future Results and future of partners cooperation in the STAR Cities project were presented during a virtual conference in November 2021. Type: Project 25/11/2021 STAR Cities Good practices guide Every STAR Cities Good practices compiled into a guide Type: Project 24/11/2021 Locals & Communities: STAR Cities good practices Presentation of STAR Cities good practices on Locals & Communities Type: Project 23/11/2021 Products & Marketing: STAR Cities good practices Presentation of STAR Cities good practices on Products & Marketing Type: Project 22/11/2021 Governance & Cooperation: STAR Cities good practices Presentation of STAR Cities good practices on Governance & Cooperation Type: Project 21/11/2021 Environment & Sustainability: good practices Presentation of STAR Cities good practices on Environment & Sustainability Type: Project 05/10/2021 Study visits tour in Ljubljana STAR Cities study visits tour in Ljubljana, Slovenia, in October 2021 Type: Project 23/07/2021 Partners presentation : NECSTouR Presentation of STAR Cities' advisory partner NECSTouR Type: Project 03/06/2021 Workshop on living rivers Online thematic workshop on « Living rivers, a driver of sustainable regional development ». Type: Project 18/05/2021 Environment & Sustainability : GPs webinars Good practices presentations from STAR Cities partners on Environment & Sustainability Type: Project
ConclusionsThank you for being part of #europecooperates! We hope you enjoyed the event as much as we did!  If you missed the livestream, check out the video recording. The presentation slides from the online speakers and links to further details are available below. You can also find some additional follow-up suggestions to keep cooperating. Feel free to share your experiences, ideas or follow-up comments via social media and #europecooperates. Event videos Playlist shortcutsCOVID-19 solutions at #europecooperatesMessage from Hauts-de-France (managing authority of Interreg Europe)Welcome message from Elisa Ferreira (European Commissioner for Cohesion and Reforms)Interreg Europe: State of playBoosting competitiveness of regional businessesImproving innovation in the health sectorSupporting culture and connecting peopleCatalysing low-carbon growthCooperation in times of COVID-19 and beyondInterreg Europe: post-2020 outlookInterreg Europe support to regions during COVID-19Share your solutions!Full online event recordingNetwork at #europecooperates!Join #europecooperates! Presentations and additional resourcesAbout Interreg EuropePresentation (programme implementation, results and more) Project resultsInterreg Europe and COVID-19Boosting competitiveness of regional businessesVoucher scheme for SMEs (Anita Molka)TRINNO websiteThe Slovenian action planImproving innovation in the health sectorThe Ourense Health Living Lab (José María Romero Fidalgo)TITTAN websiteMore information about the pilot actionSupporting culture and connecting peopleGood practices on cultural heritage digitisation (Franca Fauci)CD-ETA websiteMore good practices from the projectCatalysing low-carbon growthFinancial instruments for energy renovation (Ana Martinez Pinilla)FINERPOL websiteFINERMAP tool Now what? Role of cooperation in reacting to COVID-19 (Albert Haan)more information about COVID-19 projects in Northern NetherlandsFuture of Interreg EuropeLet's share! (your solutions to address COVID-19) Continue to cooperateShare your solutions and find ideas What kind of solutions has your region found to address the COVID-19 crisis? Do you have solutions to share? Make them visible and add your examples to our 'Let's share!' page.  If you are looking for inspiration to tackle some specific challenges, you can also post your questions and crowdsource some new ideas for recovery.  Reach out to new contacts Events come and go, but networking doesn't have to stop. You can still have a look at the list of 1000+ participants registered for #europecooperates and find new contacts. Browse the list attendees, filter it according to your interests (country, region, themes or activities of interest) and keep up the conversation!  Make use of #policylearning resourcesThe possibilities to get inspired, exchange and work together in these special moments continue beyond ‘Europe, let’s cooperate’. Check out these Policy Learning Platform activities and get involved: Webinars16 June: Public procurement of innovation - how to boost regional innovation capabilities with demand-side measures such as public procurement of innovation17 June: Building resilient economies - how can regions cope with risks and overcome the economic consequences of the pandemic25 June: Innovative approaches to green public procurement -  how to deploy demand-side measures such as the Green Public Procurement (GPP) to expand the market of sustainable goods and services30 June: Cycling tourism - how to best support this leisure activity that brings so much added value to regionsExpert support Our team of experts from the Policy Learning Platform is prioritising support and advice to public authorities dealing with COVID-19 matters. Get personalised advice on your regional challenge by accessing the expert support. Good practice database From telemedicine to support to companies or pedestrianisation solutions, our good practice database includes already some useful ideas in the current context. Explore the available solutions and find inspiration for the regional challenges you are facing. You can also submit your good practices! Event video Missed the live session? Or otherwise looking for a re-cap? The full session is available as a video on demand. Watch now! Go further with the Policy Learning Platform Hungry for more? Join the upcoming #policylearning webinars in June – check the details and register now! Have a look! Share solutions How to tackle the COVID-19 crisis? Share your solutions or ask for inspiration from others! Let's share! Keep in contact 1000+ participants, 1000+ ideas, experiences, and solutions. Cooperation connects, see who joined and reach out to others with our community tools. See attendees Interreg Europe and COVID-19 What else are we doing about COVID-19? See how we can help you! Have a look
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Project summary PERFECT integrates the many benefits of green infrastructure into the planning and investment for the future of urban and rural areas. It seeks to influence the policy-making process by raising awareness of the social, environmental and economic potential of green infrastructure. The project will:  Identify and analyse good practice in multi-use of green infrastructure;Fully engage Managing Authorities on the socio-economic benefits of green infrastructure to influence new projects and improve governance of policy instruments;Increase the professional capacity of key stakeholders in delivering new projects;Develop Action Plans focusing on policy change to influence strategic investment in green infrastructure based on its multiple benefits. “From climate change adaptation and mitigation; health and leisure benefits; energy; tourism and economic uplift, green infrastructure is key to the future success of European regions.”      €2,501,314.00 from 1 Jan 2017 to 31 Dec 2021 Topic Environment and resource efficiency Maximising the benefits of Green Infrastructure The overall objective of PERFECT is the identification, analysis, dissemination and transfer of good practices and policy experiences in the multiuse of Green Infrastructure (GI) into investment and planning strategies. PERFECT aims to demonstrate how the protection, development and exploitation of natural heritage can deliver sustainable, smart and inclusive growth through the exchange of good practice on new uses of GI to blend with, and enhance existing uses. How will this be achieved? PERFECT will deliver study visits, seminars, factsheets, stakeholder workshops, good practices, peer working and practical demonstrations of the value of green infrastructure, together with robust data and empirical evidence. The project will maximise the contribution of partners on specialist areas of expertise on GI including physical and mental health improvements, improved air quality, costs savings through climate mitigation and adaptation measures and the economic benefits of ecosystems services.  The main outputs of the project include:  7 Action Plans for new and improved GI through maximising its multiple benefits; Expert Papers and factsheets; Guidance on Green Infrastructure Partnership working;MAGIC (Multi Advantages of Green Infrastructure in Cities) matrix of good practices. Partnership Lead Partner Partner What policy instruments does the project address? European Regional Development Fund - England Operational Programme 2014 to 2020. Thematic Objective 6: Preserving and Protecting the Environment and Promoting Resource Efficiency. Investment Priority 6d- Protecting and restoring biodiversity and soil and promoting ecosystem services, including through Natura 2000, and green infrastructure. Bring together environmental protection and economic growth objectives, ensuring they complement each other as an integrated approach. Invest in Green and Blue infrastructure supporting provision of ecosystem services on which businesses and communities depend to increase local natural capital and support sustainable economic growth. Add to area’s natural capital/ecosystem services and benefits from them. Improve local environment to act as economic growth catalyst by attracting investment, increased visitor spend, reducing costs of adverse environmental conditions, providing health benefits and generating employment. Provide baseline data for GI including development of a national habitat connectivity indicator - connectivity & multifunctional green space   Why it should be improved: Understand multi-functional benefits and whole life saving opportunity from GI e.g. flood protection and improving health via recreation and nature conservation to promote equal footing for green and grey infrastructure investment; baseline state of natural capital needed to ensure consistent measurement of costs and benefits and opportunities for jobs and growth by preserving and exploiting natural heritage; understand linkages between state of natural heritage and investment decisions/potential for uplift; need catchment Action Plans for sustainable management and exploitation of the natural environment through ecosystem services; communities need to be engaged in audit and decision making   Which partners are working on this? Cornwall Council Territorial and Settlement Development Operational Programme (TSD OP) TSD OP Priority axis No 2: Entrepreneur friendly, population retaining settlement development Thematic Objective 6 (1301/2013/EU Regulation 5. article 6 (e))  Main features: Territorial and Settlement Development Operational Programme (TSD OP) is a centralised regional development OP incorporating territorial development objectives of all regions. The enhancement of environmental friendly urban areas can be an incentive for new business enterprises. The TSD OP recognises the value of maintaining, enhancing and planning the connectivity for green areas, recreation and adaptation to changes in the built and natural environment. Objective: Urban developments to enhance economic activity and retain population. The main characteristics: Liveable cities: climate friendly urban areas to be established via increasing the area of green spaces and quality enhancement of GI. Green spaces needs more strengthening on quality and quantity to provide recreation area for inhabitants and make cities more liveable. Why it should be improved: Densely developed urban areas are in lack of green spaces, so to increase the quality and quantity of green spaces will generate economic development. The improvement of the OP will enable the multi-functional role of natural heritage to be maximised for socio-economic benefit. Hungarian planning systems needs innovative models. Decision makers can accept new solutions if they see the advantages of the non-traditional urban methodology. The maintenance of green spaces is expensive so there is a need for cost efficient maintenance practices and awareness of the multifunctional benefits.  Which partners are working on this? Social Ascention of Somogy Development, Communication and Education Nonprofit Ltd. (SASD) (does not apply to the 5th call) The Ferrara Council Structural Plan (CSP) is the urban planning tool which defines the strategic choices of the City for the development of the territory in order to protect the physical and environmental integrity, and natural and cultural heritage of the entire territory (in line with the urbanistic plans of Emilia-Romagna Region). The CSP promotes local development through the protection and enhancement of the landscape and environmental, natural and cultural resources to improve the quality of life of citizens through the promotion of environmental quality and recognizes the strategic role of green insfrastructure. The CSP includes 'The Green City' that aims to build and manage green areas with involvement of the local community; manage public green areas; link green areas; promote and support operations in wooded areas and  policies for the agricultural peri-urban areas.  The CSP needs improvement because it has no GI strategy to deliver the ‘Green City’ to create jobs and growth by, for example, connecting the land with the Ferrara waterway or improved accessibility along the river to enhance the natural and cultural heritage with positive economic impacts. The CSP could also address using GI for climate mitigation and adaptation to protect citizens and the city from extreme weather impacts. In parallel we intend to influence the Emilia-Romagna policy in this field by addressing the OP ERDF at the ‘governance’ level. We need to learn about more uses for GI to maximise the impact of the CSP. The improvement of our policy instrument will prepare for the transfer of some PERFECT good practices within the Mainstreaming Programme (OP ERDF) of our region (i.e by addressing applications mainly during the current programming period 2013-2020 as well as in the future regional framework instruments).   Which partners are working on this? Municipality of Ferrara (does not apply to the 5th call) Spatial planning law of Styria 2010 In the Spatial planning law of Styria the rules for spatial planning for the 287 Styrian municipalities are set and the basic principles require spatial planning to ensure that the quality of natural living standards will be kept, and sustainable development and saving natural resources will be achieved. It requires that spatial planning should develop the settlement structures considering the climate protection aims and the ecological, economic and social capacity of the area. Neither the municipality nor the controlling authority is 100% concentrated on these issues right now. Therefore these determinations should be taken more seriously under the aspect of environment. In law the spatial planning instruments such as Local Development Concepts, the Land Use maps and the Zoning maps of the municipalities are declared with a minimum content. This needs to be increased regarding GI environment and natural heritage. For the Styrian Region the benefits from PERFECT are: social, ecological effects and health problems in terms of air quality in  small urban areas with particulate matter problems.Greening makes cities more liveable, greening can cool down the cities in the increasingly extreme heat of summer. Greening of urban areas increases the prices of the real estates and bring more people to the cities where they have their jobs. Greening and protecting of natural heritages bring more jobs (taking care of parks, climate- or environment expert)   Which partners are working on this? Provincial Government of Styria, Department for environment and spatial planning Operational Program Quality of the Environment for the 2014 - 2020 period” The OP is to support sustainable and efficient use of natural resources, ensure environmental protection, active adaptation to climate change and promote an energy efficient, low-carbon economy. The specific objective is to reduce risk of flooding and negative effects of climate change and seeks to mitigate further negative effects of climate change by appropriate water retention in the landscape the issues of drought.  Investment priority to support GI in the OP 'Quality of the environment' is specific objective 2.1.1: Reducing the risk of flooding and negative effects of climate change. The objective addresses preventive flood protection and water retention in residential areas with a high % of impermeable surface with adverse effects on natural water circulation causing excessive surface and ambient heat in hot summers causing significant deterioration of the local microclimate. The GI strategy/Action Plan could improve the pluvial flood protection by supporting sustainable urban drainage systems; improving the natural values and biodiversity of natural heritage by eco-corridors and multifunctional zones to maintain healthy ecosystems for city resilience. The water retention measures are supported in the OP through bio-retention systems (rain gardens, collection ponds, etc.), green roofs, soaking strips, infiltration trenches, as a part of GI in urban areas. Although GI is included in some sectoral policies, they lack clear definition or sound GI strategy/Action Plan to create an overarching framework for the Municipalities. Such a document will set out the overall approach for delivering an integrated network of high quality green spaces, habitats, and landscapes across the Municipality to enable GI to support the flood protection whilst improving recreation, biodiversity promotion and bring various others benefits, and demonstrate a good practice of multi-use of GI for PERFECT.  Which partners are working on this? Bratislava Karlova Ves Municipality (does not apply to the 5th call) The ERDF Operational Programme (OP) Kansen voor West (Opportunities for West) 2014-2020 supports physical, economic and social regeneration of deprived communities in urban areas. The PERFECT project will strengthen this policy by promoting the health of disadvantaged communities through investments in Green Infrastructure in their neighbourhoods. Investments in green infrastructure (GI) improve the implementation of the OP priority to establish attractive business climates in Amsterdam. City park areas attract businesses. PERFECT will strengthen OP ambitions by targeted activities in these areas. The project will deliver better designed GI and will thus promote Amsterdam as business location. PERFECT will also positively impact on the OP priority axis 4: promoting social inclusion and combating poverty, by providing support for physical, economic and social regeneration of deprived communities in urban areas. Amsterdam faces socio-economic divides between city districts. To uphold Amsterdam’s social conditions it is crucial to counter spatial segregation. To elaborate OP priorities PERFECT will focus on the health of disadvantaged communities in socio-economically deprived areas and how GI can address this. City parks and neighbourhood initiatives in the Ring Zone outside the more affluent central city are selected. They demonstrate health problems connected to high concentrations of communities with low incomes and poor education (Amsterdam Health Monitor 2012).The potential for health gains in these neighbourhoods is substantial and can be achieved by promoting physical activity, human contact and physical and mental recovery in area of GI. By monitoring health benefits of GI PERFECT will evidence public health improvement of deprived communities and further the OP goal to create a social inclusive labour market. Which partners are working on this? City of Amsterdam Operational Programme for the Implementation of the EU Cohesion Policy 2014-2020 (OP); Prior. Axe 6. Improvements of the environment and biodiversity status; Them. Obj. 6.4 Preserving and protecting the environment and promoting resource efficiency. Investment Priority: Taking action to improve the urban environment, to revitalise cities, regenerate and decontaminate brownfield sites, reduce air pollution and promote noise-reduction measures The policy instrument supports efficient land-use within cities and urban areas through physical, social and economic renewal of degraded, vacant and underused urban areas including natural heritage and improving the quality of areas of public use. The policy aims to create conditions for the development of economic and social activities and improve the attractiveness of the urban environment for work and living. It provides measures for physical renovation of urban areas including landscaping, design of new areas of public use and maintenance of existing areas including green space. These actions will be implemented by means of the Integrated Teritorial Investment (ITI) mechanism and based on the sustainable urban strategies. The policy provides a solid foundation for integrated urban renewal, including green space. But, it could go much further in promoting innovation at the level of utilisation, management and maintenance of urban GI, combining its various environmental, social and economic potential. Another area of potential improvement is broadening the focus of the instrument by adding smaller cities and towns to the currently listed beneficiaries of the 11 largest cities of Slovenia. The Ministry for Environment and Spatial Planning is currently undergoing a renewal of the Spatial Planning Strategy of Slovenia (SPRS) where the polycentric development of Slovenia would be emphasised as one of the aims. The Ministry aims at improving the role of the ITI in this manner. Which partners are working on this? Regional Development Agency of the Ljubljana Urban Region National Planning Policy Framework The National Planning Policy Framework (NPPF) sets out policies in England for the future of the built and natural environment. The NPPF guides the development of local plans, masterplans and neighbourhood plans, and has a major impact on the outcomes of decisions affecting the built and natural environment in England.   The focus for the partner is on the green infrastructure (GI) policies of the NPPF. The NPPF is structured in chapters according to key strategic themes - including health, the economy, housing, transport and design. GI is currently referred to as a strategic policy, and under the health chapter, but not in other areas that determine the future outcomes from decisions.   In 2017/18, £6.2bn of investment was secured in contributions from developers across England through implementation of the NPPF. This is managed at a local level using the NPPF as guidance.   The policies in the existing NPPF do not recognise the potential of GI for jobs and growth which has been acknowledged by key stakeholders in recent years and other government strategies such as the 25 Year Environment Plan. The outcome is that decisions made about the future of local areas do not take account of the potential role of GI. Priority is given to other issues such as "grey infrastructure" (e.g. roads, car parks) and housing targets rather than recognising the longer-term benefits of GI which can support wider social and economic aims and create a sustainable future for local areas. Which partners are working on this? Town & Country Planning Association LATEST NEWS Find out about the latest news from the PERFECT project Click here Latest News See all project news 21/03/2022 TCPA stakeholder meeting on biodiversity net gain On 8th March 2022, the TCPA hosted a PERFECT stakeholder meeting to discuss biodiversity net gain. Type: Project 14/02/2022 Biological Activity Value SASD took the opportunity of participating in the PERFECT project to learn from experts from across Europe about methods on planning for Green Infrastructure. Type: Project 12/12/2021 Increased recognition of the impact of GI on health Workshop for partners and stakeholders on the ‘Increased recognition of the impact of GI on health and wellbeing as a result of Covid-19’. Type: Project 01/12/2021 PERFECT workshop In the sixth year of the PERFECT project, the partnership is looking at the changes in the use of green infrastructure as a result of the Covid-19 pandemic Type: Project 23/09/2021 The PERFECT project has been extended one more year! The PERFECT project has been extended one more year through Interreg Europe’s ‘call for additional activities’ (5th Call). Type: Project 22/09/2021 Lessons from the PERFECT partnership video Watch this video that celebrates the end of the PERFECT partnership and shares the lessons learnt from the project. Type: Project 31/07/2020 PERFECT progress on action plans The PERFECT project is now seven months into phase 2 of the project and despite the COVID-19 pandemic partners keep on progressing. Type: Project 24/06/2020 What does good GI policy look like? An Expert Paper on what good green infrastructure (GI) looks like has been published! Type: Project 24/06/2020 Investment finance for green infrastructure The paper examines the potential for diversification and blending of investment finance for green infrastructure. Type: Project 15/04/2020 Action Plans published! The PERFECT partners have published their action plans to be implemented in Phase 2 of the project, 2020-21 Type: Project
15/11/2016
Presentation given on the structure, purpose and potential arising from the HERICOAST project, followed by a group discussion.
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04/04/2017 - 06/04/2017
The City of Warsaw will host Resolve Peer Review and PMG 3
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Project good practices Newest first Oldest first A-Z Z-A Development of complex well-being and medical spa services 11/02/2020 Medical spa Eglės Sanatorija with health rehabilitation traditions starting from 1972 developed a holistic approach to provide medical treatment. Location: Lietuva, Lithuania (Lietuva) Project: InnovaSPA Development of the Innovative health tourism destination in Birštonas city 11/02/2020 Birštonas city municipality has set a goal to develop a concept of an innovative resort as health, wellness and leisure destination for the whole family. Location: Lietuva, Lithuania (Lietuva) Project: InnovaSPA Tickets for balneary treatment 07/02/2020 Tickets for balneary treatment allocated to people assured in the public pension system and retired people in Romania. Location: Centru, Romania (România) Project: InnovaSPA Innovative health services combined with natural resources at Jaunkemeri health resort. 06/01/2020 RRC “Jaunkemeri” is the climate and balneotherapy rehabilitation centre in Latvia offering innovative health services combined with natural curative resources. Location: Latvija, Latvia (Latvija) Project: InnovaSPA Latvian Health Tourism Cluster (LHTC) 31/12/2019 LHTC unites 60 members aiming at providing high quality medical services to local and foreign patients. Location: Latvija, Latvia (Latvija) Project: InnovaSPA Development of tourist attractions and services 18/11/2019 Development of tourist attractions and touristic services to improve the regional economies and to create jobs Location: Észak-Alföld, Hungary (Magyarország) Project: InnovaSPA Recycling and reducing the environmental impact of thermal waters 18/11/2019 Efficient handling of the highly salinated and microbiologically contaminated drained wastewater of the thermal spas with innovative methods Location: Észak-Alföld, Hungary (Magyarország) Project: InnovaSPA Chaves-Verin: the water Eurocity 05/11/2019 Two trans-border thermal cities united, containing nine springs: a "water route" was established. Location: Norte, Portugal Project: InnovaSPA Visit the good practice database (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')); InnovaSPA Tweets by InnovaSPA
17/01/2022
Province of Groningen held an inhouse meeting to prepare next IEE.
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02/10/2019
On the 2/10/2019 the ecoRIS3 consortium had study visits to Vuokatti Sport Olympic Training Centre and Unit of Measurement Technology research
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