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Sectors: Agriculture - Fisheries, Energy, Environment, Local development, Public Management, Tourism, Town planning

Beneficiaries: Administrations States, Agencies Chambers, Development NGOs, International Organisation, Local and Regional authorities, Non-profit organisations

Regions: Balkans, Candidate countries, European Economic Area, European Union, Mediterranean countries, New Independant States, Switzerland

Category: Call for proposals

Additional info regions:

Participating countries: Albania, Bosnia and Herzegovina, Croatie, Cyprus, France, Greece, Italy, Malta, Montenegro, Portugal, Slovenia, Spain, United Kingdom (Gibraltar)


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Funds for: Promote sustainable growth in the Mediterranean area
Main beneficiaries: Public authorities

Responsible: European commission


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Funds for: Promote sustainable growth in the Mediterranean area
Main beneficiaries: Public authorities

Priorities and funded actions:

* Blue Growth:
– Improve the innovation framework conditions of maritime clusters;
– Strengthen and empower innovation of maritime clusters and networks;
– Improve the connections between clusters and/or dynamic marine thematic networks of transnational nature;
– Facilitate the exchanges between research, SMEs, public administration and institutions and end-users working in the blue growth;
* Sustainable tourism:
– Enhance the development of policies and to increase the coordination of strategies between territories at interregional and transnational level regarding the development of a sustainable and responsible coastal and maritime tourism, in line with the integrated coastal zone management and maritime spatial planning principles, through cooperation and joint planning;
– Improve cooperation, joint and integrated planning and to better manage conflicting interests (economic development, tourism, use of scarce resources, environmental changes…) to enhance the development of tourism as an asset for the sustainability of Interreg Mediterranean regions, in all three aspects of sustainability (environment, social, economic)
* Biodiversity protection:
– Maintain biodiversity and natural ecosystems by strengthening the management and networking of protected areas;
– Strengthen capacities to adapt and improve protection measures in order to maintain the biodiversity of natural coastal and marine ecosystems, including better integration of protected areas in regional development strategies and more intensive cooperation and networking between Interreg Mediterranean regions

* Blue Growth:
– Identify gaps and opportunities for further action in the blue economy sectors, especially in the fields of fishing and aquaculture, blue biotechnologies, and coastal/maritime tourism;
– Bring insights for the future maritime cooperation and provide recommendations for improvement of the economic, environmental and social development aspects of the blue economy;
– Implement, monitor and evaluate the Regional Smart Specialisation Strategies (RIS3);
– Remedy to the lack of territorial and thematic data on the innovation condition in the Mediterranean area
* Sustainable tourism:
– Integrate tourism development into wider strategies, with an emphasis on tourism in Integrated Coastal Zone Management (ICMZ), Maritime Spatial Planning (MSP), and as a part of an integrated regional development policy;
– Enhance sustainable and responsible tourism management by preventing negative impacts on natural and cultural heritage, and promoting an innovative, sustainable and high-quality offer
* Biodiversity protection:
– Strengthen better integration of protected areas in national, regional and local territorial development strategies, through awareness raising on protection of fragile areas, including generating support of policy-making and local communities associations;
– Strengthen networking of protected areas through supporting more intensive cooperation between competent public authorities and key stakeholders, including local communities associations;
– Improve monitoring and management of protected areas through the transferring of joint management and monitoring solutions (plans, protocols, tools, models…) developed

Among financed actions
* Blue Growth: Modular projects including pilot demonstration actions (M2); and transfer, dissemination, and capitalisation (M3), such as: 
– Decision support tools for innovation of SMEs;
– Ameliorated instruments facilitating the links and the exchanges between private and public bodies;
– Replication of successful public policies for innovation;
– Implementation of public policies for innovation in a blue growth subsector or adopting action plans by public authorities;
– Transfer of improved transnational systems or processes to other territories or relevant sectors
* Sustainable tourism:
– Transforming pilot initiatives in higher scale projects;
– Implementing public policies for sustainable and responsible tourism or adopting action plans by public authorities;
– Building capacity and empowering actions for public authorities, tourist destinations stakeholders and economic operators
* Biodiversity protection:
– Strengthening awareness raising on climate change impacts and degradation costs of fragile areas for fisheries communities;
– Strengthening cross-border and transnational cooperation in particular for information exchanges to optimise environmental surveillance of protected areas and effectively implement relevant regulations;
– Adapting, testing and implementing existing available or/and new innovative financial mechanisms and tools to ensure continued and adequate funding and management of protected areas