Most models of tourism in the Mediterranean area are based on mass tourism and follow a fragmented vision of the region as a sum of different markets. Med Pearls aims at internationally positioning the Mediterranean as a unique and integral destination to experience the Med lifestyle through SlowTourism (ST), inviting travellers to discover sustainably and responsibly new destinations while taking time to have direct contact with local communities. The project will deliver a set of 26 new ST products created by local Destination Management Companies (DMCs) and ICT enterprises thanks to financial and technical support called Product Development and Innovation Facilities. The idea is to create similar experiences based on the typology of products and themes agreed among partners, therefore, visitors will live similar experiences, of the same quality, in any of the 13 areas targeted by Med Pearls. The project will address both local and international markets, like the USA, Canada, Northern Europe, Russia or Asia, organising a comprehensive commercialisation and marketing strategy.
The SPEY project combines sports practice and transversal skills with the aim to minimize the factors that intervene in the process of youth radicalisation.
Furthermore, it seeks to improve integration channels for youngsters at-risk of exclusion and keeps gender-based perspective crosswise throughout the project. Led by recognized academics, SPEY will produce several tools to measure the effectiveness of programs aimed at preventing extremism thought sport.
The overall objective of MPA-ENGAGE is to promote the role of MPAs as nature-based solutions for the implementation ofEcAp to CC adaptation: The QUINTUPLE HELIX (MPAs, socio-eco actors, local/regional authorities, scientists and citizens)from 8 countries will cooperate towards adapting the management of 7 Med MPAs to CC impacts. The engagement, for thefirst time, of citizen scientists (recreational divers) and small-scale fishery actors will be essential.
The general project objective is to improve the ecologic quality of mountain rivers through the reduction of plastic pollution and the raise of public awareness towards the impact of its consumption habits, via a cross-border joint strategy.
In order to achieve this objective the project proposes the following solutions:
- - New tools to study the origin and effects of plastics in mountain ecosystems
- - Dissemination and awareness raising actions about plastic polution and its impact
- - Participation of the public: raise awareness towards consumption habits and better waste management
- - Study of the impact of plastics on the environment and co-creation of solutions based on the circular economy principles
The main goal of this project is to gather in an innovative and permanent dialogue and decision-making process national and regional public authorities and stakeholders.
In this way it trys to contribute to informed policy and decision-making processes at national and transnational level on common challenges and opportunities in the Mediterranean Region.
Specifically, the initiative will support the definition of transnational governance joint frameworks for the identification and implementation of shared approaches, policies and strategic projects.
The textile and fashion industry are one of the most important manufacturing industries in Europe; they are, however, also the second biggest global polluter after the oilindustry. The United Nations(UN), in February 2018, described "Fast Fashion" as an environmental emergency.The European Union(EU)is currently leading the work globally on the environmental challenges of the textile and fashion industry, taking concrete steps,at legislative,policy andprogrammatic level. This has positively impacted EU SMEs working inthese industries, as more and more of them are shifting towards more sustainable modes of design, production and recycle. As such, these companies are achievingelements of differentiationand competitive improvement in the market. The FASCINATEproject aims to leverage this competitive advantage, by helping shape the EU sustainable fashion and textile meta-cluster(s) and at the same time support them in accessing the global value chains.Thus,the proposed project contributes directly to theoverall objective of the COSME programme,by fostering the creation and development of a European Strategic Cluster Partnership –Going International (ESCP-4i)in the textile/fashion sectorandrelated industries (footwear and technology) based on circulareconomy and sustainability principles, which is oriented towards increased internationalizationand strengthened sustainability of European SMEs.
Migrant integration has gained prominence in recent years, notably with the 2030 Sustainable Development Agenda, which calls to “leave no one behind”, including the migrant population.
In the EU, discussions have been focused on the integration of migrant populations for many decades.
Regional authorities are increasingly active in the field of migrants’ integration. They enjoy the advantage of being close to the population and have first-hand knowledge of the challenges and needs of the local society.
Nevertheless, there is lacking an effective structure or mechanism to facilitate, guide and improve their work and efforts.
A common framework for migrants’ and refugees’ integration in regions is key to ensure a fruitful use of their proximity to the
population and to encourage regional cooperation in this topic.
The main objective of REGIN would therefore be to set a common framework for migrants’ and refugees’ integration for regions, and to develop a set of tools to achieve integration. Specifically, the project aims to enable regional
policy-makers to use evidence-based, feasibility tested cutting-edge research to underpin policy-making on integration.
The project aims to ensure that the communication, capitalization and dissemination activity targeted at a broad audience is organised in a continuous and effective manner throughout the whole project cycle.
Four main objectives are addressed in the project:
1) Identifying inclusion and integration indicators at regional level;
2) Developing a set of tools able to facilitate regional performance on promoting and strengthening migrants’ and
3) Improving planning and monitoring of integration indicators;
4) Interchange, dialogue and cooperation in practices and initiatives between partners.
The aim is to advance robustness, accuracy and reliability of the regional authorities’ capabilities to promote
integration, as well as improving cooperation and knowledge-sharing among them.
Since the beginning of the 21st century, the “good” governance has become a must when sports organisations are facing cases of corruption, doping, match fixing and mismanagement.
The overall objective of this project is to create a governance and management tool to analyse, compare and assist European sports organizations (ESO) to manage them in a more efficient and transparent way.
The project tackles 5 gaps identified by ESO managers and the European Commission:
1. Practical Tool,
2. Objective indicators,
3. Integrated model,
4. Transparency and Open Data,
5. Risk Management.
EPICAH aims to promote the improvement of the policy instruments for crossborder cooperation processes in the natural and cultural heritage protection. The objective of the project is also to develop the management of the border by using it as a tourist attraction factor. It shall improve the effectiveness of tourism activity in managing the organization and valorisation of these assets.
Working together to support a better crossborder cooperation in the preservation, protection, promotion and development of natural and cultural heritage.
For the next five years partners will learn from each other and share their knowledge and also their challenges they face in crossborder development in order to enhance the cooperation between border entities by encouraging coordinated actions of the policy makers and technicians responsible for its implementation by developing sustainable, homogeneous and consistent tools on both sides of the border in heritage preservation.
The objective of STEP4youth is to design, test and evaluate a new sport-based intervention that introduces and improves employability knowledge, skills and networks in order to foster the social inclusion of refugee and migrant youth (including unaccompanied minors and youth at highest risk) in Europe. This new Programme will focus on soft skills valued by employers, such as commitment, motivation, teamwork, flexibility, leadership, time-management or creativity and problem-solving to name few. Working and strengthening these skills will allow a group of 180 refugees and migrant youth from Spain, Greece and Italy to be better equipped when entering the labour market. Having a job is crucial for their independency and self-reliance and facilitates their social inclusion and integration in Europe. The programme, inspired by the best European practices linking sport and social inclusion, will be delivered by a pool of 90 educators and coaches trained in the new methodology. Furthermore, the project will connect refugees and migrants with a group of 15 companies through the so-called BRIDGE events, an ideal platform for employers to seek for new talent duly trained by the Programmes’ methodology. Another key output of the project is the design of a systematization process to evaluate and asses the intervention, and from there extract conclusions, lessons learned and recommendations for the EU sporting community. Dissemination of project results is ensured through the wide international network of the project partners, and at least 20 new European organizations will be identified to share with them the STEP4youth values and seek their adhesion to the network. The project is led by the Barça Foundation, partnering with Organization Earth, Prospettiva Cooperative, the Danish Refugee Council and the European Football for Development Network.