The Pyrenees is a territory with abundant cultural and natural assets and a significant tourism potential.
For many years, the development of infrastructures and services promoting sustainable mobility in tourism has been important, further giving an answer to local population needs.
This development is in line with a growing trend towards a tourism profile that aspires for a sustainable and healthy life style.
However, the consolidation of these products in that territory is still weak, given its limited dimension and international visibility, and because of a business sector without support mechanisms to adapt to those market conditions.
GPS Tourism tackles this cross border challenge fostering economic and tourism revitalization of the Pyrenees through public and private cooperation, relying on soft mobility as a tourism offer differentiation strategy and a sustainable tourism model prop.
The project seeks to improve the territorial tourism connectivity, to increase its international visibility through a common label, to adjust public and private equipment and enterprises to a sustainable mobility strategy, getting inspiration from best European practices, to create new tourism products and to create cross border management structures.
The increase of visitors and the deseasonalization will have a clear impact in the local economy and in the creation of jobs in the micro-SMEs of the sector.
The Pyrenees is a territory with abundant cultural and natural assets and a significant tourism potential.
The overall objective of W-Slalom is to increase the social inclusion of children with motor disabilities, age 6 to 18, by promoting the Wheelchair Slalom sport as a way of enhancing their physical abilities and psychological benefits. W-Slalom contributes to the objective of this call as it seeks to use sports in tackling the problem of social integration of children and adolescents with motor disabilities, by raising their awareness and that of other relevant stakeholders (sporting bodies, families, physical education teachers, psychologists, physiotherapists) about Wheelchair Slalom.
Slalom is designed to create artificial problems: turns, changes of direction, ramps etc., which require speed, coordination and technique to finish the set course as quickly as possible and with as few mistakes as possible.
Slalom is open to both manual and electric wheelchair users, it develops their physical potential and improves the use of their means of transport: the wheelchair.
Both users of manual and motor wheelchairs can practice it and the reported benefits are numerous, from improvement on their overall physical abilities, mental state and social relations to improvement in moving around and managing their wheelchairs in every-day situations.
The specific objectives of the proposed project are:
1. To develop a training and awareness raising programme to promote Wheelchair Slalom among sporting bodies and other relevant stakeholders working with the target group;
2. Piloting Wheelchair Slalom sport in schools and sport organisations in Spain, Austria, Croatia and Portugal.
3. To increase the evidence-base on how the practice of Wheelchair Slalom contributes to social inclusion of children and adolescents with motor disabilities;
The partnership is composed of 5 organizations covering Austria, Croatia, Italy, Portugal and Spain
TRACK aims to create an interregional ecosystem to stimulate new innovative solutions fitting specific requirements of agrifood chain, and joint investments towards an advanced agrifood industry 4.0.
The agrifood sector is subject to different external pressures, such as rising demand for food, competition for land, globalisation, threats from animal/plant diseases, environmental changes and public health considerations. As a consequence, agrifood industry has to become more efficient and sustainable and take advantage of new technological developments.
TRACK focusses on different types of data, like Upstream (Agronomic Data, Machine Data, Farm Management Data etc.), Transformation and delivery (Transformation process data for traceability, Logistics data etc.) and Downstream (Nutritional data, Traceability).
Interlinkage and operability between all these data require cooperation and the development of investment for modernisation of the agrifood value chain.
TRACK is at the crossroad of two Smart Specialisation Platforms: platform for Industrial Modernisation and AgriFood platform.
Energy efficiency improvement is a key strategy to reduce the environmental impact of public buildings.
But usually energy efficiency plans do not fully exploit the potential for synergies that groups of buildings might offer.
Energy efficient measures and their implementation at neighbourhood level (i.e. district heating, PV installations, etc) are showing clearly that a building scale approach is not optimal in reaching significant and cost-effective improvements.
However at neighbourhood scale, decision making processes and the design of the intervention are more complex.
Many EU projects addressed this issue proposing different methodologies, tools and indicators. CESBA MED intends to test 10 of them and to select the most affordable and operational solutions.
On the base of the test results' evaluation, a common sustainability assessment framework at urban scale, a set of 8 regional assessment tools (CESBA MED SNTool) and an innovative decision making process will be defined to support the development of energy efficiency plans for public buildings in the context of their surrounding neighbourhoods.
CESBA SNTool will allow to produce the MED Passport to compare the performances of buildings and neighbourhoods, in line with the EC COM 2014 445.
A CESBA MED network of cities will be set up to maximise results' transferability.
Training courses and workshops will be organized in the MED area. The project will be part of the European CESBA initiative.
Sea temperature increase and changes in salinity and circulation, for instance, are causing changes in native species distribution, spread of alien species, mass mortalities of macrobenthic communities and jellyfish population blooms.
These changes don’t only cause impacts on marine biodiversity, but human activities as well - for example, the tourism and fishing sectors are being increasingly affected by it.
MPAs play an important role in climate change mitigation and adaptation, as they represent areas of reduced human pressure and concentrated conservation efforts.
If well-managed, they can contribute to build resilience for both coastal communities and marine biodiversity.
The MPA-Adapt project was developed to tackle those challenges through a multi-level approach.
Five marine protected areas from three Mediterranean countries were chosen to act as pilot sites for the development of climate change adaptation action plans and their integration into existing management frameworks.
In order to achieve this, they will undergo capacity building and one-on-one consultations with experts throughout the duration of the project.
Based on their experiences and other available data, the project will deliver a strategy for climate change adaptation in MPAs of the Mediterranean, which should lead other MPAs through the same process and facilitate the development of basin-wide application of adaptive management standards for dealing with climate change related issues.
An important component of the project will be the communication aspect, both on local level through awareness raising activities in pilot MPAs, and on basin level, through active dissemination of results and the presentation of the ground breaking methodology developed in the project.
RaiSE brings together six pro-active regions and one advisory partner to address the common challenge of enhancing competitiveness of social enterprises.
The potential of social enterprises to generate inclusive growth and promote more and better jobs is widely recognised and RaiSE project partners will learn from each other to improve their regions business support policies.
Seven partners, with varied policy contexts, unite efforts to improve together the support that each region gives to social enterprises.
Thanks to this learning process, every region will develop an Action Plan at the end of phase 1.
During the second part of the project (2 years) Action Plans will be implemented and monitored.
Handball 4 Dual Careers (H4DC) aims at setting-up a comprehensive support service for the development of handball players’ dual careers through a collaborative approach between sporting bodies (clubs and federations), educational organisations and private sector representatives.
This initiative will target handball players from three different European Clubs (BM Granollers, Spain; Club Fenix Toulouse, France and IK Sävehof, Sweden) ranging from 12 years old to university students, including professional players.
Hence, H4DC follows a holistic approach to cover two main pillars of the Dual Careers concept, as stated in the EU Guidelines on Dual Careers :
i) ensuring players’ engagement in the educational system (including vocational training)
ii) fostering their employability potential.
H4DC specific objectives are:
1. conceive a club-based DC Support Service (DCSS), encompassing awareness raising, training and individual guidance;
2. test, monitor and evaluate the methodology with 120 players through pilot actions;
3. draw conclusions from the pilot actions and draft a Policy Recommendation Report, transferable to any handball or other interested sport club or sport organisation (Transferability Plan);
Besides the 3 clubs, the partnership is complemented by the Amsterdam University of Applied Sciences, academic partner in charge of conceiving the DCSS methodology and evaluate it, as well as by the Federation of the European Sporting Goods Industry (FESI), which will facilitate the connection of the handball clubs with private companies from the sports industry, aiming at increasing the employability of players.
Cosmetics4Wellbeing is a partnership of 3 clusters (Cosmetic Valley, Beauty Barcelona Cluster, Transilvania Lifestyle Cluster), 1 network of clusters (France Cluster) and 1 business network (Beira Baixa Business Association), covering 4 European Member States (FR, ES, RO, PT).
The aim of the project is the creation and development of a European Strategic Cluster Partnership–Going International (ESCP-4i) in the cosmetics sector and related industries (Technology, Health and Agro-food), which is oriented towards increased internationalisation and strengthened sustainability of European SMEs.
The ESCP-4i has set 4 specific objectives:
1. Fostering cooperation among cluster organizations and its members in the ESCP-4i and across sectorial boundaries;
2. Promoting new value chains along the cosmetics cross-sectorial industry, geared towards international markets, based on inputs and needs from SMEs;
3. Developing a Joint Internationalization Strategy geared towards third key markets beyond Europe;
4. Developing a governance system and a common branding for the ESCP-4i to ensure active and sustainable collaboration among the different stakeholders;
The ESCP-4i represents more than 1,000 members, most of them SMEs (551), which are the project key target group.
To develop the Internationalization Strategy, the partnership will conduct several complementary actions: diagnosis of capabilities and SWOTs, development of cross-sectoral value chains, identification of international trends and most promising third markets, development and selection of internationalization tools and one exploratory action in one of these markets, with the participation of SMEs.
These actions will be complemented by training sessions to upgrade skills of SMEs and clusters’ staff.
The ESCP-4i will also develop a sound communication plan and a common brand&identity for the partnership, as well as a robust governance and sustainability plan to ensure a long-lasting cooperation beyond EU funding.
The Mediterranean is under threat due to the inappropriate practice and development associated with mass tourism.
As a consequence areas of high tourist attraction in coastal cities are reaching their limit on carrying capacity, with a direct impact not only on the urban environment but on key elements that define MED Culture.In this context, ALTER ECO enhances the local sustainable development of tourism by promoting Mediterranean Identity through the implementation of alternative tourist strategies in 6 pilots co-designed and implemented by public and private stakeholders.
The project provides the opportunity of testing, in representative MED cities, used as LIVING LAB, existing methodologies and tools arisen in previous high impact projects in the field of sustainable tourism or proposed by key stakeholders, with the aim of reaching holistic and realistic tourist strategies at local and regional level that allow transferability in the MED territory.
Project results will support policy makers to make more informed and integrated decisions for the governance and management of tourism in the Mediterranean and at the same time will enhance the coordination of actions between public and private stakeholders towards the implementation of the raised strategies in order to create new business opportunities.
ALTER ECO will contribute to improve knowledge and decision making capacities, including a better use of observation, monitoring and planning in the field of sustainable tourism.
The sport community faces several risks that threaten its integrity.
To face them, a collaborative partnership of 7 EU public and private organisations, following a participatory approach involving all concerned stakeholders, proposes a specific response: the Ethics4Sports (E4S) project.
The partnership covers Spain, Italy, Germany, France and the United Kingdom.
The main objective of E4S is to develop innovative mechanisms to promote ethics in grassroots sports and ensure its effective enforcement, by enhancing the capacities and skills of sporting bodies and allowing them to give more efficient responses to risks threatening the integrity of sport.In order to achieve the general objective of the project, PPs will pursue the fulfilment of the following specific objectives:
- develop and/or improve new Codes of Ethics for sporting bodies to spread ethical values in sport, following an inclusive and cross-cutting approach;
- develop a set of verifiable indicators to facilitate the monitoring and evaluation of the Codes of Ethics’ enforcement;
- effectively enforce the Codes of Ethics developed and make the most of new technologies (through the so-called “Ethics App”) to fulfil this aim, by conducting pilot tests;
- test, monitor and evaluate the enforcement of the Code of Ethics, hence gathering lessons learned for replicability around Europe;
- set-up a public-private network of institutions aiming to cooperate in the field of ethics in sport and identifying new members to be engaged in the future and enrich the alliances