Interreg's factsheet on the Mediterranean Green Growth community

Submitted by Imogen Allan on 23 September 2021

Are you interested in how EU regions are adapting to the green transition? 

The Green Growth Community (GGC) promotes sustainable development and management of natural resources in the Mediterranean by enhancing cross-sectoral innovation practices through an integrated approach. 

Their methodology is made up of detailed steps that clusters or other governing stakeholders can use to achieve green objectives. 

With a budget of €30 million, the initiative gathers 14 projects funded by the Interreg MED Programme that work on agrifood, eco-innovation, smart cities, waste management and green growth financing, connecting 165 partners from 13 countries in the Mediterranean.  

It supports projects in their communication and capitalisation efforts whilst improving impact at a policy level. 

In this context, Interreg Mediterranean has released a factsheet detailing the results of the 14 projects. 

A brief outline of some of the projects and their results can be found here: 

  • The ARISTOIL project offered training and seminars to olive oil producers, introducing them to innovative production methods and tools. 

  • CAMARG worked in four Mediterranean countries (Italy, France, Croatia, Spain) to test innovative e-commerce models, support local producers to enter the competitive market, increase their visibility, strengthen their role in the agri-food supply chain, and create a link between rural and urban areas. 

  • CreaInnovation provides state of the art of creativity resources for SMEs’ innovation   

  • EMBRACE created a Circular Business Model Toolkit for SMEs and clusters who are interested in transforming their businesses or ‘ecosystem’ work streams towards a circular economy approach. 

  • E-Smart City is a plan for local and regional public stakeholders to implement smart city Policy Recommendations. 

  • FinMED provides a Capacity Building Tool to provide practical guidance to MED regional public authorities. 

  • GRASPINNO offers tools to public administrations to facilitate electronic green public procurement, helping SMEs to use their databases to advertise their green products and services to potential procurers. 

  • The GREENOMED methodology was used by regions including Varazdin (Croatia), east and west Slovenia, Central Macedonia (Greece), Marche (Italy) and Auvergne Rhone-Alpes (France) – to design and implement pilot plants for green manufacturing. 

  • The MADRE project aims to change the metropolitan food supply model by capitalising on existing good practices, empowering the different stakeholders in metropolitan agriculture, and by initiating a dynamic of transnational cooperation in the MED region. 

  • MED Greenhouses set up the ATI-Cluster, which is an initiative carried out in six countries across the Mediterranean that share joint challenges in the agricultural sector. The ATI-Cluster operates as a bridge between researchers, enterprises, farmers and policymakers to improve the environmental, economic and social conditions of the Mediterranean. 

You can find the full factsheet linked below. 

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