Project experiments push forward Governance in the Mediterranean
In 2018, the Interreg MED PANORAMED governance project launched a series of experiments, together with six institutional partners from Mediterranean countries, aiming at the integration of results of thematic Interreg MED projects in policies at regional, national or European level. Managed by the Region SUD Provence-Alpes-Côte d’Azur, this experimentation is focusing on the implementation of transnational cooperation projects’ outcomes in public policies, activity which is known as “mainstreaming”.
In November 2019, the first phase of the experiment began by setting up an action plan, the connection between projects’ beneficiaries and public authorities, and by starting out the operational phase of the results transfer. A first evaluation report will be published in January 2020, highlighting key findings and the first recommendations for other projects’ beneficiaries who want to develop “mainstreaming” activities.
One worth-noting example of how Interreg MED outputs and results can feed and enrich regional policy on a sustainable way, is the experiment with touristic apartments carried out in the region of Valencia, in Spain, by Altereco, a project of the MED Sustainable Tourism community.
The Altereco project aimed at improving energy efficiency in touristic accommodation, by deploying renewable electricity for heating and cooling, thus implementing climate change adaptation measures and a more efficient use of water. To help touristic apartments’ owners renovating their property, it developed a set of tools, such as the Tourist Accommodation Design Guide and the self-assessment questionnaire.
By starting a mainstreaming process, the project tried to influence the use of these tools in the long-term. Altereco succeeded in integrating the guide in regional legislation and it has further worked on convincing municipalities to implement it as most of this renovation legislation falls under the initiative of townships.
Indeed, the project organised a roadshow of technical visits to the staff of several municipalities to present the tools. As a result, Gandia municipality, a town located close to Valencia, is currently interested in approving local regulation to support renovations in touristic apartments of their city.
Moreover, the project worked on how to ensure that these tools are implemented in local policies in a permanent way. One of the implementation ideas was to find a financial solution that backs these renovations on a larger scale; another idea was to create business models that support owners to invest.
On the same note, planning to having a long term impact, this is the reason why the PANORAMED project will continue its mainstreaming work even after 2020 to find supports for these innovations at a regional, national or even European level.
The mainstreaming report and recommendations will be published in January 2020 on PANORAMED project website. Keep abreast.