Dialogue4Nature / Protecting, restoring and valorising the natural environment and heritage
Project : Dialogue4Nature / Protecting, restoring and valorising the natural environment and heritage
Duration: January 1, 2023 – August 31, 2029 (81 months)
Project partners: Region of Crete, IUCN Mediterranean, UNEP Map PlanBleu, Marine Institute of Croation, Region of Sardinia, Ministry of Ecology and Urban planning of Montenegro.
Global budget: 4 000 000 €
Interreg Euro-MED supports projects, initiatives and policies related to climate change and the environment in line with the priorities and specific objectives set out by the European Commission for the Cohesion policy. The Programme decided to embed such objectives into missions for a more comprehensive approach.
Four missions have been identified. They pull together different thematic issues and initiatives to reach goals that isolated projects could not otherwise. Each project has to contribute to one mission pursuing one of the specific objectives selected by the Programme.
The Programme supports 2 types of projects for each of the above four missions:
- Thematic projects that contribute to the Smarter and Greener priorities;
- Governance projects that fit the Governance priority.
Governance projects consist of 2 categories: Thematic Community projects and Institutional Dialogue projects which is the category of projects SMILO is taking part in.
The Mediterranean region is characterized by an exceptional diversity of natural ecosystems and rich biodiversity. At the same time, its strategic geographical position has allowed the region to become a centre of intense socioeconomic development. However, the region’s natural heritage is becoming increasingly vulnerable to the adverse social and environmental effects of human activity and global climate change. The Interreg Euro-MED Natural Heritage Mission is focusing its efforts on addressing this exact challenge: protecting, restoring and valorizing the natural resources.
Dialogue4Nature is the Institutional Dialogue Project of the Natural Heritage Mission and is associated to the other governance project of the mission Community4Nature.
Partners are working closely to uptake the knowledge and results produced to transfer them to other contexts and to mainstream them into effective policies.
Community4Nature will offer a chance to value lessons learned and utilize valuable results. It will be supported by the coordination efforts of the Dialogue4Nature project, which will strengthen relationships among key actors in the Mediterranean region. By leveraging existing networks, it will identify opportunities to enhance collaboration for policy harmonization and innovative governance practices.
As an “Associated Partner”, SMILO will play the role of “advisor” and will provide expert input, and participate in the institutional dialogue process set up.