Projects currently running in 2018
DESTINATIONS is a four-year project, funded under the H2020 Research and Innovation Programme. It aims to develop and implement sustainable innovative mobility measures and actions with a view to offering intelligent transport solutions for tourists and residents alike in six touristic European islands. Led by Horarios do Funchal -Transportes Publicos S.A., in Portugal, the project involves insular cities in six CPMR member regions: Madeira, Gran Canaria, Malta, Crete, Tuscany (the communities of Rio Marina & Portoferraio on the small island of Elba) and Cyprus. The project also involves four following Chinese cities, Beijing, Shenzhen, Xiamen and Zhanjiankou, which, assisted by the Technical University of Beijing will promote the six islands as green tourism destinations. DESTINATIONS involves CPMR regions that are willing to implement its tools, methods and intelligent urban mobility solutions. The CPMR’s role is:
- disseminating and communicating the project’s results and achievements;
- information to its Geographical Commissions, organising conferences and workshops in a number of its member regions, including a European conference in Brussels;
- running a platform of follower cities and CPMR regions for the take-up and replication of the project’s innovative actions;
- and managing the website.
The SMILEGOV project, which ran from 2013-2016, was built on the idea that cooperation between different levels of governance of islands (i.e. National, regional, local) can have a key role to play in reaching the 20-20-20 EU goals in the area of energy and climate change. For island communities, this cooperation was identified as being crucial for their balanced development, resource management, economic growth, and quality of life for citizens and visitors.
SMILEGOV, based on success stories and close European cooperation, strengthened local capacity and worked towards the improvement of multilevel cooperation in European islands, facilitating the implementation of their sustainable energy action plans towards the EU 20-20-20 goals.
In support of this process, clusters of European islands were set up in the largest part of the European insular regions: The Atlantic (Canaries, Scotland), the Baltic Sea (Denmark, Sweden, Norway, Finland, Estonia) and the Mediterranean (Italy, Malta, Cyprus, Greece). Providing the guide for the exploration of this work were: the formation of clusters of islands and the exchange of knowledge at local and regional level, the identification of Strategic Guidelines for overcoming existing barriers through the assistance of advanced islands, and the process of learning from the experience of models areas.
Partners involved in the SMILEGOV project were: the CPMR and its Islands Commission, the Network of Aegean Islands for Sustainability – DAFNI, Region Gotland, The Öland Municipal Federation, and Hiiu Municipality.
For more information visit the project website: http://www.sustainableislands.eu/