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Bologna, ITALY

December 2014 2-3 Register Now

Environment and Resource Efficiency

Environment and resource efficiency icon This interactive workshop is for participants interested in conserving, protecting, promoting and developing natural and cultural heritage, as well as in resource efficiency, green growth and eco-innovation and environmental performance management. You will get a deeper insight into the European trends in these fields as well as hear about project examples working on similar topics under INTERREG IVC. The workshop will encourage you to discuss your project ideas and possible partnerships.


The context

With natural resources such as metals, minerals, fuels, water or land becoming scarcer, there is an urgent need to reform the way in which we use them. EU initiatives such as the Resource Efficient Europe or the communication on Circular Economy aim for the transition to sustainable resource use, which will contribute to sustainable growth in Europe. Regions play an important role also in improving the waste management and in encouraging businesses to design new green products and services, reduce waste and gain greater efficiency at company and value-chain level.

However, it is not only these more obvious resources that are at risk from our unsustainable consumption. Less tangible natural assets, such as vulnerable landscapes and ecosystems need protection. Regions can prevent biodiversity loss and soil degradation in their territories by promoting ecosystem services, including through Natura 2000, and green infrastructure.

Another important asset deserving attention of policymakers is regional cultural heritage. The EC report 'Towards an integrated approach to cultural heritage for Europe' highlights the opportunities for member states to cooperate on making cultural heritage work for sustainable growth and jobs, balancing sustainable exploitation with preservation measures.


Astrid Severin

Expert in Environment and resource efficiency, Greenovate! Europe, Belgium

Ms Severin is co-founder and Managing Director of Greenovate! Europe, and previously worked as Policy Officer at DG Enterprise and Industry. Being responsible for the PAXIS initiative, she gained substantial experience in regional innovation policy for innovation financing, technology transfer, incubation, and innovation management. Before joining the Commission, Astrid was a senior consultant at Saatchi & Saatchi Business Communications.

Magdalini Anagnostou

Capitalisation officer, INTERREG IVC Joint Technical Secretariat, France

Ms Anagnostou is coordinating the INTERREG IVC Thematic  Capitalisation initiative. She has been working the last 8 years in European Territorial Programmes and before she was content and legal adviser for EU projects. Magdalini holds a master in Law and Political Science and is specialised in systems thinking and development management. 

Elena Ferrario

Project officer, INTERREG IVC Joint Technical Secretariat, France

Ms Ferrario supports approved projects and monitors their development. She provides assistance to potential applicants and is involved in the assessment of project proposals. Elena holds a master degree in International Relations and International Safeguarding of Human Rights. She studied at the Universities of Padua (Italy) and Madrid (Spain).



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