Priority 2: Environment & risk prevention

The purpose of this programme priority is to enable regional and local authorities and other stakeholders at the regional level to improve their policies, methods and capacities in the area of environment and risk prevention.

The 84 projects approved under this priority all have the general aim to maintain and improve the quality of environment and to increase the attractiveness of European regions. They often aim at strengthening environmental protection and synergies between the environmental context and the economy.

The following overview provides some examples of topics addressed by interregional cooperation projects under the priority ‘Environment and risk prevention’. Under each sub-theme description you will also find some examples of interesting project publications.

Sub-themes

Natural and technological risks, climate change

  • improving the monitoring of environmental risks
  • supporting awareness-raising and emergency planning for populations located in very sensitive areas, such as heavily built-up basins, seismic areas, flooding prone areas, etc.
  • facing air pollution, managing and communicating on associated risks
  • development of strategies for minimising relevant natural and technological risks
  • developing the formulation of tools, action plans and awareness-raising and capacity-building for responding at the different levels on all relevant natural and technological risks
  • developing appropriate coordinated spatial planning measures in geographically sensitive areas
  • developing measures to face and raise awareness on climate change and promotion of adaptation and mitigation policies
  • developing strategies for preventing and reducing floods

For more information on approved projects, please visit the Approved projects database.

Water management

  • improving quality of water supply and treatment, including cooperation in the field of water management
  • supporting integrated, sustainable and participatory approaches to management of inland and marine waters, including waterway infrastructure
  • developing of ecosystems based approach to the sustainable management of the seas, the management of coastal zones and the reaping of the benefits of the sea.
  • adapting to climate change effects related to water management

For more information on approved projects, please visit the Approved projects database.

Waste prevention and management

  • moving to a recycling society
  • enhancing waste management methods and policies – Developing practical guides for integrated local waste management
  • developing innovative solutions for waste disposal as part of sustainable regional waste management systems
  • re-using landfill and waste-disposal sites

For more information on approved projects, please visit the Approved projects database.

Biodiversity and preservation of natural heritage; air quality

  • ensuring the overall ecological coherence and robustness of the actions (especially within the Natura 2000 network)
  • developing management mechanisms and plans related to sites designated as special areas of conservation
  • promoting species or habitat action plans that set management priorities for Natura 2000 species across their entire natural range in the EU
  • improving air quality

For more information on approved projects, please visit the Approved projects database.

Energy and sustainable transport

  • moving to a low carbon economy, including information to industrial customers, service providers and citizens on issues such as ‘how to reduce energy consumption’
  • transferring knowledge concerning long-term targeted energy efficiency campaigns, including efficiency in buildings, notably public buildings
  • exchanging and transferring of knowledge on mechanisms to stimulate investment in production of renewable energy as well as in energy efficiency projects
  • adapting environmentally sustainable strategies in the transport sector
  • promoting lower-consumption vehicles and new propulsion technologies to reduce emissions
  • promoting the use of improved collective and non-motorised modes in conjunction with mobility management schemes
  • improving information systems for better traffic management and in improving the monitoring of travel data

    For more information on approved projects, please visit the Approved projects database.

    Cultural heritage and landscape

    • protecting and enhancing of cultural heritage and landscapes
    • developing innovative approaches to soil protection and to land rehabilitation of contaminated land and brownfields
    • supporting risk management in the field of cultural heritage and cultural landscape (both rural and urban contexts)
    • supporting tourism development with a particular focus on integrating sustainability aspects

    For more information on approved projects, please visit the Approved projects database.

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