ADRAL is an interface platform to boost regional development, having played a discrete but fundamental role to date in leveraging a better Alentejo, and will continue in the future to be a key organisation supporting innovation, internationalisation and cohesion in the vast territory, and to this end, it has a wide representation and comprehensive range of shareholders.

ADRAL aims at promoting, within the framework of policies and strategies approved at national level, the economic, social and cultural development of a certain part of the national territory, namely by pursuing a set of activities in line with its object.

ADRAL's mission is the economic and social development of the Alentejo region through cooperation with other agents in the territory, in a position of the interface between partners, policies and resources.

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S3 Strategy

Alentejo RIS3 aims at improving the competitiveness and internationalisation of the regional economy by focusing on the competitive advantages of Alentejo’s scientific and technological regional system.The regional smart specialisation strategy establishes the following strategic priorities:

• Food and forestry.

• Economy of the mineral, natural and environmental resources.

• Heritage, cultural and creative industries and tourism services.

• Critical technologies, energy and smart mobility.

• Technologies and specialised services of the social economy.

Strategic R&I Projects


The AQUA-COMBINE project aims to demonstrate combined aquaculture and halophyte farming using the principles of circular economy, where waste and residues are utilised with-in the system to create both internal value and new products.


Urbansol is an INTERREG funded project aiming at promoting sustainable development according to the methodology defined throughout the project. Urbansol promotes the development of Sustainable and Intelligent Development Action Plans (PADISI).


The LIFE ADAPTATE project aims to develop local mitigation and adaptation plans with a focus on adapting to climate change.


The AERIS Project – Integrating and Improving the Competitiveness of the Aeronautical Cluster in the Andalusian-Alentejo Cross-Border Region aims to improve the innovation of companies in the Andalusian-Alentejo area.


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  • By Astrid Hannes

New CHARTER Report: Forecast to fill gap in Heritage Education and Training

In its new report, "Forecast to fill gaps in Heritage Education and Training", the CHARTER EU Alliance delves into the gaps and needs of Cultural Heritage professionals in Europe. This report maps the main challenges for professional development in heritage, encompassing technology, sustainable development, professional collaboration, public administration, diversity, funding, social uses, knowledge transfer, occupation coding, and skills description.

  • By Gaia Ialisa Marotta

Existing private solutions to foster citizens' engagement in Climate Change adaptation activities

On 18 April, the RESIST project, in which ERRIN is a partner, hosted a webinar for the regions involved. The webinar focused on private solutions that can help encourage citizens' engagement in Climate Change adaptation activities. During the event, three solutions were presented: CoTowns, which is a technology that rewards citizens for contributing towards a sustainable urban environment; Maptionnaire, a platform used to design and manage community engagement; and MI4pADAPT, which is a DIY manual for stakeholder and citizen engagement.

  • By Astrid Hannes

Open call for technical assistance: Harnessing talent, empower regions

Until 20 October 2023, 46 regions that have been identified as facing a sharp working-age population decline, in combination with a low and stagnating share of people with tertiary education and brain drain can apply for an open call for technical assistance under the Talent Booster Mechanism.

  • By Astrid Hannes

CHARTER Alliance releases a new report on cultural heritage stakeholders’ roles and dynamics

CHARTER Alliance publishes a new report mapping cultural heritage stakeholders, looking at cultural heritage as an economic sector and labour market with interacting stakeholders in anticipated roles, whose dynamics, skills and competencies will affect the quality of heritage as a resource and common good.

  • By Agnieszka Wieczorek Jetha

The RESIST project - testing adaptation solutions to key climate challenges

The RESIST project, launched last week, is a five-year EU-funded project coordinated by SINTEF in collaboration with INOVA+, which will support twelve regions across the EU in their efforts to build resilience against the impacts of climate change. ERRIN’s role in the project is to develop a Community of Practice and identify needs for a mutual-learning scheme. Following this, ERRIN will link LSD/Twinning regions with the wider Community of Interest.

  • By Lucy Hammond

100 ERRIN member cities and regions become signatories of the EU Mission for Adaptation to Climate Change Charter

During the recent European Research and Innovation Days, the European Commission announced the 2nd wave of signatories to the EU Mission for Adaptation to Climate Change Charter, with a further 100 regions and local authorities signing. Of the now 215 signatories, a staggering 100 are associated with ERRIN member cities and regions.