What is Green Growth?
The Green Growth project is the horizontal project in the Interreg MED Green Growth Community, which includes 14 modular projects under priority Axis 1: Promoting Mediterranean innovation capacities to develop smart and sustainable growth. The Green Growth project is the second phase project, which builds upon the achievements of the first phase project SYNGGI.
The Green Growth Community promotes green growth and the circular economy in the Euro-Mediterranean region. The Community aims to inspire Mediterranean societies in adopting and promoting sustainability by forging cooperation and catalysing synergies between actors of the quadruple helix (public authorities, academia, civil society, industry & business). Since 2016, the Community has involved 165 partners from 13 Mediterranean countries in 14 innovation projects working on food systems, eco-innovation, smart cities and waste management. The Union for the Mediterranean labelled the community in October 2019, acknowledging its potential to support the transition to a green and circular economy and to deliver concrete benefits to the citizens of the Mediterranean region.
The Green Growth project supports the modular projects in their knowledge sharing, communication and capitalisation efforts, which in turn increases their impact at policy level and ensures potential transfer and replication of their results.
The Green Growth project's objectives are:
- Empower a Green Growth Community for Mediterranean and non-Mediterranean countries by connecting Green Growth actors through key EU Green Growth events, seminars and community workshops.
- Producing knowledge on Green Growth, acting as a hub to collect and disseminate project results through indexes and tools, and providing capitalisation support to transfer its green growth approaches and main findings towards the replication of results to countries in the Mediterranean region and beyond.
- Contributing to positive change by producing common policy outcomes to inform the evolution of national and EU Green Growth and Circular Economy legal and policy frameworks.
- Upgrading Green Growth Community networks by creating bridges and forging collaborations between networks, institutions and programmes both within and outside the Interreg MED cooperation area in order to promote Green Growth synergies among Mediterranean initiatives.