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.

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Objectives

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.

Take a look at the Green Growth brochure!

Learn about the Green Growth Community and its activities in the project brochure.

ERRIN's Role

ERRIN is responsible for the capitalisation work within the project, which aims to transfer the results from the Green Growth Community to the whole Mediterranean area and beyond, and to promote the integration of these results into policy frameworks at EU, Mediterranean and regional level. Advocacy activities will be undertaken to further promote the results as well as the MED green growth approach, together with liaising activities directed towards relevant stakeholders. Cooperation and networking with key partners, both inside and outside the MED area, is also an imperative part of the capitalisation work.

Further, ERRIN will be in charge of organising quadruple helix stakeholder workshops in five Mediterranean regions, with the aim to create a multi-stakeholder dialogue on sustainable development and to share best practices in the field of green growth, which will promote the effective transfer of concrete results into regional policies.

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What Green Growth brings to ERRIN and the wider membership

The mainstreaming activities, which ERRIN is leading on, provides an opportunity for ERRIN members to take part of the outcomes of the Green Growth Community, and to use this knowledge and best practices to improve green growth policies in the regions by integrating these outcomes into their regional policy frameworks. By participating in the mainstreaming activities, member regions will be able to further develop their regional policies related to areas such as agri-food, eco-innovation, waste management and resource efficiency, and will also be able to expand their networks and create new partnerships.

When relevant, ERRIN members are invited to participate in the project’s capitalisation events and regional workshops. In addition, the Green Growth project will look to produce policy position papers and recommendations on the green growth thematic which can feed into ERRIN’s policy work and vice versa.

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Our Project Team

Our staff members leading on the Green Growth project

Heidi Johansson

Heidi Johansson

Project Manager

Ryan Titley

Ryan Titley

Project Support

ERRIN's Role

ERRIN is responsible for the capitalisation work within the project, which aims to transfer the results from the Green Growth Community to the whole Mediterranean area and beyond, and to promote the integration of these results into policy frameworks at EU, Mediterranean and regional level. Advocacy activities will be undertaken to further promote the results as well as the MED green growth approach, together with liaising activities directed towards relevant stakeholders. Cooperation and networking with key partners, both inside and outside the MED area, is also an imperative part of the capitalisation work.

Further, ERRIN will be in charge of organising quadruple helix stakeholder workshops in five Mediterranean regions, with the aim to create a multi-stakeholder dialogue on sustainable development and to share best practices in the field of green growth, which will promote the effective transfer of concrete results into regional policies. Test.

Project Objectives

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.

Introduction to the Project

The Green Growth project is the horizontal project in the Green Growth Community and is financed by the transnational European Cooperation Programme for the Mediterranean (Interreg MED). The Green Growth Community 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 project is co-financed by the European Regional Development Fund.

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Latest Updates

  • By Heidi Johansson

Green Growth Community spurs sustainable cooperation

An interview with the coordinator of the Green Growth Community, Mercè Boy Roura, to learn why cooperation is key to mainstreaming circularity and why the Community should serve as a model for all future cooperation.

  • By Hilary Webb

MED Green Growth at Ecomondo 2020

The Interreg MED Green Growth project will be present at the technological and industrial innovation event Ecomondo. The event brings all sectors of the circular economy together.

  • By Heidi Johansson

The Smart City in Mediterranean Territories: Funding, deployment and 2021-2027 opportunities

The EsmartCity project, representing one of the modular projects in the Green Growth Community, is organising its final conference to present the result of collaborative experimentations run over the last two years supporting the deployment of smarter and more sustainable cities in the Mediterranean area.

  • By Heidi Johansson

Towards a green and circular economy in the Euro-Mediterranean region

The aim of this webinar is to introduce interested ERRIN members to the Green Growth Community, and the many ways of benefitting from the Green Growth project activities led by ERRIN. The webinar will provide valuable insights into some of the results developed by the community and the impact these results have had in regions around Europe. Moreover, the future of Interreg will be presented together with opportunities of Interreg for greener European projects.

  • By Hilary Webb

Past, present and future of the Interreg MED programme and governance in the Mediterranean

The Interreg MED Programme is organising a brainstorming conference on the future of European territorial cooperation to better coordinate and strengthen the governance action in the Mediterranean.