The Atlantic Area Programme 2014-2020 will foster cooperation activities between the Atlantic regions and will cover an expanded area compared to the previous Programme (38 Atlantic regions) including the Canary Islands (Spain), the Autonomous Regions of the Azores and Madeira (Portugal), granting a stronger geographical coherence. It belongs to the family of the INTERREG V transnational 2014-2020 programmes and forms part of the Cohesion policy of the European Union. The objective of the programme is to implement solutions to regional challenges in the fields of innovation, resource efficiency, environment and cultural assets, to enable a better quality of life to be generated in the Atlantic Area territory.
For the period 2014-2020 the Programme will focus on four priorities and seven objectives:
- Stimulating innovation and competitiveness
- Fostering resource efficiency
- Strengthening the territory's resilience to risks of natural, climate and human origin
- Enhancing biodiversity and the natural and cultural assets
Adaptation is covered in thematic objective 5, priority 3 and specific objective 3.1. The main change sought will be improved cooperation, contributing to reduce risks and their impact, to reinforce the safety of the population and the environment, by strengthening the resilience and planning capacity of Atlantic Regions at local and regional level for the management of natural and climatic risks as well as those derived from human activities.
Assessments and projects
a. Projects funded during 2014-2020
The first call for projects is likely to be launched in the first half of 2016.
b.Projects funded during 2007-2013
Priority 2 - Marine Environment & Renewable Energies included ‘systems for environmental risk prevention and adaptation to climate change' and the REINFFORCE (REsource INFrastructure for monitoring and adapting European Atlantic FORests under Changing climate) project was funded under this priority. The project set up a network of 38 arboreta from Spain and Portugal in the south to Scotland in the north, to monitor and assess the impact of climate change on Atlantic forest growth, health, and biological life cycle. It was a 4-year project with 12 partners.