a. Transnational cooperation programme
The South-West Europe cooperation programme, known as SUDOE, belongs to the family of the INTERREG V transnational 2014-2020 programmes and forms part of the Cohesion policy of the European Union. SUDOE addresses the transnational challenges associated with the implementation of the Europe 2020 strategy in the South-West of Europe. The Programme supports cooperation in the fields of smart and sustainable development. It focuses in particular on the cooperation between research and innovation networks, by disseminating applied research linked to Key Enabling Technologies and encouraging cooperation between the various departments and institutions that support the development and internationalisation of small and medium-sized enterprises (SMEs). Also the Programme supports the dissemination of best practices and innovative solutions for energy efficiency in buildings and consumption of renewable energy, the development of risk management coordination strategies and activities, especially those linked to water resources shortages, and the preservation and promotion of natural and cultural heritage, particularly the Natura 2000 network sites.
For the period 2014-2020 the Programme will focus on six priorities:
- Promoting innovatory capacity to create smart and sustainable growth;
- Boosting the competitiveness and internationalisation of SMEs;
- Improving policies on energy efficiency in public buildings and housing;
- Preventing and managing risks more efficiently;
- Protecting the environment and promoting resource efficiency;
- Providing technical assistance for implementing the programme overall.
Adaptation is covered in priority 4, as in the South-West Europe regions, natural hazards are mainly linked to climate and are really aggravated by climate change, demanding adaptation measures to drought, desertification and soil erosion, forest fires and floods.
In addition to the coordination among the funds of the Common Strategic Framework, the SUDOE program will endeavour complementarity and coordination with LIFE, in particular with integrated projects in the field of adaptation to climate change.
During this period, the programme is expected to increase the number of:
- Business and organisations participating in international research projects;
- Services for the development and internationalization of SMEs;
- Pilot actions, tools and services for improving the energy efficiency of buildings;
- People benefiting from transnational action plans for risk prevention and management;
- Natural sites benefiting from management processes for sustainable development or environmental protection.
Assessments and projects
a. Projects funded in 2014-2020
The first call for projects of the Interreg program SUDOE closed on the 6th of November 2015, with a total of 496 project proposals received. Project proposals that passed the first phase will proceed to the second phase, whose opening is scheduled for the first quarter of 2016. Decisions on the acceptance of the projects are expected to be announced in June 2016.
b. Projects funded in 2007-2013
The Pyrenees Climate Change Observatory (OPCC) has been created under the Communauté de Travail des Pyrénées (CTP) to monitor and understand climate change in the Pyrenees. Also it functions as a permanent platform for exchanging information between scientists, politicians and other actors in the Pyrenees mountain range. It seeks to develop the visibility of the Pyrenees on both European and international level in the fields of observation and adaptation to climate change.