The 2nd MED Green Growth Transnational event has taken place in Rome on 12th and 13th October.

The 50 partners of the community got together to talk about sustainable growth and shared policies to achieve a greener development in the Mediterranean region.

The 2nd Transnational Event of the Interreg MED Green Growth Community has just ended and partners come back with several inputs and inspirations.

The event was held on 12th and 13th October 2017 in Rome, hosted by the SYNGGI project and within the XI edition of the CompraVerde-BuyGreen forum, which offered the context for EU public and private organizations active in the field of GPP and green growth to discuss about implementation tools, strategies and policies. The Interreg MED Green Growth Community event had a tailor-made programme with interventions from key stakeholders and partners on roles and opportunities for green competitiveness in the MED area. All projects of the Interreg MED Green Growth met there: around 50 participants and several entities from the EU countries working on green manufacturing and production, green procurements, agrifood system, creative industries and sustainability, sustainable tourism.

The core activities of the event were the participatory workshop and the carousel session organised through participatory processes and facilitated by experts: the open space technology and the world cafè methodology created favourable conditions to actively discuss on possible synergies and challenges to be faced together.

People create networks” is one of the main issue emerged during the workshops: putting people to work actively in the same place, face-to-face at the same table. This methodology facilitates the identification of challenges, synergies, contributions and implementation tools to boost the EU policies and the integrated strategies for the green competitiveness and growth.

MADRE, Aristoil and PANACeA projects moderated the table concerning the “Sustainability of territories and resources” topic. What are the challenges for the MED Region? What is the contribution of the Interreg MED projects to this topic? What synergies can be created between projects and tools of participants? What EU policies are relevant and what actions can we undertake for the capitalisation and feed of these approaches into the respective policies? These questions lead the discussions and valuable inputs have been raised and collected through white sheets and coloured posts-its with the ideas of participants.

The main challenge emerged is the unsustainable use of resources and the need of changing the production model. Starting from this point, we would like to work together to improve the impact of the zero-waste strategy, EU Bioeconomy strategy, agricultural policy and circular economy, by creating strong connections among projects and implementation tools.

What does MADRE project take home?

During the workshops, several synergies have been identified with MADRE and participating projects: especially with PEFMED and CAMARG, synergic topics can be the innovation in the agrifood system, the involvement of small producers, the transnational cluster and – in line with MADRE methodology – farmers’ and territorial innovation; with PANACeA the main topic of the sustainable use of natural resources.