Priority 2: Sustainable development of natural and community resources
i. Environment as an asset in the periphery
Objective:To strengthen the synergies between environmental protection and growth in remote and peripheral regions.
- Developing new approaches to efficient and sustainable management and utilisation of resources
- Impact and possible implications of climate change and means to reduce it at a community level
- Development of small scale renewable energy solutions
Potential project ideas
- Transnational collaboration to develop and increase use of renewable energy solutions, such as heat loss minimisation and small-scale energy conservation measures, for example innovative wood chip pellet technologies/solar panelling/insulation etc.
- Development of links between triple helix actors to test, promote and stimulate energy efficiency through low carbon household programmes.
- Knowledge exchange to develop new transnational models and joint solutions for coastal zone management, particularly in relation to minimising the risks associated with climate change.
- Development of expertise to prepare for climate change and ensure that people, natural environments, spatial structures and associated functions suffer minimal disturbance.
- Development and testing of new initiatives that ensure that the potential favourable impacts of climate change are used to advantage in the NPP area, for example in agriculture, sustainable tourism etc.
- Cross-sector policy coordination in transport, energy, environment, regional planning and trade, to ensure increased tourism across the periphery does not negatively impact on the fragile environment.
- Initiatives to increase efficiency in established industries, such as forestry, fisheries and mining, by focusing on sustainable management of natural resources.
- Development of innovative strategies and service models for waste management and recycling in sparsely populated and peripheral areas, such as recycling, increased re-use and decomposition, and energy recovery from waste.
- Development of new models for maximising community socio-economic benefits from proximity to large-scale industries and projects, and securing local sustainable development in industries such as mining and oil exploration.