The candidate project is the creation of the first cross-border Urban Ecology Agency of the European Union. Given the need for a new model of sustainable development for cities, on the one hand, and to optimise existing resources, on the other hand, in 2009 Eixo Atlántico do Noroeste Peninsular, in collaboration with the Galician Regional Government (Xunta de Galicia), created the Urban Ecology Agency of Eixo Atlántico (Eixoecología).
The idea was to create an innovative instrument, which gives technical support to municipalities from the Galician – North of Portugal Euroregion, offering them management tools and specialised training, generating resources, developing studies and conducting dissemination and outreach activities.
Thus, the project was developed in the context of another larger project, funded by the cross-border cooperation programme, Spain – Portugal (POCTEP). This project, called ‘EIXO’, was approved in the first call of that programme, which had as its main target the consolidation of the development of the cities of Eixo Atlántico and the creation of a competitive Euroregion from improvements in local government capacities and their economic, socio-cultural and environmental development.
Therefore, ‘Eixoecología’s creation’ was oriented towards the improvement of environmental policies from the municipalities, thus positioning itself as a common structure to support local environmental policies that allow for creating cooperation synergies, scale economies and further success on the implementation of concrete actions for sustainable development and implementation of EU regulations, in national and regional legislation.
In this context, ‘Eixoecología’ supports improved governance of local authorities and improved municipal environmental policies through sustainable strategic planning at the municipal level in the Euroregion Galicia – North of Portugal. Thus, ‘Eixoecologia’ was born with the main objective to address two major challenges facing the urban systems: the movement to a more sustainable development model and entry into the knowledge society and expanding new technologies from a bottom-up approach, starting from the level of government closest to citizens’ reality: the municipalities.
|Award category:||going green|
|Sector:||Regional policy and development, decentralisation|
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|Keywords:||Competitive, environmental sustainability, Euroregion Galicia-North of Portugal, synergy, innovative management|
|Short English description:||The idea was to create an innovative instrument, which gives technical support to municipalities from the Galician – North of Portugal Euroregion, offering them management tools and specialised training, generating resources, developing studies and conducting dissemination and outreach activities.|
|Organisation:||Eixo Atlántico do Noroeste|
|Level of government:||regional level|
|Size of organisation:||1-25|
|Number of people involved:||11-15|
|EU membership:||EU member|