The environment and culture priority responds to the need for protecting and sustainably using natural and cultural heritage and resources, which are subject to increasing environmental and economic pressures as well as usage conflicts. Heritage and resources also constitute valuable assets of central European regions and represent important location factors benefiting regional development. Furthermore, the focus is on improving the quality of the environment in functional urban areas. To this aim, key challenges like land use conflicts, air, soil and water pollution or waste management will be addressed by the projects funded under this priority.
Did you know that there are unique medieval mines beneath️ the town of Dippoldiswalde in Germany? Located directly underneath the housing estates, the mining complex was found as if the medieval miners had just left it. However due to safety reason the mines remain sealed. This situation will soon change thanks to cooperation in the VirtualArch project. The transnational partnership digitilises, visualises and reproduces complex structures in 3D multimedia images and films in Dippoldiswalde and many other cultural sites in central Europe.
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Europe’s border regions and shared maritime areas are facing increased negative impacts due to climate change, but they are already taking action at transnational scale to adapt to these impacts according to a European Environment Agency briefing. Our projects tackle these climate-related aspects by focusing on the improvement of integrated environmental management capacities. They counteract the impacts of weather- and climate-related hazards on ecosystems and biodiversity, the economy and human health.
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The funding programme CENTRAL EUROPE 2007-13 was our predecessor. More than 1.300 public institutions and private businesses closely
cooperated in 124 transnational projects for the benefit of our regions. Take a look at what Interreg achieved already back then:
To find out more about projects and beneficiaries of other cross-border, transnational and interregional cooperation programmes within the European Union visit the KEEP database