The NAPOCTEP project, financed by the ERDF funds through the Interreg VA Spain-Portugal POCTEP 2014-2020 Cross-Border Cooperation Programme, was presented at an event on circular economy, wastewater management and sustainable tourism, organised by the Finnova Foundation on the occasion of the European Week for Waste Reduction 2019
Brussels, 20.11.2019.- On 19 November, on the occasion of European Waste Week (EWWR), the Finnova Foundation organized an interesting official side event on waste, circular economy, wastewater management and sustainable tourism. The event took place at the European Committee of Regions (CdR) and its purpose was to raise awareness of European environmental policies and promoting good practice.
The event was structured around two round tables: the first one, entitled Green Deal: circular economy and climate change. Interreg CILIFO case study, focused on circular economy, climate change and management of renewable resources and energy, with the CILIFO project as an example of good practice. The second table, entitled Wastewater: PPP, innovation and low-cost technologies, focused on wastewater management and European projects to support waste solutions. NAPOCTEP was part of this table as an example of responsible tourism.
The event was attended by Tommaso Galli, a member of EURADA and manager of XPRESS, a project presented in the Horizon 2020 programme which aims to support public procurement to facilitate collaboration between Smes and the public sector for the development and adoption of renewable energy in the regions, and Milo Fiasconaro, executive director of Aqua Publica Europea (APE), which supports public water management in municipalities of the European Union.
The Finnova Foundation also participated very actively in the event through its director, Juan Manuel Revuelta, who presented CILIFO, the European fire-fighting project with the largest budget financed by the EU’s Interreg Community initiative; Cristina Tavío, who explained and explained the advantages of the circular economy, and Yolanda Marín, who presented the NAPOCTEP project on cultural itineraries based on the historical heritage of the Napoleonic era of Castilla y León and the Centro de Portugal region. Finnova is part of the consortium for this project, which consists of a total of eight beneficiaries between the two border regions.
Marín explained the impact and importance that waste management in the water and HORECA sector have on tourism based on the environmental objectives set by the European institutions. In this context, she presented NAPOCTEP as an example of good practices focused on the protection and promotion of the environment that, in turn, promotes job creation and innovation in rural areas, supporting the local economy and landscape conservation.
All experts agreed on how important it is that Europe endorses the Sustainable Development Goals launched by the United Nations. To do this, it must invest in a circular economy that favours sustainable development and is more competitive with other major economies. This, in turn, makes it possible to offer innovative products with high added value, while safeguarding the future of the planet and the quality of life of its citizens.