Date(s) - 22/11/2013
The Green MED Initiative (GMI) project launched its 1st capitalisation event on November 22nd 2013, where partners from 14 of the ENPI CBC MED Programme’s strategic projects gathered at the Casa Llotja de Mar in Barcelona for a networking event aimed at creating synergies between the different ongoing territorial initiatives.
The event was held in the framework of the Mediterranean Week of Economic Leaders and organized by the Association of Mediterranean Chambers of Commerce (ASCAME), a core partner of the GMI project and the Capitalisation Work Package Leader. The networking sessions welcomed over 50 attendees from all across the Mediterranean basin who discussed their projects and reflected on the core themes of capitalisation of the ongoing activities. By joining forces, the projects will benefit from the work being carried out in similar fields, giving them a stronger and more coherent voice.
On the topic the Agro-food Industry (Topic 1.1), the MedDiet project was presented, followed by MEET, IAM & UMAYYAD on Sustainable Tourism (Topic 2.1), and Mare Nostrum & MED JELLY RISK under Topic 1.3 – Integrated Coastal Zone Management.
On the issue of Waste Treatment and Recycling – Topic 2.2, the GMI, MED-3R & SCOW projects were presented, while Solar Energy (Topic 2.3) was represented by the 5 following projects: MEDSolar, SHAAMS, MED-DESIRE, FOSTEr in MED, & DIDSOLIT-PB.
Through a six minute “Elevator Pitch” format, Lead Partners, Capitalisation and/or Communication managers presented their project’s core aims & objectives, their partnership & geographical coverage, as well as selected outputs and upcoming events where it could be interesting to collaborate with other similar ongoing initiatives.
After a networking coffee break for more informal discussions, the sessions shifted into a more participatory format through round tables discussions on the following topics: “From Communication to Capitalization”, “Creating Synergies between Projects” and “Engaging National and International Stakeholders”. The speakers shared their knowledge and experiences with the participants and answered their questions and queries on these subject matters.
The discussions proved very fruitful for all attendees, with possibly the most prominent talking points being the need to make stakeholders protagonists in the communication and promotion of projects. The participants agreed that there is no such thing as “bad synergies” between projects, but that all what is required is that those implementing activities “think outside the box” in linking two or more initiatives which have differing themes. Last but not least, the need to propose stakeholders’ tangible and visible roles in the framework of the project activities was stressed upon.