There are significant European and national targets for carbon reduction. Different tools are available to achieve these goals. One tool is the generation of energy from renewable resources. Although some progress has been made, there is still a noticeable antipathy for wind turbines and solar generators in high valuable landscape areas. The development of renewable energy needs to continue f.e. by appropriate positioning of generators and other renewable options f.e. the use of wood and hay.
Another tool for carbon reduction is lowering the use of fossil energies. This can be achieved by investing in sustainable buildings, transport and equipment. Also in this case there is a long way to go to change the behaviour and to develop new appliances.
All these initiatives are in a start-up and support is needed to gather information and to identify pathways and barriers. The innovative thinking and results from different 2 Seas projects can also be useful to share ways of funding this work. The involvement of businesses and the association between carbon reduction and investment in protected landscapes may well create new ways of income as well as strengthen the links between businesses and their environment.

Rationale of the cluster

The 2 Seas projects involved in this cluster are: Natura People, STEP, Mult-For, MaxiGreen and Balance. In all projects a better protection, conservation and management of nature and landscape is a central issue. The ways to reach these goals are different in all projects. In STEP and Balance there is a focus on supporting sustainable tourism. Natura People is about connecting people and businesses with nature and in MaxiGreen disused areas are brought back into multi-functional green areas. Mufti-For seeks to strengthen the multi-functional role of forests by studying the impact of climate change and suggesting compatible ways of woodfuel production.

By bringing these projects and partners together there will be a good mix of knowledge and experience regarding the central themes of this cluster. This will ensure that concrete methods will be found to make steps forward in sustainable use, carbon reduction and the applicability of renewable energies in protected nature and landscape areas. With all information the cluster will be able to organize a very interesting event and publication for a lot of parties in the 2 Seas area and to prepare first outlines for future projects.

Main aim and objectives

Main aim is: to consolidate, valorise and disseminate results of the 2 Seas projects Natura People, STEP, MaxiGreen, MultiFor and Balance, especially regarding carbon reduction and the use of renewable energies in protected areas and to share understanding and develop approaches for the best options to make steps forward in these issues in the next programme period.

Objectives in phase 1:

Phase 2 is focusing in on the future by gaining more insight into the possible options of carbon reduction and renewable energy generation in all partner areas and to explore the appropriate scale of different renewable energy applications in precious natural landscape areas.
Also the role of local (tourism) businesses is taken into consideration and joint and local approaches will be developed regarding carbon reduction and the strategic deployment of renewable energies.

Expected results and communication

The main results of this cluster will be:

The main communication tools and products will be the cluster event and publication. In addition the cluster will make use of websites (of partners and 2 Seas projects), social media and press attention (newspapers, magazines etc.) to promote and disseminate all relevant results.



The INTERREG IVA 2 Mers Seas Zeeën Programme promotes crossborder cooperation between the coastal regions of 4 Member States: France (Nord-Pas de Calais), England (SW, SE, E), Belgium (Flanders) and The Netherlands (South coastal area).

In 2 Seas thematic clusters 2 or more 2 Seas approved projects come together to work on a given theme in order to capitalise their results. A cluster rationale is based on the pooling together of different experiences realised in the 2 Seas Programme. The cluster must first of all consolidate, valorise and disseminate the current programming period achievements.

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