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Destination 6: Resilient, inclusive, healthy and green rural, coastal and urban communities

There are 5 topic calls already published on the funding and tenders portal. These topic calls have deadline: 22 February 2024

Places and people matter when it comes to achieving a more sustainable Europe. The Sustainable Development Goals and the ecological and digital transitions brought forward by the European Green Deal with its farm to fork and biodiversity strategies, zero pollution action plan, common fisheries policy (CFP), along with the recent pandemic, bring challenges and opportunities that vary for different places and people. 

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Proposals for topics under this destination should set out a credible pathway to achieving resilient, inclusive, just, healthy and green rural, coastal and urban communities and more specifically one or several of the following expected impacts:

  • Rural, coastal and urban areas are developed in a sustainable, balanced, equitable and inclusive manner thanks to a better understanding of the i) environmental, socio-economic, behavioural, cultural, architectural and demographic structures, ii) needs and drivers of change and their interconnections, and iii) how digital, nature-based, social and community-led innovations are deployed.
  • Rural, coastal and urban communities are empowered to i) act for change, ii) be better prepared to achieve climate-neutrality and adapt to climate change, and iii) use the digital and green transitions to increase resilience and provide positive long-term prospects.
  • Rural communities are equipped with upgraded innovation ecosystems and innovative and smarter circular solutions that i) increase access to services and job opportunities, including for women, young people in vulnerable situations, ii) increase their attractiveness and iii) reduce the feeling of being left behind, even in remote locations like mountains and outermost regions.
  • Sustainable development of coastal areas, including coastal protection and resilience, is enhanced, reaping the benefits of social, digital and community-led innovations, to deliver nature-based and scientifically validated solutions to current coastal socio-economic and environmental threats.
  • Urban and peri-urban communities – including people in vulnerable situations – can access, afford and choose healthy, nutritious and environmental-friendly food.

Communities in natural and coastal areas can offer sustainable, quality, environmentally and socially friendly tourism, recreational and leisure activities.

Policies and Strategies  Link Link
Sustainable Development Goals (SDG) website  
European Green Deal  website  
Farm to Fork Strategy  pdf  
Biodiversity Strategy for 2030 website  
Zero Pollution Action Plan  pdf  
Common Fisheries Policy  website  
A vision for rural areas towards 2040  website  
The New European Bauhaus (NEB) initiative website  
European pillar for social rights, the EU social economy action plan and contributing to the strategy for the rights of persons with disabilities for 2021-2030 website  
EU agenda for tourism  website  
Just, green and digital transitions  website  
Other Initiatives     
Soil Mission Implementation Plan   pdf  
Restore our Ocean and Waters by 2030 pdf  
Adaptation to climate change  website website