• Regional Development Center Koper
    Regional Development Center Koper



Blue Cities in Action (Starting up the Blue Economy)

URBACT is a European exchange and learning programme promoting and supporting sustainable and integrated urban development. It is one of the instruments of the European Cohesion Policy and it is jointly financed by the European Union (European Regional Development Fund) and the Member States. Programme enables cities to develop pragmatic solutions, to major urban challenges, that are new and sustainable, and that integrate economic, social and environmental dimensions. URBACT enables cities to work together and to share good practices and lessons learned with all professionals involved in urban policy throughout Europe. BluAct Network is part of URBACT programme.

Duration of the project: 1. 6. 2021 – 31. 12. 2022

Lead partner: Piraeus (Greece)

Project Partners of the Network:

  • Liepāja (Liepaja; Latvia)
  • Gdańska Fundacja Przedsiębiorczości (Gdansk; Poland)
  • Boulogne sur mer Développement Côte d’Opale (Boulogne sur mer; France)
  • Regionalni razvojni center Koper (Koper; Slovenia)

Project objective:

BluAct is a Transfer network of port cities aiming to share good practices in Blue Economy entrepreneurship. The project is founded and funded under the EU's URBACT programme. BluAct follows the success of BlueGrowth Initiative, an awarded entrepreneurship competition that offers incubation services to local businesses boosting innovation and job creation. In 2020 BlueGrowth Initiative was renamed to Blue Growth Piraeus.

Through an approach of creating URBACT Local Support Groups and engaging local stakeholders and other interested parties, the ultimate aim of the BluAct network is to ''start up the blue economy'' in coastal Europe cities and discover their valuable connection to the sea.

Activities will follow the URBACT transfer stages:

-          UNDERSTAND the Good Practice

-          ADAPT/REUSE the Good Practice

-          FINALE Sharing of experience and results

Network activities are composed of several dimensions. These are structured within four Work Packages:

  1.  Network management
  2. Transnational Exchange and Learning Activities
  3. The Local dimension
  4. Communication and Dissemination


URBACT webpage: https://urbact.eu/

URBACT BluAct webpage: https://urbact.eu/bluact

BluAct webpage: https://www.bluact.eu/


Contact info:

Mojca Fabbro

Phone: 00386 5 66 37 580

E-mail: mojca.fabbro@rrc-kp.si


Logo Adrion Enviroment ADRIONET 20

Adriatic – Ionian Network of Authentic Villages

Duration of the project: 1.2.2020 – 31.7.2022

Partners: Association of Authentic Villages of Italy, Public institution for the development of the Međimurje Country REDEA, Region of Central Macedonia, Department for development and international projects of Zenica-Doboj canton, Association of Local Autonomy of Albania, Regional Agency for Socio-Economic Development Banat and Regional development Centre Koper

Objectives: The areas included in the ADRIONET project comprise small authentic villages that are often located in extremely beautiful locations, including river valleys, mountain areas, rural or fringe areas. In certain cases at risk of depopulation and abandonment, due to spatial development models characterized by intense urbanization and socio-economic polarization. These villages demonstrate development potential in terms of social, cultural and environmental importance, with rich history and identity, knowledge in gastronomy, which should be more included in the strategic plans.

ADRIONET project is divided into 5 work packages:

1. Project management

2. Implementation of the project - analysis of natural and cultural landscapes, preparation of
    action plans

pdfADRIONET_Transnational_map_survey_and_report_D.T1.1.1._1.2_1.3.pdf (EN)

3. Implementation of pilot activities

4. Establishment of international networks of authentic places

5. Communication

Project leaflet about the project ADRIONET

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RRC Koper is responsible for the thematic section T2 – Implementation of pilot actions, but will participate in all other work packages. In the Obalno-kraška region, there will be two pilot actions, one in the hinterland of the Municipality of Koper, and the other in the area of the municipality of Hrpelje-Kozina. Based on the action plan and the established model of "authentic villages", the project partners will work together (trough transnational joint working group) to test the solutions aimed at triggering an overall improvement of the involved authentic villages.


Contact info:

Tina Primožič

Phone: +386 5 663 75 90

E-mail: tina.primozic@rrc-kp.si



Project CEETO – Central Europe Eco-Tourism: tools for nature protection


Program: Interreg Central Europe

Duration of the project: 1st of June 2017 – 31st of May 2020


Lead partner:

Region Emilia – Romagna – Protected Areas, Forestry and Mountains Development Department



Europarc federation

UNESCO Biosphere Reserve Salzburger Lungau

Soelktaeler Nature Park

NIMFEA – Environment and Nature Conservation Association

Authority for the Biosphere Reserve South east Ruegen

The Italian Federation of Parks and Reserves - Europarc Italy

Regional development centre Koper

Public institute Landscape Park Strunjan

WWF Adria – Association for nature protection and biodiversity conservation


Associate partners: Italian Ministry for the Environment, Land and sea; Ministry of Environment and Nature Protection; Office of the state Government of Styria, Department for Environment and Spatial Planning, Subsection Nature Conservation; Federal Ministry of Agriculture, Forestry, Environment and Water Management; Tourist Authority Rugen Ltd.; Ministry for Agriculture, Environment and Consumer Protection Mecklenburg-Vorpommern.

The identification of appropriate, cost-effective and low-impact models to manage a sustainable tourism is still an open challenge in Central Europe: CEETO project therefore aims at implementing an innovative governance system for tourism based on a participatory planning approach (as described in the European Charter for Sustainable Tourism in Protected Areas-ECST), able to improve the managing capacities of PAs managers and implement an actual sustainable use of nature and its assets. Moreover CEETO aims at identifying and testing innovative management and monitoring tools specifically focused on sustainable tourism activities in different contexts, well represented by the PAs involved in the pilot actions.

Project is divided on 3 main work packages:


M- Management


T-Thematic work packages

-          Diagnostic Phase

Work package T1 is organized in 2 parallel sessions: the first session carries out a diagnostic on most innovative and successful policies/tools currently in practice for tourism management inside natural PAs in EU and worldwide. In the second session, each PP implementing pilot actions in T2 carries out a site-specific analysis on the PAs involved in the pilots.


Main output of the T1 work package is Handbook of successful and innovative practices for a sustainable tourism inside Protected Areas



-          Testing

-          Creating CEETO Guidelines

-          CEETO network



RRC Koper is a lead partner of work package T3, but it will be involved in all project activities. Main goal of the work package T3 is creating CEETO guidelines. T3 aims at making a synthesis of the pilot actions results within T2, a tool designed to support policy makers at international/national and regional level in the process of shaping the tourism planning and management within and around PAs.


Contact informations:

Tina Primožič:

E-mail: tina.primozic@rrc-kp.si

Slavko Mezek

E-mail: slavko.mezek@rrc-kp.si


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MSPMED - Support for the operational implementation of MSP in the Mediterranean


Maritime Spatial Planning (MSP) has emerged worldwide as an important tool to manage the different uses of Seas and Oceans in an efficient way. While doing so it can also strengthen cross-border cooperation and enhance sustainable development of the Blue economy. The 


project will address specific issues regarding each national MSP, enhancing cooperation among states and knowledge sharing, finally ensuring coherence among plans.

approaches. The activities that will take place during the two years of the projects are built around specific intensive workshops, prepared by the project partners, which also have the function to share best practices and 


Lead Partner - CORILA (Consortium for the coordination of research on the lagoon system of Venice)

Duration - 24 months

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Source of funding - EU call: EMSP-MSP-2019 (Maritime Spatial Planning) - EASME

The activities that will take place during the two years of the projects are built around specific intensive workshops, prepared by the project partners, which also have the function to share best practices and approaches. 

The participation to these events will be wide: the target groups include the administrations and authorities in charge of the plans, stakeholders belonging to the various economic sectors and Civil Society Organisations, research and academic institutions, non-EU Med countries’ authorities, and, last but not least, the general public. 


The Mediterranean Sea hosts us and provides incredible resources, let’s manage it properly!


Official project website https://mspmed.eu/ 



LOGO ERDF MEDCYCLETOUR En 8 Mediterranean Route for web

MEDiteranean CYcle route for sustainable coastal TOURism

The overall objective of the project is to use EuroVelo8 as a tool to influence regional and national policies in favour of sustainable and responsible tourism, providing transnational solutions in coastal areas across the Mediterranean.

The main outputs will be action plans and policy recommendations (to generate investments in the route conditions); pilot actions (to test the proposed developments); and updated information and promotion related to EuroVelo 8 (to attract visitors). In this way, the project will benefit national, regional and local authorities, service providers and, ultimately, cycle tourists. Taking a transnational approach will enable common challenges (e.g. lack of route infrastructure, missing cycling friendly services, weak branding and promotion) to be tackled together and best practices to be shared, thereby avoiding duplication and increasing the effectiveness and positive social, economic and environmental impacts.



Home page: https://medcycletour.interreg-med.eu/

Interreg MED programme: https://interreg-med.eu/

Mediterranean route: www.eurovelo8.com/

Website for people interested in cycling in Europe: www.eurovelo.com/

Website for professionals working on developing the routes: www.eurovelo.org/

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