The environment and culture priority responds to the need for protecting and sustainably using natural and cultural heritage and resources, which are subject to increasing environmental and economic pressures as well as usage conflicts. Heritage and resources also constitute valuable assets of central European regions and represent important location factors benefiting regional development. Furthermore, the focus is on improving the quality of the environment in functional urban areas. To this aim, key challenges like land use conflicts, air, soil and water pollution or waste management will be addressed by the projects funded under this priority.
Biodiversity and habitats
The Eurasian lynx population is declining and faces several threats. As their habitat knows no borders, transnational coordination is key to their protection. 3Lynx established a
transboundary monitoring system to help protect our lynx population. > project website
Crafts and traditions
Culinary traditions are an important part of our culture. Thye are however rarely seen as an economic opportunity. SlowFood-CE provided a model for local communities to use their gastronomic traditions as a driver for sustainable development. > project website
historic buildings and sites
Many historical buildings in central Europe need restoration but public resources are limited. RESTAURA introduced tools and practices that help regions to build partnerships with
private partners. Together they are now giving these buildings new life. > project website
Learn more about the cooperation links that were established among partners in our environment and culture projects.
> download the map environment
> download the map culture
The funding programme CENTRAL EUROPE 2007-13 was our predecessor. More than 1.300 public institutions and private businesses closely
cooperated in 124 transnational projects for the benefit of our regions. Take a look at what Interreg achieved already back then:
CENTRAL EUROPE projects 2007-2013
To find out more about projects and beneficiaries of other cross-border, transnational and interregional cooperation programmes within the European Union visit the KEEP database