The Cartagena city council is part of the start of a European project to address transition strategies for rural environments to the effects of climate change. The start of this initiative in the European Union, corresponds to the Interreg Sudoe call called Rural Transition Labs, taking place in Evaux les Bains, France.
The municipality of Cartagena has put together this initiative with other French, Portuguese and Spanish partners. All of these are led by the French rural development association Rurener, such as the Polytechnic University of Catalonia University Institute for Research in Science and Technologies of Sustainability, Cetenma (Technological Center for Energy and the Environment of the Region of Murcia), Syndicat mixte Est Creuse Développement, Comunidade Intermunicipal do Ave and the Municipality of Póvoa de Lanhoso.
This project aims to create a network of Rural Transition Labs to build resilience in rural areas through a participatory ecosystem-based approach. The labs are based on three principles: participation and transparency, ecosystem-based methods, and systemic change. This means that participatory processes are carried out to build their projects, communicate and make their achievements accessible to all.
Based on citizen participation, and the territorial dialogue, a More fun transformative strategy for the rural territory of Cartagena, mainly in the arid areas of the municipality. The strategy designed will be transferred to rural Sudoe areas and the solutions will be tested in the urban context of Escaldes-Engordany (Andorra) to evaluate how rural innovation can contribute to solving urban challenges.
It focuses on the Cartagena demonstration project on innovation against desertification and loss of biodiversity in the area. This project is titled Rural Transition Labs: Innovative and Systemic Approach to Adaptation to climate Change the Interreg-SUDOE Program funds it.