Operational Programme 'Amazonia'
Co-financed by the European Regional Development Fund (ERDF) under the European Territorial Cooperation objective
On 27 March 2008 the European Commission approved the Operational Programme Amazonia for Community financing from the European Regional Development Fund (ERDF) under the European Territorial Cooperation objective for France in partnership with Brazil and Suriname. The total cost of the programme is 17.1 million euros, plus the financial involvement of Suriname and Brazil. The maximum amount of the ERDF contribution to the Operational Programme concerning Guyane is 12.8 million euros, i.e. a co-financing rate of 75%.
The non-member countries and regions involved in this cooperation programme are Suriname and the Amazon states of Amapa, Para and Amazonas in Brazil. The involvement of the European Development Fund (EDF) and the Development Cooperation and Economic Cooperation financing instrument (DCECI) will be sought.
1. Strategic objectives of the Operational Programme
The cross-border cooperation strategy of the Amazonia 2007-2013 programme aims to encourage the territorial development of the cross-border areas, the protection and enhancement of the natural and cultural heritage of the Amazon, the development of cross-border economic activities and social cohesion.
2. Estimated impact of the Operational Programme
This cross-border cooperation programme should make it possible, in particular, to implement actions to promote the sustainable development of Amazonian ecosystems, to strengthen the appeal of the Amazon area (especially the development of tourism), to promote local production and to encourage the introduction of joint research programmes. Another aim of the programme is to bring the local populations closer together by creating about 30 cross-border networks in education and training and organising a number of joint cultural events.
The Operational Programme has four priorities:
Priority 1 : Structural development of cross-border areas and sustainable development
This priority aims to achieve better understanding, preservation and management of the common natural heritage, to promote balanced territorial development and to improve the quality of life and living conditions in the cross-border areas.
Priority 2: Cross-border economic activities and appeal of the cooperation area
The aim is to stimulate and organise cross-border integration by exploiting potential synergies relating to economic activities, innovation and human capital. It will aim in particular at developing economic activities, especially in the fields of tourism and business cooperation.
Priority 3: Bringing together cross-border populations and services
The aim is to foster better mutual knowledge and understanding among the populations in a specific geographic area by extending the field of cross-border cooperation to the general public by means of collaborative projects in the fields of culture, education, training and communication.
Priority 4: Technical assistance
This priority will provide support for the introduction of an effective management, monitoring and control system to evaluate the programme and its projects and to handle communication and promotion.
Financial and Technical information
Operational Programme 'Amazonia'
Intervention TypeOperational Programme
Number of decisionC/2008/1084
Final approval date27/03/2008
Breakdown of finances by priority axis
|Priority Axis||EU Investment||National Public Contribution||Total Public Contribution|
|Structural development of cross-border areas and sustainable development||3 849 082||1 154 725||5 003 807|
|Cross-border economic activities and appeal of the cooperation area||5 003 807||1 334 348||6 338 155|
|Bringing together cross-border populations and services||3 207 569||962 271||4 169 840|
|Technical assistance||769 816||256 605||1 026 421|
|Total||12 830 274||3 707 949||16 538 223|
Managing authorityConseil Régional de la Guyane Hôtel de Région 4179, route de Montabo BP 7025 F- 97307 Cayenne Cedex
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