RegioStars Awards

The REGIOSTARS are Europe’s awards for the most innovative, regional projects.

Category 2 - Connecting green, blue and grey

199 submissions arrived this year for REGIOSTARS 2019, the annual competition rewarding excellence and new approaches in regional development. This year, we are proud to present to you all of the applications.
The projects submitted in this category all aim to build a harmonious relationship between our natural terrestrial, maritime and built environment.
For details of the category, we refer you to the Guide for Applicants.

Here are this year’s applications for the REGIOSTARS awards category 2!

Support your favourite project already now! Show the jury which project you find the best and reward them with a trip to Brussels to the REGIOSTARS 2019 award ceremony on the eve of 9 October .
The independent jury will choose up to 5 finalists per category, to be announced on 9 July. The votes casted after this date will be counted further for the finalists, competing for the REGIOSTARS 2019 public choice award.

ACZ Gardelegen

At the Gardelegen site, a former dilapidated plant with contaminated areas has been converted into a newly designed Bürgerpark near the city centre. The funding measures were used to demolish the existing buildings and open space pavements of the former ACZ company premises. The demolition and the unsealing of the land has resulted in the sustainable restoration of the natural soil functions.
Timeframe: 08/2011 - 09/2012
Country(ies): Germany
Organisation: Hansestadt Gardelegen
Fund: European Regional Development Fund


Alpines Bauen - Lowtech

EU directives lay down requirements for energy efficiency of buildings implemented in South Tyrol by BLR 362/2013, in Austria by OIB6. Today, buildings have become more sophisticated, technical installations more complex and expected savings aren't achieved. Aim of the project is to find solutions to simplify today's buildings while maintaining the standard of living, taking into account proven construction methods in the Alpine region and handing over the results to the construction industry.
Timeframe: 01/2017 - 12/2019
Country(ies): Italy-Austria
Organisation: Agentur für Energie Südtirol - KlimaHaus
Fund: European Regional Development Fund (Interreg)


Andalusian Circular Bioeconomy Strategy

The Andalusian Circular Bioeconomy Strategy (ACBS), was approved by the Andalusian Government on September 2018. The time horizon of the strategy is 2030 having resources worth around 1,400 million € aimed at specific actions that have been developed within the collaboration of more than 50 external experts. The ACBS main objective is to contribute to the sustainable growth and development of Andalusia by fostering actions towards the production of renewable and biological products/processes.
Timeframe: 09/2016 - 12/2025
Country(ies): Spain
Organisation: Regional Ministry of Agriculture, Livestock, Fisheries and Sustainable Development
Fund: European Regional Development Fund



We can no longer let precious resources like water, CO2 and plastics go to waste. We must capture them for the circular economy and keep them in the loop for re-use. The CAPTURE initiative will do exactly that by literally bringing together scientists from many fields, allowing them to work with local, regional and national governments/industries. CAPTURE is the catalyst needed to make our relation with the planet more sustainable. CAPTURE is where innovation meets society meets industry.
The CAPTURE initiative was launched in 2015 at Ghent University to find solutions for efficient waste treatment and resource recovery, with the aim of turning Flanders into a circular economy.
They are a one-stop-shop for industry and government, offering integrated solutions from waste to resource to final application. To this end, they are building new building that will double as a research centre and accelerator, where spin-off companies can work.

Timeframe: 04/2018 - 06/2020
Country(ies): Belgium
Organisation: Ghent University
Fund: European Regional Development Fund



COMPASS aims to deliver the first fully coherent network of marine monitoring buoys across the regional seas of the Republic of Ireland, Northern Ireland and West Scotland. It will integrate the longest continuously maintained oceanographic monitoring stations in Europe within a network of new buoys equipped with oceanographic sensors, acoustic recorders and advanced fish tracking technology.
Timeframe: 01/2017 - 03/2022
Country(ies): Ireland-United Kingdom
Organisation: Agri-Food and Biosciences Institute
Fund: European Regional Development Fund (Interreg)


Cycle-pedestrian Itinerary Cabanes

The Prat de Cabanes-Torreblanca is a Natural Park of great ecological interest known for the numerous routes with many attractions for visitors. In order to connect the population with natural spaces through bicycle or walking routes, necessary actions have been carried out for the construction of a new cycle-pedestrian route between the municipal terms of Cabanes and Torreblanca ­which unites the coastal place of Torre de la Sal and Torrenostra.
Timeframe: 04/2018 - 10/2018
Country(ies): Spain
Organisation: Generalitat Valenciana -Conselleria de Vivienda, Obras Públicas y Vertebración del Territorio-Dirección General de Obras Públicas.
Fund: European Regional Development Fund



The CobBauge Project has developed a new and innovative walling material using an ancient method of building from earth and fibres. This has been updated for modern methods of construction, allowing the threads of culture to be blended with crisp modern building design. The new material is used in a composite wall that will pass current thermal regulations and create energy efficient high-performance homes that people will find comfortable, healthier to live in and inexpensive to run.

Timeframe: 07/2017 - 06/2023
Country(ies): France-United Kingdom
Organisation: University of Plymouth
Fund: European Regional Development Fund


East Avert Mis Etc 966

EAST AVERT MIS ETC 966 implementation enhanced the protection of the border areas in the upper Siret and Prut River Basins against the flood risk, reducing the environmental, economic and social vulnerability of targeted localities from the border region, enabling and increasing the capacity of partner institutions from Ukraine (Chernivtsi and Ivano-Frankivsk regions) and Republic of Moldova to implement the 2007/60/CE Directive beyond its border, by, transferring expertise of Romania as MS.
Timeframe: 11/2013 - 12/2017
Country(ies): Romania-Ukraine-Moldova
Organisation: Ministry of Environment
Fund: European Regional Development Fund & European Neighbourhood Instrument (Interreg ENI-CBC)



At Centro of Portugal region, ECOMARE merges the Port of Aveiro (grey) with a Special Area of Conservation, the iconic coastal lagoon Ria de Aveiro (green), fostering the protection and sustainable use of marine biological resources (blue). In this infrastructure, seabirds, marine turtles, seals, and dolphins are rescued and returned to the wild, while blue-biotechnology and sustainable aquaculture contribute to the blue bioeconomy, delivering new services and products inspired by the ocean.
Timeframe: 10/2011 - 11/2015
Country(ies): Portugal
Organisation: University of Aveiro
Fund: European Regional Development Fund


Eixo Verde e Azul do Rio Jamor

The project focuses on outdoor spaces for public use, crossing the city of Queluz with 75169 inhabitants, and values the water lines, namely the Jamor River and its tributaries, associating biophysical valorisation, recreational and leisure activities, improving conditions with the urban regeneration of the dense urban area in the surrounding area and the preservation of the vast natural and architectural patrimony of which National Palace of Queluz is the most outstanding.
Timeframe: 04/2018 - 06/2019
Country(ies): Portugal
Organisation: Sintra municipality
Fund: European Regional Development Fund



The Nausicaa National Sea Centre is both an aquarium and a scientific and technical cultural centre where visitors can discover the flora and fauna of the marine world. The Nausicaa extension project, supported by the Communauté d’Agglomération du Boulonnais (Boulogne Agglomeration Community), is designed to turn this facility into a driving force for development in the area. Moreover, it will be a key player in the preservation of marine biodiversity and education on marine environments throughout the EU.
Timeframe: 01/2014 - 07/2022
Country(ies): France
Organisation: Communauté d'agglomération du Boulonnais
Fund: European Regional Development Fund


Environmental Rehabilitation - Urgeiriça

The environmental rehabilitation of the old mining area of Urgeiriça, currently perfectly inserted in an urban context, within the village of Canas de Senhorim, in the municipality of Nelas, Viseu district, aims to mitigate the environmental impacts caused by mining and its subsequent abandonment of a site considered a priority at national level, due to the levels and diversities of the environmental impacts that were locally felt, namely those of radiological nature.
Timeframe: 01/2014 - 06/2019
Country(ies): Portugal
Organisation: EDM - Empresa de Desenvolvimento Mineiro, S.A.
Fund: Cohesion Fund


Escada Peixes do Açude-Ponte Coimbra

Built beside the city (Mondego river) in the 1980’s, to control floods and enable water uses management, Coimbra dam became the first obstacle to fish migration. In 2011 a new fishway was built and river continuity restored. Permanent monitoring demonstrated its success as autochthonous species use it, contributing to conservation and fishing sustainability. After this project several other to increase fisheries and raise public awareness to environmental issues were implemented.
Timeframe: 02/2010 - 12/2011
Country(ies): Portugal
Organisation: Agência Portuguesa do Ambiente, I.P. (APA)
Fund: European Regional Development Fund



The GABE project is based on the fact that both Albania and Greece were seeking for new advances in the energy sector, possesing a huge potential for becoming a local energy point for bioenergy production, as their selected cross-border regions combined the existence of a strategic geopolitical and economic position and abundance of biomass resources.
Timeframe: 04/2014 - 03/2016
Country(ies): Greece-Albania
Organisation: Region of Western Macedonia / Regional Development Fund
Fund: European Regional Development Fund & Instrument for Pre-Accession Assistance (Interreg IPA-CBC)


Green Boat

Prespes Lakes area, a stunning nature area with expanses of water that sit right on the borders of 3 countries (Greece, Albania, North Macedonia), is a heaven for wildlife the locals want to ensure is preserved while promoting their area as a touristic destination. Thanks to GREEN BOAT, Municipalities on the Greek & Albanian sides of the lake have invested in 3 solar powered boats (their “green boats”) which provide them with a tailored local solution as well as stronger ties around the lake
Timeframe: 05/2012 - 10/2014
Country(ies): Greece-Albania
Organisation: Instrument for Pre-Accession Assistance (IPA)
Fund: European Regional Development Fund & Instrument for Pre-Accession Assistance (Interreg IPA-CBC)



With an estimated three million sites affected by industrial contamination, Europe faces real challenges in improving brownfield areas. GreenerSites brings together an international partnership to develop nine regional action plans for cleaning up and regenerating unused or underused industrial areas. The project also provided a common tool for brownfield regeneration and implemented 11 pilot actions testing sustainable and innovative solutions.
Timeframe: 06/2016 - 07/2019
Country(ies): Germany-Italy-Poland-Slovenia-Croatia
Organisation: City of Venice
Fund: European Regional Development Fund (Interreg)


Hall of Biodiversity

The Hall of Biodiversity is a magical place where art connects with science, fostering a wide range of sensorial experiences carefully designed for celebrating the diversity of life. It’s the first museology platform in the world conceived from the start according to an innovative museographic philosophy that combines real objects, aphorisms and metaphors, and a vibrant sense of aesthetics, to set the stage for emotionally loaded interactions that spark children and grownups’ curiosity.
Timeframe: 08/2010 - 04/2015
Country(ies): Portugal
Organisation: Natural History and Science Museum of the University of Porto
Fund: European Regional Development Fund



LOS_DAMA! enhanced green infrastructure for better living. Together with citizens we hunted for landscape treasures around Grenoble and Munich we even created an inter-regional park in the north of Vienna. Within seven local pilots throughout the Alpine Space we developed new ways to raise awareness for the importance of green spaces. We contributed to green our cities and developed methods than can be applied in other metropolitan regions beyond the Alps.
Timeframe: 11/2016 - 12/2019
Country(ies): Germany-France-Italy-Austria-Slovenia
Organisation: Landeshauptstadt München
Fund: European Regional Development Fund (Interreg)


Lake Constance countryside in bloom

The aim of the project is to create more habitats and a greater food supply for pollinating insects. The aim is for the landscape of Lake Constance to be rich in species and flowers again, and to become a model region in terms of a blooming landscape. This is achieved by communication and training measures in a cross-border context.
Timeframe: 10/2015 - 12/2018
Country(ies): Germany-Austria
Organisation: Bodensee-Stiftung, Internationale Stiftung für Natur und Kultur
Fund: European Regional Development Fund (Interreg)


Le réseau de chaleur Amiens Energies

The elected representatives of the city of Amiens wanted to make the energy transition one of the driving forces behind the territory project. This commitment is based in particular on a tool to improve daily life for all and guarantee low-carbon development: a 47-km heating network to heat 19,000 equivalent homes from 5 renewable energy sources. The project is supported by a public-private partnership called SEMOP, which is the first of its kind to be launched in France on energy.
Timeframe: 06/2015 - 10/2019
Country(ies): France
Organisation: Amiens Energies
Fund: European Regional Development Fund



MadCrow is an innovative technological infrastructure for the acquisition, integration and dissemination of data on the marine ecosystem. It’s based on a novel paradigm based on the participation of Citizen Scientist i.e. everyone who will provide access to their ships. Information generated by MadCrow will become a important tool for scientific outreach and public awareness, oriented to monitoring, assessing the state of the environment and involving citizens in policies for territory safeguard
Timeframe: 04/2017 - 04/2019
Country(ies): Italy
Organisation: Transpobank Srl
Fund: European Regional Development Fund



The aim of the project is to improve the ability of coastal communities to adapt to climate change. To that end, it is necessary to strengthen the infrastructure for data collection and to propose indicators that, using these data, enable us to evaluate the risks. In addition, detailed scenarios are developed in order to understand the evolution of these risks. The ultimate objective will be to have services that enable such risks to be identified and addressed with the involvement of civil society.
Timeframe: 01/2015 - 12/2019
Country(ies): Spain
Organisation: Dirección Xeral de Calidade Ambiental e Cambio Climático - Xunta de Galicia
Fund: European Regional Development Fund


Metals biorecovery from electronic waste

To demonstrate the technical and economic feasibility of a biotechnological process for the valorisation of electronic waste, as a more sustainable and profitable alternative for the recovery of valuable metals. This proposal, based on circular economy and urban mining, promote local business from a technology that reduce dependence on limiting natural resources and manage a type of waste that is increasing at a higher rate in our society affecting environment and human health.
Timeframe: 07/2017 - 04/2018
Country(ies): Spain
Organisation: Universitat Politècnica de Catalunyaa
Fund: European Regional Development Fund



Soil contamination is widespread in Europe with impacts on biodiversity, food safety and human health. Traditional remediation options (“dig and dump”) imply excavations, high costs and environmental impacts. PhytoSUDOE used green options with plants and associated microbes to remediate the soil and quench pollutant linkages. By “phytomanaging” contaminated sites we can alleviate the negative effects and risks of soil pollution while providing economic, environmental and aesthetic benefits. 
Timeframe: 07/2016 - 10/2018
Country(ies): Spain-France-Portugal
Organisation: Consejo Superior de Investigaciones Científicas (CSIC)
Fund: European Regional Development Fund (Interreg)



The SB& WRC project is a cross-Channel innovation project which aims to design, produce and test 3 low-carbon, thermal insulation materials for buildings made from agricultural co-products and recycled waste. 3 undervalued resources were chosen, namely maize pith, polyester from waste duvets and wheat straw, to make prototypes from. To increase their marketability, their carbon footprint, their economic and industrial potential were assessed, and stakeholders were engaged to raise awareness.
Timeframe: 02/2017 - 09/2019
Country(ies): France-United Kingdom
Organisation: Nomadéis
Fund: European Regional Development Fund (Interreg)



The project aims at improving the management and rehabilitation of contaminated soils due to industrial activities in the south-west of Europe. Experimental devices and innovative methodologies to achieve rapid, low-cost diagnostics have been developed, low-cost monitoring tools for air, soil and water pollution have been implemented and different alternative remediation techniques have been assessed. Health risks and social impact have been monitored.
Timeframe: 07/2016 - 06/2019
Country(ies): Spain-France-Portugal
Organisation: GET-CNRS
Fund: European Regional Development Fund (Interreg)



How to combine the environment conservation with an intensive public use (up to 400 000 visitors per year) in a very populated area with a strong tourist attraction and with a distinguishing element: its cross border nature? TXINBADIA+ demonstrates that it is possible by developing tools involving policy makers and technical leaders and also implicating the inhabitants.
Timeframe: 01/2016 - 12/2019
Country(ies): Spain-France
Fund: European Regional Development Fund (Interreg)


The Bobrowisko Nature Enclave

The "Bobrowisko" - the new path, which is nearly 400 m long, runs through the flood plains of the Dunajec and Poprad, and includes two wooden decks and two observation points (one with telescopes). This will make it possible to manage tourist traffic and prevent nature enthusiasts from scaring the animals away from their natural habitats. As part of the project, nests have been purchased and installed by nature specialists in places where birds will be able to raise their offspring undisturbed.
Timeframe: 10/2016 - 06/2018
Country(ies): Poland
Organisation: Community Stary Sacz
Fund: European Regional Development Fund


The Green&Blue Rhine Alliance

INTERREG Germany-Netherlands aims to strengthen economic, social and regional cooperation in the German-Dutch border region. Cooperation leads to new opportunities and alignment of policies and investments. The Green & Blue Rhine Alliance (GBRA) is used to strengthen the German-Dutch cooperation. The Rhine is hereby logical connection element because it already connects centuries together the regions. This connection is for people, economy, landscape, water and natural importance.  
Timeframe: 05/2017 - 04/2020
Country(ies): Germany-Netherlands
Organisation: ARK Natuurontwikkeling (Stichting ARK)
Fund: European Regional Development Fund (Interreg)


Urban green belts (UGB)

Green is good. Make it even better together! This is the motto and the main aim of the Urban Green Belts project: creation of new green spaces in cities or transformation of existing ones to make the ‘grey’ environment to greener smartly, together with urban communities supported by Geo-Information System based solutions. Not only places but people’s attitude and behaviour had to be transformed to improve quality of urban life and take the joint responsibility of our common natural heritage!
Timeframe: 06/2016 - 05/2019
Country(ies): Italy-Austria-Czechia-Hungary-Poland-Slovenia-Croatia
Organisation: Municipality of 12th District of Budapest (Hegyvidék)
Fund: European Regional Development Fund (Interreg)