AA regions have an important and well preserved natural heritage, a base for many economic and social activities. However, several environmental threats such as climate change, rising sea levels, water eutrophication and acidification, allied to the pressures of industry, urban growth and increasing levels of tourism, stress the natural environment.
Priority 3 and 4 of the new programme will tackle these aspects. The new programme is also aligned with the initiative for a resource-efficient Europe under the EU 2020 supporting the shift towards a resource-efficient and low-carbon economy. In its priority axis 2 'fostering resource efficiency', it addresses a specific objective to foster green growth, eco-innovation and environmental efficiency, with a €18.9m allocation (10.2%).