FORT-DE-FRANCE, Martinique, Wednesday December 9, 2015 – Since 2012, the European Cooperation Days have been celebrated across all of Europe. The objective of this event is to make known and promote the territorial cooperation projects supported by European structural funding.
For the 2015 edition, the INTERREG Caraïbes Programme has opted to present several cooperation projects during Open House days. As such, in Guadeloupe, French Guiana, Martinique and St. Martin, the public can get acquainted with the projects and be exposed to the reality of European cooperation in the Caribbean basin.
The initiatives highlighted are very diverse and cover a broad range of themes including: development of cultural heritage, health, research, natural disasters, environment, renewable energy etc.
This event provided the opportunity to meet the project leaders and fully understand the input of territorial cooperation in the economies of the French outermost regions.
Many projects have been financed by INTERREG Caraïbes in the Caribbean :
– TSUAREG in partnership with the Seismic Research Centre of the University of the West Indies (SRC/UWI).
– In agriculture, CABARÉ with the Cirad for Varietal and cultural innovations to fight against banana pests and reduce the use of pesticides, in partnership with the French West Indies/Dominica/Grenada/Haiti/St Lucia/St Vincent & the Grenadines/Trinidad &Tobago and several other islands
– And among other programs, the Geothermy in Dominica, CARIBBEAN COMMUNITY EXCHANGE of Dauphin Telecom in St Marteen to create a community of exchange of traffic voice on the Internet between the operators of telecommunication of the Caribbeanor the Discovery of rice production and and water birds in the rice paddies of Mana organized by GEPOG, Wetlands Protection Project.
Let’s remember that the new budget, for the 2015/2020 period was increased from 48 to 64 millions € of ERDF (European Regional Development Funds)