What we do
The project will facilitate the implementation of efficient, sustainable solutions in different MED ports through collaboration between clusters, companies, port authorities, and technological centres. It will improve the sustainability and efficiency of small and medium-sized Mediterranean ports by implementing innovation, exchanging experiences at the international level, and facilitating the extension of best practices in other ports.
Related to the previously identified cornerstones of the project, its results will be as follows:
A. Innovative solutions for a more efficient, sustainable ports ecosystem will be tested, transferred, and capitalized. As main partners and innovation leaders, clusters will support SMEs through clustered services to support commercialisation and attract investments. They will also be in charge of matching the needs of ports and the offer of SMEs through B2B sessions, open innovation groups, and a call for proposals. The selected SMEs will provide new innovative technologies and services to improve the ports’ ecosystem management and their environmental quality (reducing air and water pollution, establishing a more efficient waste management system, etc.). These results will be achieved via collaboration among specialized clusters, public administrations, technological centres, and ports.
Three types of activities will be envisaged to achieve this result:
· Testing: matchmaking, B2B, consultancy vouchers, PPPs. Use of new economic models and demand driven innovation. Supporting services for the private sector.
· Transferring: preparing the environment to facilitate the replication of pilot projects in other SM Mediterranean ports and beyond
o Internal: taking stock of testing results
o External: identifying synergies with past and current actions that contribute to the objectives of this project.
B. Collaboration between SM Mediterranean ports and improved governance. Results will be achieved through the established cross-border cooperation between all the stakeholders of the ports ecosystem. A tool and a methodology focused on stakeholder involvement in tourism sector sustainability will be the basis for this cooperation. It is expected that with improved governance, the clusters’ innovation-oriented culture will reach all the project stakeholders. Three types of activities are envisaged:
· Testing: providing instruments to facilitate the links and exchange between public and private bodies. Cooperation between the quadruple helix stakeholders.
· Transferring: preparing the environment to facilitate the replication of pilot projects, especially in other SM Mediterranean ports and beyond
· Capitalizing: implementing public policies for innovation, engaging all stakeholders, building capacity, and empowering them. Focus on public authorities and cluster managers to stimulate interdisciplinary and transnational cooperation.