The Adriatic Ionian Cooperation (AIO) Programme 2014–2020 involves 31 regions in four EU countries and four candidate countries. Its draft strategy, published on July 2, 2014, mentions the OrientGate project’s climate change impact scenarios as a valuable resource for the programme.
The programme is co-financed by the European Regional Development Fund and the Instrument for Pre-accession Assistance (IPA). Its main purpose is to contribute to the long-term development of the Adriatic and Ionian area and to strengthen transnational cooperation between participating regions and countries.
The AIO Programme’s draft strategy outlines the main findings of earlier analyses carried out in the framework of the IPA and by the EC’s Directorate-General for Maritime Affairs and Fisheries (DG MARE) in relation to a range of fields including environment, water, waste, integrated coastal zone management, energy, economy and tourism.
In the field of environment, the strategy states that when elaborating terms of reference for future calls, the programme will take into account the scenarios for climate change impacts on the environment and on the availability of natural resources for growth developed by the OrientGate project.