We value the environment and culture in CENTRAL EUROPE

The environment and culture priority responds to the need for protecting and sustainably using natural and cultural heritage and resources, which are subject to increasing environmental and economic pressures as well as usage conflicts. Heritage and resources also constitute valuable assets of central European regions and represent important location factors benefiting regional development. Furthermore, the focus is on improving the quality of the environment in functional urban areas. To this aim, key challenges like land use conflicts, air, soil and water pollution or waste management will be addressed by the projects funded under this priority.

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Environment in numbers
Culture in numbers

Project examples

Environment and culture projects

We are funding 49 transnational cooperation projects on environment and culture topics. With around 86 million Euro ERDF co-financing, partners from all over central Europe will address shared regional challenges in the field of natural and cultural resources. 

Projects working on natural heritage and natural resources

They focus on biodiversity and the conservation of habitats, including topics such as the sustainable management of protected areas and the transnational monitoring as well as protection of lynx populations. Furthermore, several approved projects are addressing water management which includes heavy rain risk management, the protection of drinking water resources and the improvement of river basin management through water retention measures. In addition, projects address the topics of air quality, with a focus on indoor air quality, as well as circular economy.

Biodiversity and habitats
3Lynx   |   CEETO   |  Centralparks  |  MaGICLandscapes


Air quality

Circular economy

Water management
bo-DEREC-CE  | DEEPWATER-CEFramWat   | HealingPlaces  | PROLINE-CE   |  RAINMAN  |  TEACHER-CE

Projects working on heritage sites and historic buildings, intangible cultural heritage and cultural and creative industries

These projects address the improved protection and management of cultural heritage sites as well as the valorisation of cultural heritage, e.g. through cultural routes or by a better use and management of sites. Addittionaly projects focus on cross-sectorial cooperation and CCI entrepreneurship, focusing on different sectors and issues (e.g. advanced manufacturing, ceramics industry, cultural heritage, frugal innovation).

Management of  historic buildings and sites
 BhENEFIT      |    ProteCHt2save    |     RESTAURA      |      RUINS      |      STRENCH    |     VirtualArch

Museums and parks

Culture routes
ECRR   |    NewPilgrimAge

Industrial culture

Crafts and traditions
ARTISTIC    |    SlowFood-CE   |   YouInHerit 

Re-use of neglected spaces through CCIs
Forget heritage     |     ForHeritage    |    REFREsh

Cross-sectorial cooperation and CCI entrepreneurship
CerDee  |  COCO4CCI   |  MaC Village  |   SACHE
CCI policies

Projects working on environmental management at functional urban area level

These projects address the improved management of several relevant environmental challenges at functional urban area (FUA) level such as sustainable land use including the rehabilitation of brownfield sites, air pollution, waste management, prevention and reuse, resource efficiency (including food waste), as well as urban groundwater management and integrated management of urban green spaces.

Air quality

Green spaces
Soil and brownfields
GreenerSites   |    LUMAT  

Waste and resource efficiency
     STREFOWA    |    SURFACE    
Water management

cooperation links


Building strong partnerships

Learn more about the cooperation links that were established among partners in our environment and culture projects.

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specific objective 3.1

Natural heritage


To improve integrated environmental management capacities for the protection and sustainable use of natural heritage and resources. 

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specific objective 3.2

cultural heritage


To improve capacities for the sustainable use of cultural heritage and resources.

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specific objective 3.3


To improve environmental management of functional urban areas to make them more liveable places.

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environment & culture in numbers


Million ERDF


Specific objectives




Project partners

The funding programme CENTRAL EUROPE 2007-13 was our predecessor. More than 1.300 public institutions and private businesses closely
cooperated in 124 transnational projects for the benefit of our regions. Take a look at what Interreg achieved already back then:

CENTRAL EUROPE projects 2007-2013

To find out more about projects and beneficiaries of other cross-border, transnational and interregional cooperation programmes within the European Union visit the KEEP database


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