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EEC PROVERE “Cork and the Cork Oak Forest 2014-2020” is managed by an Action Programme with five Macro Projects, (MP) that transcribe the requirements of the geographical area, according to the recommendations of the Alentejo Management Body 2020. The five MP include anchor programmes and complimentary programmes promoted by both public and private entities. The Project is the driving force behind the development strategy that has been proposed, and as such, it is behind the enforcement of the Action Programme, and behind the promotion and branding of the indigenous resource. In turn, complementary projects are critical for strengthening the regional economic base, and for the achievement of strategic goals.
MP 1. Management and Coordination: securing the management of the activities of the Action Programme 2014-2020;
MP 2. Network Cork and Cork Oak Forest: enforcing territorial measures within the geographical area of the PROVERE, and promoting cooperation network among the entities in the area, as a way of overcoming scarcity of scale and agglomeration economies;
MP 3. Marketing and Territorial Animation: developing and implementing marketing and territorial animation measures that foster local, national and international development and brand recognition of cork and the Cork Oak Forest;
MP 4. Knowledge and innovation: promoting knowledge about cork and the Cork Oak Forestthat can help boost competitiveness in economic activities, through investment in research, development and innovation (ID&I);
MP 5. Qualification and Internationalisation: promoting cork and the Cork Oak Forestthrough product enhancement, industry processes and human resources through product qualification, in international markets and networks.
Anchor Projects and Complementary Projects
The vast array of projects, or Action Programs, includes those promoted by PROVERE partners, duly noted in the following table:
The realization of these projects is the sole responsibility of each of the partners via the identification and response to applications for candidacy within the current period of financial programming, with no source of financial associated with the EEC approved for the effect, with the exception of the Anchor Project relative to the Structure for Partner Coordination and Management.
Output and Outcome Indicators
The execution of the Action Program has made a contribution to the regional goals set for PROVERE’s outcome and output indicators. The PO Regional do Alentejo 2020 has defined the “multiplying effect of public investment in private investment” as an outcome indicator and the existence of the “specific strategy of valorization of endogenous resources” as an output indicator.
In the case of PROVERE “Montado de Sobro e Cortiça”, regarding the Action Program candidacy, for each €1 of public investment there is associated €7.70 of private investment (output indicator contracted based on investment values presented for each of the partners).
With some differences with respect to the previous PROVERE, the approved EEC responds to the new challenges of the territories of the Cork Oak Forest, fostering the competitiveness of its low-density territory, affording it greater value and consolidating its identity and economic potential focused on endogenous resources, of which the following are highlighted:
- Territory of broad coverage: the definition of this new territory of intervention is based on the municipalities that are part of the European Network of Cork-Producing Territories (RETECORK) and the municipalities whose areas of cork forests is greater than 15% of their land. This area covers the Northern Alentejo Region to Coastal Alentejo positioned on a northeast/southwest axis;
- Reinforcement in the number and diversity of partner, and of the complementary nature of projects/initiatives;
- Exclusive financing for the Coordinating Structure and Management in terms of specific notice, with no provision for specific notices for carrying out other projects from the Action Program.