• A bottom-up network, portal and platform of
“Climate Valley initiatives”
• An “active” database of knowledge, experts, organisations,
best practices and (future) projects
• (A head start on) Implementation of pilot projects and
models, from local to “global” initiatives
Transnational aspect and benefit(s)
The Climate Valley Network is centered around cooperation, both between stakeholders (triple/quadrupel helix) on a local or regional level, and transnational between the “Climate Valleys” within the network. The exchange leads to cross-fertilisation between business, knowledge centres and communities in developing a new, sustainable, (local or regional) economy, exchanging best practices, models and pilots, and setting up joint databases and a dedicated, transnational knowledge network.
The participating regions and communities are focused on sharing knowledge also with regions outside the partnership and developing a “joint competitiveness” strategy towards sustainability, rather than competing with other initiatives.
This will include the development of community based models and structures to stimulate a new, circular or “green” economy. These “business” models for Climate Valleys will include its organisational structure (from voluntary to cooperative based professional organisations or enterprises) and financing mechanisms, such as regional funds or crowd funding.
The Valley approach as such is not new, but so far it has not been used on such a large scale (network instead of individual Valleys), nor for these themes (climate, sustainability). Developing and applying new pilots or models for a circular, sustainable economy (and “smart specialisation” towards a green economy) is the key innovation oriented aspect, with applying a “quadrupel helix” approach being the main cornerstone for these models.