GRAPE – Local Social Green Resilience Action Plans for small and peripheral territories

Effective resilience to climate change, pandemic, economic and social crisis is inherently local.

Social and Solidarity-based Economy SSE and local community association contribute to the territorial resilience through the experimentation of innovative solidarity solutions mobilising local stakeholders to cooperate and use their resources to adapt to challenges they are facing. Therefore, local resilience and local stakeholder participation are the key concepts of this project able to catalyse and boost environmental, energy, digital, social, and economic transitions in an ambitious, systemic and solidarity way, developing local solutions to local needs. 

In the EU there are some 121 000 small local municipalities (EUROSTAT, LAU2) often deprived, with low budget capacities and far away from mainstream public policy. Often only Social and Solidary economy actors and local community initiatives are creating economic and social activities and services as the for-profit economy has left these areas to localise abroad or in more profitable urban areas. 

Smaller territories are a perfect laboratory to showcase in a reasonable time frame the impacts of such experimentations, at the same time contamination of good practice is easier at such a scale. Consequently, the project consortium has chosen 4 small complementary territories in 3 countries, Mirabella, Malegno (IT), Bonares (ES), Sifnos (GR) together with two experienced European public authorities and SSE networks , REVES, FAECTA to organise exchange missions and prepare 4 local action plans for a social green and digital transition. The consortium is led by the FCM a world-class (OECD, UNDP, GABV, KIP) innovative SSE cluster in Sicily bringing to the project it’s research and modelling capacity essential for such a multiplication project. 

The project developes in three different phases: in the first phase, the Social Economy missions (SEM), the consortium will use peer learning methodology and case study methodology to develop the conditions of cooperation between partners and territories. Each SEM will be structured in a knowledge building part with visits, peer learning workshops with relevant stakeholders about context, needs, resources and opportunities for a social green and digital transitions in this territory. This part will then be completed by a cooperation part where each territorial partnership will present to the other partners 2 local innovations, -tools, instruments, projects, institutions, models, …-, which could create synergies and possibilities for cooperation and transfer between territories in the second phase of the project, where four local Action Plans for a green and digital transition will be drafted. 

The second phase, then, will involve all partners to build local social green resilience action plan in the 4 lab territories integrating the cooperation inputs from the SEM, the TSR methodology to involve all local SSE and structured civil society.

The third phase of the project is the co-construction of a European digital toolkit for small municipalities interested in the cooperation with SSE/CSA to develop together participative local action plans for social green and digital transition to boost territorial resilience. This toolkit will integrate the TSR methodology from REVES for local participation, social and green impact digital assessment tools for existing businesses (FCM), opensource digital knowledge sharing instruments and cooperative platforms available to engage in a more resilient and sustainable economy, best practice cases and technologies in social green projects and enterprises, and links to other social green communities for mutual support. A policy paper for recommendation to Small Municipalities will be issued to engage Small territories in local resilience plans learning from the experience of the GRAPE project and presenting the toolkit to support such LSGRAPs.



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