The co-operation project consists solely of actions aiming at the overall implementation of the co-operation plan and it is documented that the planned deliverables benefit the involved mountains and organizations that participate in the project.

Activity 1: Coordination actions

Each partner will dedicate a budget for the required coordination actions. These actions are related to the administrative and financial planning and monitoring.

A.1.1 Project Coordination

Partners may use in-house personnel (following CLLD/LEADER eligibility rules) or appoint external contractor/expert. This person/expert will also support each partner, the expert will support coordination but also the support requested for the common actions (to provide local info for A.2.1, support labs, etc.). The coordinator will monitor the implementation processes, the procurement processes according to legal requirements, the drafting of the required reports and the materialisation of the local actions of the project.

A.1.2 Project Meetings

Moreover, each partner should participate in one virtual and four physical project meetings related to the coordination and the implementation of the project (Μ3, M6, M11, M15). 2 persons per partner will participate in the meetings.

Activity 2: Creation of Rural Hinterland Sustainable Tourism Handbook

A.2.1 Rural Hinterland Sustainable Tourism Handbook

This is a common action. An Emblematic sustainable tourism handbook for mountainous hinterland coastal areas (alternative to a mass tourism and to a concentration of the top-down tourism strategy focused primarily on coast) will be created with the support of an appointed external expert. It will be made-up of good practices/initiatives developed by partners or by others stakeholders, and presented during European labs. These initiatives will be described in details including also keys to success, difficulties and identified solutions, lessons learnt from the partner/organisation that has transferred this initiative. Concretely a good practice factsheet for each mountain will be included along with transfer recommendations-with a methodological format to be operational and useful for all mountainous areas. The handbook could have a toolbox (or toolkit) including useful tools for the areas (i.e. training kit of sustainable actions for private professionals). The handbook will offer proposals to partners for implementing A.3.3, but also could be presented in A.3.2 (local workshops) since it will be translated. The external expert will draft the handbook; the handbook will be the main thematic of 1st and 2nd European labs (A.3.1), so the external expert has to participate to 1st and 2nd European Lab (A.3.1) and also has to participate in the International Conference (A.5.3) to present the handbook.

Activity 3: Implementation of Emblematic rural labs

Two types of EMbleMatic labs will be organized, at local level and at project/European level. Following the labs implementation, local actions will be implemented.

A.3.1 Organisation of project/European labs

Each partner will identify at least 1 person (following possible national restrictions) to participate in the project/European EMbleMatic labs (according to the sub-topics of each European Lab’, apart of the staff members. External experts will also be appointed as members of these labs (especially from the academic world and other Mediterranean and not mountains) from the hosting partner area.

According to the selected sub-topic and before each European lab’, a partner having experience on this sub-topic will present its own experience. These initiatives could be completed with other actions identified by our external expert from academic sector. Among the Emblematic Labs subjects to be included in the handbook, each partner will focus at least on one initiative that he will transfer on his own area.

The proposed project needs an external expert, who will monitor the meetings of the project and will control its implementation at European level. It will be assigned to an expert with experience in the implementation of transnational collaborations and at the same time with business experience, to coordinate the network and especially the transnational meetings.

The aim of the external expert is to guarantee the collective production of inputs required for each competent partner in order to achieve the common goals. The transnational meetings should be the place where the partners exchange but mainly through the cooperation together they produce specific tools, deliverables and results required for the implementation of joint cooperation actions.

A.3.2 Organisation of local labs

On the basis of the initiative that the partner has chosen during Emblematic labs, each partner will organise local labs to implement the concrete transfer of the selected initiative and of the Handbook. Each local lab’ will gather the local stakeholders, who are concerned by the Sub-thematic of the initiative. These labs could be active throughout the duration of the project, requiring meetings during the project and in the end of the project.

A.3.3 Implementation of local actions

This is a local action. Based on the eligibility rules of each country and on involved partners needs, each partner may implement local actions, result of the transfer process of initiatives   and recorded as good practices from the European lab in the Handbook. The local actions could differ, depending on the actual needs of each partner, from training courses to small scale investments.

Specifically the partners will implement the following actions:

  • Partner 1 (Pieriki Anaptixiaki S.A.-O.L.A.)

-A visitors’ handbook with hiking trails, maps and information about the mountain.


-Development of a mountain route. Purchase and installation of wooden information boards of various sizes throughout the route of the hiking trail.

  • Partner 3 (Development Company of Serres S.A. – Agency of Serres Local Government (ANESER S.A.))

– Organization and implementation of a thematic workshop.

– Development of a mountain route. Study of implementation, purchase and installation of wooden information boards of various sizes throughout the route of the hiking trail.

  • Partner 4 (CAT- Agència de Desenvolupament del Berguedà ENG – Development AgeNcy of Berguedà)

– Organization and implementation of thematic workshops (for local stakeholder)

– Peer to peer between local stakeholders with stakeholders of stakeholders of other partners to encourage them to implement our methodology (webinars or face to face).

Activity 4: Testing the EMbleMatic tools

This is an action for new members of the network.

A.4.1 Implementing the EMbleMatic tools to the new mountain

The new to the Network Mountain will apply the main EMbleMatiC tool (criteria, attributes) in order not only to check their applicability but also to implement the specific actions for the new mountain. In this mainly the new mountain will participate with an appointed external expert closely related to the previous project who will support this deliverable. An external expert with experience in TNC cooperation and with experience in the Emblematic Mediterranean Mountains Network tools will test the EMM framework (criteria of EMM). The external expert has to travel to 3rd European lab (hosted in the new mountain) and to the IC to present the results of testing.

Activity 5: Extroversion and innovative approach activities

A.5.1 Recording the existing trail/itineraries certifications

Several certifications of trails and routes exist around Europe (i.e. Grande Randonnée). This action will investigate and record the available such certifications, that could be used from the defined “ecojourneys” in each rural area. An appointed external expert closely related to the definition and application of the “ecojourney” product will record and investigate the potentiality of certifying an “ecojourney”.

A.5.2 (Memorandum of Understanding) Emblematic Mediterranean Mountains (EMM) Network.

An external expert will check the conditions, procedures and documents required for the network to acquire an institutional entity through a formal legal form. A Memorandum of Understanding will be drawn up containing the basic conditions and will be signed by all project partners.

A.5.3 International Conference

Close to the end of the project and in parallel with the prior to last project meeting an International Conference will be organized, presenting the results of the project and offering the ground for networking.

A.5.4 Expertise: Strategic Interventions for Mountain Growth

The drafting of expertise by recording strategic development interventions at international level will provide the basic material for the development of the areas involved but also for the implementation of the European workshops A.3.1. This expertise will focus on issues of responsibility and governance, will include good practices in specific areas, such as: ways to categorize routes and trails for their use (depending on age, restrictions on movement, specific health conditions), procedures for managing mountain visitors (including modes of movement to and from the starting points of the ascent), soft investments (such as eco-counters, markings). The expertise will work in the triptych of local government, national policy and European operational and funding tools. This expertise will be the basis for the brainstorming process of European laboratories (A.3.1).

It will also include a summary which will be translated into English so that it can be used by all program partners.

Activity 6: COMMUNICATION: Communication actions

The communication actions will be based on the actual needs of the network and of the project.

A.6.1 Promotional Material

1. Website: The project coordinator will integrate the project results into the network website, which will be fully operational alongside social media networks. This action will include:

• 1 external expert for site management interface with other sites

2. Material: Based on the results of the local workshops and the results of Activities 2 and 3, the partners will have the option to produce promotional material for their rural areas under the “umbrella” of the Emblematic network. This action will include:

  • for graphic display and printing of the deliverable A.2.1.
  • promotional material auxiliary for mountain hikers (lenses, anorak and mountaineering knives). This material will be distributed to the participants of the workshops and the conference by the company.

A.6.2 Participation in External Events

Two major European/International events will be identified for participation, focusing in two fields, academia and mountainous areas. Lead partner, accompanied by other interested partner, will organize the participation and the relevant information. Moreover, the project will organize an event during a major organization of the EC or COR or European Network (i.e. European Week of Regions and Cities).