The SWARE project

Virtually all the protagonists who participated in the initiative aimed at improving the synergy between the protection of the cultural and natural heritage of the area and sustainable development in regions characterized by inland waterways will meet on 8 October. Join the final conference!


The SWARE project strives to achieve a better balance between protection and sustainable exploitation of the valuable natural and cultural heritage in waterway regions through improving the development programmes and policies of the partner regions, based on the transfer of good practices.



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Tipperary County Council


Association Regio Water


Città Metropolitana di Milano


PONS Danubii European Grouping of Territorial Cooperation


Vidzeme Planning Region


Province of Zuid Holand



11:00 – Musical performance
Ludwig van Beethoven, Inno alla gioia (the ninth Symphony) OSCoM Orchestra
Sinfonica del Conservatorio di Milano by Pietro Mianiti

11:10 – Salutes of welcome
Metropolitan City of Milan – Vice Mayor Arianna Censi

11:20 – Opening session
Association Regio Water – Manita Koop (Regional official of the Water Authority Delfland and former managing director of the lead partner)

11:40 – Interreg Europe – State of Play
INTERREG Europe – Erwin Siweris, Programme Director

11:55 – Objectives achieved through SWARE cooperation and exchange of experiences
Association Regio Water – Stephan van Dijk

12:10 – Moving forward through Joint Policy Recommendations
Member of European Parliament – Mrs Patrizia Toia – Vice-President of the Industry, Research and Energy Commission
Member of European Parliament – Mr Brando Benifei – Head of  the PD Delegation

 12:25 – Successful stories and goals achieved
The representatives of the 5 Regions of the SWARE project

13:05 – Conclusions of the SWARE Final Conference
Association Regio Water – Stephan van Dijk

13:15 – Dissemination video
A new beginning through the blue ways



15:00 – Musical performance
Maurice Ravel, Une barque sur l’océan da Miroirs – Diego Petrella, piano

15:05 – Opening speech
Know how to seize the chances of this changing phase
“The opportunities of the recovery fund: green and blue infrastructures”
Metropolitan city of Milan – Vice Mayor Arianna Censi
Union Internal Navigation Italian (UNII) – Councillor Giancarlo Leoni

15:25 – Sustainable metropolitan mobility management
“The Strategic Plan and the Sustainable Urban Mobility Plans of the Metropolitan city of Milan”
Metropolitan city of Milan – Councillor Beatrice Uguccioni

15:35 – Keynote speech
“The rediscovery of small towns in the metropolitan area post-COVID”
Triennale di Milano – President Stefano Boeri

15:45 – Round table from scenario to reality
“The point of view of Government, Enterprise and Research representatives”.
Representative of territorial politics – Lorenzo Lipparini – Councilor for Participation, active citizenship and Open data – Municipality of Milan
Assolombarda – Vittorio Biondi – Director – Industrial Policies and Territory Competitiveness
National Institute of Urban Planning – Carlo Alberto Barbieri – professor of Urban planning of the Polytechnic of Turin
Director of the Urban Planning and Territory Planning Unit of the Lombardy Region – Stefano Buratti

16:45 – The role of intermediate public authorities in Europe
“The authoritative point of view of an historical association”.
Metrex Network of European Metropolitan Regions and Areas – Henk Bouwman, Secretary General

17:00 – Closing session
Metropolitan Councillor for Economic DevelopmentFrancesco Vassallo

17:10 – Q&A


Association Regio Water

Objectives: Influence the policy instrument “Programme Space of the Province of Zuid-Holland” and implement a number of new, smaller investment projects streamlining increased recreational use and protection measures. Within the action plan Association Regio Water and the province of Zuid- Holland aimed to improve knowledge, efficiency and fast results through the strategic implementation of projects.

Goals reached: (General) Several smaller investment projects have been realized. Knowledge has been improved. And continued enthusiasm for further investment.

Tipperary County Council

Objectives: Influence the policy instrument “Development Plan for County Tipperary” and reach an increased percentage of number of visitors with raised awareness on heritage in the area. Within the action plan Tipperary County Council also aimed to implement Green and Blue actions, improve capacity and engage stakeholders through partnering and dissemination. 

Goals reached: (General) Tipperary County Council has made progress on their action plan implementation and implemented several of their actions. 

Metropolitan City of Milan

Objectives: Influence the policy instrument “ROP Lombardia ERDF 2014-2020” and increasing the number of institutionalized territorial networks of heritage related stakeholders in the Naviglio Martesana area. Within the action plan Metropolitan City of Milan aimed to improve waterway management, create a Map of Community and enhance the public and touristic use of historic, cultural and natural heritage along the regional inland waterway system.

Goals reached: MCM has improved the public knowledge ad awareness about the metropolitan inland waterway system and related assets, has contributed to influence the regional policy instrument and has passed the baton to an other Interreg project – LUIGI – to continue to enhance green and blue infrastructures within the regional policies.

Pons Danubii EGTC

Objectives: Influence the policy instrument “Cooperation Programme Interreg V-A Slovakia-Hungary 2014-2020” and increase the number of hectares better conserved surface area of habitats due to enhanced heritage management structures. Within their action plan Pons Danubii also aimed create a sustainability manual based on new projects implemented and furthering and improving the goals of the Cooperation Programme.

Goals reached: Pons Danubii has made very good progress by establishing several thematic parks and with the continued organization of professional stakeholder group meetings and cross-border networking events.

Vidzeme Planning Region

Objectives: Influence the policy instrument “National Operating Programme “Growth and Employment”” and increasing the number of new, integral services developed contributing to sustainable heritage valorization. Within the action plan Vidzeme Planning Region aims to improve results to preserve, protect and develop important cultural and natural heritage, strengthening cooperation and improving local development strategies.

Goals reached: Vidzeme Planning reached already inspiring results. Several projects focused on natural and cultural heritage including public involvement were funded and there are continued stakeholder meetings with important parties and the managing authorities.

Province of Zuid-Holland

Objectives: Association Regio Water and the province of Zuid-Holland work together in their region to reach their objectives.