During a day dedicated to Innovation and Urban Development in Tourism Destinations, held in the Adeje CDTCA (Centre for Costa Adeje Tourism Development) participants heard that many projects at local level were being held up as a result of the political stalemate at national level.
In Adeje, for instance, an integrated strategy for development projects into the year 2020, under the DUSI Plan was still waiting for approval months after the final presentation. According to Maria Dolores Ortiz Sánchez of the European Territorial and Urban Development section of the Department of Public Administration, the relevant commission has carried out all the necessary evaluations but “we are waiting for the authorisation to publish the approval from the caretaker government. The work was very technical and rigorous. We are eager to begin work with the selected cities…” she told the gathering.
The day-long event was organised by the Adeje Council and Enerlis Consulting and the opening session was attended by the Adeje mayor José Miguel Rodríguez Fraga, the regional tourism vice-president, Cristóbal de la Rosa, and the Tenerife Cabildo tourism councillor, Alberto Bernabé Teja.
Experts from various government departments outlined the different projects and funding available at national at European level to which the councils and other bodies may apply. Canarian boroughs are being encouraged to consider initiatives in this area given that the region could be eligible for extensive funding under different criteria. Not surprisingly there were many questions from different council representatives regarding the funding and applications.
Diana Alonso García, technical councillor for the Red Innpulso network, under the national department of economy and competition, was also present and invited Canarian boroughs to consider linking themselves to this national network – at present there are only three Tenerife towns that are involved, Adeje being one of them, and the advantages were outlined to those attending.
The main aim of the network is “the cooperation between member councils, information exchange, discussions, assistance in similar problem solving, etc. It is also a recognition by the department of a town that is innovative”.
Urban action programmes
Dolores Ortiz Sánchez, also outlined to participants the importance of an urban agenda for Spain, aligned with European and global urbanisation developments. “We need to carry out an analysis of our cities and develop an agenda that is more realistic for our country”, she stated, adding that her department was also looking to organise a forum for good practise exchanges. Her brief includes examining local economy trends, energy transition, urban poverty and the integration of immigrants and refugees, with European funding for positive action programmes. She also detailed possible finance under sustainable growth programmes including renewable and efficient energy projects, etc.