Cutler LogoCUTLER is a H2020 funded EU project that will promote a shift from policy making, which is largely based on intuition, towards an evidence-driven approach enabled by Big Data. Methods for big data analytics are used to measure the economic activity, assess the environmental impact and evaluate the social consequences. The tools that will be developed through this project will provide evidence that will inform, advice, monitor, evaluate and revise if necessary the decisions made by planning policy makers.


The Pilot in Cork shall explore the environmental, economic and social effects that the Camden Fort Meagher Masterplan has on the surrounding Crosshaven Coastal Area and including the Owenabue River Catchment/estuary. The Pilot shall focus on the delivery of a hypothetical Strategic Environmental Assessment (SEA)  process/scenario for the Camden Fort Meagher Masterplan, which will eventually be incorporated into the future Statutory Municipal District Local Area Plan. 

The Pilot will focus on Big Data and the use of existing available sensor and static data. The datasets will focus on the environmental, economic and social aspects of Camden Fort Meagher and its potential effect as a business/tourism centre on the Crosshaven settlement.

The data sets used will include but are not limit to:

  • Water quality data for the Owenabue River and Estuary
  • economic datasets – (CSO, Small Stats, LECP etc)
  • Tourist & visitor information
  • Social Media Interaction

Further information on the project can be found at

This work was supported by EU Horizon 2020 project CUTLER: Coastal Urban development through the Lenses of Resiliency, under contract no. 770469 (

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The aim of the project is to improve the competitiveness of SMEs in the tourism sector which are beneficiaries of the mainstream programmes (mainly European Regional Development Fund), by supporting the deployment of these programmes through the implementation of destination management policies.

Based on the sharing of experiences, the project will identify and transfer good territorial policies or instruments developed by Managing Authorities and dedicated to the tourist destination management, with a strong focus on the involvement of the SMEs in the local decision making process. Relevant policies will then be transferred among the project partners.

The main expected outputs and results are;

  • Identification and exploration of policies or instruments to be developed or transferred to reach the above mentioned objectives
  • Creation of recommendations in this field targeting public stakeholders
  • Actual transfer of policies and/or practices to improve the implementation of mainstream programmes in the partner regions

The consortium comprises partners from France, Italy, Malta, Finland, Latvia and Slovenia.

This is a five year project, the first three years of which (Phase 1) related to the exchange of experiences and the preparation of a subsequent action plan with the final two years (Phase 2) directed towards implementing the action plan and achieving policy change. The project is currently approaching the end of  Phase 2 (i.e. June 2021) and has focused on implementing the project action plan with a view to influencing future policy development.

The Destination SME’s Project is co-financed from the European Union by the European Regional Development Fund (ERDF) through the Interreg Europe Programme.

More information can be found on the project website -


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“elighthouse” is an EU project, which is co-financed by the European Regional Development Fund (ERDF) through the Northern Periphery & Arctic (NPA) Programme 2014-2020.

The project runs from 1st April 2016 to 31st March 2019.

The “elighthouse” project will tackle the growing problem of global warming and increasing emissions by bringing added value to the Sustainable Energy Action Plans (SEAP) of the partner towns and regions.

Project actions will support increased energy efficiency in buildings (40% of EU energy consumption) and increase the uptake of renewable energy, thus decreasing carbon dioxide emissions.

For further information visit

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Cork County Council is participating for the first time in the EU business exchange programme, ‘Erasmus for Young Entrepreneurs’.  A cross-border exchange programme, Erasmus for Young Entrepreneurs is open to all new or aspiring entrepreneurs and will give them the opportunity to learn from experienced entrepreneurs running small businesses in other European Countries.







The exchange will take place during a stay with the experienced entrepreneur, helping the new entrepreneur acquire and develop the skills needed to run a small firm.  The host will also benefit from a fresh perspective on their business together with an opportunity to cooperate with foreign partners or learn about new markets.  The stay is partly financed by the European Commission.

Involving stays of between one and six months, there are opportunities in the programme not only to host an entrepreneur in Cork but also for Cork based entrepreneurs to visit one of the participating countries and gain insight from an experienced entrepreneur in the sector of your choice in a potential new market.  There are a variety of countries to choose from, with organisations on the ground in each Country to facilitate you through the exchange.

For further information go to the project website  or contact

Bridin Ryan on 021- 4975281


Register an expression of interest at:

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Cork County Council has been awarded funding for a new INTERREG EUROPE Project. The Council is working closely with local partners University College Cork and international partners from Netherlands, France, Spain, Romania and  Italy on the project entitled DELTA Lady – Floating Cultures in River Deltas.

DELTA Lady is, in essence, an economic development project which will invest €206,000 in the Cork region. Cork County Council recognises that the application of ecosystem services is at an early stage of development in Ireland and it is yet to be mainstreamed into policy decision making processes. The challenge is to provide a practical example of how ecosystem services can be used to combine the need to preserve ecosystems with the needs to ensure growth and jobs.

The focus of the project will be on the River Blackwater and its delta which is based near the town of Youghal in County Cork. University College Cork (UCC) and Cork County Council (CCC) will take a collaborative approach in defining new actions that will use the deltas’ ecosystem services for economic development. This will provide an exemplar for the region which will inform regional policy and thus improve governance. 

The overall objective of Delta Lady is to improve policy instruments that enables the fostering of the capabilities in using deltas' ecosystem services for regional economic development, hence, strengthen economic development (targeting) based on the use of local cultural and natural qualities. 

The following sub-objectives are envisaged:

  1. Exchange of experiences with the use of the deltas' ecosystem services for sustainable economic development 
  2. Definition of policy instruments that foster capabilities in use of ecosystem services for the deltas' economic development
  3. Creating programs for development of the deltas' ecosystem services and their use for economic development.
  4. Development of the cross-European co-operation on policies aiming at fostering the deltas' natural and cultural qualities for economic development.

The approach taken is based on the exchange of experiences as an interregional learning process among the partner organisations and their staff, as well as among the stakeholders in the partner regions and other regional policy actors in Europe. The main aspects of the project approach are the following:


Regional Stakeholder Groups

Each region sets up a Regional Stakeholder Group (RSG) of relevant actors in the field of the deltas' ecosystem services and their use for economic development. The working arrangements of each group will be tailored to the regional context but the main features will be the same. The RSGs meet at least twice a year to learn about the interregional practices, explore how to apply them in a regional context and work towards regional action plans. Smaller subgroups may work more intensively on subthemes or tasks. The project RSG has been established and has commenced working on best practice examples in the region. 

Identifying previous practices

A question about what went wrong in the deltas should be turned into the policy question about how to generate valuable activities based on the deltas' cultural and natural qualities. Various strategies are already available, such as cultural events in the Loire delta and water sports in the Frisian delta. More is possible based on the local natural and cultural heritage. 

The focus is also on the exchange of know-how about actions in the past, capabilities, and initiatives, as well as on the regional policymaking aiming at the use of ecosystem services for the regional economic development.

Peer Reviews

Peer reviews will be organized in each partner region as an effective method for policy learning at partner and stakeholder levels. Experts from the partner regions will visit a host partner region to analyse a situation and challenges linked to the project issue and propose interventions to improve the host region's targeted policy. It will be a mutual learning process; the visiting experts will sharpen the knowledge and capacities of the host regions. 

Policy Learning Seminars and Conferences

Six  Interregional Policy Learning Seminars will be organized during which partners and stakeholders exchange and learn about the relevant policies and practices, share experience from peer reviews and action planning process. At the end of phase 1 and 2 we will organize public conferences to showcase the project activities and outputs (phase 1) and the actual results from the implementation of action plans (phase 2). Seminars and conferences will be combined with existing conferences or festivals in the field to maximise dissemination. Participation will be opened to all interested actors. We will participate in the policy learning platform activities contributing to the work of INTERREG Europe Platforms as required.

Action Plans

Each partner will work closer with RSG throughout the project to integrate the learning from peer reviews, seminars and regional interactions into a tailor-made Action Plans for the implementation of regional policy measures and initiatives for development and use of the deltas' ecosystem services aimed at fostering the deltas' natural and cultural qualities for economic development.