STA Mission

In 2022, under its new initiative, EMEA launched the Sustainable Transformative Action Initiative (STA), with the aim of developing innovative thinking and projects to accelerate the transition towards a sustainable, greener, and more resilient models in Europe, the Mediterranean and Africa.

The aim of the STA is to contribute to the implementation of climate adaptation actions in Europe, the Mediterranean and Africa through a transdisciplinary approach based on identification of needs and opportunities, knowledge transferring, and encouraging transformative policies. The aim is to bring together key players involved in the thinking, planning, and setting up of sustainability actions joining efforts for effectively impact decision makers to achieve a sustainable, green and inclusive transition in Europe, the Mediterranean and Africa.

STA is addressed to high-level stakeholders, regional and local authorities mainly municipalities, and to the ecosystem of financial institutions, companies, businesses (SMEs, MSMEs), research organisations and that are interested in applying the STA framework and monitor their results for enhancing policies.

STA Pillars

The aim of the STA Initiative is to develop and implement a new economic model based on nature capital, and territorial resilience.

The initiative defines four pillars of sustainable transformative action:

P1 Biodiversity and Nature Capital

Challenges and opportunities associated with the emergent concept of giving a proper value to nature across the global economy.

P2 Territorial Resilience

Challenges to meet urban metabolism and territorial planning incorporating integral natural-based solutions in cities and towns dealing resilience through biocapacity, communities’ livability and territories’ revitalisation.

P3 Sustainable Finance

Roadmap for sustainable and greener business models, and sustainable management of emerging economic and financial activities.

P4 Sustainable entrepreneurship

Addressed to decision-makers from public and private sector enhancing skills and behavioural change in leadership; entrepreneurship and management to drive transformative actions.

Methodological framework

The methodological framework of the STA relies in two exiting models at two levels. The first one is the TRIS model[1], a socio-economic policy foresight in medium and long-term timeline. The TRIS is a socio-economic model based on four principles: Transparency, Responsibility, Inclusiveness and Sustainability. The TRIS model shapes the definition of policy foresight scenarios that establishes the projection of a country in different stages or alternatives of roadmaps in a medium and long-term objectives linking sustainability to economics. The second is the ETU model, focused on policy mainstreaming at local level in a short and mid-term. The ETU model[2] establishes four components: territorial, technological, social and governance & financing, as a tool to integrate policies with plans and projects at local level.

The STA builds upon these two existing conceptual frameworks as new strategic mechanism to facilitate the implementation of green transition and climate adaptation in a multilevel policy approach. Both models complement each other for definition of strategies, policies and implementation missions on the ground ensuring the traceability at different scales of analysis. The objective is to set up financing mechanisms on green transition projects and action plans based on public-private partnership.

[1] Rym Ayadi and Carlo Sessa (2020) EMEA. “Blue Transition Policy Roadmap: Towards Transparent, Responsible, Inclusive and Sustainable (TRIS) Development in the Mediterranean”.
[2] Cynthia Echave et al. (2021) “ETU model White Paper” Renewable Energy Project- Interreg Med Programme.
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