Environment and Landscapes

The Region’s role is to ensure balance between different areas, working to enhance regional spaces and promote the energy and ecological transition. This momentum will be carried through in the upcoming ‘Regional Blueprint for Sustainable Development and Territorial Equality’ (French: Schéma Régional d’Aménagement de Développement Durable d’Egalité des Territoires, or SRADDET).
The Region establishes contractual policies for local development, in particular for mountainous regions, river basins and rural towns, as well as investing in digital infrastructures.

Putting local democracy into practice, in late 2016 the Region created a new consultation body, the first of its kind in France: the Assemblée des Territoires (assembly of local districts). The Region also provides support for priority districts and urban renewal projects, always striving to improve social cohesion.
The Region maintains a presence in Brussels through the “Occitanie/Pyrénées-Mediterranée” association, which manages a number of European funds.

The Region has set itself the objective of becoming the first energy-positive region in Europe, emphasising the energy and ecological transition, the preservation of biodiversity and natural heritage, improved management of water resources and the promotion of organic farming and the circular economy. The Region will create its own regional energy agency and engage in a consultation process to develop a Regional Plan for Waste Management and Prevention.

Ensuring equality between local communities and environmental protection

As a transport organisational authority, the Region has drawn up a roadmap for railway development based on the findings of the general assembly for railways and intermodal passenger transport (États généraux du rail et de l’intermodalité, or EGRIM). This citizens’ forum, held in late 2016, allowed us to establish ten new working areas regarding everyday train travel, equal access across the region, high-speed lines (HSL), freight services and railway stations. The Region also provides support for regional airports and contributes to road infrastructure projects.

Regional Policies

Local Development, ITC and public development policies

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The Region’s role is to guarantee equality between all our local districts and to enhance their drawing power.

  • Development contracts as part of the Plan État-Région 2015-2020 (€2.6 billion by 2020)
  • Development contracts as part of the “inter-regional plan”: mountainous areas (Pyrénées and the Massif Central) and river basins (Rhône, Garonne and Lot).
  • Supporting digital infrastructures (super fast broadband, regional networks, mobile phone networks)
  • Implementation of a new policy aimed at rural towns, in order to improve employment and strengthen social cohesion, drawing power and quality of life.
  • Development of the Regional Blueprint for Sustainable Development and Regional Equality (SRADDET).

Assembly of Local Districts

Launched by Carole Delga on 4 November 2016, our local districts assembly (Assemblée des Territoires) is a new form of local democracy that is unique in France: a forum for dialogue between district councils and the Regional Council, as well as between the districts themselves.
The aim of this consultation forum is to allow regional actions and policies to be undertaken at a local level, and to facilitate shared experiences between districts and help spread innovation.
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Key Facts:

  • 19 local development contracts in 2015
  • 33 regional development contracts in 2015
  • ¾ of the population living outside the 2 major urban areas (Toulouse and Montpellier)

Urban policies, town planning

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Funding allocated by the Region is used to develop priority districts, particularly by strengthening social cohesion.

  • Professional training and employment
  • Establishment of cultural spaces and sports facilities
  • Combating discrimination, creating new homes, etc.
  • Supporting local associations and urban renewal projects in partnership with the ANRU

Key Facts:

In total, 11 urban renewal operations are being carried out across 7 sites, involving:

  • Toulouse
  • Alès
  • Nîmes
  • Béziers
  • Auch
  • Montpellier
  • Perpignan

Europe & International

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The Region is now responsible for several funds allocated by the EU to its Member States

  • Establishment of a new representative body in Brussels: “Occitanie / Pyrénées-Méditerranée Europe”
  • Supporting cooperation and international solidarity
  • Aiding European and International Mobility

Key Facts:

Four European funds are allocated to France and delegated to individual regions:

  • The EDF (European Development Fund)
  • The ESF (European Social Fund)
  • The (EAFRD) European Agricultural Fund for Rural Development
  • The (EMFF) European Maritime and Fisheries Fund

Energy and Ecological Transition, Biodiversity, Circular Economy and Waste Management

Our Region is a leading voice in energy, air and climate issues, as well as in the protection of biodiversity.

  • Energy efficiency (buildings and transport), development of renewable energy sources (hydroelectricity, solar, wind energy, biogas and ongoing research into hydrogen fuel), as well as the renovation of accommodation units (via the “éco-chèque” system).
  • Creation of a Regional Biodiversity Agency
  • Development and implementation of a regional plan for the prevention and management of dangerous waste and waste generated by the construction industry.
  • Promotion of the circular economy, in partnership with ADEME
  • Water management (via the Aqua Domitia programme, river initiatives, preservation of aquatic environments, etc.)

Key Facts:

  • Six Regional Natural Parks (PNRs), covering 15% of our local landscape
  • Two National Parks
  • One Marine Natural Park (the Golfe du Lion)
  • France’s second largest forest region (with forests covering 35% of the landscape)
  • Home to two of the three pilot sites for floating Mediterranean wind farms, with the aim of becoming France’s first energy-positive region
  • 63 anaerobic digestion projects for the recycling of organic waste, of which 31 are operational, five are under construction and 27 are in the project design phase
  • 68% of renewable electricity produced in 2015 came from hydroelectricity, making this the region’s main source of renewable energy.