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All drOp partners in Bilbao

This month marks an important milestone for the drOp project: we have reached the half point! Partners came together in Bilbao to mark the occasion, analyse progress and stir the direction for the second half.


The advancement is considerable, with some of the key reports having already been prepared. These reports, which are currently being reviewed, represent the foundation for all the main processes that will be implemented within the project. While the content needs to be approved in order to be published, below you can find an overview:
🟣The concept of the Integrated Renovation Methodology – guidelines that will support regeneration at the district level, transforming them into inclusive and smart neighbourhoods.
🟣but this transformation cannot be possible without the participation of citizens. To make this step possible, a co-governance methodology was developed.
🟣to have a successful regeneration process, strong drivers are required: the neighbourhood needs economic development. A strategic plan was drafted to boost the local economic growth.


All the above elements are meant to support not just one neighbourhood but will be adapted to different contexts across Europe.

This work is only possible thanks to the contribution of our pilot cities. From Ermua we heard that more important than having the most ambitious renovation project, it is to be aligned with the strategic plan of the municipality. Another challenge to be carefully considered is the engagement process of the residents, which was confirmed by the efforts of both Ermua and Elva, no matter the channels available. Because participation means a commitment to the whole regeneration process. This is where the puzzle piece of Matera – the experience of engaging its citizens through culture – comes into place.


We were glad to have our sister projects ProLight and SUPERSHINE, together with REGEN EU joining the discussions. Exchanging experiences, approaches and obstacles is essential to improve. The common themes were: renovation, financing and citizen engagement. From using toy bricks to engage younger residents to developing business models, many inspiring examples wait to be shared.


Partners were able to gather some inspiration from the study visit to the vulnerable neighbourhood of Otxarkoaga and the Opengela project, where thanks to a one-stop-shop that offers legal, financial and technical support to residents, trust in the process started to build up.


What are the next steps for drOp? Design the tools and consolidate the strategy to convince the residents to be active participants in their neighbourhood regeneration process.

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