Terra Nostra

Leader: Aude Departmental Council


Main partners: Jaén Provincial Council, Barcelona Provincial Council

Mallorca Island Council, Lleida Provincial Council, Salerno Provincial Council, Spezia Province, Hérault Departmental Council, Oristano Province, Gard Departmental Council, Tarragona Provincial Council.

Associated Partners/Observers: TenVilles - IAAM, Novara Province, Technical Partners (external) : Association MQTE, PURPLE, Terres en Villes (FRA), Montpellier Agriculture Institute.

Period: 2009-2014 

Budget: 40.000 euros

Co-funding (Latin Arc): 18.540 euros





Project description

Drawing on previous experiences from the “Pays Cathares” project, Terra Nostra explores an economic model for sustainable development in Mediterranean territories – the so-called Quality Territorial Marks – with the goal of developing the economy and fighting the effects and consequences of the financial crisis.


  • To analyse and define the common regional challenges in the Latin Arc space.

  • To produce a summary with results of the project

  • To create a reference document on  the procedures related to Territorial Quality Marks for all the Latin Arc members wishing to launch Territorial Quality Marks initiatives.

  • To reinforce the management of Territorial Quality in the participating networks (PURPLE, Terres en Villes, Latin Arc)

  • To host a final seminar/conference in order to disseminate the findings

  • To form new partnerships and to launch a new European project so as to control and increase the impact of the pilot initiative.

  • Short-term goals: to exchange experiences related to Territorial Quality Marks in the Latin Arc.

  • Long-term goal: to valorise specific features in Territorial Quality Marks and gain recognition from European institutions (potential new common Mediterranean mark to gain official EU-wide recognition).


  • Exchange of best practices

  • Elaboration of a study/publication

  • Conference in Carcassone – 2011.


Experiences, challenges and opportunities of Social and Solidarity Economy (SSE) in the Mediterranean: Final Seminar of the SSE project

The conference entitled “Social and Solidarity Economy (SSE): Innovative Solutions to Development Problems in Mediterranean countries?” was held in Toulouges (France) on December 13. This event was the final seminar of the “Study on Social and Solidarity Economy in the Latin Arc”. Led by the Pyrénées-Orientales Department, the SSE project partnership is comprised of members from all three Latin Arc states – such as France’s CRESS Corsica, Haute Corse and Hérault Departments, Spain’s Tarragona, Granada and Lleida Provincial Councils as well as Italy’s Mantova and Viterbo Provinces. The partnership has been working on the project for two years.

4th Forum of Local and Regional Authorities of the Mediterranean in Tangiers: territorial diplomacy for concrete cooperation actions in the Mediterranean.

The 4th Forum of Local and Regional Authorities of the Mediterranean was held in Tangiers on Nov 30th. Political representatives from several Mediterranean countries joined the political round table in order to discuss the role of local and regional governments in the construction of Mediterranean diplomacy.

Latin Arc New Website Out Now!

The Latin Arc brand new website is out now! Our new site presents readers with an improved design that contains 7 sections covering the latest news and events, former and on-going projects, policy actions and partnerships.



Save the date: Kick-off meeting of the Thematic Community on Sustainable Tourism to be held in Marseille on March 16-17th

The kick-off meeting of the Thematic Community on Sustainable Tourism will be held in Marseille on March 16-17th.

Latin Arc to host “European Cooperation Projects Workshop Day” on Feb. 23rd in Barcelona

The Latin Arc will host the European Cooperation Projects Workshop Day on February 23rd in Barcelona. The event will be comprised of several preparatory workshops for the submission of projects to the upcoming EU funding calls.

First working meeting of the ES-EM-CIA and EMPL-ECO-MED projects to be held Lleida on February 7th

Latin Arc will participate in the first working meeting of the ES-EM-CIA and EMPL-ECO-MED projects. These two initiatives, which were approved last October in Latin Arc’s call for projects, focus on issues of employment and entrepreneurship in rural areas.