MED-Laine

Countries: France, Italy
Border(s): France-Italy-Monaco,
European programme(s):
Interreg IVA - Alcotra
Topic(s):
- Economic development
- Tourism

Lead partner: Cnr - Ibimet Istituto di Biometeorologia Consiglio Nazionale delle Ricerche (Sardaigne)

In the light of the disastrous situation in this traditional sector, MED-Laine was launched to revive the wool business and find commercial outlets for sheep farmers in these regions of France and Italy. Behind MED-Laine stands a partnership centred on CNR-Ibimet – Italy’s National Research Council’s<br />Institute of Biometeorology – which has expertise in applied research on natural fibres and wool in particular – and brings together a grouping of regional authorities, research bodies and chambers of commerce specifically selected to integrate scientific and technological expertise into regulatory decisionmaking and ensure maximum sustainability. Launched in May 2009 a programme of actions has been developed by MED-Laine to revitalise a tradition-driven sector in Corsica, Sardinia and Tuscany by introducing innovative tools and methods derived from research. A primary goal has been to promote production and marketing innovation in the micro-, small- and medium-sized enterprises which produce traditional high-quality products in the agriculture, handicraft and tourism industries. Three different but related lines of intervention were targeted: wool, native plants and rural tourism. MED-Laine’s first key action was to explore new ways for this sector to improve production, usage and market opportunities. Tests carried out on wool and traditional textiles showed that a wide range of technological and commercial properties were still unexplored and likely to open new business opportunities and applications for wool. The project’s innovative approach combined with renewed design and ideas has turned this neglected heritage into a valuable resource by combining the best of science with knowledge and experience.

Partners

  • Provincia di Grosseto
  • Agris Sardegna
  • Provincia di Sassari
  • Provincia del Medio Campidano
  • Chambre de Métiers et de l'Artisanat de la Haute Corse

Project duration

05/2009 – 10/2011

Total cost

857 000 €

EU funding

642 750 €