The Mediterranean Sustainable Development Foundation (MEDES), is a not-for-profit research organization based in three Italian regions, Campania, Puglia and Basilicata, operating at national, European and international levels.
The MEDES Foundation bases its mission on the premise that the sustainable economic and social development of a region is increasingly determined by its ability to activate synergistic paths that enhance its potential in terms of human, social and environmental capital. Development is therefore to be understood as the outcome of a process of shared social construction; the result of the organizational strategies of local actors who are open to initiate collective learning paths. With this in mind, the MEDES Foundation fosters connections between universities and research centers and local production and institutional systems. These connections facilitate technological and organizational improvement and capacity building capacity in companies and institutions and the transfer and implementation of research results.
MEDES is a research organization that aims to act as a link between research centers, universities, state bodies, local authorities and communities, to "translate" theoretical, scientific results into concrete local projects.
To achieve its objectives, MEDES promotes research into rural and local development, translating "knowledge" and "best practices" for sustainable development into projects that can be implemented by and in local communities.
MEDES offers support in analysis, evaluation and development of proposals and requests coming from public bodies, large, medium and small companies or from associations of producers.
promotes a form of managementof the region that is sustainable, integrated and participatory;
adopts an innovative and interdisciplinary approach in the management of its technical, cultural and field-based activities;
proposes research activities in collaboration with universities and international research centers.
Are the result of the cultural stratification of millennia of history. Local food is not only respected for its traditions, but, above all, as an opportunity for the development of remote areas, with values of rurality and social cohesion.
Results from the synthesis of human activity in different contexts. It includes caring for and respecting local communities, their values and what they represent for sustainable social, economic and environmental development.
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