The Mares de Madrid initiative ended over a year ago in the context of a difficult and challenging local political transition. As a new administration has taken over the government of the city, the future of the policy has been redefined. The initiative’s partners no longer manage the four Mar, and the many economic projects that have been developed are no longer supported by the many services they provided. On top of this transition, the pandemic - that has hit Madrid with particular violence - has made the adjustment to the new realities for both the spaces and the projects further problematic.
In this final issue of this journal, we intend to give the sense of and to offer insights into:
- what happened to the overall strategies - the social and solidarity economy development strategy and the territorial equalisation strategy - in the framework of which Mares de Madrid was rooted;
- what happened to the spaces, the ecosystems and the economic initiatives after the end of Mares de Madrid;
- what is the new city’s overall agenda for the support of innovation and the circular economy and what is the place of Mares in this agenda;
- what are the contents and next steps in the city’s new procurement processes for the management of the spaces and the activities that will have to take place;
- Mared de Madrid’s key learnings and recommendations for city administrations that may want to replicate its approach.