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BLUEISLANDS Newsletter #6 - April 2020

Welcome to the last newsletter of Interreg MED BLUEISLANDS!

After over three years of hard work, the BLUEISLANDS partners have now successfully completed all the project’s activities. The past months have been quite intense, especially the knowledge transferring phase which saw several capacity building regional workshops being organised and a "next steps plan" developed.

This newsletter comes in a very difficult time for the tourism sector, that has been harshly hit by the COVID-19 pandemic. Although it is still early to picture how the tourism recovery will look like, there is hope to believe that sustainability will not be deprioritised in the political agenda.

Even BLUEISLANDS did not give up in this situation and moved several activities online, including a well-attended webinar organised by ACR+ in collaboration with the European Parliament Intergroup on Climate Change, Biodiversity and Sustainable Developement.

In this newsletter you will find out more about the latest activities implemented and the main results achieved by the project. We hope you enjoy it!

Minimising the hidden costs of tourism in Mediterranean islands. Waste prevention actions and circular economy perspectives


On 29 April a well-attended online event took place in the framework of the BLUEISLANDS project. Responding to the invitation of ACR+ and the European Parliament Intergroup for Climate Change, Biodiversity & Sustainable Development, MEPs Maria Spyraki and Catherine Chabaud, representatives of Sicily, the Balearic Islands, Crete and Cyprus as well as NECSTouR and InterregMed programme shared with over 200 participants their thoughts on tourism in the Mediterranean islands, focusing on waste prevention and circular economy.

In a very peculiar time for tourism, the speakers discussed the role that sustainability plays in the future of tourism and in the recovery phase after the COVID-19 pandemic.

The video recording of the event is available.

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Sharing knowledge and experience



Capacity building, knowledge sharing and networking were the main objectives of the BLUEISLANDS transferring phase. Consequently, a series of workshops, both at transnational and regional level, were organised with the purpose to share best practices and key results about waste management to be implemented and replicated into other territories.

The workshops represented perfect opportunities for local public and private stakeholders to design or pre-design local strategies and/or action plans for waste prevention, red and valorisation with the aim of moving towards circular economy.

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PROJECT RESULTS
Our results in a nutshell

Find out more about the main outcomes of BLUEISLANDS by downloading the summary of results. If you prefer to focus on the studying and testing phase, read the extracts we have prepared for you about the studying and the testing phase.

Summary: English, French

Highlights from the studying and testing phase: English, French
Storytelling

A lot has happened since the start of the project and the partners went through this journey together. With these two videos we want you to hear the story of BLUEISLANDS directly from the protagonists.

If you have never met us in person, this is your chance to get to know us.

Click on the links and enjoy!
 


The next steps plan

To capitalise on the project findings and to disseminate them worldwide, BLUEISLANDS developed a strategic note with proposals & suggestions for an efficient waste management in Mediterranean Islands, including recommendations for policy makers. This plan identifies how the key results of the project can be shared to other territories, but also have impact on the local, regional, national, and EU policies.

To the plan

 
RESOURCES FOR YOU

Waste management handbook

BLUEISLANDS' waste management handbook gathers examples of good practices and innovations implemented in Mediterranean coastal areas to answer some problems detected during the studying phase of the project, such as the accumulation of marine litter and sewage discharges contaminating marine coastal waters.

The practices are organised according to three levels of application: political, social and technical level.

Download the handbook in English, French, Italian, Spanish, Catalan, Greek, Croatian

 

Capacity building webinars

To transfer the knowledge acquirred throughout the project, four capacity building webinars took place. The topics covered were:

  • Integrated coastal zone management for tourism destinations adapting to climate change;
  • Circular economy in Mediterranean islands;
  • Life cycle assessment for waste management;
  • Educational and technical tools for sustainable tourism.
You can follow the webinars anytime on our Youtube channel.
 

GET IN TOUCH

BLUEISLANDS is over, but sustainable tourism is not.

Now more than ever, joining forces is crucial. Get in touch with BLUEISLANDS' partners if you are interested in exploring cooperation opportunities. You can find our contacts on our website.
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