MED Sustainable Tourism Community
Let's enjoy tourism responsibly
Sustainable tourism is a strategic axis to enhance Mediterranean governance
“Panoramed: enhancing Mediterranean governance” is the first project launched by Interreg MED that gathers regional and national Governments of the program countries for the next 5 years and it is endowed with 9 million euro funding. “The aim of Panoramed is to collect scientific evidences from all the Interreg MED-funded projects and from other institutions working for Mediterranean development to design more informed policies and strategic joint planning” declared Patrizia Busolini, Project Officer of Interreg MED Joint Secretariat, in an interview with BleuTourMed. “The Programme member States have decided to initially focus on coastal and maritime tourism and maritime surveillance of the Mediterranean area - continued Ms. Busolini-. However other strategic themes will be addressed in the near future”.
Making tourism more sustainable is not any more an option but a necessity! The 14 Interreg MED – funded projects of the MED Sustainable Tourism Community are joining forces to make tourism more sustainable. As a community we are developing a common strategy and a methodology for joint actions to have a greater impact and outreach. The first joint public action we are taking is to contribute to the UNWTO’s discussion paper on “Sustainable Tourism for development”, launched in the framework of the activities for the International Year of Sustainable Tourism for Development.
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4-5 October 2017, Athens “Making tourism more sustainable: Sharing methodologies for a joint action” 2° Community Building Event of the MED Sustainable Tourism Community
THE WIDER PICTURE
Sustainable Tourism in the Mediterranean: State of Play and Strategic Directions
Over time the Mediterranean region has developed a unique blend of tourism activities associated with sea, health, sports, nature, business, as well as cruise and culture, offering consistent employment (11% of total employment) and economic growth (11% of regional GDP). However, the economic growth due to tourism development has often been to the detriment of environmental integrity and social equity. Sea-Sand-Sun (3S) dependency, weak governance and degradation of cultural heritage, environmental pollution and resource depletion, contribution to climate change and climate vulnerability, political insecurity and social instability, economic and human capital leakage are some of the issues that threaten the longterm sustainability of the Mediterranean region and the tourism sector itself.
Gastronomy Tourism: Second global report by UNWTO Affiliates Members Programme
By UNWTO Affiliate Members Programme
The 2nd Global Report on Gastronomy Tourism provides recent trends in gastronomy tourism, in addition to experts’ analyses and case studies suggesting best practices. The report, developed by the UNWTO Affiliate Members Programme, showcases how gastronomy tourism can be a driver for modern tourism in creating authentic experiences while promoting sustainable tourism.
> “EuroVelo - coordination summit”: the first coordination summit of the EuroVelo network was organised by the European Cyclists’ Federation and hosted by the Public Works Agency of the Regional Government of Andalusia, Lead Partner of the MEDCYCLETOUR project, Seville, Spain, 20 April 2017.
> “Velo-City 2017”, Arnhem and Nijmegen, the Netherlands, 13-16 June. The Public Works Agency of the Regional Government of Andalusia, lead partner of the MEDCYCLETOUR project, has participated and presented the benefits of cycling and EuroVelo 8 – which connects the Mediterranean coast from Spain to Greece and Cyprus.
>“New approaches in the urban regeneration of tourist areas: towards quality and sustainable tourism”: a free one-day seminar organised by Generalitat Valenciana and Comunitat Valenciana, Valencia, Spain, 4th July 2017. In this context the ALTER ECO Interreg MED project will present how to recover the urban value and historical, cultural and architectural identity of a place, preserving its natural and human Mediterranean landscape value, in order to consolidate a development model that ensures competitiveness of our region. For further details discover the programme here
>"Cities and regions in a changing Europe: challenges and prospects", 5-7 July 2017, Pantheion University, Athens, Greece. It is a joint event of the 54th Colloquium of the ASRDLF and the 15th Conference of the ERSA Greek section. Pantheion University will present our community, for further details click here.
>“New voices, new visions, new values: for people and the nature in Europe”: a conference organised by EUROPARC Federation, 6th - 10th September 2017, Magic Mountains, Portugal. Discover the Conference programme
> DestiMED: test new ecotourism packages: call for contribution in the different pilot sites of the project: Albania, Croatia, France, Greece, Italy and Spain from September 15th to November 15th. For further information please click here
> "Charter for Sustainable Tourism: Working to support recovery and renewal": a European Charter Network’s event for all its members with an interest in the Charter for Sustainable Tourism in Protected Areas organised by Federparchi - EUROPARC Italy with Gran Sasso e Monti della Laga National Park 25th-28th October 2017. Following the devastating recent earthquakes in the area, the European Charter Network will honour the local population and businesses, recovering their homes and businesses towards a sustainable destination.
PROMOTING OUR COMMUNITY
We are promoting our Community in international and national events to share our knowledge and challenges, to discover new possibilities and to extend our outreach. Here are the events we have attended since our last newsletter #1.
> “Sustainable Tourism for the Development in the framework of the New Urban Agenda” 17-19 May 2017, Barcelona, Spain. It is an international conference organised by Barcelona City Council in cooperation with the Provincial Government of Barcelona, the Catalan Tourism Agency and Responsible Tourism Institute (RTI). Latin Arc has presented our community, for further details click here.
> “17th Forum of the Adriatic and Ionian Chamber of Commerce and 18th Forum of the Adriatic and Ionian cities”, 7-9 June 2017, Chieti and Pescara, Italy. The Adriatic Ionian Euroregion has presented our community, further details click here.
> “Sustainability and Competitiveness in Tourist Destinations", 15-16 June 2017, Canary Islands, Spain. It is an international conference organised by the municipality of Arona, Tenerife, Spain, and the Responsible Tourism Institute. The Diputacio of Barcelona (DIBA) has presented our community, for further details click here.
A community featured by BleuTourMed_C3
Exploiting the full potential of tourism requires an innovative approach and sustainable basis. Therefore, effective strategies and targeted integrated actions should be developed and implemented across the Mediterranean region. With this common objective, 14 Modular Projects (MPs) are implemented under the Interreg Med Sustainable Tourism Community. Their aim is to study, test and capitalise innovative instruments and actions towards the enhancement of tourism sustainability in the Mediterranean.
The MED Sustainable Tourism Community is featured by BleuTourMed_C3 Project, a three-year Horizontal Project financed by the ERDF within the Interreg MED Programme whose aim is to facilitate the knowledge sharing and the capitalisation of results of the 14 Modular Projects presented in this document.