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Created in November 2016 within the framework of the Interreg MED Programme under the name of BleuTourMed, the MED Sustainable Tourism Community has been renewed for a three-year period until June 2022 to make tourism a real driver for inclusive and sustainable growth.
Since 2019, five new territorial cooperation projects (LABELSCAPE SuSTowns, WINTER MED, INCIRCLE and DESTIMED PLUS) have joined the Community that now gathers 22 projects co-funded by the European Regional Development Fund (ERDF), almost 300 organisations (public authorities, private companies, universities, NGOs and international organisations) active in 12 European-Mediterranean coastal areas. Besides, two Strategic Projects, approved in October 2019, focusing on governance of sustainable tourism will join forces with the Community.
Most notably, the Community’s members are leading the development of innovative tools to monitor the tourism industry, they are studying and testing new tourism models and they are actively engaging policy makers and managers in a constant dialogue to make tourism a real driver for inclusive and sustainable development.
Plan Bleu is partner of the MED Sustainable Tourism Community.
The MED Sustainable Tourism community is coordinated by DIBA – Barcelona Provincial Council (Spain), in partnership with UNIMED – Mediterranean Universities Union (Italy),University of Thessaly (Greece), NECSTour – Network of European Regions or Sustainable and Competitive Tourism (Belgium), Arco Latino – network of local public authorities (Spain), Plan Bleu – UNEP/MAP Regional Activity Centre (France), Adriatic and Ionian Euroregion (Croatia) and RDA Green Karst – Regional Development Agency (Slovenia).
The kick-off meeting of the phase 2 of the MED Sustainable Tourism Community will be held in Salou, Tarragona (Spain), on 2-6 March 2020.
Plan Bleu is also involved in 2 other projects of the Interreg Med Programme 2019-2022:
Policy recommendations by the MED Sustainable Tourism Community (September 2019).
Ensuring an effective monitoring of tourism sustainability in the Mediterranean region(Policy Factsheet n°1, June 2019)
Promoting alternative tourism models to reduce pressures in the Mediterranean region (Policy Factsheet n°2, juin 2019)
Tourism as a strategic driver for inclusive, responsible and sustainable growth in the Mediterranean region (Policy Factsheet n°3, juin 2019)
Governance as a tool for sustainable and responsible tourism in the Mediterranean region (Policy Factsheet n°4, juin 2019)
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