CO-EVOLVE's 5th Steering Committee will take place in Barcelona on 29-31 November 2018, at the invitation of the Union for the Mediterranean (UfM).

CO-EVOLVE is an ongoing three-year Interreg MED project focusing on the sustainable development of maritime and coastal tourism that was launched in November 2016 and brings together 12 partners, including public regional and local administrations, universities, research institutes, a foundation and one organisation gathering Mediterranean Regions.

MedCoast4BG is a Union for the Mediterranean (UfM) labelled project (since December 2017) that intends to extend CO-EVOLVE’s conceptual and methodological model to the Southern & Eastern Mediterranean countries it involves, considering common (at Mediterranean level) but also diverse (at local level) natural, physical and geographic characteristics. The project involves the whole partnership of CO-EVOLVE and several other key players from the Mediterranean Partner Countries (MPC).

Both projects, the second acting as an “umbrella” project for CO-EVOLVE and other connected actions (e.g. under evaluation in the framework of ENI CBC Med programme’s 1st call for projects), aim to analyse and promote the co-evolution of human activities and natural systems in touristic coastal areas, facing effects due to climate change and allowing sustainable development of touristic activities, in coexistence and synergy with other uses of the coastal and marine space and resources. In doing so, they encourage the emergence of policies and initiatives to promote the development of sustainable and responsible coastal and maritime tourism by applying the principles of Integrated Coastal Zone Management (ICZM) and Maritime Spatial Planning (MSP) that take into account all the main challenges related to the sustainability of tourism (e.g. seasonality of demand, transport, sustainable use of resources, community prosperity and quality of life, preservation of natural and cultural heritage).

The two projects are organising a joint event on 29-31 October 2018, in the premises of the UfM Secretariat:

·       Monday 29 October afternoon will be dedicated to an internal Steering Committee meeting of the CO-EVOLVE project (reserved to the project’s partners).

·       On Tuesday 30 October CO-EVOLVE will organize a training session open to both projects’ partners as well as to observers and beneficiaries.

·       On Wednesday 31 October, in the morning, MedCoast4BG will organize a prospective work session addressing the co-funding perspectives of the project, future activities and pilot actions.

The meetings on the 30-31 October in particular will involve participants from Italy, Greece, Spain, France, Croatia, Montenegro, Tunisia, Lebanon and Morocco. All the meetings will be opened also to some representatives of the partnership and key pilot areas of another Interreg MED project that presents a high potential for synergies: MITOMED+, which seeks to enhance the sustainability and responsibility in Maritime and Coastal tourism at Mediterranean level, through the improvement of public sustainable development policies, joint planning tools and models.