The project's first information day gathering local, regional, national and Mediterranean stakeholders took place in Rimini on 7 November, in the frame of the ECOMONDO set of events.
The Emilia-Romagna Region (RER) -together with the Region of East Macedonia and Thrace (REMTH), CNR-ISMAR and the CPMR Intermediterranean Commission- organised an information day on "sustainable maritime and coastal tourism and Blue Growth in the Mediterranean". This meeting was the occasion to exchange on ongoing initiatives related to the aforementioned issues and raise awareness on the project among local, regional, national and international stakeholders active in these areas.
The meeting was introduced by political representatives from the area, namely Andrea Corsini and Paola Gazzolo, from RER's regional government, and Andrea Gnassi, Mayor of Rimini. They all highlighted the specificities of their territory with regard to tourism, and stressed the importance of protecting coastal areas while unleashing the potential of Blue Growth.
“Our goal is to ensure a sustainable coast, attractive for aware investors: a safe coastal territory where its full environmental, landscape, economic, touristic and recreational enjoyment can be widely available. This is the key to deliver the blue economy in a more concrete way”, Ms Paola Gazzolo, Regional Minister for Soil and Coast protection and Environment of the Emilia-Romagna Region said.
“In order to achieve a real sustainable management of tourism, we should look to a more aware (or “informed”) use of resources, from the territory, as well as to smart beaches, alternative energy and the water cycle. We need to translate all this into specific indications and policies for tourism structures so that they can adopt sustainable ways to use these resources”, Mr. Andrea Corsini, Regional Minister for Tourism and Commerce of Emilia-Romagna Region stated.
“Rimini will no longer drain greywaters into the sea”, Mr Gnassi declared, pinpointing the disastrous consequences of discharge in the Mediterranean.
The opening was followed by a first Thematic session "strategies and initiative on sustainable tourism in the Mediterranean" gathering representatives from public administrations, higher education and organisations involved and/or following key initiatives in the Mediterranean.
Several key initiatives, programmes and projects related to Blue Growth and sustainable tourism were presented. Programmes and projects included the Interreg MED Programme and related Axis 4 PANORAMED project on Governance (which Work Package 5 is dedicated to Maritime and Coastal tourism); the BleuTourMed project and its MED 'Sustainable Tourism' community made of all 3.1 Modular projects and associated stakeholders; as well as the Interreg MED MITOMED+ and BlueIslands projects, which are part of the MED 'Sustainable Tourism' community.
Other speakers presented the Union for the Mediterranean (UfM) work on Blue Economy; the EU WestMED; the Bologna Charter; the EUSAIR Strategy (representative from Puglia Region, in charge of the coordination group of Pillar 4 on sustainable tourism) and the BLUEMED initiative (Director of Ciset of Cà Foscari University, BLUEMED’s Pivot of the national Platform “Economy”).
Session II focused on the CO-EVOLVE project and its last developments. Partners attending the meeting recalled the overall objective of the project and presented ongoing and foreseen actions. Studying and testing activities were presented by CNR-ISMAR, University of Thessaly and RER respectively. Activities carried it in the project's pilot areas -especially Cattolica/Comacchio and Maki-Alexandroupoli/Keramoti-Thassos areas.
Other Infodays will be organises in Greece, France, Spain and Croatia in the coming months.
All speakers' presentations can be downloaded from the links below:
- The Interreg MED Program, opportunities for the development of a sustainable tourism in the Mediterranean and the PANORAMED project (Stefania Leoni Emilia-Romagna Region, NCP of the Interreg MED Program in Italy)
- Promoting sustainable coastal-maritime tourism in the Mediterranean: the MED thematic Community on Sustainable Tourism (Ermete Mariani, UNIMED, Communication Manager, BleuTourMed_C3 Interreg MED Project)
- Key initiatives on Blue Economy and Sustainable Tourism in the Mediterranean and the participation of the Regions (Emmanuel Maniscalco, Secretariat of the Intermediterranean Commission of the CPMR)
- Sustainable tourism in the Adriatic–Ionian macroregion: the role of the EUSAIR (Piacentino Ciccarese. Puglia Region, Section of Territorial Cooperation, Coordination EUSAIR Pillar 4 “Sustainable tourism”)
- Coastal-maritime Tourism and Blue Growth in the Mediterranean: the BLUEMED Initiative (Mara Manente, CISET Unversity Cà Foscari Venice, Pivot of the National Platform Economy of BLUEMED)
- The BlueIslands project: addressing waste generation as an effect of tourism in Med islands (Francesco Lembo, ACR+ Project Manager, BLUEISLANDS Interreg MED Project)
- Introduction to the CO-EVOLVE Project (Harry Coccossis, on behalf of Region of East Macedonia and Thrace, Lead partner of Co-Evolve)
- Fragility elements and enabling factors for the co-evolution of human activities and natural systems in coastal touristic areas (Andrea Barbanti, ISMAR-CNR, WP3 Leader Co-Evolve)
- Sustainability indicators of coastal and maritime tourism (Harry Coccossis - University of Thessaly)
- Co-Evolve pilot actions on the territories: pilot areas of Cattolica and Comacchio (Roberto Montanari, Emilia-Romagna Region, WP4 Leader Co-Evolve)
- Co-Evolve Pilot actions on the territories: pilot areas of Makri-Alexandroupoli and Keramoti-Thassos (Koutsopoulou Tonia, University of Thessaly)
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