The 3rd Steering Committee of CO-EVOLVE project was organised on 16 – 17 November in Valencia by the Valenciaport Foundation. The partners involved discussed the project’s progress and next steps, and met with other projects addressing sustainable tourism and transport issues to explore opportunities for collaboration.
The CO-EVOLVE meeting was held at a crucial period in the development of the project. Most of the deliverables related to the studying phase of the project have already been produced, including all reports on threats and enabling factors at Mediterranean scale and all analyses on threats and enabling factors at pilot areas scale.
The tourism sustainability toolkit, which is one of the key tools that will be used for the upcoming testing phase was also released. Remaining deliverables – including the threats and enabling factors syntheses, the tourism sustainability at local scale (pilot areas analyses) and the tourism-driven strategic planning on pilot areas will be published in January 2018.
CO-EVOLVE’s activities will be implemented in the seven pre-selected pilot areas. Each area will focus its actions on specific pre-identified challenges.
The first day of the meeting was also dedicated to the project’s next steps, particularly the upcoming testing phase, which will be coordinated by the Emilia-Romagna Region.
During the testing phase, pilot actions will be implemented for improved management of coastal touristic areas, based on the principles of Integrated Coastal Zone Management (ICZM) and Maritime Spatial Planning (MSP) in each pilot area.
Municipalities and the main local stakeholders will be involved throughout the process. This new phase will run until May 2019 and will be followed by a transferring phase aimed at expanding the project’s results and methodology to a wider set of users and territories.
The progress of the communication activities as well as an update on ongoing euro-med key initiatives related to the project -including the EU WestMed initiative, the Union for the Mediterranean agenda on Blue Economy, the Interreg MED PANORAMED project- were presented during the second day.
Several institutions took part in this sessions as observers, including the Port Authority of Valencia, Turismo Valencia and the EU Regional Policies Department of the Comunidad Valenciana.
All speakers' presentations can be downloaded from the links below:
- WP2_Communication activities & update on related ongoing initiatives_CPMR-IMC
- Presentation of SIROCCO
- Presentation of SUMPORT
- Presentation of ALTER ECO
- Advancement of WP3
- From the MED analyses T3.2-3.6 (Threats) & T3.8-3.12 (Enabling Factors) to the MED Syntheses T3.7 (Threats) & T3.13 (Enabling Factors)
- Task 3.14-15_Enabling Factors and Threats_Pilot Areas Analyses
- Task 3.17
- Task 3.18