What has been done so far
CO-EVOLVE's activities started in November 2016. They began with the Studying phase (WP3) running from November 2016 to January 2018. Partners first worked on analysing principal threats to and enabling factors for the development of sustainable coastal tourism at Mediterranean scale and pilot areas scale. Pre-identified threats include climate change, morphological stability, littoralisation, urbanisation, pollution, conflicts of use, etc. and main enabling factors are coastal and ecosystems protection, water cycle and depuration, transport and accessibility, legislation and governance. WP3 also included the preparation of a study called “Building a common approach in tourism sustainability evaluation”, which is part of activity 3.16 (Tourism Sustainability at local scale through Sustainability Index - System implementation). It aims at defining and quantifying tourism sustainability in the Mediterranean. This study includes a “Synthetic Tourism Destination Typology” form that will be filled by project partners in September for each of the 149 NUTS III MED regions with the results of their Threat/Enabling Factor analyses. This activity will sum up information and provide a complete picture of tourism destination typologies at MED scale. In addition to this, pilot areas analyses, the ‘Tourism Sustainability Toolkit’, the syntheses of threats and enabling factors analyses, the evaluation of the ‘Tourism Sustainability Toolkit’ itself and its application in pilot areas, and the ‘Tourism-driven Strategic Planning’ were produced at the beginning of 2018.
Moreover, up until now, a lot has also been done in terms of communication and enhancing CO-EVOLVE’s visibility. The project’s communication & dissemination plan -which sets the communication strategy and includes instructions concerning communication activities and deliverables i.e. detailed description of project’s deliverables, visual identity and communication rules, guidelines for using social networks, WP2 budget distribution, website content, etc.- was officially adopted in May 2017. Besides, several communication tools were designed and disseminated i.e. social media accounts (Twitter/Facebook), general brochure, poster, roll-up, 1st project’s newsletter, etc. The consortium also established strong interactions with the 'Sustainable Tourism' thematic community and monitors several Euro-Mediterranean initiatives and strategies of interest i.e. the UfM agenda on the Blue Economy, the WestMED initiative, the Interreg MED PANORAMED project, the Bologna Charter, the BLUEMED Strategic Research and Innovation Agenda (SRIA) and the UfM-labelled MEDCOAST4BG project, among others.
Partners are currently finalising the testing phase (WP4), which consists in translating in practice the findings of WP3 in order to implement Pilot Actions (plans, concrete actions and measures), setting the conditions for a sustainable tourism in coastal areas and related maritime space and promoting robust and transparent decision-making processes in the project’s 7 pilot areas. It started in February 2018 and will end in April 2019.