What has been done so far

CO-EVOLVE's activities started in November 2016. They began with the Studying phase running from November 2016 to January 2018. Since the launch of the project, partners have been working 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. Several reports have been drafted with the help of all partners.

WP3 also includes 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.

Several final reports will be delivered in September 2017. Results from the studying phase will be presented by the end of the year/beginning of next year, paving the way for the testing phase.

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 relationships with the ‘Sustainable Tourism’ thematic community.