What we do



CO-EVOLVE is divided into two main phases: Studying (M1) and Testing (M2) - followed by a transferring phase. The project will be running from November 2016 to October 2019.

As a first step, key threats to -and enabling factors for co-evolution will be analysed at Mediterranean scale using adequate conceptual frameworks, based on existing studies and new analysis. This state-of-the-art analysis will address all important issues, focusing on barriers and bottlenecks. 

Then, the analysis will be replicated at higher resolution on 7 Pilot Areas from 5 countries, having diverse natural, physical and geographical characteristics, ranging from coastal urbanised to natural protected areas. This analysis will be complemented by a semi-quantitative estimation of "tourism sustainability" in each Pilot Area, following the selection of opportune metrics and tools (e.g. ETIS system).

This will be used to produce tourism-driven and tourism-oriented action plans, based on the principles of ICZM/MSP. These activities will be the reference for the pilot actions of WP4, so that each action is seen in its overall relevance, and not per se. Pilot actions include integrated planning of coast-marine space, governance and management of conflicts between uses, recovery and valorisation of natural areas for touristic uses, development of an integrated tourism offer to favour growth and deseasonalisation of fluxes. WP3 (Studying) and WP4 (Testing) results will be the basis for the transferability plans developed in WP5 (Transferring), in compliance with the objectives of the ICZM Protocol.

The project intends to combine a presently unavailable analysis at MED scale with local studies on representative areas to demonstrate the feasibility and effectiveness of a planning process on Pilot Areas following ICZM/MSP principles and of selected pilot actions on key issues for sustainable coastal tourism development. The coherence and cross-fertilisation between the two analyses should produce results with a wide and long-lasting influence. The project also intends to elaborate on the concept of co-evolution, introducing an explicit analysis of future scenarios coupling natural (i.e. climate change) and anthropogenic changes.



  • Implementation of the tourism sustainability system at local scale

Due in June 2017

  • Analysis at MED scale of threats to and enabling factors for sustainable tourism

Due in September 2017

  • Replication of analysis of threats and enabling factors at pilot areas scale

Due in October 2017

  • Analysis of tourism sustainability at pilot area scale

Due in January 2018

  •  Tourism-driven strategic planning on Pilot Areas

Due in January 2018

  •  Synthesis of threats and enabling factors analyses

Due in January 2018


  • Preparation of pilot actions implementation

Due in May 2018

  • Demonstration activities in the 7 pilot areas and evaluation of their results 

Due in May 2019


  • Transferability plan at pilot areas, regional and Mediterranean scale

Due in October 2019