We are pleased to announce that the project “CO-EVOLVE” has been approved in the first call of the Interreg MED Program http://interreg-med.eu/en/results-of-first-call-for-proposals-modular-horizontal/ .The project “Co-Evolve – Promoting co-evolution of human activities and natural systems for the development of sustainable coastal and maritime tourism” is compliant and contributes to the implementation of the Strategic Theme 2 (Joint Action 2.1) of the Bologna Charter’ Joint Action Plan http://www.bolognacharter.eu/the-joint-action-plan/ and it’s an important step towards the implementation of the Bologna Charter policy document within the present programming period. The kick-off of the project will be held in the first half of January 2017 in Komotini – GR (Region of East Macedonia and Thrace is the lead partner).
Updating of the Joint Action Plan. Given the further adhesions to the Bologna Charter initiative in 2015-2016 period, the cooperation projects started and the advancements of some of the Major coastal projects included in Annexes 3 and 4, we see the opportunity to proceed with an updating of the Joint Action Plan http://www.bolognacharter.eu/the-joint-action-plan/. Beginning 2017 it will start the updating phase and all – the current and new members – will be asked to contribute, both in the document and the annexes, in particular on advancements and/or proposal of new Major coastal projects to be included, and on National or Regional initiatives compliant or downstream of the Joint Action Plan itself. Further communication will follow.
Presentation of the Bologna Charter during the 2nd meeting of the Union for the Mediterranean Working Group on Blue Economy – session on ICZM / MSP (http://www.bolognacharter.eu/wp-content/uploads/2016/11/BoCharter_WG-BE_08-11-2016.pdf). The IMC CPMR in its quality of permanent observer of the WG and on behalf of the BC network, introduced the initiative and the opportunities for its enlargement in the whole basin. After some first encouraging feedback, these relations will be followed up and hopefully will have a positive impact on the institutional support of the initiative itself and the related projects. Among the first actions that could be proposed for UfM labeling, some of the BC partners are starting to conceptualize and work on the extension of Co-Evolve project to some other pilot areas of the southern and eastern Mediterranean: the project MEDCOAST4BG (Mediterranean Coast for Blue Growth). This project about “Common approaches and planning tools to boost sustainable coastal and maritime tourism in the Mediterranean” will be object of future reflections and discussions among BC partners during next months.