CO-EVOLVE project is completing its first phase and looking forward for pilots implementation and possible extension in South and East Mediterranean.
The Co-Evolve project, compliant with “Strategic Theme 2 – Sustainable use of strategic resources and Blue Growth in the Mediterranean” of the Bologna Charter initiative Joint Action Plan, is completing its Module 1 “Study” on sustainability conditions -threats and enabling factors- of coastal a maritime tourism, both at the Mediterranean and Pilot areas scale. Results will be available at the end of January 2018 and will be presented within the next Sustainable Tourism Community meeting in Rome (May-June 2018). The Module 2 “Test” will start in February 2018 working on the 7 Pilot areas implementing outcomes from Module 1 and preparing Local Plans for sustainable tourism development throughout Participatory processes involving respective stakeholders and local communities.
During 2017 the core partnership of Co-Evolve also developed the umbrella project “MedCoast4BlueGrowth” (MC4BG) representing the framework trough which to extend the Co-Evolve project, approach and methodology, involving further Med Countries and Regions of the South and East rims. MC4BG has been presented to the Union for the Mediterranean Secretariat (UfMS) for applying to the labelization process.
The first CO-EVOLVE InfoDay “Sustainability of coastal-maritime Tourism and Blue Growth in the Mediterranean” was organised on the 7th of November 2017 within ECOMONDO Expo in Rimini. The press release and speaker’s presentations are available on the project web site.
Moreover, Co-EVOLVE was recently presented in the frame of a workshop on “Sustainability and attractiveness of Mediterranean tourism: best practices and innovation projects in the Euro-Mediterranean coastal countries”, held in Naples on the 29-30th of November, in the framework of the UfM Stakehoder Conference on Blue Economy.