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WinterMED: Winter Islands Network for all year-round Tourism ExpeRience in the MEDiterranean

WINTER MED is an Interreg MED modular project belonging to thematic community 3.1 – Sustainable Tourism. The project will last from November 2019 to June 2022 (36 months) and gathers a consortium of various organisations / institutions with recognised experience in EU projects and tourism in insular areas led by ANCI Toscana. It aims to promote the transition from the current overexploitation of insular tourist destinations during the summer to an alternative, sustainable, all-year round use of these territories, by delivering a transnational strategy and the tools for changing and upgrading one of the key sectors of the Mediterranean area. The project is built on the potential of capitalisation, especially of the past Sustainable Tourism Community, BleuTourMed (CO-EVOLVE; MITOMED+ALTER ECO etc.): analysing, assembling, adapting and testing available tools and methodologies to deliver a transnational strategy for the development of all-year round sustainable and responsible tourism in Mediterranean island destinations. The partners co-construct integrated solutions to common challenges, focusing in the common interests, beyond and besides the dimensions usually associated to the competition between destinations in a global market. From this objective and approach stems the holistic intervention aligned and contributing to ICZM and MSP in the area. The final transnational strategy provides the tools for and the demonstration of the benefits of policy learning and evidence-based decision-making. The CPMR and its Intermediterranean Commission (IMC) will be responsible for the link with the BleuTourMed horizontal project and the 3.1 thematic community as well as for the capitalisation activities linking it with the works of the past Interreg MED CO-EVOLVE and MITOMED+ projects – where it was a partner – and with the ongoing project CIVITAS DESTINATIONS and its Task Force on Sustainable & Culture Tourism. Exchange of experiences and best practices with other Mediterranean Regions will also be foreseen. This project is related to the CPMR’s work on maritime and coastal tourism.

 

Project co-financed by the European Regional
Development Fund of the European Union

DestiMED PLUS: Ecotourism in Mediterranean Destinations: From Monitoring and Planning to Promotion and Policy Support

DestiMED+ is a Modular Project led by Lazio Region, which belongs to the Sustainable Tourism community of he Interreg MED Programme. It is the next step on an already successful journey to promote integrated planning in Mediterranean coastal tourism, specifically focusing on Protected Areas. The objective of DestiMED Plus, which builds on the successes of the previous MEET and DestiMED projects is to improve levels of integration between regional tourism and conservation policies in Mediterranean protected areas by putting in practice an integrated approach for the joint creation of ecotourism itineraries. Participating protected areas and local tourism sector intend to test DestiMED PLUS approach in nine pilot actions around the Mediterranean, representative of the nine administrations partners of the initiative: Andalucia, Catalonia, Sardinia, Crete, Corsica, Lazio, South Aegean, Croatia and Albania. Pilot actions will be implemented for the development of nine unique, protected area based, ecotourism itineraries which are aligned with the DestiMED PLUS standard. The sustainability impact of all ecotourism itineraries will be assessed by expanding the DestiMED ́s Ecological Footprint approach and integrating it with a specific methodology for measuring socio-economic and governance indicators. In addition to regional administrations, the project partnership is completed by organizations experienced in conservation and tourism, including, IUCN Med, WWF Med, Vic University, the Institute of Tourism in Croatia and the CPMR. Thirteen project associates from the region and beyond, including Morocco, Tunisia and USA, will be supporting and providing input to the development of the project as well as support the adoption and dissemination of project results. By the end of the project, the goal will be the setup of a Mediterranean Ecotourism Consortium (MEC) at regional scale, which will apply an integrated approach to ecotourism policy development, merging conservation, sustainability, and economic perspectives whilst also, advocating for further involvement of ecosystem-based planning processes.

 

Project co-financed by the European Regional
Development Fund of the European Union

Blue Growth Community to work towards the implementation of a sustainable blue economy in the Mediterranean

The Blue Growth Community project seeks to strengthen its Community of Blue Growth projects and actors beyond the project consortia for improved transferring and capitalisation processes. It provides adapted communication, community building, transferring and capitalisation tools and methods for the cross-fertilisation and exchange of good practices, results, and outputs of the Blue Growth and other Interreg Med communities, as with external multi-level and cross-sectoral stakeholders. These interactions should allow the consideration of modular projects results by policymakers to be included at multi-level governance policy levels, and facilitating the development of a favourable environment for blue enterprises in the Med. The project also aims to assist and coordinate the Interreg MED modular projects dealing with Blue Growth in their Communication & Capitalisation activities, creating and ensuring internal and external synergies, knowledge sharing, transfer and capitalization for policy-making project recommendations. Based on the skills of its consortium in marine research & innovation, the maritime private sector, multi-level governance, and networking, its activities respond to the previous phase (InnoBlueGrowth) and build upon the existing stakeholders’ community and projects results, with a specific focus on transferring and capitalising for an efficient mainstreaming and strategic liaising with identified targets. These actions also keep contributing to the sustainable socio-economic development of the Med area through innovative investments in the Blue economy.

 

Project co-financed by the European Regional
Development Fund of the European Union

Biodiversity protection Community: Mainstreaming biodiversity management efforts for environmental sustainability

The Med Biodiversity Protection Community is a horizontal project focusing on objective 3.2 “maintaining biodiversity and natural ecosystems through strengthening the management and networking of protected areas” of the Interreg MED programme. The project will last from November 2019 to June 2022 (36 months) and gathers a consortium of various organisations in the Mediterranean and beyond led by the University of Malaga – ETC-UMA (Spain. The Biodiversity Protection Community (BPC) builds on the efforts of PANACeA during the period 2016-2019 in assisting and ensuring synergies between the community of thematic projects of Biodiversity protection and in acting as a Science-Policy-Interface to foster exchange of experiences and knowledge sharing to influence a behavioural and policy change. To reach its objectives, the BPC ensures guiding two types of processes for an uptake by regional policies to support them reaching their targets to 2020 and to prioritise their policy aspirations beyond 2020 through enforced and well managed PAs network and working beyond MPAs with an ecosystem approach to address major types of pollution and climate change effects.

 

Project co-financed by the European Regional
Development Fund of the European Union

SMARTMED: Empower Mediterranean for SMART Tourism

SMARTMED is one of the two PANORAMED’s Strategic Projects (Axis 4) on Coastal and Maritime Tourism, funded by the Interreg MED Programme and led by the Ministry of Tourism of Croatia. Its main aim is to promote the Mediterranean area as an attractive, smart and inclusive destination, empowering the public and private actors of the tourism sector. In order to do this, SMARTMED intends to build a structured and enhanced cooperation among multi-level stakeholders that will contribute to develop and deliver integrated tourism policies and innovative solutions for smart MED destinations. This will be done through the development of a new transferrable and sustainable SMART Tourism business model, supported by a permanent collaborative platform for cross-sectorial cooperation and joint actions, strengthening the capacities of all stakeholders in tourism business and policy-making to reinforce the competitiveness and the attractiveness of Med destinations. The CPMR, through its Intermediterranean Commission (IMC), will play an important role particularly in project’s communication and capitalisation activities, supporting the WPs’ coordinator, Occitanie Region.

 

Project co-financed by the European Regional
Development Fund of the European Union

BEST MED: Beyond European Sustainable Tourism Med Path

BEST MED is one of the two PANORAMED’s Strategic Projects (Axis 4) on Coastal and Maritime Tourism, funded by the Interreg MED Programme and led by the Spanish Public Foundation “El Legado Andalusí”. The project aims at contributing to a new integrated and sustainable touristic planning in the MED area, by proposing a joint approach on “green” planning, based on (and improving) the outputs produced by other projects such as relevant tourism data indicators (e.g. in MITOMED+, CO-EVOLVE among others) towards a wider model for routes linking coastal, maritime and inland destinations. The project’s studying and testing phases will allow to identify and assess tourism impacts in its different dimensions and lead to the development of the joint model as a strategic driver for responsible economic growth. The project will also contribute to monitoring tourism sustainability in the Mediterranean, through the creation of an Observation Network of National and Regional Tourism Observatories. In this framework, the CPMR, through its Intermediterranean Commission (IMC), will be particularly involved in the project’s communications activities and will coordinate the WP on capitalisation.

 

Project co-financed by the European Regional
Development Fund of the European Union

HERIT-DATA

HERIT-DATA is an Interreg MED modular project belonging to thematic community 3.1 (Sustainable Tourism). It aims to measure and reduce the impact of mass tourism-related human activities on old cities and sites of particular cultural heritage or archaeological interest, including UNESCO World Heritage Sites. The project plans to develop a sustainable and responsible tourism management towards cultural heritage in Mediterranean regions, in particular by taking advantage of technology and innovation in management tools (Smart Cities), as well as other policy and social measures. A series of knowledge and solutions (Models, Strategy, Artificial Intelligence tool and App, etc.) in line with the current sectoral changes and characteristics of smart destinations will be developed, tested and transferred. This includes a platform capable of collecting data from selected sources and analyse the impact of tourism on heritage destinations. The results will also contribute to decision-making processes. The project consortium consists of organisations, companies, technology centres, as well as local and regional public authorities from Italy, Spain, Croatia, France and Portugal, including four IMC member Regions i.e. Tuscany, Valencia, Occitanie and Western Greece. The IMC will play an important role in the project’s communication and capitalisation activities, linking it with the works of the Interreg MED CO-EVOLVE and MITOMED+ projects – where it is a partner – and with its Task Force on Sustainable & Culture Tourism. Exchange of experiences and best practices with other Mediterranean Regions will also be foreseen.

This project is related to the CPMR’s work on maritime and coastal tourism.

More information coming soon on the Interreg MED ‘Sustainable Tourism’ community’s website.

Project co-financed by the European Regional
Development Fund of the European Union

CO-EVOLVE

CO-EVOLVE is anInterreg MED modular project belonging to thematic community 3.1 (Sustainable Tourism). It aims to analyse and promote the “co-evolution” of human activities and natural systems in coastal zones where tourism is an important activity, to enable the development of sustainable tourism based on the principles of Integrated Coastal Zone Management (ICZM) and Maritime Spatial Planning (MSP). The project will gather an analysis of threats and opportunities relating to sustainable tourism in the Mediterranean, and local case studies of seven representative pilot areas. The goal is to demonstrate – through pilot actions – the added value and the effectiveness of a planning process based on the principles of ICZM and MSP. The CPMR and its Intermediterranean Commission (IMC) will be responsible for the communication aspects as well as the link with the BleuTourMed horizontal project and the 3.1 thematic community. The Intermediterranean Commission will also participate in the project’s capitalisation activities.

This project is related to the CPMR’s work on maritime and coastal tourism.

Visit the Website of the project – More information is available in the project brochure.

Project co-financed by the European Regional
Development Fund of the European Union

UFM Agreement

Following the Memorandum of Understanding signed by the CPMR Intermediterranean Commission and the Union for the Mediterranean (UfM) in June 2013, this agreement was established in February 2017 under the EASME administered grant (EASME/EMtt/2076/7.2.1.1) “Promoting the Blue Economy in the Mediterranean”, to create synergies between the activities of the two organisations and consolidate and develop their cooperation. It sets out the conditions for cooperation between them, focusing on developing the blue economy in the Mediterranean basin. The CPMR Intermediterranean Commission will support the UfM Secretariat in several activities, concretely the UfM Stakeholders Conferences on Blue Economy, the conceptualisation and dissemination of the Virtual Knowledge Centre, the promotion of new initiatives and projects in line with the UfM blue economy dossier, and involve its regions in the follow up of UfM work on this theme at territorial level.

Publications of interest for the Intermediterranean Commission Regions elaborated by the UfM in collaboration with partners organizations:

The activities of cooperation with the UfMS are related to the CPMR’s work on maritime investments.

InnoBlueGrowth

The InnoBlueGrowth project is one of the eight Horizontal Projects approved from the first call of the Interreg MED programming period 2014-2020. It will carry out several actions, including a communication strategy, community-building initiatives and events, to build a real community of modular projects dealing with innovation and blue growth. This innovative community will strengthen the cross-cutting and integrated approach between the modular projects and key transnational stakeholders, a prerequisite for supporting the transnational activities of Mediterranean clusters. The project will also support the dissemination and transferability of the modular projects’ capitalised results and ensure a wider and deeper impact on other stakeholders at all levels, contributing to the sustainable social and economic development of the Mediterranean area through innovative investment in the blue economy. InnoBlueGrowth will also ensure close coordination and communication with the platform project of priority axis 4 of the MED programme, developed in parallel.

This project is related to the CPMR’s work on IMP governance and maritime investments.

Visit InnoBlueGrowth website

Project co-financed by the European Regional
Development Fund of the European Union

PANACea

The PANACeA project will improve the management of protected areas in the Mediterranean to enhance and protect biodiversity in the region. The project, which will streamline networking and management efforts in Mediterranean Protected Areas (PAs), is one of the eight Horizontal Projects approved from the first call of the Interreg MED programming period 2014-2020. It will encourage a range of people and organisations working on projects related to biodiversity and ecosystems in the Mediterranean,  including managers, policymakers, socio-economic actors, civil society and the scientific community, to cooperate, share knowledge and experiences. The project will build a community of nature conservation stakeholders in the Mediterranean who can bring about behavioural and policy change. The main thematic focus areas include coastal and marine conservation, fisheries, Maritime Spatial Planning and climate change.

This project is related to the CPMR’s work on maritime spatial planning.

Visite the website https://biodiversity-protection.interreg-med.eu/

Project co-financed by the European Regional
Development Fund of the European Union

MITOMED+

MITOMED+ is an Interreg MED multi-module project combining Testing and Capitalisation (M2 + M3). It follows on from the MITOMED project (MED maritime programme), which aims to promote the integrated management of maritime and coastal (M&C) tourism by enhancing knowledge of data, products and services using a set of indicators based on the NECSTouR model. MITOMED+ builds on and develops the results achieved, with a view to enhancing the coordination of strategies between the territories at transnational level and the development of M&C tourism through cooperation and joint planning between the regions. The main goal of the project is to make maritime and coastal tourism more sustainable and more responsible, by improving local and regional strategies and policy actions and by coordinating them within a transnational MED network. The CPMR is mainly involved in the project’s capitalisation and communication activities.

This project is related to the CPMR’s work on maritime and coastal tourism.

Visit the website of the Mitomed+ project

More information is available in the project brochure.

Project co-financed by the European Regional
Development Fund of the European Union

SHERPA

The SHERPA project, which involves the CPMR Intermediterranean Commission as WP2 (Communication) leader, is an Interreg MED Testing and Capitalising (M2+M3) modular project that aims to improve the energy efficiency of public buildings in regions across the Mediterranean. It contributes to the application of the EU Directive on Energy Efficiency in Buildings and aims to reach its 20% energy efficiency target by 2020 (among other EU directives and connected policies). One of the key aims of the project is the setting-up of 200 project proposals for Energy Renovation in Public Buildings (100 in regional buildings and other 100 in buildings from the municipalities of the partner Regions). All the projects will be implemented in compliance with the specific results, directives, tools and strategies provided by SHERPA. Their implementation will draw on public-private investment and will create thousands of jobs. At the end of the project, a joint action plan on energy retrofitting in Mediterranean buildings will be adopted. The Intermediterranean Commission will contribute to most of the project activities and lead the project’s communications work (WP2).

This project is related to the CPMR’s work on Energy and Climate.

Visit the website of the project.

More information is available in the project brochure.

Project co-financed by the European Regional
Development Fund of the European Union

PLATFORMA (2015-2017 Period)

For the third consecutive period, CPMR is a partner in the consortium of this project, which aims to address the territorial approach to development policies. The CPMR contributes to PLATFORMA’s core activities and to the dialogue with the European Southern Neighbourhood. The project kicked off on August 2015. More recently, the CPMR Intermediterranean Commission has been contributing by elaborating a report with the final aim of helping to organise a training module addressed to local and regional authorities, notably from the Southern Intermediterranean Commission members. The training will deal with capacity building for integrated territorial development.

This project is related to the CPMR’s work on External Cooperation.

Visit the Platforma Website

Completed Projects

MED-SPRING

The Mediterranean Science, Policy, Research & Innovation Gateway (MED-SPRING) project focused on tackling three challenges in society in the Mediterranean area: energy, high quality affordable food, and scarcity of resources. Financed by the 7th Framework Programme of the European Commission, the project aimed to tackle policy objectives by creating dialogue and coordination between government institutions, research organisations, associations and civil society. Involving 28 partners from around the Mediterranean. The CPMR’s role in the project was to analyse systems of research and innovation in the countries involved. It is also was in charge of some of the project dissemination activities.

This project was related to the CPMR’s work on External Cooperation and the Intermediterranean Commission Working Group on Territorial Cooperation and Macro-Regional Strategies.

Join the MedSpring Agora which remains active in the MedSpring Project website

This project has received funding from the European Union’s Seventh Framework Programme for research, technological development and demonstration under grant agreement no 311780

MAREMED project

The MAREMED project was developed within the framework of the creation of an integrated Mediterranean maritime policy (COM (2009) 466 final). The project aimed to improve the coordination of regional maritime policies, between themselves and with National, European and Mediterranean levels of governance. MAREMED targeted the constituents of maritime policy that bear an intrinsic transnational dimension. Thirteen regional partners, and the CPMR’s Intermediterranean Commission, carried out an overview of the policies implemented and their governance, identifying pilot coastal zones for transnational management, operational tools to aid in common decision-making. They developed and disseminated consistent results to encourage integrated maritime management and the sustainable development of coastal zones for the different levels of coastal governance.

Project co-financed by the European Regional
Development Fund of the European Union

ELIH-MED project

The ELIH-Med project focused on identifying and experimenting on a large scale a set of practical and innovative technical options and financial mechanisms targeted to develop energy efficiency in low income housing. The results of the project were crossed with other MED Projects dealing with energy renovation in buildings. They also produced a capitalisation process which led to the Declaration of Lubljana and the joint Policy Paper MARIE-ELIH-MED-PROFORBIOMED. The policy recommendations of these papers are guiding the current action of the regions towards the definition of energy renovation strategies and a joint action plan on energy renovation in public and private buildings of the Mediterranean.

Project co-financed by the European Regional
Development Fund of the European Union

MEDGOVERNANCE project

The MEDGOVERNANCE project developed a network of research institutes, regions, key institutional and non-institutional subjects able to support the development of Mediterranean Governance in relation to key issues of sustainable development. The reflections from this project are considered, together with the ones of MarInA-Med COM & CAP and other relevant projects, as a common ground for the CPMR Intermediterranean Commission road map for macro-regional and sea basin strategies in the Mediterranean.

Project co-financed by the European Regional
Development Fund of the European Union

MarIna-Med COM&CAP project

The full name of this project is COMmunication and CAPitalization of Maritime Integrated Approach in the Mediterranean Area (MarIna-Med COM&CAP). It was built on an operational partnership with a high level of expertise in the maritime field. Working closely with a network of Mediterranean policy-makers, the project aimed to coordinate communication and capitalisation activities for 13 projects selected under the “‘maritime integrated approach” call for proposals of the MED Programme. COM&CAP MarInA-Med was responsible for collecting, processing and disseminating the key results and policy recommendations of the selected projects. It also included inter-project information exchange and the organisation of several events to present and capitalise on project results. The main topics involved included marine renewable energies, sustainable fisheries and aquaculture, environment protection, sustainable maritime transports and smart ports, maritime economy, clusters, maritime spatial planning and integrated coastal zone management. The CPMR’s Intermediterranean Commission was a key consortium partner in the development of this project which was a model for the new horizontal project approach of the MED INTERREG Programme in the current 2017-2020 programming period.

Project co-financed by the European Regional
Development Fund of the European Union

COASTGAP project

The COASTGAP project was built on over 10 years of shared experience among Med coastal administrations and institutions involved in the field of coastal adaptation to climate change effects and other natural/anthropogenic threats. In 2011 these actors established the cluster FACECOAST and proposed COASTGAP to capitalize on 12 ‘Best Practices’ from nine projects in the cluster (from MED and other programmes). The ‘Best Practice’s concerned several aspects of ICZM, Flood Directive, Maritime Spatial Planning and other relevant legal provisions. Some of them dealt with the general matter of governance: they fostered the political initiative (Bologna Charter 2012) or the rational use of the coastal resources (SICELL), widened the suitable application of provisions, regulations and laws like ICZM Protocol (art.8) or Flood Directive (COFLERMAP), specified environmental procedures for the coastal safeguard (EIA & SEA) and other topics having a great impact on coastal zones management. The project capitalised on and disseminated these ‘Best Practices’ among other actors, contributing to their adaptation and mainstreaming in local, regional and national frameworks. COASTGAP also aimed to design, characterise and prepare the launch of the Macro-Project, already laid out in previous projects (MEDGOV, COASTANCE, MAREMED). One of the partners involved coordinated a set of concrete proposals (projects, researches, network, etc.) considering focal questions like quantitative coastal hazard assessment (EUROSION-MED), the characterisation of coastal territory and its sustainable development, coastal sediments and their individuation and sustainable use for adaptation policies, the shared monitoring of coastal areas exposed to CC effects through a network of observatories (EURIOMCODE), etc. These proposals were included in a concrete Joint Action Plan, linked to the Bologna Charter and supported by the CPMR’s Intermediterranean Commission.

Project co-financed by the European Regional
Development Fund of the European Union

Bologna Charter

The Bologna Charter is aimed at strengthening of role of Coastal Administrations in the context of European policies and initiatives at Mediterranean level, such as coastal protection, integrated management and adaptation to climate change. The ‘Charter’ also promotes a Macro-Project initiative for the Programming Period 2014-2020, designed for a coherent Mediterranean macro-thematic and multi-sectoral strategy, open also to the South and East Mediterranean coasts. The CPMR’s Intermediterranean Commission formally promotes the Charter to all institutions and stakeholders, as well as its Joint Action Plan “Developing conditions for the sustainable growth in the Mediterranean coastal areas“.