Webinar: Sustainable Tourism solutions to reduce pollution in the Mediterranean area
03/06/2021 - 14:00

EU Green Week Partner Event: Sustainable Tourism solutions to reduce pollution in the Mediterranean area

For the next EU Green Week, NECSTouR is organizing a webinar along with its partners in the Interreg MED programme on June 3rd. The goal of this webinar is to present solutions from a selected number of projects aiming at reducing pollution with an ethical and sustainable consumption of tourism: Ecotourism (DESTIMED PLUS), Cycle tourism (MEDCYCLETOUR), Waste management (BLUEISLANDS) and Water Management (CASTWATER).

Discover the agenda here.

The Mediterranean Sea is the first destination in the world but also the most endangered ecosystem. The Sustainable Tourism community have the potential to help the greening of destinations at policy and technical level. Within the Interreg MED programme, the Horizontal Project on Sustainable Tourism supervise 24 different projects funded by the European Regional Development Fund.

Speakers from the MED

14:00 Cristina Nuñez & Thomas Guillot - Introduction and Moderation
Network of European Regions for Sustainable and Competitive Tourism (NECSTouR)

14:05 Francesco Lembo - Enabling regulatory framework for sustainable tourism from local to EU level - Presentation
Association of Cities and Regions for Sustainable Resource Management (ACR+)
How regulatory frameworks and multistakeholder cooperation can mitigate the effects of the seasonal variation of waste generation as an effect of tourism

14:20 Ed Lancaster - EuroVelo 8 - Mediterranean Route - Presentation
The European Cyclists´ Federation (ECF)
Use the EuroVelo 8 - Mediterranean Route as a tool to influence regional and national policies in favour of sustainable and responsible tourism, providing transnational solutions in coastal areas across the Mediterranean with minimal impact on this sensitive environment.

14:35 Arnau Teixidor - The MEET network - Presentation
IUCN Centre for Mediterranean Cooperation
MEET Network is a non-profit association supporting protected areas to develop high-quality ecotourism that benefits local communities and conservation. It capitalises on work done in previous EU projects including an ecotourism standard, and monitoring tools such as the Ecological Footprint Calculator, which allow destinations to measure the environmental impact of tourism activities.
Project: DestiMED PLUS

14:50 Emanuela Manca - Sustainable Development Regional Forum in Sardinia - Presentation
Autonomous Region of Sardinia – Department of the Environment – Environmental sustainability, strategic environmental assessment, and information systems Service
The Sustainable Development Regional Forum is involving more than 2300 stakeholders through a participated process aiming at downscaling the Agenda 2030 SDGs, including circular economy and sustainable tourism.
Project: DestiMED PLUS

15:05 Vasileios Myriokefalitakis - Castwater Online Tool - Presentation
Municipality of Rethymno (Greece)
An online tool addressed to tourism sector SMEs and public authorities in the Mediterranean area allowing them to understand, compare, assess, and rate their performance on water efficiency & water management.

15:20 Cristina Nuñez - Wrapping-up and capitalisation links