Project Summary

Project Summary


Created on the continuation of the BlueTourMED project, The MED Sustainable Tourism Community is the second generation of an horizontal project aiming to find solutions for the protection and promotion of natural and cultural resources in the Mediterranean area through a coherent strategy of Community Building, Communication and Capitalisation.

What is the goal of the MED Sustainable Tourism Community?

"Despite its economic and social importance, tourism development is exerting undue pressures on natural and built environment. These pressures may threaten the quality of life of local populations, degrade the tourism assets and, by consequence, affect negatively future tourism developments. Exploiting the full potential of tourism requires an innovative approach and sustainable basis. Therefore, effective strategies and targeted integrated actions should be developed and implemented across the Mediterranean region."

Created in November 2016 within the framework of the Interreg MED Programme, the MED Sustainable Tourism Community has been renewed for a three-year period till June 2022 to make tourism a real driver for inclusive and sustainable growth. 

Since 2019, five new territorial cooperation projects have joined the Community that now gathers 22 projects co-funded by the European Regional Development Fund (ERDF), almost 300 organisations (public authorities, private companies, universities, NGOs and international organisations) active in 12 European-Mediterranean coastal areas. Besides, two Strategic Projects, approved in October 2019, focusing on governance of sustainable tourism will join forces with the Community. 

Role of NECSTouR:

The project partners are the Deputacion of Barcelona (DIBA), Arco Latino, the Mediterranean Universities Union (UNIMED), Plan Bleu, University of Thessaly (UTH), the Adriatic Ionian Euroregion (AIE), the Regional Development Agency of Green Karst (Slovenia) and NECSTouR.

NECSTouR permanent secretariat is one of the new partners in the community, leading the work package aiming for the capitalisation of the knowledge generated by the modular projects into tourism and cohesion policies at different level of decision (local, regional, national and European). The capitalisation will be made through cooperation events and regional working groups.

Role of NECSTouR:
Taxonomy Latest Updates

European Projects Join Forces on Smart and Sustainable Mobility Measures in Tourist Destinations

On the 30th of June 2020, NECSTouR conducted the moderation of the Webinar "Smart and Sustainable Mobility Measures in Tourist Destinations".

The NECSTouR Vision Part of the EU CoR Opinion Towards More Sustainable Tourism

NECSTouR shared its vision about the European Committee of the Regions (CoR) Opinion “Towards more sustainable tourism for EU cities and regions” this 16th of July and called for a higher recognition of the role of the European Regions in the EU Policies and Budget.

Regional Perspective on Sustainable Tourism Recovery in the Maritime Regions at the European Parliament

NECSTouR President, Mr Patrick Torrent, joined the high-level political debate of the Seas, Rivers and Islands (SEARICA) Intergroup of the European Parliament.

In his intervention, he shared the perspective of NECSTouR members and of the Sustainable Tourism Community towards Sustainable Tourism recovery from the Covid-19 crisis in the Maritime and Coastal Regions of Europe.


Report NECSTOuR Webinar “Building the European Tourism Agenda 2050 for sustainable recovery”

On Monday 15 June, NECSTouR organised the webinar “Green, Digital and SDGs: Building the  European Tourism Agenda 2050 for sustainable recovery”  as part of our programme “driving behavioural change for sustainable destinations”.

NECSTouR advocates for the sustainable tourism community in Blue Islands Final Webinar

NECSTouR was invited by ACR+ to represent the Interreg MED Sustainable Tourism community at Blue Islands final event. The project transformed what was supposed to be a conference in a webinar. Hosted by Greek MEP Maria Spyraki, the event was aiming to find solutions for "minimizing the hidden costs of tourism in MED islands" through "waste prevention actions and circular economy perspectives".


MED Sustainable Tourism Kick-Off Meeting Report

The Kick-Off Meeting of the Interreg MED Horizontal Project on Sustainable Tourism took place in Salou, Spain from the 2nd to the 4th of March. The event gathered representatives of most of the Modular Projects of the Sustainable Tourism community.

NECSTouR advocates for Sustainable Mobility in Tourism at Eurovelo Event

The workshop with decision makers on developing cycling tourism in the Mediterranean Area took place at the Croatian Permanent Representation in Brussels. NECSTouR Permanent secretariat was invited by the European Cyclists Federation (ECF) to share its view on how to manage the continuing growth of the tourism sector to ensure its sustainably.

Help HERIT-DATA Develops its Open Data Platform

The Interreg MED HERIT-DATA project aims to identify innovative solutions, with the support of new technologies and big data, to reduce the negative impacts of tourism on cultural and natural heritage sites. To collect this data, they are developing a platform and they need your help to do so, by responding to a quick survey.

Policy Recommendations by the MED Sustainable Tourism Community

The MED Sustainable Tourism Community (the Community) is a transnational partnership of 18 sustainable tourism projects funded by the Interreg MED Programme. It aims to move towards sustainable coastal and maritime tourism by capitalising on project results and lessons learned.

NECSTouR Participates to the First Steering Committee Meeting for the Sustainable Tourism Community

The MED Sustainable Tourism Community met for its first Steering Committee Meeting and participated to the Lead Partner Seminar of the Interreg MEd Programme on December 10th and 11th in Marseille. NECSTouR permanent secretariat attended both events.

NECSTouR Contributes to the MED Policy Recommendations on Sustainable Tourism

As part of the MITOMED+ Project, NECSTouR Secretariat and some of its members (Andalusia, Insittute of Agriculte and Tourism in Porec and CNR-IBIMET) attended the Workshop of the MED Sustainability Community "Towards Policy Recommendations on Sustainable Tourism: Shaping the Results of the MED Community".