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

Committee of Regions: Regions and cities use the COVID-19 crisis to spark a debate on resilience and sustainability in the tourism sector

On 8 December, an opinion drafted by Manuel Alejandro Cardenete Flores (ES/Renew Europe), Deputy Minister for Tourism, Regeneration, Justice and Local Administration of the Regional Government of Andalusia and the Vice-President of NECSTouR, was presented during the plenary session of the Committee of Regions.

Report: Interreg MED Conference on Governance

The conference “Past, Present and Future of the Interreg MED and governance in the Mediterranean” happened on a dedicated website to enhance virtual exchanges. Who is it for? Every NECSTouR members interested in the future of the Interreg Med programme and the next programming period.

Smart Tourism Tools in the Mediterranean Destinations

Promoted at the CETT Smart Tourism Congress, the online workshop showcased smart tourism tools developed by three different projects dealing with Mediterranean destinations. Two of them were represented by NECSTouR members: Andalusia and Veneto.

Interreg Call for Sustainable Urban Mobility in the Mediterranean

The Interreg MED Urban Transports Community offers a mentorship opportunity to Mediterranean Cities and Regions engaged in the development of sustainable urban mobility solutions in their territories. An opportunity for NECSTouR Mediterranean regions.

Report: Sustainable Mobility in Tourist Destinations (EU Week of Regions 2020)

The two Interreg MED communities - Sustainable Tourism (STC) and Urban Transport (UTC) - joined forces during a workshop exchanging good practices from both catalogues of replicable solutions on sustainable mobility in the Mediterranean area.

The CHARM Project organised its Bridge Event on Technologies in Rural Areas during the Forum Turistic

At the occasion of the Forum TurisTIC, two of NECSTouR projects took the stage. Mainly, it was the CHARM project with its bridge event to talk about “Technologies applied in rural areas: adding value to the tourist product”. But the Interreg MED STC project also took the opportunity to organise an online transferring workshop with Spanish stakeholders.

The Vision of European Regions for the Tourism of Tomorrow in 2050 Released

NECSTouR Regions agreed on their vision for the future European Agenda for Tourism 2050 and committed to mainstream the EU Recovery Plan to finance a sustainable recovery of the tourism ecosystem. This at the latest Extraordinary General Assembly meeting last 2nd of October.

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".