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:
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News and Best Practices

European Week of Regions and Cities

Tourism related events focused at this year's edition of the European Week of Regions and Cities on how to rescue the sector and rebuilt it stronger and more sustainable. NECSTouR and its member Regions organised and attended several workshops.

We are pleased now to share the main outcomes for our sector resulting from that special week.

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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.


Webinar: Smart and Sustainable Mobility Measures in Tourist Destinations

The webinar brings together three European projects dealing with the development of smart and sustainable measures in tourist destinations, including two in which NECSTouR is engaged : the Interred MED Sustainable Tourism community and the CIVITAS Destinations project (Horizon 2020).

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.

Kick-Off Meeting of the MED Sustainable Tourism Community

The renewed MED Sustainable Tourism Community will meet for its Kick-off Meeting in Salou (near Tarragona, Spain) on the 3rd and 4th of March 2020.

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.

ECF Worskhop with Decision Makers on Developing Cycling Tourism

On Wednesday 19th February 2020, ECF and the Croatian National Tourism Board organise a workshop with decision makers in Brussels on cycling tourism in the Mediterranean area. NECSTouR is attending the event to intervene on cooperation and sustainable tourism.

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.