Mediterranean Experience of Eco-tourism

Twenty protected areas in ten countries bordering the Mediterranean will be the case studies of a new European Neighbourhood Policy (ENPI) project led by Federparchi which aims to create a Mediterranean model of participatory planning for tourism respectful of nature. The main objective is to develop an integrated strategy in order to settle an Eco-Tourism Development model for the Mediterranean area that boosts a better seasonal distribution of tourism flows.

The guidelines for the project were explained at a press conference held in Rome on Monday 11 March 2013. The project was presented by Luca Santarossa, project manager, and the ENPI Managing Director, Dr Anna Catte, followed by the speeches of the heads of all institutions partners. This project was officially launched on January 17 and will run until 16 October 2015.

The project, entitled "Mediterranean Experience of Eco-Tourism" (Meet), is financed primarily by the ENPI CBC MED (European Neighbourhood and Partnership Instrument for Cross Border Cooperation, Mediterranean sea), an EU grant program targeted at countries bordering the Mediterranean. Federparchi will coordinate the 5 million euro of EU funding along with the eight partner institutions, including the IUCN Centre for Mediterranean Cooperation, the Lazio Region, the French Federation of National Parks, Medpan (Network of protected areas in the Mediterranean), the region of Catalonia, the Egyptian Ministry of the Environment, Royal Society for the Conservation of Nature and the managing body National Park Al-Shouf Cedar in Lebanon.

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