MEET is a sustainable tourism promotion project based on the preservation, improvement and understanding of the natural and cultural values of the Mediterranean area.
Led by Ferderparchi Italy, it involves 20 different protected areas in the Mediterranean countries (Spain, France, Italy, Greece, Cyprus, Lebanon, Jordan, Egypt, Malta and Tunisia) and has the support of IUCN (International Union for Conservation of Nature)
The project aims to establish a model for the development of ecotourism that breaks with the conventional seasonal tourist flows in two ways:
- The implementation of the European Charter for Sustainable Tourism (CETS) in some protected areas
- Creating ecotourism tour packages in the Mediterranean, so that visitors from distant countries can come for an “eco-tour” in many of the natural protected areas of the Mediterranean basin.
In Catalonia the Natural Areas that take part are:
- Cap de Creus Natural Park
- Aiguamolls de l’Empordà Natural Park
- Montgrí, Medes Islands & Baix Ter Natural Park
This project is part of the European Programme ENPI CBC-MED “European Neighbourhood and Partnership Instrument Cross-Border Cooperation in the Mediterranean”, which aims to strengthen the cooperation between countries from the European Union and those that don’t belong to it, that are located within each side of the Mediterranean basin.
On the 28th of May there was a meeting for this program in the province of Lazio (Rome) where DCB-Tourism & Local Development participated.
The Catalan Government participates through the Department of Agriculture, Livestock, Fisheries, Food & Environment. DCB Tourism and Local Development has been hired to conduct a market analysis.
Source: Adaptation of the article published by Direcció General de Medi Natural de la Generalitat de Catalunya.
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