Sustainability and Tourism in the Mediterranean (S&T Med) is a strategic project co-financed by the European Union through the ENPI CBC Mediterranean Sea Basin Programme 2007-2013.
The S&T Med Project aims at promoting sustainable development and management of coastal tourism through:
- the application of joint public/private management schemes for the valorisation and promotion of natural and cultural assets, also based on scientific and statistical analyses of environmental patterns and tourist trends;
- the establishment of a Mediterranean network of sustainable coastal destinations that will offer wider visibility and impact on destinations attractiveness.
The Strategy of the Project is based on the recognition of the crucial role played by cultural and biological diversity in the attractiveness and economic development of Mediterranean coastal destinations and the consequent need to manage this huge heritage in a sustainable manner respecting local social and cultural values as well as the environmental ecosystems and associated services.
The Project has three target areas: Sinis and Isola di Mal di Ventre in Italy, Mahdia in Tunisia and Aqaba in Jordan.
The Project relies on a clear-cut cross-border added value. Indeed, it offers a unique opportunity for involved destinations and partners to learn from each other through a continuous sharing and networking experience. This has, in turn, tangible effects on the processes of awareness and skills improvements of local decision-makers and operators, also through the creation of suitable tailored management models that fits the Mediterranean contexts. The Project will improve also competitiveness and attractiveness of involved destinations, thanks to the creation of the network of sustainable coastal destinations that will be promoted accordingly.
The total Project budget is € 5,000,000; ENPI contribution amounts to € 4,393,295.77.