While maritime and coastal tourism plays an especially key role in regional economic development, it also puts considerable pressure on natural resources and the environment. In this respect, the Arco Latino and the Tuscany Region, are organising on 12th – 14th May 2015 a Seminar on “Maritime and Coastal sustainable tourism, a key for blue growth”. The event will be held in Florence (IT) in the framework of the COM&CAP MarInA-Med and the MITOMED projects respectively ( 2007-2013).

The aim of the Seminar will be to communicate and capitalise upon the results of the Med Maritime projects dealing with sustainable tourism from an integrated point of view, while cross-fertilising them through the participation of a wide range of relevant external stakeholders and experts. These exchanges will be very useful to draw up concrete recommendations to the new Med Cooperation Programme that focuses one of its priority axes on protecting and promoting Mediterranean natural and cultural resources.

“Tourism is one of the most important socio-economic sectors for the whole Mediterranean area, which is at the heart of the world’s tourist destinations. Sustainable Maritime and Coastal tourism are undoubtedly at the core of the EU Strategy for Blue Growth and constitute a key driver for the Mediterranean regions that should be boosted in a sustainable way, exploiting and capitalising on the great potential of the territories at cultural and environmental level. How to encourage the extension of the tourist season is one of the main challenges. Another is how to tackle the lack and the comparability of data which shall feed into and shape the indicators and the development models needed for improving the policy making process at all levels,” declared Davide Strangis, Executive Secretary of the CPMR Inter-Mediterranean Commission.

As a side event, a Joint Workshop on new project ideas related to Maritime and Coastal Tourism between Arco Latino and the CPMR Inter-Mediterranean Commission Members will be organised on 12 May.