• Tuesday, November 7, 2017
  • 14:00 - 17:30
  • Memo
  • Workshop Area C1 Pav.

Organized by Regione Emilia-Romagna, CNR-ISMAR, CRPM (Conference of Peripherical maritime Regions), REMTH (Region of East Macedonia-Thrace, Lead of Co-Evolve project)

The EU's Blue Growth Strategy identifies the coastal and maritime tourism as a sector with particular potential to promote an intelligent, sustainable and inclusive Europe. For gross added value and employment, it is the biggest sector in the tourism industry, with still significant growth potential (2-3% by 2020, according to EU studies). Coastal regions of the Mediterranean, due to their extraordinary beauty, cultural richness and variety, represent one of the world's most important destinations, but also present important fragility factors (erosion, subsidence, marine entry risk, etc.) and a growing anthropic pressure (urbanization, exploitation of resources, pollution, etc.) to be tackled and governed in a logic of sustainability. With this information day, in the occasion of the International Year on Sustainable Tourism for Development 2017, the Co-Evolve project (Interreg MED 2016-2019) aims to present and encourage a discussion on the main strategies and initiatives underway for the development of sustainable coastal and maritime tourism in the Mediterranean.

Targeted audience: National and Regional Administrations of the Mediterranean, Universities and Research Bodies, Operators of the coastal and maritime tourism sectors



Paolo Ferrecchi, General Director for Territorial and Environmental Care, Emilia-Romagna Region


Program 14.00 –17.30

14.00 Welcome and Introduction

Gian Luca Galletti, Minister of Environment and the Protection of the Territory and the Sea (TBC)

Paola Gazzolo, Regional Minister of Soil and Coast Protection, Civil Protection, Environmental and Mountain Policies, Emilia-Romagna Region

Andrea Corsini, Regional Minister for Tourism and Trade, Emilia-Romagna Region

Andrea Gnassi, Mayor of Rimini


14.30 Session I - strategies and initiatives on sustainable tourism in the Mediterranean


The Interreg MED Program, opportunities for the development of a sustainable tourism in the Mediterranean and the PANORAMED project

Stefania Leoni Emilia-Romagna Region, National Contact Point of the Interreg MED Program in Italy


Promoting sustainable coastal-maritime tourism in the Mediterranean: the MED thematic Community on Sustainable Tourism

Ermete Mariani, UNIMED, Communication Manager, BleuTourMed_C3 Interreg MED Project


Key initiatives on Blue Economy and Sustainable Tourism in the Mediterranean and the participation of the Regions

Emmanuel Maniscalco, Secretariat of the Intermediterranean Commission of the CPMR


Sustainable tourism in the Adriatic–Ionian macroregion: the role of the EUSAIR

Piacentino Ciccarese. Puglia Region, Section of Territorial Cooperation, Coordination EUSAIR Pillar 4 “Sustainable tourism”


Coastal and maritime tourism and blue growth: the role of BLUEMED Initiative

Mara Manente, CISET Unversity Cà Foscari Venice, Pivot of the National Platform Economy of BLUEMED


BlueIslands: addressing waste generation as an effect of tourism in Med islands

Francesco Lembo, ARC+ Project Manager, BLUEISLANDS Interreg MED Project


15.45 Session II – Progresso of the CO-EVOLVE Project


Introduction to the CO-EVOLVE Project

Harry Coccossis, on behalf of Region of East Macedonia and Thrace, Lead partner of Co-Evolve


Fragility elements and enabling factors for the co-evolution of human activities and natural systems in coastal touristic areas

Andrea Barbanti, ISMAR-CNR, Coordinator WP3 Co-Evolve


Sustainability indicators of coastal and maritime tourism

Harry Coccossis - University of Thessaly


Co-Evolve pilot actions on the territories: pilot areas of Cattolica and Comacchio

Roberto Montanari, Emilia-Romagna Region, Coordinator WP4 Co-Evolve Pilot Actions Implementation


Co-Evolve Pilot actions on the territories: pilot areas of Makri-Alexandroupoli and Keramoti-Thassos Koutsopoulou Tonia, University of Thessaly


17.00 Discussion/closing

Andrea Gnassi, Mayor of Rimini / Andrea Corsini, Regional Minister


EN/IT translation will be provided