Sustainable Tourism

Enhancing a sustainable coastal and maritime tourism

In the Mediterranean, the tourism sector offers great opportunities for economic growth and employment. Exploiting this potential requires sustainable development strategies for the sector.

For this reason, projects under this thematic shall ensure that the impact of these activities on natural and cultural heritage are taken into account in the development of coastal and maritime tourism. In this context, integrated coastal zone management (ICZM) and maritime spatial planning principles should be duly considered. 


Projects should therefore bring answers to two questions: How to integrate tourism development into wider strategies? How to enhance sustainable and responsible tourism management?

Types of actions

Improvement and adaptation of cooperation strategies, public policies, economic activities and joint planning tools; coordinated actions between public authorities of different MED territories; action plans and transfer of practices 

Key target groups

Public authorities, but also associations and NGO’s, research bodies, and to some extent enterprises.

What results does the Programme target for 2014-2020?