Tourism Eco Forum, 14/10, Barcelona


The 1st Tourism eco forum, in the framework of the 3rd VILAMON Festival on Responsible Tourism will be held on 14th October 2016 at Espai Bonnemaison in Barcelona. A professional conference, inspirational and educational to discover new trends and knowledge on sustainable urban tourism.

The  Tourism eco forum, labelled by the Marrakech COP-22, aims to:

– Share visions about urban tourism policy, climate change and sustainability.
– Disseminate relevant case studies on urban tourism from diverse Euro-Mediterranean cities.
– Reflect on the empowerment of citizens in public policies of tourist cities.

During the day you can attend workshops with examples of success stories about urban tourism public policies and sustainable business models. You will also have the opportunity to meet new trends of urban tourism, create synergies and join the group of professionals, academics and stakeholders who wants to join efforts to develop sustainable urban tourism around Europe and the Mediterranean cities.

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Sustainable consumption and production Action Plan for the Mediterranean: SwitchMed presents new tool to promote sustainable tourism in marine protected areas

We presented for the first time the tourism chapter of the SCP Action Plan for the Mediterranean during the Annual Workshop of the MedPAN, the network of Marine Protected Area (MPA) managers in the Mediterranean. Over 60 marine and terrestrial protected areas were represented and along with Tour Operators and project leaders, they reflected on the practices and processes to promote sustainable tourism in protected areas. Close to 150 participants from 19 Mediterranean attended the event that took place on 25-26 November in Sardinia (Italy).

The 2-days workshop aimed at sharing experience on the development of sustainable tourism in protected areas and it mainly consisted in the organisation of small working groups to discuss specific themes highlighted by short case studies. A total of 32 working groups exchanged their views in sessions that revolved around the 4 main themes identified for the workshop: involvement of private operators and institutional players, public-private partnerships enhancement, carrying capacity and visitors management, tourism plan establishment and implementation. Several interesting debates focused for example on the adoption of the European charter of sustainable tourism, the early stages of ecotourism in Lebanon, the development of a Destination Management Organisation in Tunisia or carrying capacity on beaches, the establishment of “Park” brands, the ways to control recreational fishing or even the inclusion of literature as a way to attract new and “slow” tourists to Marine Protected Areas.

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News on the Sustainable Development Solutions Network

The Coastal and Marine Union (EUCC) is a member of the Sustainable Development Solutions Network (SDSN) and the SDSN Mediterranean. 

Activities of SDSN Mediterranean include:
  • Cooperation  and  joint  research activities  among  Mediterranean  countries, universities  and  businesses;
  • Development  of  practical  solutions  to  sustainability  issues relevant to the  future of  the region;
  • Elaboration  of  SDG  indicators  for  the  Mediterranean  area;
  • Promotion of   networking   activities among  research  centers,  the  diffusion  of  education tools  in the  Mediterranean ,  and  Euro-Mediterranean  joint  programming  in  the context  of  EU  planning  activities.

SDSN Mediterranean has just launched a new website of SDSN Mediterranean:

They have also made  promotional video on SDSN Mediterranean that is available in English, French and Arabic.You can find it at:

English version of the film:

Arabic version of the film:

“Food & Water: International short film festival on sustainability

On August 27, 2015, SDSN Mediterranea, in cooperation with “Visionaria International Film Festival”, presented at the Italian Pavilion of Expo 2015 an event entitled Food & Water: International short film festival on sustainability. A series of 10 short films on the theme Food & Water, finalists of Competition, have been viewed by the public of Expo in Milan and judged by a jury. The contest has been won by the short film “Parvaneha End – Butterflies” (Iran, 2014) by Adnan Zandi a videomaker born in Iran. More information about this  event and a trailer on short films presented at the Festival are available at:

Xerrada-debat: El Bulli Foundation: deconstruint el Cap de Creus?

És el Bulli Foundation un projecte urbanístic respectuós amb el medi ambient? És el Parc Natural del Cap de Creus l’espai idoni per construir-lo?  És un projecte de país? Mereix una llei a mida per legalitzar-lo?

Per parlar de totes aquestes qüestions us convidem a una xerrada amb experts i un debat obert a la ciutadania, inspirat en el que va tenir lloc a Figueres organitzat per la IAEDEN.

  • Quan? divendres, 20 de juny, 19:30h
  • On? Institut d’Estudis Catalans, C/ del Carme, 47, Barcelona

Els ponents seran: Eduard de Ribot (advocat), Lluís Toldrà (advocat i membre de DEPANA), Itziar Gonzàlez (arquitecta), Josep M. Mallarach (consultor ambiental) i Mikel Zabala (biòleg del CSIC). El debat serà presentat i moderat pel periodista i naturalista José Luis Gallego

Organitza: DEPANA
Amb la col·laboració de: Institució Catalana d’Història Natural, ICHN  i la IAEDEN

Entrada oberta, no cal inscripció prèvia.


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Funding opportunity in Ulcinj, Montenegro: Call for nature-tourism projects

Within Bojanatour project, led by ECNC Group, the call for proposals Promoting sustainable development through responsible tourism and nature conservation pilot actions has been launched.

The overall objective of the call is to show ICZM concrete benefits in a given area, Ulcinj, particularly focusing on pilot actions that bring together nature conservation and responsible tourism. The aim is to financially support concrete sustainable tourism actions, promoting green entrepreneurship.

The call aims to sponsor between 5 and 8 projects addressing the following types of actions:

•    Development/enhancement of nature-based products: e.g. promoting/labelling local sustainable food, handicrafts, hiking routes, eco-friendly diving tours, eco-information boards in ecologically sensitive areas of the delta, herbs/fruits/olive oil branding activities (the proposals must show how these products promote nature conservation, do not harm the environment, support socio-economic development and are economically feasible after project implementation).
•    Reduction of resources consumption and environmentally responsible performance by the tourism sector. For example, water&electricity saving systems, reduction of waste/increased recycling rate, raising costumers’ socio-environmental awareness. These improvements may set the ground for acquiring a quality certification or label. Preparatory work for a quality certification label may be subsidised while the certification fee itself will not be eligible for funding.
•    Education and awareness. Shows (films, theatres, etc.) exhibitions, volunteering days, activities with schools (pupils/youth) regarding coastal ecology, responsible tourism and nature conservation.

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BojaNaTour, an ICZM project in Montenegro focusing on tourism and nature

Ulcinj, in the south coast of Montenegro, is an important tourist destination in the summer for neighbouring countries. Furthermore, it hosts one a highest valuable ecological sites in the Balkans coast, the Bojana delta, shared with Albania. These two facts require an integrated management allowing win-win situations. In this context, the recently started BojaNaTour project – Fostering and Bringing Together Nature, Tourism and Civil Society at Bojana Delta through Integrated Coastal Zone Management- is seeking for synergies between nature and tourism.

The project is led by the ECNC Land and Sea Group, which gathers together expertise from EUCC Mediterranean Centre, the European Centre for Nature Conservation and Coastal & Marine Union (EUCC). In Ulcinj, the local partners are the Ulcinjs Business Assocation (UBA) and the NGO GreenStep. It is funded by the Critical Ecosystem Partnership Fund (CEPF).

BojaNaTour uses ICZM as framework to pursue sustainable development in Ulcinj, particularly with Bojana Delta where the actions will take place and focus on nature and tourism.

First months of the project will be devoted to reinforce links with related initiatives and to start engaging stakeholders in ICZM. It will be achieved through kick-off meetings and interviews and will result into a state-of-the-art report regarding ICZM in Ulcinj, focusing on links nature-tourism and stakeholders mapping.

This will be the basis to conceive a series of ICZM workshops that will bring together local authorities, civil society and private sector representatives. Participatory meetings will assist to build and agree on a Common ICZM Vision for Ulcinj and Bojana Delta, assuring coherence with other national policies and initiatives and their downscaling to the local level (ICZM Protocol, National Strategy of Sustainable Development, Spatial Plan of Montenegro, CAMP Montenegro, ICZM National Strategy, Coastal Area Spatial Plan (CASP), CEPF projects). This vision intends to agree on a management model that fosters responsible tourism and nature conservation, among other coastal issues. For this, scenarios and group discussion animations will be used. Examples from other Mediterranean sites will be provided to learn critical success factors to avoid the mistakes. The Vision will guide future project activities such as the sub-grant programme and the tourism communication strategy.

In order to put ICZM in practice, nature-based and responsible tourism pilot demonstration activities will be carried out. Firstly, a two-days training will be organized on these topics, focusing on best and worst cases in similar contexts. Secondly, the sub-grant programme will aim at implementing concrete actions by local entrepreneurs and associations on e.g. resources efficiency, quality certification, nature-based products (local food, handicraft, hikes, shows). A call for proposals will be launched and it is expected to grant 4-5 projects. Implementation will last a year and will provide ground for finalizing the tourism communication Strategy.

Engagement and interest along the project will be achieved through a communication strategy and related tools, including a green seal. By the end, it will be enhanced in the shape of a Responsible Tourism Communication Strategy in Bojana Delta, to be agreed in the last ICZM workshop. This strategy and related tools will be promoted by the partnership and concerned stakeholders, thus allowing project follow up and facilitating fund raising.

The project website, will be launched soon.

Responsible Tourism Destinations Conference in Barcelona

1-4 October 2013, Barcelona

Responsible Tourism in Destinations chose to host the 2013 conference in Barcelona (RTD7), not because it is the world’s most responsible destination, but rather because it is one of the world’s most successful destinations.  It is the tourist capital of Spain’s most heavily-visited territory–Catalunya receives 25 million tourist arrivals and has 7 million inhabitants. Success, however, presents an extensive range of risks and management challenges for the mid- to long-term.  Barcelona is a great place to debate how to ensure that the destination uses tourism rather than being used by it.  How can Barcelona use tourism to make it a better place for people to live in and to visit?