a project co-funded by the EU promoting Sustainable and Responsible Tourism in Mediterranean countries involving Italy, Lebanon, Spain and Tunisia
LIVE YOUR TOUR, an ENPI CBC Mediterranean Sea Basin Programme
The multilateral cross-border cooperation "Mediterranean Sea Basin Programme" is part of the new European Neighbourhood Policy and of its financing instrument (ENPI), and its general objective is contributing to promote the sustainable and harmonious cooperation process at the Mediterranean Basin level by dealing with the common challenges and enhancing its endogenous potential. It finances cooperation projects for the socio-economic development and enhancement of territories, cultural dialogue and local governance, with the final objective of strengthening and harmonising synergies and cross-border cooperation among the EU Mediterranean countries.
The goal of the project is to increase the Sustainable Tourism in some areas of Italy, Spain, Lebanon and Tunisia, favouring off seasonal flows, the development of that areas and the enhancement of their cultures, and reducing the non-sustainable pressures of tourism on coastal areas, in order to mitigate the impact on the environment. Through the identification of possible alternative routes, compared to the more well-known and exploited for tourist purposes, the project aims to develop a different relationship visitor / territory that can permit to the tourist to appreciate the characteristics of several places. The intensive cooperation among the different areas involved in the project, working as a network, will offer different itineraries as pieces of a whole that, despite its differences, are recognized as part of a Mediterranean reality.
The project specifically aims also to increase the capacity and know-how of local authorities in terms of cross-border strategic planning on Sustainable Tourism through training and ongoing support services: a dense exchanges of ideas and experiences through a cross-border network of Mediterranean countries. The actions also involve large segments of the civil society through summer camps for young people, design of games, awareness courses in schools.