The European project DestiMED ended on October 31 after 3 years of implementation.

The DestiMED project brought together 7 Mediterranean partners (Lazio Region, Federparchi, MedPAN, National Agency for Protected Areas in Albania, WWF Adria, WWF Mediterranean and IUCN Med) and 13 Marine or Coastal Protected Areas from France, Spain, Italy, Croatia, Albania and Greece.

The final conference of the DestiMED project was held on 22-23 October in Rome. This event brought together different stakeholders from the conservation and tourism sectors to share the DestiMED methodology, the main tools developed and the experience of the Protected Areas involved in the project, as well as to discuss the challenges of developing ecotourism in the Mediterranean.

More than 40 Mediterranean Protected Areas have been involved in DestiMED and MEET projects (previous project) to develop, test and improve the methodology and tools in order to collectively develop, manage and promote ecotourism.

Among the main tools that can be transferred to Protected Area managers:

  • Ecological Footprint Calculator: an online tool to measure and manage the ecological footprint of ecotourism packages.
  • DestiMED Manual: a guide to plan and promote ecotourism activities and measure their impacts in Mediterranean Protected Areas following the MEET approach.

The DestiMED project is ending but the work is continuing thanks to the MEET Association, which brings together the Mediterranean Protected Areas working on ecotourism. The MEET network is led by the IUCN Centre for Mediterranean Cooperation.

In addition, we inform you that DestiMED project will have a continuation. The Steering Committee of the Interreg MED Programme has just approved the DESTIMED PLUS project. This new project will start by the end of the year. MedPAN is an associate partner. We will give you more information soon. Stay tuned!

The DestiMED project is a project co-financed by the European Regional Development Fund in the framework of the Interreg MED Program, which ends in October 2019 after 3 years of activities. It brings together 7 partners and 13 marine or coastal protected areas of France, Spain, Italy, Croatia, Albania and Greece.