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CO-EVOLVE - Promoting the co-evolution of human activities and natural systems for the development of sustainable coastal and maritime tourism

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Contact Person(s):

Paraskevi Chourdou

Region of East Macedonia and Thrace (co-evolve[at]pta-emth[dot]gr)

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Specific Funding Programme:

Interreg MED Programme 2014-2020



About the Project:

CO-EVOLVE aimed to analyse and promote the co-evolution of human activities and natural systems in touristic coastal areas in the Mediterranean, allowing for the sustainable development of touristic activities, based on the principles of Integrated Coastal Zone Management and Maritime Spatial Planning. Watch a video explaining the project video here.

CO-EVOLVE recognised that a key challenge for sustainable coastal and maritime tourism development was the strengthening of cooperation among regions and the joint development and transferring of approaches, tools, guidelines and best practices. It brought together an analysis at the Mediterranean scale of threats and enabling factors for sustainable tourism with local studies on seven representative Pilot Areas. The aim was to demonstrate through pilot actions the feasibility and effectiveness of an ICZM/MSP-based planning process. CO-EVOLVE was divided into two phases: (i) studying, which consisted in analysing and defining the state of the art at Mediterranean and pilot area scale and (ii) testing, during which instruments, policies, strategies and joint plans already identified have been tested in order to set up solutions applicable to a wider set of users and territories.

CO-EVOLVE project lead beneficiary (orange point) and partners (blue points)

Project partners:

CO-EVOLVE involved the following partners:

  • Region of East Macedonia and Thrace (Greece) – Lead beneficiary;
  • Emilia Romagna region (Italy);
  • Priority Actions Programme Regional Activity Centre - PAP/RAC (International, based in Croatia);
  • Conference of Peripheral Maritime Regions of Europe - CRPM (International, based in France)
  • Department of Herault (France);
  • Universities of Thessaly (Greece);
  • University of Venice IUAV (Italy);
  • DUNEA - Dubrovnik Neretva Regional Development Agency (Croatia);
  • Veneto Region’s Po Delta Park (Italy);
  • Public Institution for Coordination and Development of Split Dalmatia County - (Croatia);
  • FEPORT - Port Institute for Studies and Cooperation of the Valencia Region (Spain);
  • Italian National Research Council – Institute of Marine Sciences (Italy).

For more documents and informations see the Deliverable Library of the project.