The project in brief
According to the World Tourism Organization, ecotourism is a major trend with a growing Demand for consumers for packages which offer responsible travel to natural areas, conservation of the environment, and improvement of the well-being of local people. The Mediterranean area is one of the most interesting regions in the world in terms of ecotourism potential. The high diversity of landscapes and ecosystems together with the unique socio-economic and cultural mosaic provide suitable conditions for the development of ecotourism.
In order to foster the diversification of tourism offered and a better seasonal distribution of tourism flows, the Mediterranean Experience of Ecotourism (MEET) project aims to improve the sustainability and the rationalization in distribution of the tourism sector in the Mediterranean region. In the framework of cross-border cooperation within the European Neighborhood Policy Instrument (ENPI Med), under the strategic line “Promoting the sustainable tourism for the socio-economic development and enhancement of territories”, this strategic project involves 10 countries of the Mediterranean: Italy, France, Spain, Jordan, Lebanon, Egypt, Malta, Cyprus, Greece and Tunisia.
|Country|| Protected Areas Selected for Pilot Actions|
| Italy|| Nature Reserve of Monte Rufeno|
| France|| Cevennes National Park|
| Mercantour National Park|
| Spain|| Aiguamolls de l'Empordà Natural Park|
| Cap de Creus Natural Park|
| Montgrí, Medes islands and Baix Ter Natural Park|
| Jordan || Ajloun Nature Reserve|
| Mujib Nature Reserve|
| Dana Nature Reserve|
| Lebanon|| Shouf Biosphere Reserve|
| Tyre Coast Nature Reserve|
| Jabal Moussa Reserve|
|Greece||Regional Marine Park of Northern Karpathos, Saria and Astakidonision|
|Samaria National Park|
Overview about the ENPI – CBC MED Program
The 2007-2013 ENPI CBC Mediterranean Sea Basin Programme is a multilateral Cross-Border Cooperation initiative funded by the European Neighbourhood and Partnership Instrument (ENPI). The Programme objective is 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 as a contribution to the economic, social, environmental and cultural development of the Mediterranean region. The following 14 countries participate in the Programme: Cyprus, Egypt, France, Greece, Israel, Italy, Jordan, Lebanon, Malta, Palestinian Authority, Portugal, Spain, Syria, Tunisia. The Joint Managing Authority (JMA) is the Autonomous Region of Sardinia (Italy). Official Programme languages are Arabic, English and French.