Co-evolution of coastal human activities & Med natural systems for sustainable tourism & Blue Growth in the Mediterranean



batroun port



The growth of tourism in the Mediterranean, especially in coastal areas, and the effects of climate change will continue to affect landscapes, soil and coasts stability/erosion, put pressure on species and water resources, and increase waste and pollution discharges into the sea. In this context, the Co-Evolve4BG project aims at analyzing and promoting the co-evolution of human activities and natural eco-systems in touristic coastal areas, towards sustainable development of tourist activities based on the principles of Integrated Coast Zone Management (ICZM) and Maritime Spatial Planning (MSP), promoting at the same time Blue Growth in the Mediterranean



The analysis and the demonstration actions foreseen by the project will enhance sustainable coastal and maritime tourism development fully exploiting the Blue Economy potential, promoting the creation of business and job opportunities in the field of ecosystem-oriented services, coastal and maritime tourism, coastal management and adaptation to climate change



Co-Evolve4BG is a three-year project funded by ENI CBC MED programme´s priority on environment Integrated Coastal Zone Management and constitutes a part of a wider project namely “Med Coast for Blue Growth” labelled by 43 countries of the Union for the Mediterranean (UfM). It is also in connection of CO-EVOLVE project funded by the InterregMed Programme in line with the strategic line 2 of the Joint Action Plan of Bologna Charter Initiative. CO-EVOLVE Project has produced the analysis and the demonstration actions with a wide and long-lasting influence, fully exploiting the Blue Economy potential. The results will be extended to South & East Mediterranean coastal areas in Co-Evolve4BG completing the framework of the MedCoast4BG UfM labelled Project



The project involves nine Mediterranean partners


National Institute of Marine Sciences and technologies, Tunisia


Region of Lazio, Italy


Region of East Macedonia & Thrac, Greece


University of Murcia, Spain


Fundación Valenciaport, Spain


National Agency for Evironment Protection, Tunisia


Ministry of Public Works and Public Transport, Lebanon


Al Midan NGO, Lebanon


AMWAJ of the Environment, Lebanon




Expected achievements


 One integrated analysis of threats and enabling factors for sustainable tourism at Mediterranean level 

 One toolkit containing indicators to analyse the level of sustainability of tourism 

 Two rounds of training addressed to partners and local actors involved in pilot actions


 Seven pilot actions in for developing sustainable tourism in the pilot areas



Actions will be carried out in the Circeo National Park and Biosphere Reserve.



The actions will take place in the coastal and marine area of Alexandroupoli and Samothraki



The pilot area is located in the north of the Region of Murcia



The actions will take place in the Gulf of Gabes, on the Island of Djerba



The actions will take place in Batroun’s Port.

The actions will take place in Tyre.



Project Duration


Start date: 01 September 2019                                                        End date: 31 August 2022



Financial Data


Total budget: 2.9 million €        EU contribution: 2.6 million€    Project co-financing: 10%


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