INHERIT – Sustainable tourism strategies to conserve and valorise the Mediterranean heritage

Interreg Mediterranean, 2018-2022

Project title: INHERIT.

Country: Europe wide.

Client: Interreg Mediterranean.

Year: 2018-2022.

Alliance partner involved: Tero, Greece.

Description: INHERIT project aims to conserve and valorise natural heritage in Mediterranean coastal and maritime tourist destinations, alleviating the adverse effects of overcapacity tourism in these areas through the promotion of sustainable tourism. Tero is developing a methodology and guidelines for the integration of the INHERIT approach in Integrated Coastal Zone Management practices in MED areas, as a subcontractor of the Seneca Foundation – Science and Technology Agency for the Region of Murcia στην Ισπανία. INHERIT is a 4 year project that aims to conserve and valorise natural heritage in MED coastal and maritime tourist destinations, alleviating the adverse effects of overcapacity tourism in these areas through the promotion of sustainable tourism. The project will test and deploy a new approach in promoting sustainable tourism that includes: – A novel mix of measures (e.g. ICZM-MP integration, “bottom up” waste management initiatives) to protect its natural heritage from mass tourism effects (excess construction & waste, desertification-erosion, exceeded capacity of specific destinations, tourism seasonality); – A strategy of transnational cooperation to form a network of MED areas, namely INHERITURA areas, which will prioritise the enhanced protection of their natural heritage as an asset to develop sustainable tourism activities (e.g. sea caving in the MED, MED inland tourism itineraries, remote islands activities) and to ensure responsible development.

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