In the framework of the European Neighborhood Policy Instrument (ENPI CBC MED) funded “Mediterranean Experience of Ecotourism - MEET” project, aimed at developing a new approach for Eco-tourism planning in Protected Areas of the Mediterranean, a Network has been established to improve the cooperation and support protected areas in employing and promoting Eco-tourism as a tool for conservation and sustainable development.
After an interesting and intense debate during the Project Steering Committee held in Marseille (France) last 27 September, the MEET project partners agreed on the Terms of Reference, structure and organization and held a Constituent General Assembly where the Mediterranean Experience of EcoTourism Network was launched.
The IUCN Centre for Mediterranean Cooperation (IUCN-Med) will take the role of the Secretary of the MEET Network and the Constituent Executive Council elected represent five institutions: MedPAN, IUCN-Med, Federparchi, the Royal Society for the Conservation of Nature (RSCN) and Al-Shouf Cedar Society.
The mission of the MEET Network is to improve the cooperation between Mediterranean Protected Areas working in Eco-tourism, advocate for the sustainable management of Eco-tourism activities and help them in promoting Eco-tourism, including collaborations with private sector, as a tool for conservation and sustainable development.
The Network will be enlarged by mid 2014 involving, in a first phase, 20 Protected Areas in the Mediterranean area working in the Pilot Actions of MEET project as well as entities interested in the management and promotion of ecotourism activities in the Mediterranean Area.
By the end of the project, the MEET Network will be enlarged to other Protected Areas and interested entities.
The MEET strategic project involves 10 countries of the Mediterranean: Italy, France, Spain, Jordan, Lebanon, Egypt, Malta, Cyprus, Greece and Tunisia.
For further info: Carla Danelutti