Coastal areas sustainable tourism water management in the Mediterranean

85% ERDF 15% National Co-financing
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Project period: 
Tuesday, November 1, 2016 to Thursday, October 31, 2019

CASTWATER is the first MED project to support sustainable tourism policies & practices on water efficiency in coastal areas. The transnational challenge is to reduce the impact of tourism activities on environmental heritage and to improve management of water resources. The project's overall objective is to support sustainable tourism water management in Med coastal areas, by improving the monitoring and assessment of the water sustainability performance of the tourism sector.

CASTWATER follows a studying, testing and transferring approach of transnational cooperation, involving public authorities, tourism enterprises, and relevant agencies and stakeholders. Main outputs are:

1. Promotion of widespread uptake of water sustainability indicators & evaluation criteria to measure the tourism sector performance in water efficiency.

2. Development, validation, pilot testing and evaluation of an online tool for SMEs to monitor, compare and self-assess water efficiency status & efforts, and for public authorities to identify issues, and assess the overall situation of their territories.

3. Transferable learning and knowledge resources, and local workshops for public authorities staff on sustainable tourism water management.

4. Transferability and action plans for public authorities to support the policy integration of sustainable tourism water management approaches into policies and measures, and for enterprises to integrate best practices in their day to day operations.