Italian Alpine Club – Italy

Founded in 1863, the Club Alpino Italiano is an independent national association that has mountaineering, specifically those in Italy, and the protection of the environment in the forefront of its action. CAI has 315,032 members that actively participate in 489 local branches and 305 local sub-branches belonging to the 21 Regional groups. The association promotes:

  • Enjoyment of the mountains and the organization of mountaineering, hiking and caving initiatives throughout the nation;
  • The organization and management of training courses for safe mountaineering, alpine ski touring, hiking and caving and naturalist activities;
  • Training for 22 different qualifications (instructor, guide and operator), necessary to perform the above activities.
  • Mapping, building and maintaining trails, alpine structures and mountaineering sites;
  • The construction, maintenance and management of mountain huts and shelters owned by the Club Alpino Italiano and the individual local branches. As of today, there are 761 mountain huts for a total of 21,681 beds
  • the organization of CAI stations suitable for initiatives to patrol and prevent injury to mountaineers, hikers or cavers, to aid the injured, rescue those in danger, and recover accident victims through the National Alpine and Caving Rescue Squad (CNSAS);
  • scientific and educational activities to increase the knowledge of all aspects of the mountain environment as well as any initiative suitable for the protection and improvement of the domestic mountain environment, also through national and regional technical bodies;
  • Ethnic-cultural training, studies dedicated to the diffusion and knowledge of the mountain environment and its people and the multiple aspects, mountain photography and cinematography, and the conservation of the alpine culture;
  • the organization and management of professional training courses for caving guides as well as professional training courses for experts and observers for the Servizio Valanghe Italiano (SVI) (Italian Avalanche Service).

Ministry of Tourism – Lebanon

The growth of tourism on a global scale led to the creation of the Lebanese Ministry of Tourism in 1966 (law no.21/66, issued on March 29, 1966). The Ministry of Tourism was composed of the Direction Générale des Affaires Touristiques. Decree no.7142, issued on April 20, 1967, defined the specific tasks that fell under the separate responsibility of the National Tourism Council, including overseas promotion and execution of tourism projects. However, this decree was repealed by Decree no.2829, issued on October 10, 1992, which nullified the tasks entrusted to the National Tourism Council and transferred them to the Ministry of Tourism.

The Role of the Ministry of Tourism

The Ministry of Tourism, as the official tourism body for Lebanon, is entrusted with the following tasks:

  • Promoting tourism
  • Regulating, coordinating, and monitoring tourism professions;
  • Regulating, coordinating, and monitoring private companies and associations working in the tourism sector;
  • Promoting and executing tourism investment projects; facilitating and simplifying rules and requirements related to these projects; and applying laws and regulations related to tourism and tourism enterprises;
  • Developing archaeological and historical sites and museums for tourism purposes.

In MEET Project, the Ministry of Tourism in Lebanon will participate as an Associate

Ministère de l'Agriculture ET de l'Environnement - Direction Générale de l'Environnement ET de la Qualité de la Vie – Tunisia

Ministry of Environment of Tunisia (Ministère de l'Équipement et de l'Environnement - Direction Générale de l'Environnement et de la Qualité de la Vie)

The Ministry of the Environment coordinates the Tunisian Government's environment policy. Its mission and functions are:

  • To propose the general policy of the government in the areas of environment protection, nature conservation and promotion of the quality of life;
  • To lay the foundations for the development of sustainability in the general and specific policies of the government in collaboration with concerned ministries and agencies; and to ensure that these policies are implemented;
  • To promote the laws on environment protection and nature conservation and to make every effort to integrate the concept of development sustainability into national strategies and plans by taking measures of a general or special nature in the various environment- and development-related fields and by drawing up specifications of the concept of equilibrium in the natural environment.
  • To improve environmental conditions and the living environment; to limit or eliminate the dangers threatening man, environment and natural resources; to protect and develop the spaces assigned to wildlife and landscape development; and to protect and develop the open spaces needed for the growth of future generations.
  • To lay down environment-friendly rules for the management of all sectors of activity and natural resources; to take all necessary measures with all concerned parties to protect and guard against environmental risks; and to face potential or anticipated environmental problems without waiting for their actual occurrence.

Regarding ecotourism activities, a dedicated sector of the ministry manage the activities focusing on the management of the areas. In collaboration and coordination with various ministries and stakeholders, the Ministry in charge of Environment, has achieved a national program dealing with ecotourism promotion, including the identification of ecotourism circuits, based on an inventory of the viable potentialities for employment in the ecotourism field, and the improvement of infrastructure facilitating the visits in these circuits. Detailed information can be found Here The Ministry of Environment of Tunisia will participate as an Associate in the MEET project.

Haut Commissariat des Eaux et Forêts et à la Lutte Contre la Désertification – Morocco

High Commission on Water, Forest and Combating Desertification of Morocco - Haut Commissariat aux Eaux et Forêts et à la Lutte Contre la Désertification (HCEFLCD)

The duties and mission of the Haut Commissariat aux Eaux et Forêts et à la Lutte Contre la Désertification (HCEFLCD) is:

  • To elaborate and implement the governmental policy related to conservation and sustainable development of forest resources, Alfa steps?? and silvo-pastoral resources within the lands subject to forest regulation, as well as hunting regulation, continental fish farming, and parks and natural reserves management ;
  • To develop and implement the coordination policy for the establishment of institutional mechanisms for the preparation, implementation, monitoring and evaluation of government policy in the fight against desertification;
  • To participate in the elaboration and the implementation of the governmental policy related with rural development.

Lots of projects on ecotourism have been coordinated by this administration. Currently, two main projects are under development in the country with the support of Haut Commissariat: one is coordinated by GIZ for the implementation of a national ecotourism plan, and the second one is going to be implemented by USA DOI, that will provide technical assistance in the elaboration of an ecotourism plan within 3 national parks. With the support of PP IUCN Med, the Haut Commissariat is now collaborating in a project related with protected areas and ecotourism.

In the MEET project the Haut Commissariat will participate as an Associate.