A SURVEY OF ECO-TOURISM BEST PRACTICES AND OF NATIONAL POLICIES IN THE MEDITERRANEAN REGION

In order to highlight the strengths and lessons to be learned from some of the best international ecotourism practices, the MEET project partnership carried out a detailed, worldwide analysis of existing ecotourism strategies and approaches. To gain a broad, widespread perspective, the analysis included 60 cases from around the world with a variety of contexts (e.g. small local initiatives and big programs, newly launched experiences and consolidated cases, etc.). The analyses collected, analyzed and shared quantitative and qualitative geographical, environmental, economic and social data, which was compiled to identify the top success determining factors and create a ‘Best Practices’ database and description sheet.

The analysis helped to understand the eco-tourism policy context and to define the ideal characteristics that Pilot Actions should show in each country to allow the development of effective and innovative ecotourism experiences. Searching and highlighting common goals, similar challenges and joint interests will support the compilation of a summary of suggestions and tips for successful ecotourism activities and products in the Mediterranean.

The survey was made possible through the evaluation of models, approaches and tools with regards to management of facilities, services and infrastructure, conservation, local communities, cultural heritage, monitoring and marketing of products and services within protected areas.

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