IUCN – Centre for Mediterranean Cooperation (IUCN-Med)

The International Union for Conservation of Nature (IUCN) is the world’s oldest and largest global environmental organization, with more than 1,200 government and NGO members and almost 11,000 volunteer experts in some 160 countries. IUCN’s work is supported by over 1,000 staff in 45 offices and hundreds of partners in public, NGO and private sectors around the world.

The mission of the IUCN Centre for Mediterranean Cooperation (IUCN-Med) is to influence, encourage and assist Mediterranean societies in achieving both the conservation and sustainable use of natural resources, and sustainable development. IUCN has 194 members in the Mediterranean region, and around 1000 members in the six IUCN commissions of experts. IUCN-Med was opened in October 2001 with the core support of the Spanish Ministry of Environment, the regional Government of Junta de Andalucía and the Spanish Agency for International Cooperation and Development (AECID).

IUCN-Med had been involved in different activities on sustainable tourism issues, directed at tour operators and the general public. Significant examples are:

  • Workshops on sustainable tourism developed inside the Azahar program;
  • Training courses at the Universidad Autónoma de Andalucía about PAs;
  • Working groups over Red-list development;
  • Agreement with the chamber of Commerce of Malaga on sustainable tourism. For further info clink on My hotel in action
  • Implementation of an ecotourism plan in Talassemntane protected area in Morocco and in Jbel Zaghouan Protected area in Tunisia. For further info click here

IUCN Med’s role in MEET project is the coordination of the whole work package, which involves 6 activities, mainly related with the promotion and capitalization of project results through the establishment of a Network for ecotourism and protected areas at Mediterranean level, and the coordination of terrestrial ecotourism pilot actions in protected areas of Tunisia, included in Work Package 5, in cooperation with national authorities.

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MEET Partnership