The Second event of the Sustainable Tourism Community took place on 20 and 21 November 2018, in Marseille. The event, called a capitalisation workshop, connected the research and testing projects with the political and policy making level, translating projects outcomes into policy advices for the stakeholders.
The Secretariat of the Adriatic Ionian Euroregion has attended the event as partner of the Horizontal project BleuTourMed_C3. This project is coordinating the joint actions of the Sustainable Tourism Community. The project have to organise two capitalisation workshops to capitalise on evidence-based data and knowledge produced by the modular projects.
After the research and testing phase realised by the projects, the capitalisation activity is the next step to exploit on a wider scale the results obtained. At this stage, the community is able to profit from the fruits of its work in order to streamline them and convert them into policies’ contents.
The first workshop aims at harmonizing the lobby and advocacy work of the community, in a more integrated approach, bringing also a transnational perspective. The ultimate output of the capitalisation workshop will be a policy paper, collecting all the recommendations coming from the previous phases.
During the workshop, the members of the STC thought together the best ways to transfer the results delivered by the Modular Projects to specific target groups (e.g European and Mediterranean stakeholders) in order to mainstream projects’ results into tourism policies, and create policy messages.
BleuTourMed has identified four main issues to guide the event and leading the working groups:
- Monitoring the sustainability of tourism: what are the knowledge gaps of policy-making processes? How to bridge the data gaps on tourism?
- How to reduce the environmental-cultural- social impacts of tourism in the Mediterranean region?
- How can the tourism sector ensure a sustainable and responsible economic growth and prosperity in the Mediterranean region?
- How to address the complexity of the tourism sector, including local actors, decision-makers and consumers? Governance mechanisms to guide a wide variety of stakeholders towards a more sustainable and responsible tourism.
Supported by facilitators, each working group, composed by modular projects representatives, capitalisation experts from the modular projects, external experts, and policy-makers, will produce a policy fact sheet that will be a key tool for an integrated lobby and advocacy activity addressed to the different Euro-Mediterranean policy-makers. The four working groups, working in parallel sessions, have analyses in Marseille some key challenges of sustainable tourism. The working group identified the targets and main problematic as well as the key messages and recommendations for the policy factsheets.
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