Co.Co.Tour - sustainable tourism model in the Mediterranean

Re-conceptualising  tourism can be a solution for improving the sector while promoting the local economy and sustainable development. In this regard, the Co.Co.Tour project is doing a great job on safeguarding and promoting smart inclusive and sustainable growth of the Coastal Communities in the Mediterranean

In this purpose they have been working on the implementation of a common strategy based on community participation in the target areas. The establishment of a cross border écomusée network has allowed the creation of a tourist package, the design of a smartphone application for visitors, and the improvement of the accessibility and participation of local workers and communities. This project represents a new phase of tourism in the region, which has already been proven to be a success in the cities of Himara (Albany), Herceg Novi (Montenegro) and Tricase (Italy), Corfu (Greece) and Messolonghi (Greece).

Co.Co. Tour has great potential to continue changing the tourism model in the entire Mediterranean region.

Co.Co. Tour has great potential to continue changing the tourism model in the entire Mediterranean region. By taking into account the specificities of rural hinterlands of the coastal communities, the project can provide matching resources for the potential applicants to the program. Local authorities have already recognized the importance of the implementation of the eco-museums model to support the sustainable development of tourism in the region. 

Within the PANORAMED initiative, a governance platform that supports the process of strengthening and developing multilateral cooperation frameworks in the Mediterranean region, the Co.Co.Tour project has been considered as the ideal example of how tourism can be transformed and developed in a sustainable way. Furthermore, benefiting from the above-mentioned initiative, the project is able to keep working on creating new opportunities and developing solutions to common challenges in the area. 

 

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LDA Nikšić
PANORAMED – Interreg 
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Re-conceptualising  tourism can be a solution for improving the sector while promoting the local economy and sustainable development. In this regard, the Co.Co.Tour project is doing a great job on safeguarding and promoting smart inclusive and sustainable growth of the Coastal Communities in the Mediterranean

In this purpose they have been working on the implementation of a common strategy based on community participation in the target areas. The establishment of a cross border écomusée network has allowed the creation of a tourist package, the design of a smartphone application for visitors, and the improvement of the accessibility and participation of local workers and communities. This project represents a new phase of tourism in the region, which has already been proven to be a success in the cities of Himara (Albany), Herceg Novi (Montenegro) and Tricase (Italy), Corfu (Greece) and Messolonghi (Greece).

Co.Co. Tour has great potential to continue changing the tourism model in the entire Mediterranean region.

Co.Co. Tour has great potential to continue changing the tourism model in the entire Mediterranean region. By taking into account the specificities of rural hinterlands of the coastal communities, the project can provide matching resources for the potential applicants to the program. Local authorities have already recognized the importance of the implementation of the eco-museums model to support the sustainable development of tourism in the region. 

Within the PANORAMED initiative, a governance platform that supports the process of strengthening and developing multilateral cooperation frameworks in the Mediterranean region, the Co.Co.Tour project has been considered as the ideal example of how tourism can be transformed and developed in a sustainable way. Furthermore, benefiting from the above-mentioned initiative, the project is able to keep working on creating new opportunities and developing solutions to common challenges in the area. 

More information on:
LDA Nikšić
PANORAMED – Interreg 
Our previous news on Co.Co Tour


Call for the Advisory Board

Since 1999, ALDA has been working to promote and encourage civic engagement as a key in the creation of a democratic and participatory reality. It is guided by its Governing Board, whose role is to define the future steps and path of the association. 

In light of its great engagement both at local as well as at international level, ALDA has now launched this “call for expression of interests”, addressed to members, partners and external experts. This call consists of identifying and selecting five candidates to form the Board of Advisors. The role of the latter is to directly support the Governing Board, by giving technical advice and by sharing professional knowledge.

Fill in the formulaire by April 30th 2021

In addition, the Advisory Board will focus on five specific areas:

  1. Democracy and local development;
  2. L'environnement ;
  3. Digitalization;
  4. Cooperation between CSOs and the Private Sector;
  5. Support to Local Democracy Agencies (Decentralised Cooperation)

More in detail, the Advisory Board is asked to work for the implementation of the ALDA Strategic Framework as well as to interact and connect with external actors and stakeholders. Similarly, the advisors will be involved in five different groups according to the above-mentioned areas; while joining annual meetings with the representatives of the Secretariat and other members to discuss the implementation of the action plan.

The Advisory Board will be in charge for 4 years.

If you wish to share your expertise and join ALDA mission, apply and become a member of the new ALDA Advisory Board, please fill in this formulaire by April 30th 2021. 

Once the call is closed, we will examine all applications and select the most appropriate profiles.

Since 1999, ALDA has been working to promote and encourage civic engagement as a key in the creation of a democratic and participatory reality. It is guided by its Governing Board, whose role is to define the future steps and path of the association. 

In light of its great engagement both at local as well as at international level, ALDA has now launched this “call for expression of interests”, addressed to members, partners and external experts. This call consists of identifying and selecting five candidates to form the Board of Advisors. The role of the latter is to directly support the Governing Board, by giving technical advice and by sharing professional knowledge.

Fill in the formulaire by April 30th 2021

In addition, the Advisory Board will focus on five specific areas:

  1. Democracy and local development;
  2. L'environnement ;
  3. Digitalization;
  4. Cooperation between CSOs and the Private Sector;
  5. Support to Local Democracy Agencies (Decentralised Cooperation)

More in detail, the Advisory Board is asked to work for the implementation of the ALDA Strategic Framework as well as to interact and connect with external actors and stakeholders. Similarly, the advisors will be involved in five different groups according to the above-mentioned areas; while joining annual meetings with the representatives of the Secretariat and other members to discuss the implementation of the action plan.

The Advisory Board will be in charge for 4 years.

If you wish to share your expertise and join ALDA mission, apply and become a member of the new ALDA Advisory Board, please fill in this formulaire by April 30th 2021. 

Once the call is closed, we will examine all applications and select the most appropriate profiles.


Transformer les ODD en actions concrètes - Exemples de nos projets

From 1 to 17 the UN has defined sustainable development goals, which should guide our actions and become our compass. Yet, how can we turn those goals into actions, making them tangible and understood by all of us? Of course it is a great challenge, but with a little bit of effort everything is possible. Hence, when developing its projects, ALDA has those SDGs in mind and designs its activities in order to not only raise awareness on them, but also to stimulate a change and promote concrete actions for their success. Let’s have a closer look!

 For example, SDG 4 stands for “quality education”, which goes from inclusive learning to guarantee good education as well as supporting lifelong learning. ALDA’s Piece project, just to mention one initiative, is intended to understand and react to the needs of different communities in Europe through trainings and education. In other words, empowering people, by giving them tools and knowledge to become a valuable resource for local societies. Hence, by designing this project, and by including different partners, the final outcome will be the promotion of positive and long-lasting change, while making SDG 4 as a tangible concept.

L'ALDA conserve les ODD à l'esprit et conçoit ses activités de manière à promouvoir des actions concrètes pour leur réussite.

But let’s continue with other goals. The SDG 16 tackles “peace, justice and strong institutions”, concepts which are pretty often used and discussed,especially the fist and the second, but how we can really address them is a different matter. Following the example above-mentioned, starting from the Schumann Declaration, the DESIRE project is willing to raise awareness on this milestone in European Union history. In detail, the project will stimulate participants to reflect on EU values – be they peace, justice and solidarity – by using different artistic and visual tools. 

As the case of the two previous projects, also EPIC project is directed to understand and address the challenges posed by the integration of migrants in medium-sized realities. And how is this connected to SDGs? Here we come: not only SDG 10 but also 11 and 17 are taken into account. SDGs are in fact strictly related to one-another spurring an holistic approach, a circular action that involves all of these goals. In fact, EPIC project aims at “reducing inequalities” (SDG 10), by supporting and developing “sustainable cities and communities” (SDG 11), within which migrants will settle and actively join. Furthermore, by including different actors – from municipalities, to universities and CSOs, EPIC has turned goal 17 on “partnership for goals” as a concrete and successful reality.

Finally, our projects also focus on the environment and planet. Here we would like to introduce to you FOREST project. It goes without saying that the aim of this initiative is within the forestry sector.  Thus, it is willing to increase and unify the fragmented knowledge as far as forestry management concerns, both at national and international levels. In this case, the project has been tailored having SDGs 13 and 15 in mind. The former is intended to fight climate change, while the latter focuses on “life on land”, that means acting in order to protect ecosystems and biodiversity. By improving the level of professionalism and competitiveness of forest workers at cross-border level for example, the idea of the project is to safeguard these green realities which are the habitat for different species and are essential for actors as far as climate concerns.

These are a bunch of examples of ALDA projects, but if you check our page you will find plenty of projects, each of them related to specific SDGs.

We are also delighted to share with you the latest issue of the SDG Watch Europe Newsletter, on which you can find several articles from which to draw inspiration, including news on our projects!

From 1 to 17 the UN has defined sustainable development goals, which should guide our actions and become our compass. Yet, how can we turn those goals into actions, making them tangible and understood by all of us? Of course it is a great challenge, but with a little bit of effort everything is possible. Hence, when developing its projects, ALDA has those SDGs in mind and designs its activities in order to not only raise awareness on them, but also to stimulate a change and promote concrete actions for their success. Let’s have a closer look!

 For example, SDG 4 stands for “quality education”, which goes from inclusive learning to guarantee good education as well as supporting lifelong learning. ALDA’s Piece project, just to mention one initiative, is intended to understand and react to the needs of different communities in Europe through trainings and education. In other words, empowering people, by giving them tools and knowledge to become a valuable resource for local societies. Hence, by designing this project, and by including different partners, the final outcome will be the promotion of positive and long-lasting change, while making SDG 4 as a tangible concept.

L'ALDA conserve les ODD à l'esprit et conçoit ses activités de manière à promouvoir des actions concrètes pour leur réussite.

But let’s continue with other goals. The SDG 16 tackles “peace, justice and strong institutions”, concepts which are pretty often used and discussed,especially the fist and the second, but how we can really address them is a different matter. Following the example above-mentioned, starting from the Schumann Declaration, the DESIRE project is willing to raise awareness on this milestone in European Union history. In detail, the project will stimulate participants to reflect on EU values – be they peace, justice and solidarity – by using different artistic and visual tools. 

As the case of the two previous projects, also EPIC project is directed to understand and address the challenges posed by the integration of migrants in medium-sized realities. And how is this connected to SDGs? Here we come: not only SDG 10 but also 11 and 17 are taken into account. SDGs are in fact strictly related to one-another spurring an holistic approach, a circular action that involves all of these goals. In fact, EPIC project aims at “reducing inequalities” (SDG 10), by supporting and developing “sustainable cities and communities” (SDG 11), within which migrants will settle and actively join. Furthermore, by including different actors – from municipalities, to universities and CSOs, EPIC has turned goal 17 on “partnership for goals” as a concrete and successful reality.

Finally, our projects also focus on the environment and planet. Here we would like to introduce to you FOREST project. It goes without saying that the aim of this initiative is within the forestry sector.  Thus, it is willing to increase and unify the fragmented knowledge as far as forestry management concerns, both at national and international levels. In this case, the project has been tailored having SDGs 13 and 15 in mind. The former is intended to fight climate change, while the latter focuses on “life on land”, that means acting in order to protect ecosystems and biodiversity. By improving the level of professionalism and competitiveness of forest workers at cross-border level for example, the idea of the project is to safeguard these green realities which are the habitat for different species and are essential for actors as far as climate concerns.

These are a bunch of examples of ALDA projects, but if you check our page you will find plenty of projects, each of them related to specific SDGs.

We are also delighted to share with you the latest issue of the SDG Watch Europe Newsletter, on which you can find several articles from which to draw inspiration, including news on our projects!


Le projet MIICT : des étapes plus larges vers des solutions basées sur les TIC pour l'intégration des migrants

Comment œuvrer vers une relation plus inclusive entre les sociétés européennes et les migrants ? Afin de répondre à cette question, nous souhaitons partager avec vous des documents fiables qui ont été publiés dans le cadre du projet MIICT. Ainsi, ce dernier a déjà présenté des recommandations à diverses parties prenantes - qu'il s'agisse de décideurs, de groupes de pression et d'autres groupes d'intérêt. Publiée en mars 2020, la première note d'orientation a mis en évidence neuf domaines politiques clés à aborder dans le contexte de l'intégration des migrants en Europe : de l'emploi, l'inclusion sociale et l'antiracisme, au logement, la santé, l'éducation, la traite des êtres humains, les questions juridiques ainsi que les technologies de l'information et de la communication. De plus, outre les plusieurs suggestions concernant ces domaines, il propose également des recommandations spécifiques à chaque pays, notamment pour l'Espagne, l'Italie et Chypre.

Neuf domaines politiques clés à aborder dans le cadre de l'intégration des migrants en Europe

Plus récemment, en mars 2021, le projet MIICT a publié une deuxième note d'orientation pour présenter d'autres recommandations sur les politiques existantes autour des questions de migration. C'est en capitalisant sur les résultats de sa première note politique ainsi que sur ceux de la table ronde conjointe sur les politiques migratoires que cette dernière a été organisée par le MIICT en coopération avec les projets "frères" H2020 (REBUILD, NADINE, MICADO, EASYRIGHTS et WELCOME). Les discussions de la table ronde ont eu lieu entre le 14 et le 16 octobre 2020 et ont conduit à la publication d'un livre blanc conjoint sur la politique migratoire .

La deuxième note d'orientation du CSIEM s'appuie sur le livre blanc et exprime d'autres recommandations liées au CSIEM. Elle met l'accent sur:

  • la pertinence de la coopération et de la coordination entre les parties prenantes et les organisations plutôt que les individus;
  • la dynamique de la numérisation des services publics liée à la pandémie de COVID-19.

It focuses on how digital transformation and existing technological solutions (e.g. translation services) could result in multi-faceted ICT solutions that respect cultural diversity among final users. In this context, it also addresses the issue of funding and other options for the sustainability of solutions. The document concludes that the European Commission needs to play a pivotal role for supporting the sustainability and roll-out. Finally, the second policy brief mapped out possible obstacles and challenges that have to be taken into consideration for further policy development.

La prochaine étape portera sur la distribution et la diffusion des recommandations politiques. De futures tables rondes locales et européennes seront organisées en 2021 pour réviser et étendre les recommandations dans le contexte du pilotage étendu des solutions TIC.

To know more on the Policy Paper, read our previous news

Find out more: https://www.miict.eu

Comment œuvrer vers une relation plus inclusive entre les sociétés européennes et les migrants ? Afin de répondre à cette question, nous souhaitons partager avec vous des documents fiables qui ont été publiés dans le cadre du projet MIICT. Ainsi, ce dernier a déjà présenté des recommandations à diverses parties prenantes - qu'il s'agisse de décideurs, de groupes de pression et d'autres groupes d'intérêt. Publiée en mars 2020, la première note d'orientation a mis en évidence neuf domaines politiques clés à aborder dans le contexte de l'intégration des migrants en Europe : de l'emploi, l'inclusion sociale et l'antiracisme, au logement, la santé, l'éducation, la traite des êtres humains, les questions juridiques ainsi que les technologies de l'information et de la communication. De plus, outre les plusieurs suggestions concernant ces domaines, il propose également des recommandations spécifiques à chaque pays, notamment pour l'Espagne, l'Italie et Chypre.

Neuf domaines politiques clés à aborder dans le cadre de l'intégration des migrants en Europe

Plus récemment, en mars 2021, le projet MIICT a publié une deuxième note d'orientation pour présenter d'autres recommandations sur les politiques existantes autour des questions de migration. C'est en capitalisant sur les résultats de sa première note politique ainsi que sur ceux de la table ronde conjointe sur les politiques migratoires que cette dernière a été organisée par le MIICT en coopération avec les projets "frères" H2020 (REBUILD, NADINE, MICADO, EASYRIGHTS et WELCOME). Les discussions de la table ronde ont eu lieu entre le 14 et le 16 octobre 2020 et ont conduit à la publication d'un livre blanc conjoint sur la politique migratoire .

La deuxième note d'orientation du CSIEM s'appuie sur le livre blanc et exprime d'autres recommandations liées au CSIEM. Elle met l'accent sur:

  • la pertinence de la coopération et de la coordination entre les parties prenantes et les organisations plutôt que les individus;
  • la dynamique de la numérisation des services publics liée à la pandémie de COVID-19.

It focuses on how digital transformation and existing technological solutions (e.g. translation services) could result in multi-faceted ICT solutions that respect cultural diversity among final users. In this context, it also addresses the issue of funding and other options for the sustainability of solutions. The document concludes that the European Commission needs to play a pivotal role for supporting the sustainability and roll-out. Finally, the second policy brief mapped out possible obstacles and challenges that have to be taken into consideration for further policy development.

La prochaine étape portera sur la distribution et la diffusion des recommandations politiques. De futures tables rondes locales et européennes seront organisées en 2021 pour réviser et étendre les recommandations dans le contexte du pilotage étendu des solutions TIC.

To know more on the Policy Paper, read our previous news

Find out more: https://www.miict.eu