I have taken part in the proposal preparation and writing and I was the project Principal Investigator for ENEA. I have taken part in the stakeholders’ engagement events.
The marine and coastal environment cannot be constrained by administrative borders. This is even more true for the Tyrrhenian sea, the glue that holds together the cooperation area. This determines the presence of a strong inter-dependence between the cross-border territories. The environmental quality (and the economic development to which it is connected) of a coastal territory is closely linked to the environmental quality and the sustainability of other areas within the Programme. On this basis the Project intends to strengthen the competitiveness of the marine-bathing tourism sector, by supporting its sustainable development according to the assumption that a greater environmental quality and a lower human strain on natural resources may be translated into an increase in quantity and quality, in terms of environmental consciousness and spending capacity, of tourists throughout the cooperation area. In order to pursue this objective the project intends to strengthen the involvement of local stakeholders companies, local authorities, NGOs) in order to define shared governance plans that are the result of a participatory logic in the view of co-designing the project outputs. In the same way it intends to create an eco-tourism brand defined and managed by local entities and organisations, favouring its appropriation in the common sense of the population. The innovativeness of the project is provided by: - the involvement of stakeholders through the establishment of an Advisory Board, which enables the stakeholders to participate in the Project’s decisions; - the use of an innovative method for involving stakeholders such as Appreciative Inquiry, previously successfully trialled in important contexts at the global level; - the use of data related to climate variations (seasonal forecasts and climate change scenarios) in order to define a sustainable development structure that anticipates these changes and may also be applicable in the medium-long term.”