The AIFM is a partner of the integrated project Interreg MED INHERIT, a project involving 15 partners from 10 Mediterranean countries.
INHERIT aims to conserve and enhance natural heritage in MED coastal and maritime tourist destinations. It will test and deploy a new approach adapted to MED specificities to protect the natural heritage against the harmful effects of mass tourism. INHERIT will promote sustainable tourism by reducing the seasonality of tourism, addressing the issue of accommodation capacity, developing and implementing a "bottom up" protection approach based on self-regulation and monitoring by stakeholders local tourism.
On the basis of transnational cooperation and results of SO3 MED projects and based on a new sustainable tourism approach, INHERIT will develop a community tourism policy that will:
capitalize on good practices to protect the natural heritage,
to promote and support sustainable tourism activities and destinations,
recognize the MED area in European markets as an area that effectively protects its natural heritage.
As a result, INHERIT could be a future point of reference for projects and initiatives that advance green growth in the Mediterranean.
The INHERIT project is an integrated Interreg MED project, which aims to meet the specific objective 3.1 of the program, namely "Strengthening the development of sustainable and responsible coastal and maritime tourism in the MED area".
The project has three main objectives:
Identify and implement measures to protect the natural, forest and biodiversity heritage in the Mediterranean coastal regions, in particular the Integrated Coastal Zone Management-Maritime Spatial Planning (ICZM-PSM) zones, to advance tourism sustainable development and enhance transnational cooperation;
Design, test and capitalize self-regulation measures and sustainable tourism activities that value natural capital and its biodiversity in partner territories;
Design, test and capitalize pilot areas called "INHERITURA" in the partner territories, then develop multi-destination ecotourism itineraries and highlight assets under-exploited from a tourist point of view. The Camargue is the pilot site of the INHERIT project in connection with the AIFM.
The project is implemented by the AIFM together with 14 state, regional and thematic partners, from 10 Mediterranean countries:
1. Peloponnese Region (Greece) - leader
2. Region of Murcia (Spain)
3. Region of Emilia-Romagna (Italy)
4. Apulia Region (Italy)
5. Ministry of Tourism (Croatia)
6. Department of Herault (France)
7. Strunjan Landscape Park (Slovenia)
8. Institute of Agriculture and Tourism (Croatia)
9. SENECA Foundation (Spain)
10. Foundation for dialogue on regional development of Malta (Malta)
11. DynMED (Portugal)
12. ANETEL (Cyprus)
13. University of Patras (Greece)
14. Park Dinarides (Montenegro)
The project, scheduled for 4 years, began on February 1, 2018 and will end on January 31, 2022.
Role of the AIFM
The AIFM has developed a "Methodology and tools for collecting data on the best protection measures of the Mediterranean natural heritage against the effects of mass tourism", distributed to its partners at the end of August 2018. This methodology contains a questionnaire for key players in the relevant field, as well as a bibliographic search tool for partners.