CROSSDEV
Cultural Routes for Sustainable Social and economic Development in Mediterranean

About the project

There is a need for building up an area of peace and stability in the Mediterranean, reducing disparities, increasing opportunities for decent life and jobs for all, promoting dialogue and understanding for peaceful coexistence. The CROSSDEV project proposes a way to address these challenges through the exploitation of local culture and heritage to be turned into assets for socio-economic local development. CROSSDEV expects to increase tourism competitiveness and attractiveness of less known destinations and rural areas, enhancing the Cultural Routes experiences such as those of the Council of Europe (e.g. Phoenicians Route and IterVitis), Palestine (Abraham Path) and Jordan (Jordan Trail). To achieve this goal, the project will set up a cross-border tourism framework to enhance sustainable tourism policies, to promote tourism-related business and to develop community-led action plans. CROSSDEV will enable to increase skills and knowledge, contributing to better tourism practices which benefit socio-economic development and the protection of the environment and cultural heritage.

Key information

CROSSDEV
Cultural Routes for Sustainable Social and economic Development in Mediterranean
A.1 Business and SMEs development
A.1.3 Sustainable tourism
Italy, Jordan, Lebanon, Palestine

Financial data

2.5 million
Total budget
2.2 million
EU contribution
%
10%
Project co-financing

Highlights

Project in numbers

7
Partners
4
Countries
10
Technical outputs

Project duration

Start date
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Partnership

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What will be improved?

The creation of a common cross-border tourism framework among the partner organisations will increase the attractiveness of emerging destinations and the exploitation of untapped tourist resources, with more job/development opportunities for less-known tourist destinations and depressed rural areas. The project will also generate innovative sustainable products, increase cooperation among public and private stakeholders, create business opportunities and promote Mediterranean cultural routes and historical connections. Moreover, the project will contribute to the skills of public authorities and businesses in support of sustainable tourism and social inclusion in local communities.

Who will benefit?

  • Micro and small businesses, local guides, farmers, food and handicraft manufacturers, tourism managers, tour operators
  • Public authorities, civil society organizations
  • Local communities and tourists
     

Expected achievements

  • 5 local action plans for the promotion of less known touristic destinations.
  • 3 cross-border agreements for the development of common strategies to increase tourism during low season
  • 8 cultural and historical sites enhanced 
  • 30 enterprises/economic operators participating in cross-border business events
  • 5 new Sustainable Touristic Products pursuing innovation and diversification of the touristic offer
  • 15 private actors substantially and actively involved in new touristic initiatives, also via the “ad hoc” Digital Territorial ICT platform Art Planner developed to promote sustainable tourism initiatives
  • 2 cross-border business events to promote new Sustainable Tourism Products and enterprises networking
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Palestine: EU-funded CROSSDEV project launches call for sub-grants to help local authorities develop sustainable tourism

Six sub-grants to be awarded to local authorities for projects focusing on the new segment of the Palestine Heritage Trail.

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CROSSDEV partners - From Masar Ibrahim Al Khalil to Palestinian Heritage Trail: New branding for a broader vision

A new name for a new vision, CROSSDEV's partner MIAK becomes Palestinian Heritage Trail.

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Jordan: The EU-funded CROSSDEV project awards subgrant for the development of JOHUD AL Ayadi shop

Tourists will get the chance to purchase authentic goodies while also supporting the local community.

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CROSSDEV in Sicily: trainings, awareness and information events on sustainable tourism

The series of three public training, awareness and information events, organised between July and October 2020 in Sicily, have been successfully concluded.

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CROSSDEV intervention area in Lebanon Jabal Moussa Biosphere Reserve awarded “2020 Traveler’s Choice”

This article first appeared in L’Orient-Le Jour on October 3rd, 2020. We’re happy to share the translation with all our readers.

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CROSSDEV: workshop sessions on territorial marketing

How do you promote and market your new tourist destinations? Prof. Stefano Landi of LUISS University is conducting a series of workshops for the CROSSDEV partners.

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CROSSDEV: Sub-grant agreements signed in Palestine with 9 service providers

An award ceremony for the sub-grants winners has been held in Palestine. It was the occasion for the locals to meet each other and start networking.

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CROSSDEV press review: the second six months

A short selection of our latest international press review about CROSSDEV

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[CROSSDEV] Training tourism professionals and much more, the role of AITR

A few weeks back, we talked about AITR, the Italian Association for Responsible Tourism, in an interview with its President, Mr. Maurizio Davolio. Today, we want to follow up …

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CROSSDEV Jobs: Palestinian partner MIAK is looking for a Communication Officer

MIAK, Palestinian partner of the CROSSDEV project, is looking for a full time Communication Officer. Apply now, deadline Friday October, 9th 2020.

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Keeping our beaches clean with CROSSDEV in Jordan

JREDS, Jordanian partner of CROSSDEV located in Aqaba, is committed to an important ongoing campaign to clean beaches from marine litter

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CROSSDEV: press tour in Umm Qais, Jordan

15 journalists were invited to visit the new attractions around Umm Qais, Northern Jordan and to discover CROSSDEV plans for its socio-economic development.

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JORDAN: CROSSDEV takes part in PADI Women’s Dive Day 2020

PADI Women’s Dive Day 2020 in Jordan, an occasion for CROSSDEV to highlight the beauty of Aqaba, Jordan, while raising awareness on women's empowerment and the importance of Ocean's life.

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[CROSSDEV] How Palestinian partner MIAK faced COVID-19?

In the offices of CROSSDEV Palestinian partner, the coronavirus did not stop the willingness of the team to be there for their communities. How? Keeping a strong motivation despite working remotely.

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The Minister of Tourism visited Umm Qais, and was briefed about CROSSDEV project

A new district including the archeological, natural and historical beauties of Umm Qais will be developed in Northern Jordan, said the Minister.

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[CROSSDEV] Magical Mystery Tour – Adonis Route Trial in Lebanon

On Friday, 10th of July, CROSSDEV Lebanese partner APJM invited experts and other partners on a Magical Mystery Tour to explore less-known heritage sites in the legendary Adon…

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[CROSSDEV] 41 applications received for subgrants in Palestine

With full engagement of the communities, Palestinian partner MIAK started the process of identifying the service providers along the new segment of the Masar Ibrahim Al-Kalil trail from Beit Mersim and Battir.

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[CROSSDEV] Aqaba, the spectacular location between the sea and the mountain

History, natural beauties and a strategic location: welcome to Aqaba, Jordan, where the tourism sector should re-start from.

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Covid-19 did not stop the CROSSDEV project

Between April and July 2020, CoopCulture organised five meetings on the upcoming CROSSDEV platform, providing digital training to all participants.

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[CROSSDEV] Domestic Tourism: a real opportunity to relaunch a better tourism

Why should domestic tourism be used only when there is a crisis, whether it is a political, environmental, security or as in this case a pandemic crisis?

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Sustainable tourism: CROSSDEV strengthens its partnership thanks to a cross-border agreement with 2 Cultural Routes of the Council of Europe

The first of 2 cross-border agreements of the CROSSDEV project has been signed by the partners, Iter Viti…

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CROSSDEV actions in the Mediterranean: local communities and respect for all kinds of heritage

Interview with Maurizio Davolio, President of the Italian Association for Responsible Tourism.

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[CROSSDEV] Sambuca di Sicilia: virtuous example of good practices in sustainable tourism

From the Airbnb residences of artist to the “houses for 1 euro” campaign: how the Sicilian village became a case history in tourism studies.

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Jordan: The Royal Marine Conservation Society of Jordan launches subgrants under the CROSSDEV project

Two sub-grants are available under the CROSSDEV project to support economic actors and tourism-related service providers in the Aqaba area.

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Palestine: CROSSDEV launches sub-grants for sustainable tourism service providers

Sub-grants aim to support home stays, women centres and MSMEs to provide hikers & tourists with hospitality, food, information.

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CROSSDEV: What is sustainable tourism? A definition

Sustainable tourism, ecotourism, responsible tourism: did you end up lost? Get back on track with CROSSDEV’s glossary on the latest forms of tourism.

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13 June 2020
CROSSDEV - What we can change and how we can build a more sustainable future

Within the CROSSDEV project, Diane Dodd, PhD has recently held 3 lectures on the future of sustainable tourism. Here she shares a few more thoughts with us and our readers.

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26 May 2020
CROSSDEV in Umm Qais, Jordan: the start of the activities and the consequences of the COVID-19

An overview of the activities of the project in northern Jordan and some prospects for the future.

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18 May 2020
CROSSDEV: Introducing Mohammad, a young man that wants to stay in Palestine

“This project focuses on humans, not stones”. A young Palestinian man advocates for the CROSSDEV project among his fellow community members.

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04 May 2020
[CROSSDEV] A look at the tourism sector in Aqaba, Jordan under the Covid-19 pandemic

The sea exists and will not dry, the sand covers the beaches and will not be scattered, and this period of our lives will be added to the history of our ancestors.

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27 April 2020
CROSSDEV vs COVID-19: what we are doing

As the pandemic keeps affecting the whole world, the CROSSDEV project is keeping its activities and scopes alive, while also working to keep everyone safe and protected. See how.

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22 April 2020
CROSSDEV - request for proposal: auditing services in Palestine

The deadline has been extended until 8 of May and a new application method has been defined.

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20 April 2020
CROSSDEV: Tourism is a tool for development, so now it’s time to get ready

Getting ready for the post-Coronavirus world: seminar with the Cultural Routes of the Council of Europe. A look into the future of the tourism industry, which remains key to b…

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14 April 2020
CROSSDEV press review: the first six months

With the involvement of thousands of local people and stakeholders, the first six months of the CROSSDEV project have been a success. Have a look at our first press review!

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06 April 2020
CROSSDEV: a “Contingency Plan” to face Covid-19 crisis

Unable to meet in person in Amman as planned, the partners held the second Steering Committee virtually meeting to approve a “Contingency Plan”. Read the report.

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27 March 2020
[CROSSDEV] Local Community of the Biosphere

All about people. In Lebanon, the Association for the Protection of Jabal Moussa changed the usual approach: from excluding people from the reserved area to the prime role of local communities.

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17 March 2020
CROSSDEV – Covid-19 emergency announcement

Covid-19 emergency - Now more than ever, cooperation – the act of working together to face every challenge – is relevant. Let’s all do our part.

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17 March 2020
CROSSDEV - Culture and sustainability for Local Action Plans

How to develop community-based tourism to boost local economy and social development? Discover the guidelines of the Italian Ministry of Cultural Heritage, Cultural Activities and Tourism.

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10 March 2020
[CROSSDEV] Masar Ibrahim al Khalil: a trail to discover the legendary Palestinian hospitality

A wonderful trail rich in nature and history, a 50 km-long new segment goal and the involvement of committed locals. CROSSDEV introduces Masar Ibrahim al Khalil in Palestine.

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28 February 2020
[CROSSDEV] The story of Jabal Moussa in Mount Lebanon

Jabal Moussa, the “Mount of Moses” is rich in history, culture and biodiversity. CROSSDEV will valorize such assets so to boost local economy.

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17 February 2020
Blue coasts and green hinterlands: CROSSDEV sites along the Via Selinuntina

CROSSDEV has selected two wonderful sites in Sicily - Castelvetrano-Selinunte and Sambuca di Sicilia - both placed along the Via Selinuntina, a real “highway” of the antiquity…

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11 February 2020
CROSSDEV: A new era of tourism in Umm Qais, Jordan

Meeting the locals in the beautiful Umm Qais, Jordan, where the community looks forward to welcome new tourists thanks to the support of the CROSSDEV project.

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03 February 2020
CROSSDEV: Ingredients for Sustainable Tourism in Aqaba

Wonderful weather all year round and lots of history. Helping Aqaba to make the most of its unique heritage through the CROSSDEV project.

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27 January 2020
Second CROSSDEV inter-partner meeting: a sustainable, virtual conference

Discovering the excitement of the communities involved in CROSSDEV: a review of the first six months of activities and the expectations for the near future.

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21 January 2020
How can CROSSDEV meet the goals of the Agenda 2030 through sustainable tourism?

The CROSSDEV project aims at achieving different UN Sustainable Development Goals, in particular Goals 4, 8, 11 and 14.

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14 January 2020
Job Vacancy - CROSSDEV: Communication and project assistant @ JREDS

CROSSDEV is looking for a Communication and project assistant in Jordan, working for the local partner JREDS - The Royal Marine Conservation Society of Jordan.

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13 December 2019
CROSSDEV: 15 agreements signed to boost community-based tourism in Palestine

15 agreements have been signed with the local authorities that will be touched by the extension of the Masar Ibrahim al-Khalil trail, a long-distance, cultural walking route …

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09 December 2019
Tourism must be a tool, not a goal

Tourism must be used as a tool to achieve sustainability. In no way sustainability should be used as a way to increase tourism flows. Interview with Prof. Alessia Mariotti of University of Bologna.

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05 December 2019
Sustainable tourism: introducing the CROSSDEV partnership

The CROSSDEV project is implemented by 7 partners across 4 countries: Italy, Jordan, Lebanon and Palestine. Let's introduce them.

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11 November 2019
Getting started, CROSSDEV kick-off meeting in Rome

Unexpected quotes, common views and sweet treats: the CROSSDEV kick-off meeting in Rome has gathered all partners to start building new routes for sustainable tourism.

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