MedArtSal
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sustainable management model for Mediterranean Artisanal Salinas

About the project

Today salinas across the Mediterranean are suffering from environmental pressures and economic stress. Their products face strong competition from cheaper land-produced salt and from the world trade. To stay viable, salinas are confronted with the choice of closing, industrializing the production or changing the business orientation towards sustainable tourism and new artisanal products. This third option is the idea behind MedArtSal. The project will define a sustainable and adaptable management model for artisanal salinas including, among others, a marketing strategic plan and a biodiversity strategy. With this aim, MedArtSal project addresses both salinas managers and institutional policy-makers. On the one hand, salinas managers will receive up-to-date training on how an artisanal salina should be managed in order to remain competitive, especially by diversifying products. On the other hand, institutional policy-makers will help build the management model which will be further tested in two artisanal salinas in Spain and Tunisia. Finally, a network of Artisanal Mediterranean Salinas will be created to capitalize the project results in the long run. 

Key information

MedArtSal
sustainable management model for Mediterranean Artisanal Salinas
A.1 Business and SMEs development
A.1.2 Euro-Mediterranean economic clusters
Italy, Lebanon, Spain, Tunisia

Financial data

3.2 million
Total budget
2.9 million
EU contribution
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10%
Project co-financing

Highlights

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8
Partners
4
Countries
9
Technical outputs

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What will be improved?

The project will lead to the economic, social and environmental revival of the concerned salinas. Form the economic point of view, new businesses, products and related services (e.g. tourism, logistics) based on the valorization of salt products will be created. Salinas will also experience more sustainable management through better use of natural resources. Finally, employment opportunities related to salt production will be generated together with an increased awareness of communities and public institutions of the importance of salinas for local economies.

Who will benefit?

  • Managers of artisanal salinas
  • Salt producers
  • National, regional and local authorities
  • Chambers of commerce and trade associations
  • Local communities and consumers

Expected achievements

  • 1 comprehensive mapping and analysis of the economic, environmental and regulatory state of artisanal salinas across the Mediterranean 
  • 1 model for sustainable development of the artisanal salinas
  • 2 demonstration projects on the diversification of salinas products/services carried out in Spain (La Esperanza) and Tunisia (Sidi Al-Hani) 
  • 10 pilot actions for the development of new products/services in selected salinas
  • 1 strategic marketing plan for the promotion of salinas
  • 50 artisanal salinas involved in 2 MedArtSal fairs implemented in Tunisia and Lebanon 
  • 1 network of Mediterranean artisanal salinas
     
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[MedArtSal] Salinas as refuge for birds against climate change

Amidst sea-level rise, saltpans remain an area of protection for coastal and migratory birds. Learn how saltpans support birdlife during climate change by providing nesting grounds and reliable food sources.

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12 month consulting opportunity under MedArtSal project at IUCN

Application delivery deadline is December 11, 2020.

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MedArtSal: it's harvest time for the "sea-peasants"

Autumn is harvest time for salt workers across the Mediterranean. It is the dunialella seaweed that warns the salt workers about the time of harvest, making the saltpans a vas…

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[MedArtSal] Did you know that the pink colour of flamingos comes from the salt flats?

In Tunisia, the number of flamingos varies between 800 and 1,000 in summer. In September, with the start of migration, the sanctuary welcomes between 3,500 and 4,000 flamingos…

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Tunisia: CTICI is looking for an auditor within the framework of the MedArtSal project

The deadline for receipt of tenders is September 30, 2020 at 5:00 p.m.

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[MedArtSal] Salinas of Sfax-Thyna: Biodiversity and ecotourism

The salinas of Sfax-Thyna in Tunisia are among the Mediterranean saltpans that could benefit from the sustainable business model of the project MedArtSal.

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[MedArtSal] How many uses of salt-related products do you know?

A tourism plan in respect of the biodiversity landscape and a micro-algae production for food and cosmetics will be developed during the MedArtSal project.

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Launch of MedArtSal survey on Mediterranean artisanal salinas

The aim of the survey is to collect information from salt producers to design a sustainable management model that encourages and provides solutions for salinas towards socioeconomic diversification.

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Conti Vecchi saltworks in Sardinia, a model of nature and production combined in perfect harmony

Those of Conti Vecchi belong to the group of Mediterranean salt pans that are under analysis by the project "MedArtSal".

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[MedArtSal] How many different types of salt do you know?

One of the main actions of the project MedArtSal involves working close with managers and owners of artisanal Salinas to enhance the value of salt products and diversify salt-related products.

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10 June 2020
Salinas in Tunisia: an ecological and biological wealth to preserve

The project MedArtSal aims to preserve the Tunisian salina Sidi El Hani peculiar biological richness and improve its economic sustainability.

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28 May 2020
MedArtSal: biodiversity in Mediterranean salinas beyond traditional birdwatching

MedArtSal aims to enhance the value of these rich man-made habitats and stop their abandonment which could lead to the loss of their paramount value for biodiversity and peopl…

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08 May 2020
MedArtSal project: a new vision to preserve Lebanon’s white gold

Nature gave Lebanon many treasures, in different shapes and textures; one of Lebanon’s most ancient and renowned resource is Anfeh’s Sea Salt, once known as Lebanon’s white go…

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20 April 2020
The Mediterranean: a Soul of Salt

Salt and saltworks have always been part of the Mediterranean soul. MedArtSal combines the forces of four countries to revitalize artisanal salinas across the Mediterranean.

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17 April 2020
Financial Auditor for the MedArtSal Project at ADR, Lebanon

Deadline for applications is 30 April 2020.

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06 April 2020
MedArtSal: provision of external audit services

Deadline for submitting bids is the 16th of April 2020. 

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06 April 2020
Encouraging a social demand to preserve the saltscapes in Spain

In order to maintain artisanal salinas, traditional producers need to include additional economic activities like tourism and new salt products.

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17 March 2020
Expert in microalgae growth needed at the University of Cadiz

The MedArtSal project is looking for an expert in microalgae growth. The deadline for applications is 24th of March 2020.

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17 March 2020
First meeting of the MedArtSal project in Lebanon

An introductory meeting with the aim to define future steps required to achieve the success of the project was held in Anfeh, Lebanon.

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26 February 2020
Short-term consultant within the MedArtSal project needed

The deadline for application is 10 March 2020.

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17 February 2020
MedArtSal project: three experts wanted in Tunisia

Deadline for application is 21st February 2020.

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14 February 2020
The MedArtSal project is hiring!

The University Consortium for Industrial and Managerial Economics is looking for a senior expert in environmental and socieconomic issues.

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30 January 2020
A new life for Mediterranean artisanal salinas: MedArtSal project launched in Rome

The final aim of the project is to develop a sustainable and adaptable management model fostering the territorial valorisation of artisanal salinas in the Mediterranean region…