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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

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
Project co-financing


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Project duration

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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

Project news

17 February 2020
MedArtSal project: three experts wanted in Tunisia

Deadline for application is 21st February 2020.


Project news

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.


Project news

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.