Co-Evolve4BG in Greece gathers different experts in a workshop on blue growth and sustainable tourism in Alexandroupoli


On the 27th of April 2023, the Region and Eastern Makedonia and Thrace (REMTH), Greek partner of Co-Evolve4BG, organised a participatory training/workshop in Alexandroupoli. Around 10 attendees with different backgrounds and expertise participated in this event. The main objective of the event was to draft an action plan to promote sustainable tourism and blue growth in Alexandroupoli and Samothraki (pilot areas of the project) and to present the transferability plan and discuss about how to transfer the results of the project.
The participatory workshop was developed in two different pillars, fixed at a previous stage at the local scale. Those pillars include threats like pollution, climate change and erosion and key opportunities such as sustainable tourism. During the event, the participants were informed about the Integrated Coastal Zone Management, and they requested to collaborate and discuss the weaknesses, opportunities, and threats concerning the three axes in Alexandroupoli and Samothraki.
Based on the results of the previous action, the participants worked together to draft an action plan later the same day. The results of that activity highlighted the need for creating a horizontal participatory organisation dedicated to ICZM. In this organisation, actors, and experts, both private and public, should participate to better monitor, manage, and program the activities in the coastal zones.