Co-Evolve4BG in Tunisia informs tourist operators about its analysis for a more sustainable coastal management


The Institut National des Sciences et Technologies de la Mer(INSTM), Lead Beneficiary of Co-Evolve4BG and partner in COMMON, took part  in the event organized by the ongoing project “Coastal Management and Monitoring Network for tackling marine litter in the Mediterranean Sea: COMMON. The event, entitled: “L’entrepreneuriat conscient pour les opérateurs touristiques”, was held in Monastir,Tunisia (which is included in one of the pilot areas in Co-Evolve4BG project) on 10th-11th of March 2022. The COMMON project aims to combat issue related to marine litter while involving the coastal community and the different actors in the process.
This event was mainly dedicated to tourism operators such as hotels representatives, tourism administrative representatives, and entrepreneurs looking for new opportunities. It tackled topics related to “Ecotourism” and waste management in the touristic sector. In this context, concepts such as “Green Economy”, “Circular Economy”, and “Waste Recycling & Management” were presented. It also focussed on how to integrate “ecological” concepts in the newly established initiatives in general and for Tunisian tourism products in particular. During the event, examples of initiatives of “Eco-Tourism” in Tunisia, in general, were also highlighted. 
During this event, Co-Evolve4BG concept and main objectives were presented. In addition, the main results of the national Threats & Enabling Factors analysis, at the Tunisian scale, were presented and shortly discussed with the attendees. The importance of introducing ICZM/MSP (Integrated Coastal Zone Management/Maritime Spatial Planning) and Blue Growth concepts into the Coastal/Maritime tourism products was also highlighted. In addition, the importance of local actors involvement in the next steps of the project, related to sustainability index (Toolkit) and the action plan implementation in the pilot areas, were emphasized.
The event was very fruitful. On the one hand, it presented an occasion to further disseminate the main results of Co-Evolve4BG at the Tunisian scale. On the other hand, the project had the opportunity to enlarge its network to other institutions that are not already involved in the project.