Natural resources in vulnerable MED tourist territories, such as islands and scarcely inhabited areas, are at stake. The carrying capacity of such MED destinations is often counterposing interests of tourist stakeholders and local communities. A joint response and a shared methodological framework to policy making are required in tackled territories, to seize the sustainability challenge, especially in terms of an improved and integrated sustainable tourism planning to preserve and valorize non-renewable resources.
INCIRCLE will build up on previous projects, capitalising knowledge and available tools to test a new methodology that will apply the principles of circular economy to the tourism sector, with a focus on the peculiar needs of islands and low-density areas. INCIRCLE tailored policies will address mobility, energy efficiency, use of limited resources as water and waste production, while enhancing community prosperity and quality of life.
Durable and easily adaptable outputs are envisaged to provide MED decision makers with concrete tools and testing opportunities to improve their capacity in terms of assessing and planning sustainability in territories where resources are already scarce, to disclose new funding and concrete replication opportunities, establishing a critical mass for a MED sustainable and circular growth.
Capitalization activities will replicate activities in further territories and mainstream results in regional, national and European policies.