The Project in brief

Sustainability and Tourism in the Mediterranean (S&T Med) is a strategic project co-financed by the European Union through the ENPI CBC Mediterranean Sea Basin Programme 2007-2013.

The S&T Med Project aims at promoting sustainable development and management of coastal tourism through:

  • the application of joint public/private management schemes for the valorisation and promotion of natural and cultural assets, also based on scientific and statistical analyses of environmental patterns and tourist trends;
  • the establishment of a Mediterranean network of sustainable coastal destinations that will offer wider visibility and impact on destinations attractiveness.


Target areas


Scientific partners

€ 4.4

ENPI contribution

The Strategy of the Project is based on the recognition of the crucial role played by cultural and biological diversity in the attractiveness and economic development of Mediterranean coastal destinations and the consequent need to manage this huge heritage in a sustainable manner respecting local social and cultural values as well as the environmental ecosystems and associated services.

cerchioThe Project has three target areas: Sinis and Isola di Mal di Ventre in Italy, Mahdia in Tunisia and Aqaba in Jordan.

The Project relies on a clear-cut cross-border added value. Indeed, it offers a unique opportunity for involved destinations and partners to learn from each other through a continuous sharing and networking experience. This has, in turn, tangible effects on the processes of awareness and skills improvements of local decision-makers and operators, also through the creation of suitable tailored management models that fits the Mediterranean contexts. The Project will improve also competitiveness and attractiveness of involved destinations, thanks to the creation of the network of sustainable coastal destinations that will be promoted accordingly.

The total Project budget is € 5,000,000; ENPI contribution amounts to € 4,393,295.77.

Project activities will end on 30th June 2016.


The Project relies upon the specific scientific and technical contributions of a variety of Partners that have made available their expertise and experience for the successful implementation of the Project. More specifically:

National Government

Italian Ministry of Cultural Heritage and Tourism (MIBACT), is responsible for general coordination, development of the DMO model and guidelines of DMO, creation of the international network and the transnational Observatory, as well as for communication and promotional activities.

Scientific partners

Stazione Zoologica Anton Dohrn of Naples, with a scientific advisory role for mainstreaming biodiversity conservation, is in charge of the environmental monitoring in the three target areas of the Project.

Al-Balqa Applied University in Jordan, is in charge of steering the contextualization of the DMO model as well as related training and capacity-building activities, and is responsible for developing business alliances.

University for foreigners “Dante Alighieri” of Reggio Calabria, in Italy, is in charge of training and capacity-building activities.

National Institute of Marine Sciences and Technologies (INSTM) in Tunisia, is responsible for the local implementation of the environmental monitoring system for the area of Mahdia

Local Authorities

Sardinia Region, contributes to communication activities and particularly to the promotion of underwater tourism .

Municipality of Mahdia contributes to contextualizing the DMO model to the specific features of its destination.

Marine Protected Area/Marine Park

Municipality of Cabras, Managing Authority of the Marine Protected Area “Penisola del Sinis/Isola di mal di Ventre” in Italy, contributes to the definition of the DMO model and guidelines and to DMO contextualization according to the specific features of its destination.

Aqaba Marine Park in Jordan, contributes to contextualizing the DMO model to the specific features of its destination.