28/03/2011 – IPA: TOURISM, 'MEDPATHS' PROJECT

The ‘MedPaths’ project is among those granted financing in the context of the first tender for IPA Adriatico standard projects. For the first time made public through the tourism catalogue presented by the Ipa Adriatico Programme in the 31st edition of Milan’s International tourism market, the project plans to contribute to the protection and revitalisation of the local (cultural and natural) heritage along the Adriatic coast and inland. More specifically it will interest Italy, with various municipalities in Molise and Abruzzo, and Croatia, with various municipalities in the Split/Dalmatia region. Even though it concerns the effective involvement of only three Adriatic regions, the project is imbued with the ambition of being able to offer practices for the sustainable development of tourism and culture to the whole Adriatic area. Meanwhile, in fact, it started from three regions that have a history of common cooperation, both now and in the past (for example, in Molise there is a substantial Croatian minority) and it identifies a method of joint appreciation for the main coastal and inland sites, cultural and natural. The rich cultural and natural heritage present in the inland areas behind the coast is in fact full of scattered, separated, badly run and unsuitably protected locations. In other words there is the danger that these areas will be further destroyed and depopulated because of the lack of information, knowledge and managerial coordination. To lower this risk there is the need for environmental pre-qualification interventions and interventions for their preservation. All with the general objective of contributing to the protection and revitalisation of the natural and cultural heritage by reclaiming protected areas and guaranteeing the sustainability – political and institutional included – of identified solutions. Then again the areas have to deal with the same problems and share the need for a single development method which, according to the intentions of the sponsors, will serve as an example of good practice even in other Adriatic areas, thanks to the development and the creation of quality standards for the management and touristic exploitation of the local heritage.
Source: Vecchio sito IPA

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