INHERIT is an integrated Interreg MED project with 15 partners from all 10 Mediterranean countries. The University of Patras, and specifically the Laboratory for Distributed Systems & Telematics of the Computer Engineering & Informatics Department participates as a regular partner.

The project aims to conserve and valorise natural heritage in MED coastal and maritime tourist destinations. It will test and deploy a new approach adapted to MED specificities protecting natural heritage from the adverse effects of intensive tourism. INHERIT will promote sustainable tourism alleviating seasonality and tackling the surpassing of the hosting capacity, by designing and implementing a “bottom-up” protection approach relying on self-regulation and monitoring by local society and tourism stakeholders.

Relying on transnational cooperation & the results of S.O.3 MED projects, and building upon a sustainable tourism approach, INHERIT will develop a MED tourism community & policies that: a) capitalise on best practices to protect natural heritage, b) bring to the fore underdeveloped tourism activities & destinations, and c) re-brand MED to European markets as an area that efficiently protects its natural heritage. Hence, INHERIT can be a future reference point for projects and initiatives advancing green growth in the Mediterranean.

The Project co-financed by the European Regional Development Fund.

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