Circular Economy Action Plan: the significance and importance for the MED Sustainable Tourism Community

The European Commission has recently issued the comprehensive report on the implementation of the Circular Economy Action Plan it has adopted in 2015. This is of utmost importance for the MED Sustainable Tourism Community, whose projects constitute essential links of the circular economy chain, considering their diverse activities ranging from protecting the natural and cultural environment to boosting the local markets and communities.

 

(Rome, 25 March) On March 4th, the European Commission adopted a comprehensive report on the implementation of the circular economy action plan. This action plan has been constructed as to cover the full economic cycle, and not just waste reduction as initially planned. Such plan not only aims at creating jobs and boosting the European Union’s competitiveness, but it also aims at protecting the environment and generating sustainable growth, something on which the MED Sustainable Tourism Community is also working to achieve.

The BLUEISLANDS project of the MED Sustainable Tourism Community for example combines both the waste reduction objective and the circular economy vision enshrined in the Commission’s circular economy action plan. It adopted in this regard the “Charter of commitments for sustainable material resources management and circular economy”, which declares its intent to adapt the tourism sector to the environmental capacity of the areas of interest, developing strategies to reduce and manage tourism-generated waste, while sharing a vision of a tourism which is both sustainable and growth generator. Everyone can participate in the implementation of a more circular economy and join this charter.

The INHERIT project of the MED Sustainable Tourism Community is also working towards this aim by developing new approaches for the protection of Mediterranean natural heritage due to intense tourism. Involving both the local society and the tourism stakeholders complements the circular action plan which also relies on the involvement of public authorities to upgrade the markets for circular products and services through its new EU Green Public Procurement criteria and its European Strategy for Plastics in a Circular Economy.

The report proves that the Circular Economy Action Plan has accelerated the transition towards a circular economy in Europe, which in turn created jobs and new business opportunities, something from which the tourism sector has benefited. 

You can access the whole report on the implementation of the Circular Economy action Plan here.

 

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