Policy Factsheet #4: Governance as a Tool for Sustainable and Responsible Tourism in the Mediterranean Region

Effective governance is centrally important in ensuring more sustainable and responsible forms of tourism. In the Mediterranean area, with its particular characteristics and challenges, a general lack of cooperation and common understanding among different actors is an issue that can be addressed effectively via better governance mechanisms. Such a situation clearly calls for collaborative partnership at different levels such as public-private cooperation initiatives and the inclusion and engagement of a wider range of stakeholders.

Governance in sustainable tourism policymaking is challenging, due to the numerous policy domains it spans, the ongoing need for sufficient funding and the high levels of complexity involved. For this reason, a coordinated, innovative, integrated, participatory approach to sustainable tourism governance that contributes to the 2030 Agenda for Sustainable Development is timely and highly necessary.

In fact, good governance is crucial for better coordination and monitoring of tourism, as well as for destination resilience. This is important because tourism is an activity capable of underpinning regional development and enhancing competitiveness, while in parallel prioritising social, cultural and environmental concerns.

This policy factsheet on sustainable tourism governance in the Mediterranean area sets out four key messages, linked to existing local, national and supranational governance tools and mechanisms, as well as the 2030 Sustainable Development Goals. In addition, the different examples set out in the factsheet highlight some of the most effective responses to a range of sustainable tourism governance challenges facing the Mediterranean area.

Read the full policy factsheet #4 

In English here

In Catalan here

In Spanish here

In Italian here 

In French here