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Report on the Seminar "Coastal Tourism in the Mediterranean: Adapting to Climate Change" Cagliari (Sardinia), Italy, 8 - 10 June 2009

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Rapport sur le Séminaire « Tourisme côtier en Méditerranée : Adaptation au changement climatique » Cagliari (Sardaigne), Italie, 8 – 10 juin 2009

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Guidelines for sustainable tourism investment

Algeria / Algérie :

RAPPORT de l’Atelier de clôture du projet (Tipaza, le 8 novembre 2009)

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Algérie : Stratégie de développement du tourisme durable

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Algérie : Choix et évaluation environnementale de la structure pilote : La Corne d'Or

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Morocco / Maroc :

RAPPORT de l’Atelier de clôture du projet (Al Hoceïma, le 19 octobre 2009)

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Maroc : Stratégie pour le développement d'un tourisme durable dans la région du projet

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Maroc : Evaluation environnementale initiale des structures pilotes choisies

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Tunisia / Tunisie :

RAPPORT de l'Atelier de clôture du projet (Korba, le 30 octobre 2009)

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Tunisie : Stratégie de développement du tourisme durable dans le Cap Bon

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Tunisie : Rapport sur le choix et l'évaluation environnementale des structures pilotes
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UNEP & PAP/RAC. 2009. Sustainable Coastal Tourism - An integrated planning and management approach

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PAP/RAC. 2008. Sustainable Tourism Development in Croatian Coastal Area - Pilot project Baska Voda. Split: PAP/RAC. pp. iii + 74

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PAP/RAC. 2008. Održivi razvoj turizma na hrvatskom priobalju - Pilot projekt Baška Voda. Split: PAP/RAC. pp. iii + 74


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PAP/RAC 2003. Guide to Good Practice in Tourism Carrying Capacity Assessment.Split: PAP/RAC. pp. 44.

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The experiences gathered through the PAP action “Development of Mediterranean Tourism Harmonised with the Environment” have shown that Tourism Carrying Capacity Assessment (CCA) has proved to be an efficient planning tool applicable both in less developed as well as highly developed tourism areas. The analysis of some CCA examples completed without, or only with the partial use of the PAP methodology, has shown that CCA can be useful either as a independent activity aimed at planning tourism activity, or as an input to Integrated Coastal Area Management or similar planning processes. The aim of the “Guide to good practice in tourism carrying capacity assessment” is to discuss various practices in tourism CCA, including those using methodologies other than that of PAP, and to stimulate new ideas for the future preparation of CCA studies in the Mediterranean and in other parts of the world. The examples of CCA presented in the document help to demonstrate in which types of area, in both geographic and economic terms, CCA can be used in a most efficient way. Additional methodologies and techniques, which can be introduced, are indicated, and approaches on how best to manage the process of public participation and public awareness in CCA are also presented. This Guide also stresses the differences in approaches to CCA, with regard to decision-making, the integration in other planning and management documents and follow-up activities. Finally, in order to clarify CCA methodology to people who are not familiar with it, special attention is given to crucial elements in the preparation of CCA, such as data management, the use of sustainable tourism indicators, the identification and selection of development scenarios, and particularly in the calculation of Tourism Carrying Capacity.



SATTA, A. and PALMISANI, F. 2003. Évaluation de la Capacité d'Accueil pour le développement du tourisme dans les régions côtières méditerranéennes. Split: PAP/RAC. pp 63. FRA
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MANGION, M.-L. 2001. Carrying Capacity Assessment for Tourism in the Maltese Islands. St. Julian’s: Ministry of Tourism. pp. x + 38. ENG

DRAGICEVIC, M., KLARIC, Z., and KUSEN, E. 1997. Guidelines for Carrying Capacity Assessment for Tourism in Mediterranean Coastal Areas. PAP-9/1997/G.1. Split: PAP/RAC. pp viii + 51. ENG/FRA/CRO

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The main objective of these Guidelines is to establish a global framework of methodologies and procedures, which would help to better understand the tourism carrying capacity assessment, its analysis and evaluation and, finally, its efficient utilisation within the coastal area management. These Guidelines are focused on the Mediterranean countries which receive about 30% of the world's tourist arrivals and realise 28% of the total international tourism revenue. Given that tourism is an important branch of the Mediterranean economy, it is necessary to do everything that is possible to eliminate or mitigate its negative impacts, in particular on the natural environment, which constitutes its main resource, and which degradation has a direct impact on tourism. At present, one can say for certain that the introduction of the Carrying Capacity Assessment (CCA) in the process of integrated coastal area management is a necessity without which the Mediterranean countries can not achieve the tourist or economic progress in the future. This document provides detailed instructions for the assessment of the tourism carrying capacity, divided into four main phases, namely: documentation and mapping; analysis; tourism development options; and CCA formulation. As an example, here are presented the assessments already done for the islands of Rhodes (Greece) and Vis (Croatia).


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