Description of project:

Coastal and maritime tourism (blue tourism) has become an important economic sector for countries with accessible and attractive coastlines. However, the subsectors and activities related to coastal and maritime tourism entail significant environmental damage.

The Blue Tourism Initiative (2022-2026) supports a sustainable blue tourism economy in the Mediterranean, the West Indian Ocean and the Caribbean, by raising awareness among public and private stakeholders and facilitating the emergence of sustainable blue tourism practices, as well as promoting cooperation and the sharing of experiences, especially at the regional level.

The Blue Tourism Initiative promotes a holistic vision of maritime and coastal management in line with the worldwide effort to deliver the 2030 Agenda in marine regions. It aims to improve governance of coastal and marine tourism to contribute to sustainable, inclusive and resilient development and address the associated environmental, socio-cultural and economic challenges.

Co-led by the Paris-based Institute for Sustainable Development and International Relations (IDDRI) and the Spanish Think and Do Tank Eco-union, the Blue Tourism Initiative is co-funded by the French Facility for Global Environmental (FFEM) and implemented by the CANARI in the Caribbean region.

See here for the project summary.



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Key activities:

  1. Assess the current situation of blue tourism in the Caribbean through a regional diagnosis with a particular focus on challenges and opportunities, and recom­mended directions for sustainable blue tourism development.
  1. Support and monitor the implementation of sustainable blue tourism pilot projects in Trinidad (Nariva Swamp), Tobago (island wide), Saint Lucia (Laborie) and St Vincent and the Grenadines (South Coast).
  1. Integrate sustainable blue tourism management and gov­ernance at the regional policy level, share best practices and raise awareness among key local, national and regional stakeholders.



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For more information, please contact Nicole Leotaud at [email protected].

See related work under CANARI’s Coastal and Marine Livelihoods and Governance programme.