Who we are


Ca’ Foscari University of Venice has a long standing tradition in research and has often participated in EU funded projects. During the last three years it has taken part in 50 projects within several programmes - Life, the Seventh Framework Programme, EuropeAid, Horizon 2020, Territorial  Cooperation Programmes. More importantly, not only Ca’ Foscari University has been part of many projects, but it has also coordinated about 10 of the aforementioned projects. The scientific staff of the department of Economics has relevant competencies related to regional economics and development, SME studies, reuse of cultural heritage, sustainable tourism development, quantitative and qualitative analysis, service designing, and a vast experience in the management of cooperation projects related to the mentioned fields.

The economic department of Ca’ Foscari Venice leading this project aims at improving research schemes related to sustainable tourism development in an ICMZ perspective. starting from the Tourmedassets experience and partnership, the Dpt. enlarges the partnership of the previous project involving the Research Centre of the Slovenian Academy of Sciences and Arts, the Cyprus Center for European and International Affairs and AICCRE with the purpose to include the spatial and territorial management perspective into economic studies and viceversa promoting the results towards main target groups.


The University of the Algarve is a public university, founded in 1979, and located in the touristic Algarve region in southern Portugal. Over the past four decades, the University of the Algarve has consolidated links established with regional businesses and with public and private organizations, encouraging the transfer of knowledge and contributing to sustainable development with a positive impact across the community.

Established in four campuses, three in the city of Faro and one in Portimão, the University of the Algarve offers courses in six broad areas: Arts, Literature and History; Engineering Sciences; Life, Earth, Marine and Environmental Sciences; Medicine and related Sciences; Social, Educational and Professional Training Sciences; and Economics, Management and Tourism. The studies in these areas include undergraduate and postgraduate (Master and PhD) degree programmes.

The School of Management, Hospitality and Tourism – as a School of the University of the Algarve – is conducting cutting-edge research in the field of Tourism and Hospitality Management. The School is engaged in a significant number of co-financed research projects, including the ShapeTourism project. From our viewpoint, we expect to contribute to the development of a framework for analysing the competitiveness, attractiveness and sustainability of tourism destinations in an integrated and participatory way. We aim to provide all tourism-related stakeholders – particularly the Portuguese stakeholders – with a decision support system that allows users to respond to environmental trends and to make decisions which best serve the interests of the destination and its stakeholders, and simultaneously promote and guarantee the sustainability of the Mediterranean tourism destinations.


AICCRE. Established in 1952, is the Italian section of the Council of European Municipalities and Regions (CEMR), which brings together over 36 national sections in Europe. It is the most representative Association of the local and regional Authorities counting over 100.000 associated bodies. AICCRE supports the Italian delegation at the Committee of the Regions, the Congress of Local and Regional Authorities of the CoE and the Presidency of the Local Democracy Agency Association. Veneto section has been leading the Training and technical assistance: workshops, professional training courses and Master degrees on EU themes and call for proposal (advanced courses on EU Projects design and funds management.

Since AICCRE is part of the Council of European Municipalities and Regions, it can reach better than other the project targets and beneficiaries, while mainstreaming the ShapeTourism knowledge framework, DSS and planning solutions to integrate tourism and costal and maritime management plans. They have been charged by the partnership as the project responsible for communication and dissemination. In this way they and all the members of the councils can directly benefit from project main outputs and results, in the long run, taking part at testing and capitalization process.


The University of Split was officially established in 1974. As a predominant scientific and teaching public institution in the region. The University has expanded during the course of the past 30 years to include eleven Faculties, one Academy of Arts and four University Departments. The focus of the research is on scientific areas with reference to disciplines characterized by natural, cultural, historical, social, economic and other of the region as a part of the Croatian Adriatic and the Mediterranean region as a whole. This involves the research and protection of art and construction heritage, oceanography and fishing, island and coastal economy, Adriatic tourism, maritime law, not only in Croatia but also beyond its borders.

The University of Split will contribute to the set up the knowledge framework, as well as to policy comparative analysis drafting guidelines for pursuing green, inclusive and sustainable tourism growth in the MED region, based on its territorial assets. Capitalising Torumedassets results, and in particular the « competitiveness » model of territorial assets, they will better their capacity to support territorial organizations during integrated planning and management activities for a coastal responsible tourism development. New synergies can born from the project both regionally and transnationally.


The CCEIA, established as a pioneering and innovative think-tank and research institution through the quality of its work and its contribution to society and public debate, was founded in 1993 as an independent, non-profit making institution. The Center seeks to advance academic and policy-oriented research and to contribute to the study and analysis of important economic, political and social issues revolving around Cyprus, the Eastern Mediterranean and the broader region, the EU and the international environment. Since its creation the Center has given particular attention to the MED problem; has undertaken research and also organized symposia, conferences, roundtable discussions and seminars around sustainable and growth issues scientific From many years the CCEIA is an active operators for Mediterranean integration. as Med Regions are the most important destination in Europe, and Cyprus economy is substantially based on tourism, they developed many studies in sustainable tourism in the past, that now can be bettered with the ICZM and MPS approach.

The ShapeTourism innovative methodology aiming at experimenting the Big Data elaboration for a better tourism coastal management is of great interest for the Center, not only because it can be applied in Cyprus, but most of all because they will be able to export the approach also in country outside the Med areas, such as turkey and North Africa. indeed, the coasts of those countries are part of Med basis and resp of its sustainability.


The Geographical Institute, founded in 1946 by the Slovenian Academy. It hosts seven departments, a library, and a museum. The institute mainly deals with geographical research, prepares basic geographical studies, leads Slovenian and international projects, holds conferences, publishes a journal and book series, trains and exchanges researchers, collaborates with universities and public authorities. The Dpt. focuses mainly on the environment protection, nature protection, landscape ecology, humane ecology, agriculture and environment, cities and environment, hydro geography, constant usage of natural resources, handling and economizing with waste, ecological infrastructure, public’s awareness, geographical inf. system and cartography.

SAZU has large experience in spatial planning, territorial management and environmental assessment, in particular regarding ICMZ. Some of these competences had been strengthened and developed thanks to the partnership experience undertaken within the context of previous projects (2Bparks and Others). Thanks, SAZU can provide added value to the  partnership in terms of environmental and planning expertise, and benefit from ShapeTourism, as it improves their competences in terms of economic tourism analysis, econometric models and tourism policy investigation. SAZU can contribute to the scientific dimension of the partnership and to the final results of the M1, and can better their capacity to become a vehicle for ICZM application in Med Regions.


University of Malaga was established in 1972, with the aim to become a top-level full institution, thus developing an expansion plan regarding fields of study and infrastructure. In this sense UMA adopted a strategy to become an example for innovation and scientific  development in the south of Spain. In particular, the Department of Economics and Management concentrates its efforts towards fields of study like natural resources-organisation and human resources in the knowledge society, business modernisation and creation of new products in the tourism industry and technological innovation and quality.

The University of Malaga, Dpt management and economic, has a great experience in tourism studies. they took part at projects dealing with this issue in the past, (as Torumed assets) and they will benefit from Shapetourism, as it improve methodology of data and scenario elaboration. the Dtp is quite interested in contributing to ICZM and MPS inclusion in the Coastal tourism development, because they often support local authorities in south coast of Spain, and because they believe this new approach can be also included in new training ad educational path in the next future.