Plan/test/coordinate Underwater Museums, Diving Parks and Knowledge Awareness Centres in order to support sustainable and responsible tourism development and promote Blue growth in coastal areas and islands of the Mediterranean
Program: Interreg Mediterranean
Lead beneficiary: Region of Thessaly (Greece)
Duration: 11/2016 – 10/2019
Budget: € 2.797.549,00 (DUNEA buget € 275.900,00)
Through activities of planing, testing and coordinating Underwater Museums, Diving Parks and Knowledge Awareness Centres BLUEMED projects aims to support sustainable and responsible tourism development and promote Blue growth in coastal areas and islands of the Mediterranean.
Main objective is the valorisation and protection of underwater natural and cultural heritage in accordance with UNESCO 2001, the raising of public awareness and tourism attractiveness. Main focus is on:
a) development of a multi-disciplinary plan (management models, innovative technologies) for Underwater Museums, Diving Parks and Knowledge Awareness Centres to be developed in Capo Rizutto, Baia bay, Western Pagasitikos/Sporades and Cavtat sites (policy recommendations, management practices, networking and promotion);
b) promoting innovation in the diving industry and improving divers experience through innovative diving services and technologies;
c) attracting an important part of the increasing number of people who choose diving tourism;
d) introducing the wider public to underwater cultural heritage by means of 3D immersive visualisation in museum exhibitions and KACs;
e) setting up ‘Underwater Natural and Cultural Routes in the Mediterranean’ web-based platform for a unified tourism promotion and networking of Med underwater natural and cultural heritage sites.
DUNEA participate in the project with Croatian partner Faculty of Electrical Engineering and Computing Zagreb, and other partners from Spain (Fundation University Enterprise of the Region of Murcia), Italy (University of Calabria, Ministry of Cultural Heritage and Activities and Tourism), Cyprus (University of Cyprus) and Greece (Region of Thessaly, Atlantis Consulting Sa, University of Patras, Ministry of Culture and Sports of Greece).
The pilot area for the implementation of activities in the area of Dubrovnik-Neretva County is one of the underwater archaeological sites in front of Cavtat.
Total project budget is € 2.797.549,00, where 85 % of the budget is provided by European Regional Development Fund, and it amounts € 2.377.916,65.
You can find more information about project at project website: http://www.bluemed.interreg-med.eu/