The eight partners of the project “Sustainable management model for Mediterranean Artisanal Salinas (MedArtSal)” gathered in Rome, Italy, on 18 January 2020 for the kick-off meeting of this initiative funded by the European Programme ENI CBC MED 2014-2020.
Artisanal salinas across the Mediterranean are today facing many pressures due to profound socio-economic changes that have affected productive activities. The MedArtSal project aims to promote the multifunctional use of the artisanal salinas to diversify the socioeconomic activities generating revenues in terms of good quality salt production, but also by obtaining other products that can be commercialized, as well as by exploring their potential for tourism, while respecting the natural values of the sites.
The project will address common challenges for artisanal salinas in four Mediterranean countries (Italy, Lebanon, Spain and Tunisia), with 10 pilot actions for the development of new products and services in selected salinas and two demonstration projects on the diversification of salinas products (i.e., food and cosmetics) and services (i.e., HO.RE.CA, the Hotel/Restaurant/Café sector) carried out in La Esperanza, Cádiz (Spain) and Sidi Al-Hani (Tunisia).
The EU-funded ENI CBC Mediterranean Sea Basin Programme 2014-2020 offers cooperation opportunities between partners from the Mediterranean area in fields of intervention such as economic development, education and research, social inclusion and environmental protection.