This document, containing guidelines for an ecotourism planning approach in the Mediterranean region, forms part of the Mediterranean Experience of Eco-Tourism project. Based on existing global and European approaches to sustainable eco-tourism, the MEET ecotourism expert group developed the featured guidelines specifically for the Mediterranean context.
The document contains the necessary steps of an ecotourism planning approach for the Mediterranean and the relevant actors involved, such as policy makers, protected areas managing bodies, local communities, local economic actors, and others. Then they identify the main elements of a participatory ecotourism planning process: the consistency with the existing policy, steering the process, involving the stakeholders, setting the principles, and agreeing on goals. A good participatory planning process can be divided in several steps that are creating a forum, defining the roadmap of the forum activities and then implementing this roadmap.
These guidelines will help local communities to plan ecotourism development in the Mediterranean area, elaborating on the actors to be involved and the elements for setting up participatory approaches.