CASTWATER supports the sustainable tourism water management in Mediterranean coastal areas, by improving the monitoring and assessment of the sustainable water performance of the tourism sector. CASTWATER follows a studying, testing and transferring approach of transnational cooperation, involving public authorities, tourism enterprises, and relevant agencies and stakeholders. The project consortium CASTWATER consists of 11 partners from 7 EU countries located in the Mediterranean region, namely Greece, Italy, Cyprus, Spain, Croatia, France and Malta and includes regional authorities and departments, universities, agencies and foundations.
The project's main outputs include the promotion of widespread uptake of water sustainability indicators and evaluation criteria to measure the tourism sector performance in water efficiency. Additionally, CASTWATER developed, evaluated and validated an online tool for SMEs to monitor, compare and self-assess water efficiency status and efforts, and for public authorities to identify issues, and assess the overall situation of their territories. The online tool developed as part of this project is also available here: https://www.castwater-tool.ceid.upatras.gr/. Furthermore, this tool can help SMEs identify ways to improve water management issues in their establishment, evaluate their current status, identify areas of improvement and provide useful recommendations. The project has now come to conclusion and as part this project a policy paper was developed on how tourism policies can focus on optimised water management.
Further information on this project can be found here: https://castwater.interreg-med.eu/.