The year 2018 kicked of in style for the URBAN-WASTE project as it saw the launch of the long awaited Charter of Commitments for Sustainable Resource Management and Circular Economy during the Mutual Learning event held in Nice this week.
With the Municipalities of Ponta Delgada, Lisbon, Nicosia, Puerto de la Cruz and the hosts, Metropole Nice Cote d’Azur being the first five signatories, the Charter is now out there looking for new cities and regions to join the campaign for incorporating tourism into sustainable waste management. The Charter was signed in front of a large audience of 50, mainly policy makers, public service representatives and local stakeholders. The signatures attracted a large number of press and journalists as well. As far as the URBAN-WASTE project is concerned, the remaining 6 URBAN-WASTE pilot cities and regions will complete the list of signatories during the year.
This statement of commitment from the pilot cities and a call for participation and sharing solutions to all EU touristic cities comes as an added value to the project and the implementation phase of the selected measures in the 11 pilot cities and regions. These measures are targeting accommodation and food providers and tourism service providers in general, as well as tourists but also residents living or visiting the pilots. The measures, including a set of IT solutions, such as WasteApp and Food Tracker, will soon become available for external partners who are willing to join these efforts.
The Charter of Commitment itself represents a significant milestone for the URBAN-WASTE project, represents a manifesto aimed at local and regional authorities who want to express their intentions to adapt their tourism sector to the given environmental capacities of the area of interest and further develop and enrich their tourism offer with eco-innovative strategies and measures which will turn tourism more sustainable and environmentally-friendly. This charter reflects local and regional authorities’ intentions to reducing waste generation by tourists and tourism service providers and improving waste management practices. Every tourist city and region or European public authority which is willing to commit to these values of sustainable tourism is invited to join this community and confirm their commitment by signing the Charter. Nonetheless, it also aims to reinforce the attractiveness of the territories as well as to foster local development by creating new green jobs and services locally. Furthermore, this Charter comes in the International Year of Sustainable Tourism for Development, in the light of UN’s call for the contribution of the tourism sector to economic, social and environmental sustainability.
Read more about the Charter and join the campaign here.