For the 10th and last time during the project’s lifetime the 11 pilot cities and regions will meet for the Mutual Learning event on 13 and 14 March which will this time serve as the very first debriefing of their eco-innovative measures and strategies they were implementing over the last years.
Although the highlight of the project this spring is the Final Conference in Brussels titled “Waste management in Tourism. Does It Even Matter?”, nothing less important meeting will be hosted by the Croatian Dubrovnik – Neretva county on 13 and 14 March. This particular meeting will be quite essential for assessing the impacts and effects the URBAN-WASTE project brought to these 11 pilots, as the project partners will look at the monitoring results and figures, as well as other success indicators. These indicators will include economic, environmental, but also social ones, in order to be able to apply a holistic approach when assessing these measures. While BOKU University will be dealing with the assessment, Copenhagen University will assess the replication potential of these strategies. The results will also be assessed from a gender point of view, thanks to the project’s gender auditor, Susan Buckingham.
The host pilot, Duborvnik – Neretva county will also use this opportunity to open a discussion very applicable to the city of Dubrovnik itself – waste management in cultural heritage areas. While local urbanism experts in will present local solutions and strategies on how tourism is managed alongside with numerous limitations, challenges and other circumstances defined by a heritage city. External speakers from Porto and the Danish island of Bornholm will present the solutions and waste management practices they have implemented in their local settings and how are they adapted to heritage and tourism activities.
Several study visits are also planned for the two days, namely the Ston heritage site, Botanical Garden Trsteno and other local stakeholders who successfully adapted their services and businesses to sustainable tourism principles.