Sustainable tourism – A meeting in Lisbon

Ambiente Italia participated in one of the largest EU project meetings on sustainable tourism

On November 27, 2018, the Municipality of Lisbon hosted the 3rd General Assembly of the URBAN-WASTE project at the Lisbon City Hall, bringing together all the 27 project partners and around 70 participants – an event which reflected on project’s developments and achievements, as well as marked the start of the last six months of the project.

 

 

An eventful week in Lisbon
The General Assembly also saw the signing ceremony of the Charter of Commitment for Sustainable Resource Management and Circular Economy which will emphasise and give additional visibility to cities’ and regions’ effort put into making tourism more sustainable. The General Assembly, furthermore, showcased the most remarkable moments of the project and the achievements and improvement cities and regions have made in regards to waste management. A dedicated section, coordinated by Ambiente Italia, was dedicated to the ongoing monitoring activities implemented in the 11 pilot cities of the project.

 

The second day was reserved for the Mutual Learning event titled “Good Practices in Waste Management as Change Makers in Tourism” which displayed some of the most innovative and successful practices from across Europe, including campaigns, projects and various measures addressing waste prevention in tourism activities. The list of speakers included representatives of cities of Paris, Warsaw, as well as several speakers from Portugal.
Ambiente Italia, together with ACR+, presented the results and outcomes achieved in communication and dissemination activities which encompasses a whole range of different target groups and diverse and numerous synergies the project created with external stakeholders.

 

The URBAN WASTE project aims to help develop strategies aimed at reducing the amount of municipal waste production as well as strategies to further develop re-use, recycling, collection and disposal of waste. In doing so URBAN-WASTE will adopt and apply the urban metabolism approach to support the switch to a circular model where waste is considered as resource and reintegrated in the urban flow.