The Heland project “ Promoting Socio-economic Sustainable Development through Innovative Technological Actions for Mediterranean Tourism-Heritage and Landscapes Protection Clusters“ is funded by the ” ENPI Mediterranean Basin ” program which is an instrument of European Neighbourhood and Partnership Instrument ( ENPI ) of the European Union , which aims to promote cross-border cooperation between countries of the two shores of the Mediterranean with the main objective of creating an area of peace, stability , prosperity and good neighborliness . It is framed in its Priority 1 – . Promoting socio -economic development and enhancement of territories, Measure 1.1 – . Supporting innovation and research in the local development process of the countries of the Mediterranean Basin .
The consortium consists of ten universities and institutions, and public and private organizations in the Mediterranean Basin : University of Malta – Institute for Tourism , Travel and Culture (lead partner ) , Temi Zammit Foundation ( Malta) , GEREDIS (Spain), Intraeco Foundation ( Spain ), Larnaca District Development Agency ( Cyprus ) , Applied Research Institute, Jerusalem (Palestinian Authority) , Lebanese University – Faculty of Tourism & Hospitality Management ( Lebanon ) , Shouf Biosphere Reserve ( Lebanon ) , Jordan University of Science and Technology – Department of Urban Planning ( Jordan ) and The Royal Marine Conservation Society ( Jordan ) .
The overall objective of the project is the socio- economic promotion and improvement of the territories through sustainable tourism and landscape protection in Mediterranean basin. The project will develop common diagnostic tools, procedures and advanced systems for integrated management and protection of monumental heritage assets and landscape sites. The project will disseminate best practices, results and techniques studied throughout the Mediterranean basin.
As is known, the Mediterranean suffers an increased deterioration of their environment and its culture dilution. And although it’s still one of the major tourist areas of the world is gradually losing interest because of that. Mediterranean countries have to maintain that heritage and landscapes that make them unique and attractive for the tourism, to remain being competitive is needed a commitment with sustainable tourism which needs a complete modernization in managing their tourism assets by investing in new technologies and the application of ICT and geotechnologies as well as the involvement of key stakeholders such as the industry and governmental agencies with decision-making.
GEREDIS originally designed and launched the project and is responsible for coordinating the six different case studies of the project in Malta, Cyprus, Spain , Palestine , Lebanon and Jordan. GEREDIS is doing one of the case studies in the province of Castellón with the close collaboration of the Council of Castellón and where will recreate 3D models of four major assets of the province, and several elements of interest ( excluding some 33 routes ) distributed by the Natural Park of the Sierra de Irta : King tower in Oropesa, Xivert castle and Moorish village in Alcalá de Xivert, Pulpis castle , Santa Magdalena de Pulpis and Papa Luna castle , Peniscola . This action will allow tourists things like planning and preview the historic heritage of the area before their visit, and to enrich and modernize the information and the consulting way of the places they visit.