In April 2018 ACR+ jointly organised an international conference in the framework of the Interreg MED BLUEISLANDS project. Entitled Towards a circular economy and sustainable tourism on islands, the conference has benefited from the support of the Seas, Rivers, Islands and Coastal Areas Intergroup of the European Parliament.
The conference was aimed at bringing together a high level panel of key actors willing to:
- enhance mutual learning opportunities between key actors in islands and regions dealing with seasonal variation of waste and marine litter;
- build consensus on a charter towards material resource resiliency, circular economy and sustainable tourism on islands.
On this occasion, the Charter of commitments for sustainable material resources management and circular economy has been launched. It represents a declaration of intent to adapt the tourism sector to the environmental capacity of the areas of interest, developing strategies to reduce and manage tourism-generated waste, and gives voice to a shared vision of sustainable and environmental-friendly tourism.