“Integrated Management Strategies for the development of the lighthouses and semaphores in the Mediterranean” is the title of the new project involving four Mediterranean countries: Italy represented by ” Agenzia Conservatoria delle Coste della Sardegna ” , France represented by the ” Conservatoire du Littoral et des Rivages Lacustres “, Tunisia represented by ” Agence de Protection et d’Aménagement du Littoral “ and Lebanon represented by two partners: Society for the Protection of Nature in Lebanon – SPNL and the municipality of Tyre.
The overall objective of the project is the contribution to the enhancement of the coastal cultural and historical heritage related to navigation and its integration into strategies and policies for the management of coastal areas. Various activities will take place in the four countries of cooperation, leading to the creation of a new model for the rehabilitation and management of the lighthouses, beacons, and semaphores of the Mediterranean in order to promote these unique resources throughout a sustainable touristic development plan.
Among SPNL’s activities in the two years project:
On the local level (pilot site in Tyre):
- Organizing outreach activities.
- Creating promotional materials.
On the national level:
Organizing formative courses for target groups.
- Creating a training toolkit.
On the regional level:
- Launching a website.
- Creating a catalogue gathering all the maritime buildings of the Mediterranean countries of cooperation.
MED-PHARES officially started on December 19th 2013 and is funded by the European Union within the ENPI- CBCMED program. (Cross-border cooperation in the Mediterranean)