24/09 CASTWATER final conference: Sustainable Tourism Water Management. Perspectives for Tourism Development in the Mediterranean Water Scarcity Areas

CASTWATER Mediterranean Conference 2019: Sustainable Tourism Water Management. Perspectives for Tourism Development in the Mediterranean Water Scarcity Areas


24 September 2019, Murcia (Spain)






The InterregMed CASTWATER project is the first Med project to support sustainable tourism policies and practices on water efficiency in coastal areas. Extensive work packages have been developed during these 36 months to study and test best practices to improve water efficiency in the tourism industry in Mediterranean coastal areas.



The partnership is formed by 12 partners mainly from the public sector of 7 Mediterranean countries (Greece, France, Italy, Cyprus, Malta, Croatia and Spain) that must face the challenge of supplying water in adequate quantity and quality for a growing tourist demand in the Mediterranean.


The 2019 “Sustainable Tourism water management” Conference is the final meeting of the CASTWATER project that is open to the entire Mediterranean community and will be the opportunity to know the results of the project and to promote possibilities of capitalization of the extensive package of knowledge and practical solutions for Water efficiency tourism management.





09h30 Registration of participants

10h00 Welcoming words

Municipality of Rethymno (Greece)

Murcia Regional Ministries of Tourism, Water and Agriculture

EuroMediterranean Water Institute Foundation


10h30 Keynote Speech: Water Demand Supply for Tourism in the Mediterranean Areas

Prof. María Hernández (University of Alicante. Spain)

Mr Carlos J. Baños Castiñeira (University of Alicante. Spain)


Questions & Reactions

11h30 Coffee break

12h00 Panel 1:  Water footprint and other indicators for tourism in CASTWATER partnership

Mr Philippos Drousiotis (President of Cyprus Sustainable Tourism Initiative)

Ms Adriana Miotto (G20s Scientific & Concept Direction Veneto. Italy) 

Ms Mara Manente (International Centre of Studies on the Tourism Economy Director, Veneto. Italy)

Mr Zoran Ardalić (Head of Development and Investment Department Odvodnja Poreč d. o. o. / Croatia)

Mr Emanuele Cimatti & Mr Andrea Rapino (Regional Water, Air and Physical Agents Protection and Restoration Unit, Emilia-Romagna Region. Italy)

Dr Paul Micallef (GHAJN Educational Centre. Malta)


Questions & Reactions

Mr Ramón García Marín (University of Murcia. Spain)

Mr Jaume Mata (Head of Sustainable Tourism, Valencia Tourism)

Mr Manuel Sapiano (Energy Water Agency. Malta)


13h30 LUNCH


15h00 Panel 2: Water planning and strategies for sustainable tourism activities

Prof. Filippo Magni (The Venice University of Architecture. Italy)

Mr Jaime Fraile (Segura River Basin Authority. Spain)

Mr Dylan Schembr (Energy Water Agency. Malta)

Mr Juan Luis Pozo Calderón (Sustainability Director Global Omnium. Valencia, Spain)

Ms Jurica Marinovi (Head of maintenance department Laguna Novigrad d.d.. Croatia)

Ms Milena Radošević (Istria Region Administrative Tourism Department. Croatia)

Tamsin Caruana (Magistrate Nature Park-Malta)


Questions & Reactions

Mr Vasileios Myriokefalitakis (Municipality of Rethymno. Greece)

Gerard Wolff (Department Council of Herault. France)

Tonio Cini or Geoffrey Saliba TBC- Malta

Mr Antonis Kallinikos (Water Board of Lemesos. Cyprus)



16h30 Panel 3 Topic: Water security for tourism industry consumption in the Mediterranean areas

Prof.  Ioannis K. Kalavrouziotis (The Hellenic Open University. Greece)

Mr Francisco Contreras Alvarado (Parador del Saler, Valencia. Spain)

Ms Bojana Hajduk Černeha (Istrian Water Protection System. Croatia)

Mr Andrés Molina (University of Alicante. Spain)


Questions & Reactions

Mr Ninoslav Luk / Ana Težak Damijanić (Institute of Agriculture and Tourism. Croatia)

Mr Georgios Telonis (President Association of Tourism & travel Offices of Western. Greece)

Mr Brian Restall (Regional and Development Dialogue Foundation. Malta)




Regional/National Authorities

20h30 DINNER

Venue: Siete Coronas Hotel **** (Paseo de Garay, 5, 30003 Murcia)



Information and registration: Rosario Saura/ Ana Stelea f-iea@f-iea.es

Coordinator: Antonio Martínez Nieto (Fundación IEA) amnieto@um.es