Sustainable Development Success Stories
|Location||Calvià, Mallorca, Spain|
|Responsible Organisation||City of Calvià, Mallorca.|
The city of Calvia' invited 490 political leaders, decision makers, tourism managers from Mediterranean local authorities, and other multi-stakehoders to participate to the International Conference on Tourism and Sustainable Development in the Mediterranean (April 1997). The participants approved the Calvià declaration in recognition of the efforts and the achievements of several co-operation programmes in the region addressing the challenge of new policies and strategies, such as the Mediterranean Action Plans, the Tourism Charter (Casablanca 1993) included in the Barcelona Euromediterranean Declaration (November 1995) and Agenda 21.
The declaration focused on:
Tourism is an opportunity but is also a threat, if not managed appropriately. In the emerging tourism destinations, it is essential that sustainable development initiatives be prepared to prevent the deterioration of their resources and guarantee their continued viability in the future.
The achievement of sustainable development will only be secured if there is openness for a "cultural change" in shifting the region’s patterns of development. Local Authorities, enterprises, and social organisations are key players in this process of change.
The development and management of local co-operation projects and networks requires a strong commitment as well as expertise, technical and political capability and organisational creativity.
The region considers pivotal the support of the European Union for the work of the local authorities in the Mediterranean, through the MEDA program. The role of the tourism business sector in pollution reduction and prevention and its co-operation with local authorities when implementing their programs is also essential.
Ms. Carolina Suau Bosch,