European Program: Castwater

This project measures the impact of tourism on water resources

Sustainability Urban Lab
20 December 16


The Castwater Project (Coastal Areas Sustainable Tourism Water Management in the Mediterranean) looks at how to promote and support sustainable tourism in Mediterranean coastal areas with a focus on reducing the impact on water resources.

InnDEA and the City Council of Valencia work together in a consortium of other European cities and water organisations in order to study socio-economic indicators and test and evaluate an online tool on water management involving tourism enterprises and public authorities.

The Castwater Project, within the Interreg Med Programme, obtains sustainability indicators and evaluation criteria to measure the impact of the tourism sector in water management. Furthermore, it develops, implements and validates an online tool for tourism enterprises and public authorities to monitor and self-assess water management. The project also coincides in 2017 with the International Year of Sustainable Tourism, declared by the UN.

One of the goals of Castwater is that public authorities can be trained on sustainable tourism water management at a local and regional level and guided to work on Sustainable Tourism Action Plans integrating policies and measures in this regard.

There is also a challenging aspect related to a city, the particular case of Valencia. Tourism is one of the driving economic forces in our city and it is progressively increased, so account is to be taken of the escalating demand on water resources. Accepting this factor requires a greater supply of safer water, volume of treatment and discharge of wastewater, quality of bathwater, etc.

Within this framework, InnDEA Valencia designs instruments for the collection and evaluation of good practices in the tourism sector, and indicators, as well as evaluates the online tool with socio economic agents of the local tourism industry and organises training workshops for public entities.

In the consortium also participates other European cities such as the Italian regions Veneto and Emilia Romagna, Greece (Rethymnon), France (Herault), the University of Patras (Greece), institutions working on water management such as the Water Board of Lemesos (Cyprus), the Euro-Mediterranean Water Institute, the Institute of Agriculture and Tourism (Croatia), The Regional Development Foundation and the Sustainable Energy and Water Conservation Unit (Malta).

More information about Interreg Mediterraean:

  • Programme Co-Financed by the European Regional Development Fund

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