Project Description

The CASTWATER initiative marks a significant milestone as the premier Interreg MED project dedicated to support sustainable tourism policies and practices concerning water efficiency in coastal regions. Recognizing the pressing need to mitigate the environmental impact of tourism activities and enhance the stewardship of water resources, CASTWATER brings together a consortium of 12 partners representing 10 EU regions. By fostering collaboration and knowledge sharing, the project aims to revolutionize the management of water sustainability within the tourism sector across Mediterranean coastal areas.


  1. Identify data gaps by conducting comprehensive analyses of pertinent needs, best practices, and policies within the CASTWATER region.
  2. Develop common tools and initiate joint actions to monitor and assess sustainable tourism water management practices.
  3. Cultivate tools tailored to the specific territorial policy context, ensuring adaptability and effectiveness across diverse landscapes.

Project Outcome

Through CASTWATER, public authorities in the participating regions will witness a significant boost in their capacity to monitor and assess the sustainability of tourism water usage. This enhanced capability will enable them to make informed decisions and implement targeted interventions to safeguard water resources effectively. Furthermore, the project will empower tourism small and medium-sized enterprises (SMEs) to take charge of their water sustainability performance through improved monitoring and self-assessment tools. By equipping these enterprises with the necessary resources and knowledge, CASTWATER seeks to instigate a positive shift towards more responsible water usage practices within the tourism industry. Lastly, CASTWATER will contribute to enhancing the knowledge base and policy transfer capacity of public authorities involved in sustainable tourism water management. By facilitating the exchange of best practices and fostering cross-regional collaboration, the project aims to create a conducive environment for the adoption of water efficiency solutions, thereby paving the way for a more sustainable future for coastal tourism in the Mediterranean.

Project Duration

Starting date: December 2016

End Date: October 2019

Total Duration: 34 Months

Budget Allocated: € 2,388,116 between 13 project partners.

Energy and Water Agency (Malta): €185,245.75

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