Future of our past (F.O.P)


Project Name: Future of our past   (F.O.P)

Funded through:  ENPI Program, European Union

Project Duration: 24 months


Project Summary


The historical centers of the countries bordering the Mediterranean Sea, as

custodians of a large part of the material and immaterial cultural heritage of this geographical region - certainly the largest and most diversified “basin” of cultural

offer in the world – have a potential for tourist attraction which is still largely

unexpressed. Tourist development has indeed mainly affected coastal areas and even when has involved coastal cities,

historic centers have rarely benefited from it. Moreover, quite often, the exogenous character of tourism investments has meant that not only did local communities not benefit from the economic returns coming from tourism, but they suffered its negative consequences such as the expulsion from historic centers, the increase in cost of living and the loss of identity.  Future of Our Past aims at promoting an alternative model of tourism development in the historic centers of the Mediterranean Sea region, which is based on the involvement of local communities, the respect for the identity values of place and the reduction of the environmental impact of tourism. By virtue of a large and qualified partnership on the three shores of the Mediterranean Sea Basin made up of universities, research institutes, companies and development agencies, the project works for developing an integrated set of pilot actions in a first group of historical centers, making them the first “ring” of an international chain that will hopefully get to involve more and more Mediterranean cities growing into a successful reality in the tourist Mediterranean framework and making its biggest attractive asset (its cultures) become central again.


Applicant :Società Geografica Italiana (Roma, Italy)

Project pratners:

1 - Centro Universitario Europeo per i Beni Culturali (Ravello, Italy)

2- Alexandria University (Alexandria, Egypt)

3- Consorcio provincial de desarrollo economico (Cordoba, Spain)

4- Fondazzjoni Temi Zammit (FTZ) (Malta)

5- Quality Program (Matera, Italy)

6- Dar Al-Kalima College (Betlemme, Territori Palestine)

7- Unimed (Unione delle Università del Mediterraneo) (Transnational)

8- Objective Service Reservation (Monastir, Tunisia)

9- Lebanese University (Lebanon)


The objective of the project:

Making historic centers of the Mediterranean area the cornstone of a sustainable tourism: focused on local communities (economic and social sustainability), respectful of local cultural values and able to value the heritage of forms and ideas of these territories (cultural sustainability), by preserving the environmental qualities of the surrounding areas (environmental sustainability).


The main aims

1- Enhancing the set of resources and skills of HC, so that tourism could become the strategic axis of a development model focused on the involvement of local communities.

2- Networking HC and their activities, so that they share experiences and develop joint initiatives for tourism and culture, as an expression of an economic, social and cultural integration of the Mediterranea Sea area.


The Historic Centres Involved


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