Projects

CROSSDEV
Cultural Routes for Sustainable Social and economic Development in Mediterranean

CROSSDEV is a 3-years project co-funded by the European Union through the ENI CBC MED programme. The project’s objective is contributing to the economic and social development in Mediterranean, strengthening and enhancing sustainable tourism practices, emphasizing common heritages and resources. Specifically, it expects to increase touristic competitiveness & attractiveness of less known destinations, rural/depressed areas, adopting/enhancing the Cultural Routes concept/experiences in selected areas of 4 countries:

 

  • Italy: Sicily, communities in the areas along the Via Selinuntina, neighbourhoods of Sambuca di Sicilia (Province of Agrigento) and Castelvetrano-Selinunte (Province of Trapani)
  • Jordan: communities around less known historical and cultural sites in Aqaba area (Southern Jordan) and archaeological site of Umm Qais (Northern Jordan)
  • Lebanon: villages in the area of Jabal Moussa Biosphere Reserve, Mount Lebanon
  • Palestine: :Palestine: the extended area of Masar Ibrahim Al-Khalil from Beit Mirsim to Battir – southern of the West Bank.

 Expected changes:

Developing positive attitudes/practices in sustainable tourism enhancing the involvement and commitment of public authorities, actors of tourism-related sectors, educational institutions, civil society organizations, youth and the general public.

 

Expected results:

  1. Increased attractiveness of less known touristic destinations
  2. Increased diversification of tourism offering through the promotion of local and territorial assets/drivers in off season periods

 

Total budget: € 2,507,656

European Union contribution: € 2,256,890 (89,9% of the project’s total budget)

Lead beneficiary: CISP Comitato Internazionale per lo Sviluppo dei Popoli, Rome – Italy

Partners

  • Italy: Italian Ministry for Cultural Heritage, Cultural Activities and Tourism (MIBACT)
  • Italy: Società Cooperativa Culture (CoopCulture)
  • Jordan: The Royal Marine Conservation Society of Jordan (JREDS)
  • Jordan: Jordan University of Science and Technology – JUST University
  • Lebanon: The Association for the Protection of Jabal Moussa (APJM)
  • Palestine: Masar Ibrahim Al Khalil (MIAK)

Associates

  • Ministry of Tourism, Palestine
  • Ministry of Tourism, Lebanon
  • Aqaba Special Economic Zone Authority (ASEZA), Jordan
  • Organizzazione Internazionale Turismo Sociale (OITS), Brussels
  • Regione Sicilia, Assessorato Beni Culturali/Soprintendenza del Mare, Italy
  • Institute of Hotel Management &Tourism/Bethlehem University, Palestine
  • The Center for Advanced Studies in Tourism (CAST) – University of Bologna, Italy

Official website

http://www.enicbcmed.eu/projects/crossdev

 

Contacts:

Ghaida Rahil , Program Manager , Masar Ibrahim al Khalil

+972569155127

+970 (0)2 277 5045

+970 (0)2 277 5024

 ghaida@masaribrahim.ps

Project News:

CROSSDEV team is conducting field visits for the winners of the first stage evaluation

Taking a second step forward in the second stage of the evaluation of the applications for service providers grants along the Masar new trail segment, MIAK team visited 10 of the applicants distributed on five communities in Hebron governorate who passed the first stage of evaluation. The purpose of these visits was to learn more

Sustainable tourism: CROSSDEV strengthens its partnership thanks to a cross-border agreement involving two Cultural Routes of the Council of Europe

Sustainable tourism: CROSSDEV strengthens its partnership thanks to a cross-border agreement involving two Cultural Routes of the Council of Europe    A cross-border agreement between the partners of the CROSSDEV project and two Cultural Routes of the Council of Europe - Iter Vitis Les Chemins de la Vigne en Europe and Phoenician Route –, which

Virtual meeting with Local Authorities

CROSSDEV Team met today with the local authorities of the 16 communities along the new segment , to update them on the project’s progress and consult with them on how to move on with the project’s activities in the coming weeks اجتمع طاقم المشروع  مع شركاءهم من  16 مجلس بلدي من المقطع الجديد -  لمشاركتهم

Must Hike Hussan Battir segment

let’s keep hope that the emergency time will finish soon and we can hike to explore our beautiful country again…. Husan – Battir trail is one of the most beautiful segments, rich of springs and Agricultural terraces and considered one of the world heritage sites in Palestine. For more information about the segment contact us

Director Geographic Area – Middle East and Mediterranean Region Visit Palestine

on Fab19th 2020 Gianluca Falcitelli “Director Geographic Area - Middle East and Mediterranean Region “ CISP and MIAK team , representatives of MOTA and local communities , walked part of the new segment that CROSSDEV will develop which is Hussan to Battir . This part of the trail is very important as it is part

Third public meeting , MIAK 15 understanding agreements.

Third Public meeting signing 6 new agreements with 4 Municipalities and 2 local councils in presence of Hebron governorate, MOTA, Youth organization and Representative form CISP office in Palestine.

First Public meeting Held in Beit Awwa Municaplaity for the Crossdev

First Public meeting in Beit Awwa Municipality MIAK signed Cooperative agreements for Six local communities along the new segment between Beit mirsim and Battir.

Second public meeting, MIAK Signed new agreements with 4 local communities

Second public meeting In battir Municipality, MIAK Signed new cooperative agreements with 4 local communities along the new segment Between Beit Mirsim and Battir. 

first introductory meeting

The first introductory meeting has been conducted for four of new local ِauthorities) in the new segment and five representatives from MOTA( Hebron branch )to introduce them MIAK and the trail)

MIAK established steering committee for The Crossdev Project

Masar Ibrahim al Khalil established Steering committee from 4 High level institution MOTA and Institute of Hotel Management and Tourism in BU and the others are QADER and ,CCHP.

Press Release:

Press Release!

Press Release!

In constitution of the activity of CROSSDEV Cultural Routes for Sustainable Social and economic Development in Mediterranean -3 years’ project.

Masar Ibrahim al Khalil held three General   meetings at local authorities’ buildings which aimed to introduced the new communities’ actors and stakeholders to the notion of community-based tourism; presenting CROSSDEV’s objectives and planned activities; However,

the first Public meeting was held in Beit Awaa south Hebron in the 3th of December 2019 in the presence of delegation of Hebron, The Ministry of Tourism and Antiquities, Partners of MIAK. Mayors and heads of the local authorities, Youth, women and touristic originations For each of Beit Mirsim , al Kom , Sikeh . Deir el Assal , Deir Samet ,”Beit Roush alfoqa ” and” Beit Rosh altahta

Dr Taleb Jubran   the head of Antique at MOTA expressed that “ Masar Ibrahim is playing a leading role in Palestine, and he add say: we insist as Ministry of Tourism to attend such public meeting to strength  the roll   of MIAK on Tourism map locally and internationally. “

Next to that the second general meeting took place in Battir village in the 5th of December 2019 which included Jaba’a , Hussan , Wad Fokeen   and numbers of service providers , SMEs and our partners  in Med Pearl Project” wild life society “funded by the European Union  where they introduced their project   where it  crossed  with MIAK present project activities .

Third general meeting was held in Edna which involved each of Tarkomia , Sooreif , and Beit Ola and Edna ,In presence of Hebron Governorate , Ministry of tourism and Antique, Youth institutions From Sourif Municipality  and Representatives  of CISP Palestine.

In the end of those general meeting MIAK has signed 15  cooperative agreements with the local authorities :seven Municipalities and eight Local councils where the new segment will pass by notably this segment will start from Beit Mirsim south Hebron to Battir west Bethlehem governances Therefore this segment long will reach 50 Km.

Ghaida’ Rahil the Project Manager  reported ” that new segment  will be around  50 km in length , this segment will take a major role in  activating community based tourism  in around 16   marginalised communities  and will open new job opportunities for women and youth. therefore, it will work on developing these communities economically and socially.

next to that she expressed how happy she is for the communities Positive responding for the new idea , where they offered the fully willingness for helping and take an active role in activating the tourism in their  villages and cities Which has a lot of tangible and intangible heritage and  neglected historical sites that are not properly preserved, knowing that the project will work to promote and preserve  the historical and cultural sites of the new communities  , and the new  segment of Masar Ibrahim from Beit Mirsim  to Battir.”

The project’s objective is contributing to the economic and social development in Mediterranean, which  is co-funded by the European Union through the ENI CBC MED program. Crossdeve project is strengthening and enhancing sustainable tourism practices, emphasizing common heritages and resources. Specifically, it expects to increase touristic competitiveness & attractiveness of less known destinations, rural/depressed areas, adopting/enhancing the Cultural Routes concept/experiences in selected areas of 4 countries: Italy, Jordan, Lebanon and Palestine.

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