The first Tourism Sustainability Plans approved last September at the Sectorial Conference began their execution this week with the constitution of their monitoring commissions, the body with representation from the three participating administrations (state, regional and local) that will be in charge of ensuring that the plans are carried out effectively and in accordance with the agreement.
"This program is aimed at improving our pioneering destinations and developing our offer in inland Spain, incorporating sustainability, in its triple environmental, socioeconomic and territorial dimension, in the creation of products, promotion and in the management of the destinations themselves", The Secretary of State for Tourism, Fernando Valdés, has explained. "It is also an example of collaboration between the different levels of the Administration that will boost economic activity in destinations", he added.
The first monitoring commissions to be set up were those corresponding to the Sierra Espuña (Murcia), La Siberia (Badajoz) and Sierra de Francia (Salamanca) plans. The rest – in total there are 25 sustainability plans approved in the first call of 2020, with a total funding of 58 million euros – will be configured in the coming weeks. In these first meetings, the actions that will be carried out in 2021 are being approved and specified, since the budget is distributed over three years.
The Sierra Espuña (Murcia) Plan, with an investment of 2.75 million euros, seeks to consolidate this Regional Park as a sustainable tourism destination at an international level. To do this, it will improve its offer of cultural tourism and agrotourism, conditioning archaeological sites, improving routes, adapting shelters, expanding areas for motorhomes and digitizing tourist offices, among other actions. The plan is financed by the Secretary of State for Tourism, the Government of Murcia (contributing 40% each) and the Sierra Espuña Tourist Association (20%).
The project in the La Siberia Biosphere Reserve (Badajoz) has an investment of 2,437,500 euros, financed 40% by the Secretary of State for Tourism and the Junta de Extremadura and the remaining 20% by the Provincial Council of Badajoz. It aims to develop the offer of ecotourism, gastronomy and water activities, acting on the network of piers and river beaches, entrances and tourist information points, among other actions.
The plan in the Sierra de Francia Biosphere Reserve (Salamanca), with 2,375 million euros, is focused on the creation of ecotourism products and complementary experiences and includes actions also aimed at signaling routes and training and business training . Like the previous ones, the Secretary of State and the Junta de Castilla y León contribute 40% and the Provincial Council of Salamanca the remaining 20%.