MedArtSal project – Nov 6, 2019 – Nov 5, 2022

The project MedArtSal, Sustainable management model for Mediterranean Artisanal Salinas officially started on November 6, 2019 for a duration of 36 months.

The project is funded by the European Program ENI CBC MED 2014-2020, with a total budget of €3.2 million of which the EU contribution is €2.9 million.


ADR is a partner in the project lead by CUEIM (University Consortium for Industrial and Managerial Economics - Italy) that will coordinate the project in a partnership that involves four countries from the Mediterranean region: Italy, Spain, Lebanon and Tunisia.


About the Project

MedArtSal aims to promote the sustainable development of the artisanal Salinas, providing concrete support on economic, environmental and governance issues. Salinas across Mediterranean are today facing many pressures due to social values change and economic stresses; the market of their products is subject to strong competition from cheaper land-produced salt and the world trade. Faced with the need to be economically viable, Salinas are confronted with the choice of closing, industrializing the production or changing the business orientation towards sustainable tourism and new artisanal products, already successfully experienced.


Addressing common challenges, four Mediterranean regions (Italy, Spain, Lebanon and Tunisia), will promote the development of a sustainable and adaptable management model fostering the territorial valorization of artisanal Salinas.


MedArtSal model will represent an innovative solution and will provide innovative sustainable actions for Salinas, providing a sound operational support and specific guidance on the best development strategy compared to the features and needs of the area. The model is made up of the combination of good practices (e.g. technologies, products), commerce (e.g. product selling, marketing), biodiversity and ecosystem service preservation, as well as other services (e.g. tourism).


A sustainable production of salt may have on Mid-term environmental and social effects and on long-term it may have constructive economic and governance changes at local, national and Mediterranean levels.

As a direct result, the project aims to engage the cooperation between several private-public actors and communities, composed by salt-workers, SMEs, economic operators, policy makers, Universities, Research Centers, governmental bodies, and civil society in the Mediterranean.



MedArtSal Goals

·         Identify those areas susceptible to economic and environmental challenges for the geographical distribution, socio-economic value and biodiversity significance;

·         Define sustainable solutions, promoting management policies or procedures throughout the determination of critical elements for Salinas development;

·         Develop and test tailored management solutions in several case studies and pilot actions;

·         Foster collaborations on markets, promoting a SME cluster per participating country

·         Build network among local producers and businesses to develop public-private cooperation



MedArtSal Beneficiaries

·         Artisanal Salinas/Artisanal Salt producers / SMEs

·         National, Regional, and local Institutions

·         Universities/Research centers

·         Chamber of Commerce, trade associations, NGOs



MedArtSal Partners

Lead beneficiary - CUEIM – University Consortium for Industrial and Managerial Economics (Italy)

PP1 - Mediterranean Sea and Coast Foundation (Italy)

PP2 - Association for the Development of Rural Capacities (Lebanon)

PP3 - International Union for Conservation of Nature, Centre for Mediterranean Cooperation (Spain)

PP4 - University of Cádiz (Spain)

PP5 - Tuniso-Italian Chamber of Commerce and Industry (Tunisia)

PP6 - Fair Trade Lebanon (Lebanon)

Pp7 - Saida Society (Tunisia)


MedArtSal Associated Partners

·         Assocamerestero – Associazione delle Camere di Commercio Italiane all’Estero (Italy)

·         Ente di Gestione per i Parchi e la Biodiversità-Delta del Po (Italy)

·         Consejería de Agricultura, Ganadería Pesca y Desarrollo Sostenible (Spain)

·         SALARTE Fund for the Stewardship and Recovery of the Salt Marsh (Spain)

·         Municipality of Anfeh (Lebanon)

·         The Mediterranean Wetland Initiative (MedWet) (France)


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