Développement local durable


Développement durable, Patrimoine culturel & naturel

The EcoChestnut project is a European project on organic production and marketing of chestnuts. The EU chestnuts market has been experiencing a strong growth in demand for organic chestnut products for the last 10 years. This demand is unsatisfied in volume, so it has to rely on non-EU imports to be satisfied. The maintenance of the European chestnut grove goes through the continuous development of quality channels, valuing know-how & local products, combining agriculture, transformation & heritage discovery. The organic sector is at the very heart of this economic system. For the European chestnut producers, the knowledge & competences they must acquire & master, are quite multi-folded.

EcoChestnut aims at fostering professional knowledge and competences of the European chestnuts producers on organic chestnuts production through an e-learning platform that comprises in one place, online, free learning resources focused on technical aspects, as well as marketing and diversification of the activity. It tackles all steps for “conversion” to organic chestnut growing, marketing strategy, communication with customers, etc.

The project also targets awareness raising on the chestnuts & chestnut groves as part of the cultural, historical and landscape heritage of our countries.

EcoChestnut is developed by 7 partners from France, Greece, Spain, Portugal & Bulgaria. The Mediterranean Center of Environment is working in Greece in association with the Meloivia Agricultural Cooperative of Fruits and Chestnuts Producers ATHANATI.


Together with the MCE, partners of EcoChestnut

Petra Patrimonia CorsicaFrance

Universidad de Vigo Spain

Polytechnic Institute of BragançaPortugal

DAKOM- Bulgaria










Social & Nature

Développement durable, Eco-citoyenneté, Projets

“People who are socially, economically, culturally, politically, institutionally or otherwise marginalized are particularly vulnerable to climate change as well as to some adaptation and mitigation strategies.” (IPCC – Intergovernmental Panel on Climate Change).

Social & Nature is a project, developed by 6 partners in 4 different European countries (Belgium, France, Greece, Italy) for  vocational education and training.

Its aim is the prevention and climate changes’ mitigation of environmental disasters which impact significantly on groups that already are socially, economically and culturally vulnerable.

It has 2 specific objectives:

  • Create a transnational consortium to build a European framework for the training of trainers working in the social sector and act as mediators and facilitators towards vulnerable groups.
  • Produce simple and easy didactic tools to be used by training centers and institutions.



Together with the MCE, the partners of Social & Nature






Harbor Heritage Story Telling

Développement durable, Patrimoine culturel & naturel, Projets

European port cities, rich in tangible and intangible heritage, are rarely considered as tourist destinations and are often neglected by travel agents, tourism professionals and visitors themselves. 

The project Harbor Heritage Story Telling aims at:  

        • Identifying and enhancing the hidden heritage of harbor, with and for the local residents and professionals
        • Creating local networks of professional and volunteers who contribute to the port activity and will become ambassadors of Harbor Heritage
        • Strengthening their social and heritage skills to develop and manage multi-thematic discovery paths, offering these cities a more attractive character

The HHST project proposes to respond to issues raised by developing:

  • A participatory method for the appropriation and tourism development of the still “hidden” heritage,
  • An online training tool to strengthen heritage knowledge, capacity to develop and guide new discovery paths, and other competences applied to port heritage,
  • The creation of four pilot cultural tourism paths aimed at discovering port heritage in the partner cities.

“Heritage Harbor Story Telling -HHST” project mobilizes 6 European partners – tourism organizations, cultural associations, educational organizations – in 4 European cities: Bastia (Corsica-FR), Piraeus (Attic-GR), Split (Dalmatia-HR) and Catania (Sicilia-IT).

The work of all partners will be integrated into a common digital tool that can be disseminated beyond the project, in all European harbor cities.

Τοgether with MCE in this project…

Tourism office of Bastia –France
Petra Patrimonia -France
IMTIIE -Greece




Développement durable, Patrimoine culturel & naturel, Projets

Preserving natural resources but also becoming more competitive is a way towards eco-citizenship, the project ECHO-Tourism aims at providing local stakeholders, specialized in rural tourism – mainly small and familial enterprises and those contributing to the attraction of the area  – with a set of various tools, already tested and validated in some specific region.

Owners of hotels, restaurants, outdoor activities, local shops or craft work, will be able to develop new competencies and basic skills to reduce their footprint. 

By creating new training material and methods and organizing training workshops, based on a methodology developed in France, ECHO-Tourism project aims at integrating stakeholders into the process of low-cost changes and adaptation.

Available through the internet, this material is accompanied by a collaborative online place, a MOOC (online education) and an online performance support -Platform ECHO-tourism.

The Mediterranean Center of Environment is working in Greece in association with OLKIS (Professional Network in the tourism sector – region of Olympus-Kissavo).


Together with MCE in this project:

Les 7 VentsFrance









European Wetlands Ambassadors-AMHE

Développement durable, Eco-citoyenneté, Nouvelles, Patrimoine culturel & naturel, Projets

The Erasmus + project “AMHE-European Wetlands Ambassadors” is part of a social action to address long-term unemployment funded by the European Social Fund.


AMHE project aims to develop and improve participants skills but also their professional recognition and reintegration in the maintenance/care of rivers and wetlands.

The project  undertakes two european challenges:

  • To provide better quality training and sustainable career prospects to people who are out of the labor market and will join it through economic activities
  • To meet the needs of the protection and development of European natural wetlands and rivers, a goal supported by the implementation of the European Water Framework Directive, which imposes on European communities and countries-members , conservation, anti-pollution, surveillance tasks, natural hazards and general information to public.

Expected results:

  • Establishing a new profession, the “Wetlands Ambassador”
  • Develop and test of training content
  • Skills assessment / certification process
  • Resource center and e-learning tools

MCE provides technical support to the Municipality of Alimos the Greek partner of this project together with:



Développement durable, Patrimoine culturel & naturel, Projets

Il existe en France un processus efficace dans lequel les citoyens s’entraident pour rénover leur maison, sous la supervision de professionnels et suivant les techniques traditionnelles: les chantiers solidaires de l’association Enerterre! Avec HELPS, le CME tente de transférer ce processus en Grèce.