The project was implemented over a period of 18 months, from the 21st of April 2012 until the 21st of October 2013, with a total budget of 533.670 EUR and was financed through the Crossborder Cooperation Programme Romania-Bulgaria 2007-2013.

The develoment of tourism infrastructure and the irresponsible exploitation of natural resources bring with them negative effects on the environment: hotels with an uncontrolled disposal of waste and waste water, resources overconsumption (electricity, water and the use of equipments with high energy consumption).

In order to limit the disastrous effects over the environment, Mare Nostrum became a partner in the crossborder project EMAS - “Improved awareness of the cross-border tourism cluster and environmental management and protection”, financed through the Crossborder Cooperation Programme Romania-Bulgaria 2007-2013. All the actions included in the project focused on a prudent exploitation and an efficient environmental protection, from the tourism point of view. Two publications were created, which offer answers to the common social and environmental problems. Also, there was created an important and innovative information source regarding environmental protection and fighting against climate change, consisting in a green web portal, accessible in English, Romanian and Bulgarian.

The main purpose of the project was to determine hotels to be more responsible towards the environment and to use the resources in a rational way. We offered information and counselling regarding the ecological labels EMAS and Eco-Label.

The partners involved in the project: Mare Nostrum NGO, from Constanţa, Romania, the Chamber of Commerce and Industry (CCI) Dobrich (Bulgaria – lead partner) and EUREKA (Bulgaria).