Enhancement of historic-architectural heritage: creation of the first eco-hostel in the coastal area of Buggerru (Sardinia)
The territory of Buggerru, with its natural areas and industrial archaeology, is part of the environmental and cultural system of Sulcis-Iglesiente, and nowadays is affected by strong depopulation phenomenon, a progressively aging population, a high rate of unemployment, especially youth unemployment and a low average level of education.
How does the activity develop in Sardinia?
The project regards the construction of the first eco-hostel in Sardinia and takes into account the structural weakness of the local context and the opportunities to use social tourism as a driving force for the development of local resources. The project is characterized by technological and design choices in order to reach zero impact, management strategies in order to maximize the local economic benefits and to sensitize customers on responsible tourism. The initiative is part of a broader strategy for the creation of a Network of Sardinian Eco-Hostels in agreement with the standards of sustainability and energy efficiency, with the aim of promoting cultural and social tourism in accommodation facilities with high standard and with specific attention to the needs of young people, school groups and disabled people.
Therefore, the main objectives of this activity are:
- to promote a model of cultural and environmental tourism, expanding the range of experiences already offered by the National Park
- to build the bases for a seasonal adjustment of touristic use;
- to design activities and tourist services that increase the level of the community’s interaction with the environmental components, in order to build the first relational system which knows and protects their value;
- to start an innovative institutional experience as a laboratory for sustainable tourism activities.