Innofluence forevergreen

Having supported the Défismed* association on a number of projects, the founder of Innofluence has decided to develop a special department to support innovation in the tourism sector in close partnership with the association.

While Innofluence provides expertise to accompany innovative projects, Défismed is a network for broadcasting information, sharing experiences, pooling skills, capitalising on knowledge and reflecting on issues at the service of organisations managing sustainable development in the Mediterranean. This network puts together dozens of ecotourism sites, 9 professional associations in the domains of tourism, 3 universities (Nice, Toulouse, IHEC Carthage, Paris Sorbonne) and expert in different fields around tourism (environment, food, sport, business, accommodations…).

All together, we develop a set of actions aiming at promoting ecotourism.

Communication and dissemination

Its network of stakeholders (tourism professionals, local and regional authorities, researchers, experts, facilitators, citizens) will be made available throughout the project as well as for the dissemination of results.

Its methodology for supporting ecotourism stakeholders.

– Its great communication capacities:

  • A database of ecotourism plants and experiences (including interactive map to promote identified ecotouristic experiences https://www.defismed.fr/resultat-recherche/?type%5B%5D=action-defimedsn)

Training & awareness

  • A MOOC on ecotourism (under construction in 2024) in partnership with University of Toulouse
  • A training toolbox or young ecotourism entrepreneurs (E-YETI) https://european-yeti.eu/toolbox/
  • An experience and expertise in organizing training workshop and Makeathon
  • An experience and expertise in organizing awareness event through international conferences and workshops
  • Maximising the visitor experience by them immersing in 3D audio environment while preserving their perception of the environment (see
    audio device by bones conduction at right) https://mezzoforte.design/?lang=en

Sustainable business development and assessment tools

  • Its ACCTT decision-support software to assess the capacity of a tourism project (University of Toulouse) to be a vector of territorial development in a context of climate change. This will enable us to measure the relevance of a project to regional development.
  • Its JANUS decision-support software aims to carry out an inventory and economic diagnosis of a tourism project with a view to its development (University of Toulouse) .

Track record of ecotourism projects

EU projects

DéfisMed was or is involved in the following EU project:

  • Erasmus+ European YETI a project that explores the Ecotourism for youth
  • Erasmus+ Grassroots offers young people the opportunity to take concrete action to propose new sustainable development policies to decision makers.
  • Other projects are under development under different Funding umbrella (Interreg, Horizon Europe…)

Other significant projects

  • MOOC on sustainable tourism (co-financed by ADEME Agency). Started in 2024.
  • Partnership with the city of Cannes (France) to deploy a augmented reality experience (Palais des festivals, Iles de Lerens)
  • Partnership with Département des Alpes-Maritimes through different project around ecotourism
  • Partnership with the Region SUD through different project around ecotourism in particular the deployment of pilot regional ecotourism observatories
  • Partnership with the “Département des Hautes-Pyrénées and tourism office of Ariège” through the local development of ecotourism
  • Defismed is also supported by the French Ministry of Culture
  • Défismed co-organised an event alongside COOP 2022 in Marrakech in partnership with the World Bank and the Royal Moroccan Academy, and a University in Chefchaouen in partnership with the city of Chefchaouen.

*Défismed was born of the desire of experienced professionals and citizens to pool their skills to promote ecotourism as a lever for ecological transition by involving local people, who are co-actors in their own development. Défismed has drawn up a charter setting out the values of “GREEN” ecotourism, in line with the United Nations’ Sustainable Development Goals (SDGs 2030). GREEN ecotourism generates sustainable local development, preserves and enhances biodiversity and cultural and intangible heritage.