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Sustainable tourism development strategies

In the ten years of its existence ECEAT-Projects has initiated and worked on a wide variety of projects on developing sustainable tourism in different countries worldwide.

Name:

Awareness raising Natura 2000: working with Europe’s rural tourism sector

Location:

Finland, Spain, Latvia

Funding:

EU DG Environment

Position:

National project manager

Date:

2007-2008

Description:

This project brings together an innovative partnership of tourism providers and Natura 2000 specialists from 5 countries to raise awareness of Natura 2000 and its implications and benefits for rural tourism at the grass routes level. The actions proposed will be piloted in three very different regions of Europe, practical tools will be developed for tourism providers, these and the experiences of the project will then be disseminated to a wider network of rural tourism providers via existing networks and major forthcoming tourism related events, thereby ensuring a significant multiplier effect of the project’s impact at both regional and European level on the rural tourism sector.


Name:

Tour-Link, Demonstrating how an integrated ecolabeling and tour operating supply chain management strategy can foster sustainability in tourism

Location:

Global

Funding:

EU LIFE Programme

Position:

Leader

Date:

2004 - 2007

Description:

Introduction of the agreed sustainable supply chain management methodology among at least 75 + tour operators in The Netherlands, United Kingdom and other European countries leading to more demand for sustainable/certified suppliers. Individual tour operators shall be trained and coached. Based on an overall monitoring of the implementation process and results it is foreseen to introduce the system industry wide within the Netherlands and the UK.


Name:

Link All

Location:

Latin America

Funding:

EU - @LIS Programme

Position:

Partner

Date

2003 - 2006

Description:

Assistance in the uptake of innovative IT practices, to support collaboration, promote exchange of experience and transfer of know-how and improve related skills in three targeted sectors - Crafts, Eco-Agro tourism and Culture, in order to help remote Latin American communities secure a sustainable and environmentally friendly economy, relying on their local natural, material and human resources.


Name:

Sustainable tourism and town twinning Netherlands - Poland

Location:

Netherlands/Poland

Funding:

NL - Ministry of Foreign Affairs

Position:

Subcontractor

Date

2003 - 2004

Description:

Integrates sustainable tourism in 101 Town Twinning "Netherlands -Poland" projects. ECEAT role: participation of 2 conferences, research tourism offer, development of project proposals for sustainability in tourism for at least to twinning projects, publication and publicity activities.


Name:

Civil Link Slovakia

Location:

Slovakia

Funding:

Dutch Ministry of Foreign Affairs, MATRA Programme

Position:

Project leader

Date:

2001 - 2004

Description:

A programme to create an integrated development strategy in participation with regional and local stakeholders in a mountainous Presov region in East Slovakia. Emphasis on tourism development and land use management. Empowerment of local authorities with respect to planning and regional development.


Name:

In search of Europe’s lost heart

Date:

2001

Location:

Europe

Funding:

EU - DG ENV. NGO Programme

Position:

Project leader

Description:

Development of a European standard for accommodations in and around national parks and other nature reserves in the framework of Natura 2000 and Europark (European Federation of Nature Parks). Adviser for the Europark Charter for Sustainable Tourism, criteria, strategy and management tools for the development of sustainable tourism in European nature parks.


Date:

2001

Location:

Kyrgyzstan, Kazachstan, Uzbekistan

Funding:

EU - TACIS Programme

Position:

Consultant

Description:

West Tien Shan Biodiversity project. A GEF/ World Bank / TACIS project to support the protection of biodiversity in 4 Zapovedniks in Kyrgyzstan, Uzbekistan and Kazachstan. Contribution to management plans. Product development and marketing. Criteria for sustainable tourism development. Development of tourism micro-enterprises in the Sary-Chelek Zapovednik. Support the creation of a national Community Based Tourism association. Development of a organisational, business and marketing strategy for Community Based Tourism in Kyrgyzstan.


Name:

The strengthening of the socio-economic position of women farmers in Poland

Date:

2000

Location:

Poland

Funding:

EU - Phare Programme

Position:

Subcontract

Description:

Development of tourism and agricultural production groups for Polish Farmers Women. Creation of a network of rural tourism accommodations in the Beskidy mountains (South of Krakow).


Date:

1999

Location:

Costa Rica

Funding:

Dutch Ministry for Development Co-operation

Position:

Consultant

Description:

Eco and agro tourism development and marketing programme. Creation of a national marketing network of small and medium rural tourism enterprises. Active marketing of products within European and American markets. Assessment of existing quality and needs for training and education. Development of a quality system for ecotourism.


Date:

1999

Location:

Ukraine

Company:

World Wildlife Fund

Position:

Consultant

Description:

Development of an ecotourism strategy and development plan for the Danube Delta in the framework of the WWF Partners for Wetland program for the Odessa Oblast. An initiative of WWF in Eastern Europe, which follows a concept in presenting several parks together to the tourism market, combining eco-tourism and nature conservation. Parks, and enterprises who provide tourism facilities in these parks can obtain the PanParc logo, when meeting quality standards for service and nature conservation.


Date:

1998 – 2000

Location:

Estonia

Funding:

EU - Phare Programme

Position:

Advisor

Description:

Formulation of a development strategy and organisational structure for the rural accommodation sector on behalf of the Estonian Ministry of Agriculture and the Estonian Tourism Board. Actor analysis of rural tourism and preparation of co-operation agreements (Tourism Board, Farmers Union, Ecotourism association, tour operators association, etc.). Development of a training programme for rural tourism entrepreneurs. Development of a promotion strategy for rural tourism. International market research for rural tourism to Estonia. Development of a quality control system for rural tourism.


Date:

1997

Location:

Costa Rica

Company:

Dutch Ministry of Development Co-operation

Position:

Advisor

Description:

Conducting of a feasibility study and a project identification mission for the development of eco and agro tourism, focussed on product development, training, quality management and marketing.


Date:

1997

Location:

Benin, Africa

Funding:

Dutch Ministry of Development Co-operation

Position:

Advisor

Description:

Conducting of a feasibility study to the potential of tourism as a contribution to rural development. Identification of local NGO partners for sustainable tourism development. Formulation of a pilot project – developing locally produced facilities and handicrafts - in the Boukombe region.


Name:

Tour operating as support for Sustainable Development and Nature Protection

Date:

1996

Location:

The Netherlands

Company:

EU - DG ENV

Position:

Advisor

Description:

Production of a manual “Tour operating as support for Sustainable Development and Nature Protection” for NGO's active in tourism.


Date:

1996

Location:

The Baltic States, Slovenia, Romania, Bulgaria, Hungary

Company:

Regional Environmental Centre

Position:

Advisor

Description:

Introduction of an ecotourism programme in close co-operation with local communities. Creation of national networks of regional eco-tourism development initiatives. Standardisation of products, selection and training of entrepreneurs, marketing of the products through ”Green Holiday Guides”


Date:

1993 – 1997

Location:

Poland, Czech Republic, Hungary

Funding:

EU DG ENV./Dutch Ministry of Environment

Position:

Consultant

Description:

Several assignments in the framework of support programmes for countries in transition. Introduction of eco and agro tourism within a small and medium enterprise development programme. Production of a training manual for small tourism entrepreneurs. Linking of sustainable and rural tourist accommodations with 115 European eco tour operators. Development of 15 tours and modules in co-operation with local communities in 6 Central and Eastern European Countries. Development of European standards and criteria for sustainable campsites, B&Bs and self-catering accommodations.