ERNEST

European Research Network for Sustainable Tourism.

ABOUT THE PROJECT:

The ERNEST project addresses the issue of sustainable development of the tourism sector through coordination and collaboration among regional research programmes on sustainable tourism through the development of a framework. Within this platform regions will share and build on research work already underway at regional level and make it more productive and efficient through exchange and through the planning and implementation of joint activities.

The main project objectives are as follows:

  • to exchange information and knowledge on regional structures and research programmes;
  • to identify within the research programmes those elements related to social dialogue and measurement of tourism impact;
  • to define and implement joint research activities on sustainable tourism according to common needs, particularly concentrating on training, information exchange and evaluation at an interregional level;
  • to fund joint interregional research on sustainable tourism through joint calls for funding;
  • to promote efficient regional and interregional cooperation, including public-private partnership;
  • to define common long-term staregies in line with EU policy on the sustainable development of tourism

Project partners:

  • Regione Toscana (IT) – Lead Partner
  • Cité de la Culture et du Tourisme Durable (FR);
  • Basque Government – Industry, Commerce and Tourism Department (ES)
  • Prefecture of Ilia (GR); South-East Regional Development Agency (RO)
  • Govern de les Illes Balears (ES);
  • Regional Development Agency of North Hungary (HU);
  • South West Tourism (UK);
  • Danish Forest and Nature Agency, Nord Zealand (DK);
  • Generalitat de Catalunya (ES);
  • Conseil Régional d’Aquitaine (FR);
  • Regione Emilia Romagna (IT);
  • The Agency for the Support of Regional Development Kosice (SK);
  • Regione del Veneto (IT);
  • Visit Wales (UK)

Project duration:

09/2008 – 09/2012

Project activities:

ERNEST foresees 3 specific work packages, respectively dedicated to Information exchange, definition and implementation of joint activities, funding of transnational research, flanked by 4 horizontal work packages which ensure efficient project coordination, correctly implemented project management and administration, widespread dissemination and identification and involvement of potential new partners.

WP1 – Coordination
WP2 – Information Exchange
WP3 – Definition, preparation and implementation of joint activities
WP4 – Trans – national/ Regional research Joint Call Implementation
WP5 – Outreach and Communication
WP6 – Identifying  and attracting new partners
WP7 – Project Management

Project outputs:

Expected impact of ERNEST project:

  •  Increased coordination of regional research programmes on sustainable tourism reducing the fragmentation of research activities;
  • Development of mutual learning and exchange among partners;
  • Support and tools for the project partners to take on tasks collectively on the issue of sustainable tourism;
  • Promotion of the tourism sector and improved support for research programmes in the partner regions as a result of the exchange of information and best practice;
  • Effective cooperation between the project partners and other stakeholders in order to implement interregional joint calls;
  • Dissemination of the project objectives and results at regional, national and European level
CLIMATE CHANGE AND ENVIRONMENTAL PROTECTION
CULTURAL HERITAGE AND CREATIVE INDUSTRY
EDUCATION AND CAPACITY BUILDING
SOCIAL AND RESPONSIBLE ENTREPRENEURSHIP
SUSTAINABLE MOBILITY AND TOURISM
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