Work Plan

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The activities around the fluvial tourism have great potential to attract visitors and to generate wealth in the destinations where they thrive. The increase in demand for this type of activity has led to an increase in investments and further development of certain infrastructure, boats, and other actions that have not always been taken from a sustainable perspective. At the same time, visitors appreciate and perform in ever greater extent, respectful behaviour in the natural areas they visit, highlighting the need of preservation and protection.

Protective measures not only include immediate actions in these places such as efficient waste management or responsible use of resources or fuels, but also those other initiatives to generateawareness among all actors involved in river and fluvial tourism activities(SMEs, managers and owners of river ports, professionals, local community, visitors, etc) as well as those that help to improve their training in this field, providing user-friendly tools and training materials, to help them increase their knowledge, as well as share best practices and sustainable solutions.

By giving to the target group a self-assessment tool which measures their environmental footprint, EFF TOURISM aims to encourage those people who a have a low footprint to share their good practices with the rest of the community and, on the other hand, it is a warning signal for those who have a high footprint, encouraging them to carry outresponsible and green actions.

It will help users improve their professional profiles and be more competitive, enhancing their employability. Moreover, these measures lay the foundations for

new business opportunities, innovative professional initiatives, cooperation between entrepreneurs... It will also help users reduce activity’s costs by being environmentally responsible and more efficient.

One clear conclusion can be drawn at this point: it is necessary to innovate in fluvial tourism sector from the environmental point of view, and this need cannot be undertaken without giving the suitable training and knowledge to all the stakeholders involved.

The activities foreseen in the project are comprised in the following intellectual outputs:

Skills Framework. It aims to lay the foundations on both the methodology and main contents of the following activities of the project.

Having this goal in mind, the project partners have defined geographical boundaries to develop this research and next project activities, and also to define the target group present in these areas, in order to gather their contributions and opinions about how fluvial tourism is being developed in these areas. 

Self Scan. This self-assessment tool will be available on this website and accessible to those agents interested in measuring their fluvial footprint.  

Users with low or average sustainability situations will be targeted to the training area of the web where they could download (or read on line) specific thematic training modules. Users with high levels of sustainability will be encourage to exchange experiences with the rest of the users.

Learning Content. A set of e-modules for sustainable fluvial tourism will be developed in this phase, taking into account the outputs of the Skills Framework report.  

The e-modules will aim to help target groups improve their footprint, thus they will be defined in accordance with the indicators included in the self scan and so will offer solutions and good practices which intend to improve the values obtained.

Guides and Policy briefs. A set of supporting manuals targeted to different stakeholders: EFF learner´s guide, EFF trainers guidelines, EFF sustainable tourism guidelines and EFF policy briefs. 

Although not comprised in intellectual outputs, there are other relevant activities under the project scope:

  • Dissemination activities and tools.
  • Project website.
  • Quality control.
  • Work with the target groups through project events and activities.
  • Cooperation with other European projects. 

About EFF Tourism

Environmental Footprint of Fluvial Tourism aims to encourage sustainable initiatives and measures in the natural spaces where fluvial tourism activities take place.

The EFF TOURISM project is being implemented by a consortium of seven organizations from France,  Slovenia,  Poland,  Estonia,  Hungary  and  Spain.

 

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This project has been funded with support from the European Commission. This publication [communication] reflects the views only of the author, and the Commision cannot be held responsible for any use which may be made of the information contained therein.
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