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1. How to use the self scan tool

1.1. Getting started

The Tool is embedded to the EFFT project website, so in order to access the on line tool you first need to navigate to the website, by clicking on the following link or introducing it into your navigator searching field:

http://efftourism.eu

There are some technical and scientific principals that the user should be aware of in terms of getting better knowledge and advantage of the tool and its results.

1.2. Let’s start with the simulation (Step by step)

a) WELCOME

The first page of the simulation is a Welcome message. Please read it carefully and if you want to start you must click on the NEXT button.

b) BASIC INFORMATION

The simulation begins by asking the user about three types of data:

  • Identification
  • Information about the activity
  • Information about the boat (infrastructure)

c) WATER TURBIDITY

The navigation could generate an impact on the quality of the water where your activity takes place, mixing the water with soil sediments from the bottom.

d) AIR POLLUTION

The navigation (in case of fossil fuels consumption) could generate an impact on the air quality by increasing the greenhouse gas emissions where your activity takes place.

e) NOISE

The navigation could generate an impact on the air by increasing the noise background level where your activity takes place, disturbing wildlife and people in the area.

f) SOIL

The navigation could generate an impact at the dock area (boat onshore parking) by physical erosion and degradation of the shore soil.

g) NATURAL VEGETATION AND HABITAT

The navigation could generate an impact at the dock area (boat onshore parking) by physical erosion and degradation of the shore ecosystem (wildlife and vegetation).

h) LANDSCAPE VISUAL IMPACT

The navigation could generate an impact at the dock area (boat onshore parking) by means of visual impact and landscape degradation or distortion.

i) BIODIVERSITY

The navigation could generate an impact on the fish community by means of ecological population dynamics affection.

j) ENVIRONMENTAL MANAGEMENT

In this final part of the tool, you will be asked to introduce information on the most important aspects concerning environmental behaviour and management such as:

  • INFORMATION AND TRAINNIG
  • ENVIRONMENTAL STANDARS AND LABELLING
  • EFFICIENCY AND ENERGY
  • WASTE MANAGEMENT
  • MAINTENANCE AND EQUIPMENT
  • BUYING PROCESS AND SUPPLIERS RELATION

1.3. Understanding the results

Once you finish introducing the information, the tool performs a final screen-shot where it shows the main results of the simulation. The results are presented in two ways:

  • Overall result: given by the colour of the traffic light. Red means LOW level of sustainability, orange means MEDIUM and green means HIGH level of sustainability. The result is obtained by the pond-rated sum of the direct and indirect partial impacts, considering the results of the desk-research performed during the initial stages of the EFFT project.
  • Partial results: the scores are given by direct impact produced on environmental vectors. In this classification the impacts are categorised in three levels SEVERE, CRITICAL and MODERATE.

At the bottom of the final results screen-shot the tool shows a personalise message depending on the level of sustainability the user gets.

  • Training section
  • Forum
  • Download certificate
  • Leave self scan

 

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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