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Project acronym: Parks & Benefits

Project title: Parks & Benefits - Generating socio-economic effects by a sustainable management of protected areas for the benefit of their regions

Application call: 1

Priority: 4. Attractive & competitive cities and regions

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Lead Partner:

Ministerium für Landwirtschaft, Umwelt und Verbraucherschutz M-V
Paulshöher Weg 1
19061 Schwerin
DE
Hans-Joachim Schreiber
E-mail: h.schreiber@lu.mv-regierung.de
Phone: 0049 (0)385 588 6060
Fax: 0049 (0)385 588 6037

Project Manager:

Ministerium für Landwirtschaft, Umwelt und Verbraucherschutz M-V
Paulshöher Weg 1
19061 Schwerin
DE
Olaf Ostermann
E-mail: o.ostermann@lu.mv-regierung.de
Phone: 0049 (0)385 588 6641
Fax: 0049 (0)385 5886637


Information Manager:

animare projektmanagement tourismus
Rosa-Luxemburg-Str. 14
18055 Rostock
DE
Romy Sommer
E-mail: romy.sommer@animare.net
Phone: 0049 (0)381 440 4949
Fax: +49 (0) 381 4404949



Summary description of the project:

The BSR holds many sites of typically Baltic or even outstanding natural heritage which are preserved in protected areas. While respecting their conservation and development objectives, sustainable nature tourism within/ around protected areas can be an important element of the regional economies. Up to now this economic potential is often underdeveloped offering vast possibilities for the development of tourism, public-private partnerships & improved nature conservation. At the same time existing economic performance can be widely underestimated, which often results in mislead discussions and prejudices about nature protection.

The project “Parks & Benefits” has introduced & strengthened sustainable nature tourism approaches in the BSR and communicates the mutual benefits to protected areas and to their surrounding regions for regional development & sustained natural development. Thinking holistically the project has established a network of 8 protected areas, regional authorities,

stakeholders in tourism / environment & academic institutions backed by EUROPARC Federation as European umbrella organisation. In close and trustful cooperation the partnership has achieved the following results (among others):

• Joint implementation of the European Charter for Sustainable Tourism being a practical instrument to generate socio-economic effects within protected areas

• Providing a number of opportunities & advantages in dealing with local processes, visitor impact monitoring & marketing

• Development and introduction of the Charter Part II to the BSR

• Elaboration of an action plan on generating socio-economic benefits

• Development of an action programme on a “low impact” transport system network

• Investment in the fields of visitor monitoring, accessibility for all and ICT solutions/ GPS systems

• Development of a quality / eco label guide for protected areas

The described results have a significant influence on the cooperation of protected area managements

& their local tourism stakeholders as this is acknowledged to be a key factor for a positive regional development combining nature conservation and tourism in the greatest possible sustainable way.

Parks & Benefits has influenced the various processes in protected area management by introducing and implementing the European Charter at park level in the BSR. Long-term tourism strategies have been developed that will be implemented on the basis of 5 years action plans. The parks also have built up strong communication to their tourism stakeholders establishing regular tourism forums & involving them into the future development of the protected area. Further, a basis for regular monitoring of social, economic and ecological benefits has been set to be implemented by parks across Europe. Strong dissemination activities have raised awareness for sustainable tourism issues and the European Charter itself among European practitioners in nature conservation & tourism.


Achievements of the project so far:

The main instrument of the Parks & Benefits project is the transfer of the European Charter for Sustainable Tourism in Protected Areas from Western and Mediterranean Europe to the Baltic Sea Region and the joint implementation in seven involved protected areas. The Charter process as well as “Parks & Benefits” comprises carrying capacity analyses, visitor management methods, quality development and cooperation with local tourist stakeholders and a progressive communication of substantial mutual benefits on a regional and international level.

The results of the Parks & Benefits project indicate an important progress towards a qualitative improvement of protected area and regional tourism management at project level by building up a basis for strengthening relationships between park managements, tourism stakeholders and regional authorities. The Charter process at local level also revealed that the charter and tourism development provide a chance for a new look at nature protection

focusing on positive actions (what can be done). It also provides a better understanding of the area as a whole for all parties who also realised a kind of “puzzle-effect” learning that each piece is essential to create and maintain the whole picture – a sustainable regional development.

The Charter also offers to protected areas:

• The opportunity to influence tourism development in the area

• A higher profile in the European arena as an area devoted to sustainable tourism

• An opportunity to work with and learn from other European “Charter parks” in a network

• Public relations and awareness-raising opportunities

• Helpful internal and external assessment

• Greater credibility amongst potential funding partners

The joint development of a socio-economic benefit monitor has further been defined as key activity providing a systematic collection of data on different scopes to be used to communicate the significance and benefits of protected areas to tourism stakeholder groups and

regional authorities. It also provides a useful inventory for the protected area management and a profound basis to influence and guide the most important decisions and activities within the protected area.

Comparative investigations on transportation and accessibility of the protected areas have been used to influence the Charter implementation processes of each park in terms of mobility and accessibility requirements. Two guidelines have been derived from the analyses as well as one action plan on low impact transport network systems with the ambitious task to increase the attractiveness of the region for visitors while preserving natural and cultural values.

The project results will be applied in practice by the involved park representatives. Tourism forums set up within Parks & Benefits shall be established as reliable and long-lasting institutions that identify necessary actions & decide on priorities in close cooperation with park authorities.



Project Duration: Oct 2008 - Jan 2012
Approximate total project budget in EUR: 2.686.660,00
ERDF co-financing: 1.887.630,00
ENPI co-financing: 0,00
Norwegian national contribution: 126.000,00

List of partners

Ministry for Agriculture, Environment and Consumer Protection M-V
19061 Schwerin | GERMANY
Paulshöher Weg 1
Region: Mecklenburg-Vorpommern
Contact person: Hans-Joachim Schreiber
Phone: 0049 (0)385 588 6060
E-mail: h.schreiber@lu.mv-regierung.de
Web: http://www.regierung-mv.de/cms2/Regierungsportal_prod/Regierungsportal/
Approximate total partner budget in EUR:104.000,00
ERDF co-financing:78.000,00
ENPI co-financing:0,00
Norwegian national contribution:0,00
Müritz National Park Authority
17237 Hohenzieritz | GERMANY
Schloßplatz 3
Region: Mecklenburg-Vorpommern
Contact person: Jens Brüggemann
Phone: 0049 (0)39824 / 252
E-mail: Poststelle@npa-mueritz.mvnet.de
Web: www.nationalpark-mueritz.de
Approximate total partner budget in EUR:203.500,00
ERDF co-financing:152.625,00
ENPI co-financing:0,00
Norwegian national contribution:0,00
Roskilde University, Dept. of Environmental, Social and Spatial Change
4000 Roskilde | DENMARK
P.Box 260
Region: Sjælland
Contact person: Jesper Brandt
Phone: +45 4674 2463
E-mail: brandt@ruc.dk
Web: www.ruc.dk
Approximate total partner budget in EUR:249.993,00
ERDF co-financing:187.495,00
ENPI co-financing:0,00
Norwegian national contribution:0,00
Environmental Board
15172 Tallinn | ESTONIA
Narva mnt 7a
Region: Eesti
Contact person: Kaja Lotman
Phone: + 372 6272 193
E-mail: Kaja.Lotman@keskkonnaamet.ee
Web: www.keskkonnaamet.ee
Approximate total partner budget in EUR:114.000,00
ERDF co-financing:96.900,00
ENPI co-financing:0,00
Norwegian national contribution:0,00
Latvian Country Tourism Association “Lauku ceļotājs”
1046 Riga | LATVIA
Kalnciema 40, 3rd floor
Region: Latvija
Contact person: Asnāte Ziemele
Phone: +371 67617600
E-mail: asnate@celotajs.lv
Web: www.countryholidays.lv
Approximate total partner budget in EUR:126.600,00
ERDF co-financing:107.610,00
ENPI co-financing:0,00
Norwegian national contribution:0,00
The Directorate of Kurtuvėnai Regional Park
80223 Kurtuvėnai, Šiauliai distr | LITHUANIA
Parko g. 2
Region: Lietuva
Contact person: Gedas Kukanauskas
Phone: +37041370333
E-mail: info@kurtuva.lt
Web: www.kurtuva.lt
Approximate total partner budget in EUR:109.052,00
ERDF co-financing:92.694,00
ENPI co-financing:0,00
Norwegian national contribution:0,00
Region Zealand, Nature & Environment
4180 Soroe | DENMARK
Allén 15
Region: Sjælland
Contact person: Jan Whoolhead
Phone: 0045 57 87 58 40
E-mail: jw@regionsjaelland.dk
Web: www.regionsjaelland.dk
Approximate total partner budget in EUR:175.000,00
ERDF co-financing:131.250,00
ENPI co-financing:0,00
Norwegian national contribution:0,00
Ditrectorate of Žemaitija National Park
90420 Plateliai | LITHUANIA
Didžioji g. 10
Region: Lietuva
Contact person: Gedas Kukanauskas
Phone: 00370 44849337
E-mail: info@parkai.lt
Web: www.zemaitijosnp.lt
Approximate total partner budget in EUR:185.364,00
ERDF co-financing:157.559,00
ENPI co-financing:0,00
Norwegian national contribution:0,00
Administration of Biosphere Reserve South East Rügen
18586 Lancken-Granitz | GERMANY
Blieschow 7a
Region: Mecklenburg-Vorpommern
Contact person: Sabine Schlender
Phone: 0049 38303/885-0
E-mail: poststelle@suedostruegen.mvnet.de
Web: www.biosphaerenreservat-suedostruegen.de
Approximate total partner budget in EUR:141.000,00
ERDF co-financing:105.750,00
ENPI co-financing:0,00
Norwegian national contribution:0,00
Municipality of Guldborgsund, Department for Nature and Environment
4800 Nykøbing | DENMARK
Parkvej 37
Region: Sjælland
Contact person: Catharina Oksen
Phone: 0045 54 73 19 89
E-mail: co@guldborgsund.dk
Web: www.guldborgsund.dk
Approximate total partner budget in EUR:150.000,00
ERDF co-financing:112.500,00
ENPI co-financing:0,00
Norwegian national contribution:0,00
Tourist Board Mecklenburg Lake District
17207 Röbel | GERMANY
Turnplatz 2
Region: Mecklenburg-Vorpommern
Contact person: Angela Nagel
Phone: +49 39931/ 5380
E-mail: a.nagel@mecklenburgische-seenplatte.de
Web: www.mecklenburgische-seenplatte.de
Approximate total partner budget in EUR:94.500,00
ERDF co-financing:70.875,00
ENPI co-financing:0,00
Norwegian national contribution:0,00
Ernst-Moritz-Arndt University of Greifswald / Institute for Geography
17487 Greifswald | GERMANY
Makarenkostrasse 22
Region: Mecklenburg-Vorpommern
Contact person: Prof. Dr. Wilhelm Steingrube
Phone: +49 3834 864541
E-mail: parks@uni-greifswald.de
Web: www.wisogeo.de
Approximate total partner budget in EUR:257.600,00
ERDF co-financing:193.200,00
ENPI co-financing:0,00
Norwegian national contribution:0,00
EUROPARC Federation
93047 Regensburg | GERMANY
Waffnergasse 6
Region: Niederbayern
Contact person: Richard Blackman
Phone: +49 (0)8552 9610-0
E-mail: r.blackman@europarc.org
Web: www.europarc.org, www.european-charter.org/
Approximate total partner budget in EUR:66.500,00
ERDF co-financing:33.250,00
ENPI co-financing:0,00
Norwegian national contribution:0,00
Association for sustainable mobility Germany
10965 Berlin | GERMANY
Yorckstraße 48
Region: Berlin
Contact person: Jörg Becken
Phone: +49 30 4463664
E-mail: info@vcdprojektentwicklung.de
Web: www.vcd-nordost.de, www.vcdprojektentwicklung.de
Approximate total partner budget in EUR:60.000,00
ERDF co-financing:45.000,00
ENPI co-financing:0,00
Norwegian national contribution:0,00
Nature Conservation Agency
2012 Jurmala | LATVIA
Meza maja
Region: Latvija
Contact person: Ms. Vita Caune, Ms Agnese Balandina
Phone: +3717730078
E-mail: vita.caune@daba.gov.lv; agnese.balandina@daba.gov
Web: www.kemeri.gov.lv
Approximate total partner budget in EUR:137.550,00
ERDF co-financing:116.917,00
ENPI co-financing:0,00
Norwegian national contribution:0,00
Lolland Municipality, Department for business development
4930 Maribo | DENMARK
Jernbanegade
Region: Sjælland
Contact person: Kitty Sommer
Phone: 0045 54676539
E-mail: kiso@lolland.dk
Web: www.lolland.dk
Approximate total partner budget in EUR:150.000,00
ERDF co-financing:112.500,00
ENPI co-financing:0,00
Norwegian national contribution:0,00
The Management of Dovrefjell-Sunndalsfjella National Park
2500 Tynset | NORWAY
Rådhuset
Region: Hedmark og Oppland
Contact person: Eva Nordfjell
Phone: +47 62 48 50 00
E-mail: eva@dovrefjellradet.no
Web: www.dovrefjellradet.no
Approximate total partner budget in EUR:252.000,00
ERDF co-financing:0,00
ENPI co-financing:0,00
Norwegian national contribution:126.000,00
The Association of Lithuanian State Parks & Reserves
90420 Plateliai | LITHUANIA
Didžioji g. 10
Region: Lietuva
Contact person: Gedas Kukanauskas
Phone: 0037044849337
E-mail: info@parkai.lt
Web: www.parkai.lt
Approximate total partner budget in EUR:110.000,00
ERDF co-financing:93.500,00
ENPI co-financing:0,00
Norwegian national contribution:0,00