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PEAK - New Heights for Youth Entrepreneurship content

PEAK - New Heights for Youth Entrepreneurship

PEAK - New Heights for Youth Entrepreneurship

PEAK is a mountain entrepreneurship programme for youth which empowers participative and decisive action towards the rejuvenation of mountain economies and sustainable mountain development.  It has the following objectives:

  • Unlock the economic potential of youth entrepreneurship and new economic niches (such as offering tours or selling added value regional products)
  • Combat and reverse depopulation by attracting young people to stay, move to – or move back to – mountain areas and become entrepreneurs
  • Empower youth through entrepreneurship to be equal partners and torchbearers in creating and implementing goals toward environmental sustainability

The main results of PEAK will be open educational resources for non-formal youth education and a multilingual, interactive VLE platform to enable remote and distance learning and foster peer connections and collaboration among PEAK entrepreneurs across Europe.

The project, starting in May 2021, will last for 24 months and has the following partners:

  • The Centre for Recreation and Tourism Research, University of the Highlands and Islands, Scotland (lead partner)
  • The National Technical University of Athens, Greece
  • FAS, Iceland (high school)
  • Momentum Marketing Services, Ireland (SME)
  • Canice Consulting, Northern Ireland (SME)
  • Meridaunia Local Action Group, Italy (NGO)
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T-CRISIS NAV

T-CRISIS NAV

A new ERASMUS + project has started in September 2020 to help tourism SMEs to navigate their way through crisis.

Led by CRTR, the €445,000 project has academic and SME partners in Iceland, Denmark, Germany, Ireland and Spain, and will last for three years.

The project will develop an up to date HEI curriculum, a vocational education and training package, a set of open educational resources addressing SMEs and start-ups and an innovative learning app, all helping tourism SMEs to gain the knowledge and management competencies to navigate their company through the virulent crisis and to become more crisis-resilient in the future.

For more detail please contact Steve Taylor.

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Wonder Seekers

Wonder Seekers

Wonders Seekers is the brand name of a new marketing concept: scientific tourism. The centre is working with partners across the Arctic and with website designers and marketing consultants to help businesses exploit new sustainable tourism opportunities, where immersive learning is a key part of the experience, and help small tourism companies in remote locations to create new products and to market themselves in new, engaging ways.

The brand has been developed in the SCITOUR project, which is co-financed by the Northern Periphery and Arctic Programme and led by the University of Lapland, Arctic Centre, with other partners at the University of Iceland and Greenland National Museum.  Within UHI, CRTR is working in collaboration with the Centre for Mountain Centres at Perth College.

For more details contact: steve.taylor.whc@uhi.ac.uk

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StoryTagging

StoryTagging

Northern communities have a long tradition of story-telling, which is threatened in some communities, where modern lifestyles and social media are weakening traditional social practices. StoryTagging seeks to increase the market reach of creative industry SMEs by developing a digital platform (accessed via apps and a website) that will allow creatives to harness (as stories) much of what makes Northern localities distinctive to the people who live and work there: a sense of place; identity and community; folklore; cultural heritage; landscape and natural heritage; archaeology.

Project partners will work with local communities to gather stories that celebrate these local heritage assets that are unique to the NPA area. We will work with creative SMEs to bring stories to life through new products or works. The project will promote the StoryTagging platform internationally and digital marketing models will be applied to enhance the market reach of participating creatives.

The NPA INTERREG project is led by Robert Gordon University (Scotland) and will be implemented in collaboration with: Kenozero National Park (Russia); Causeway Coast and Glens Heritage Trust and Ulster University (Northern Ireland); Region Västerbotten (Sweden); and Kvarken Council (Finland).

For more details contact: steve.taylor.whc@uhi.ac.uk

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The Coast that Shaped the World (COAST) content Co-creating cultural narratives for sustainable rural development (CULTIVATE) content

Co-creating cultural narratives for sustainable rural development (CULTIVATE)

Co-creating cultural narratives for sustainable rural development (CULTIVATE)

CULTIVATE seeks to understand the role of cultural heritage in shaping sustainable landscapes and communities in the context of societal challenges such as the Covid-19 pandemic, the climate emergency and transitions required to meet the Sustainable Development Goals (SDGs).  This research will explore how cultural narratives are co-created, contested and negotiated at community, regional and national scales using methods that bring to the fore cultural values, identity and relationships between people and land.  Cultural narratives will be reshaped using the ‘Seeds of a good Anthropocene’ methodology which focuses on using inspirational visions and stories to achieve transformations to sustainability.

The project will have valuable impact in real world socio-ecological systems by conducting research across four Biosphere Reserves which represent a diverse spectrum of rural cultural landscapes with an ethos of scientific-based management and community engagement.

The four partners are University of the Highlands and Islands (Centre for Mountain Studies leading), Czech University of Life Sciences, University of Bergen and Estonian University of Life Sciences.  The project runs for three years from June 2021 and has a total budget of €795,645.  CULTIVATE is financed through the Joint Programming Initiative for Cultural Heritage and Global Change, with UK activity funded through AHRC.

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Ethical Tourism Recovery in Arctic Communities (ETRAC)

Ethical Tourism Recovery in Arctic Communities (ETRAC)

COVID-19 is having a profound effect on the tourism sector in the Cool North and as the industry starts to move into a resilient, post-pandemic recovery there is an opportunity to look at more sustainable or responsible tourist behaviour and address sustainability challenges in peripheral and Arctic areas that have been intensified by the pandemic. 

The aim of ETRAC is to enable short-term business recovery while exploring options for a more culturally and locally sensitive tourism future.  The partners will work with local SMEs, communities, DMOs and other stakeholders to enable them to diversify the business, work collaboratively, acquire new skills or create new digital tourism streams. 

The approach is to draw upon the collective experience of the lead partners from four previous or current NPA projects - ARCTISEN, W-POWER, SHAPE and SAINT - to share new approaches with an expanded network of end-users through a dynamic innovation platform. 

The one-year project started in July 2021, is led by Karelia University of Applied Sciences and has a further Finnish partner in the University of Lapland.  The project is co-financed by the Northern Periphery and Arctic Programme.