Project period: 07/2017 - 06/2020
Project leader: Prof. Dr. Wolfgang Strasdas
Project implementation: Martin Balás
Cooperation partner: adelphi gGmbH, DIW Econ GmbH, dwif-Consulting GmbH, BTE Tourismus- und Regionalberatung bmH

Project funding: Umweltbundesamt (UBA), Bundesministerium für Umwelt, Naturschutz, Bau und Reaktorsicherheit (BMUB)

Summary

The aim of the project is to develop a concept and a method for collecting empirical information on the share of sustainable tourism of the overall tourism sector in Germany and to apply it with an example. At the same time, central environmental and sustainability indicators for the industry as a whole will be determined by using an extended tourism satellite account approach. This will lead to indications, in which areas the tourism industry and politics would have to develop measures in order to strengthen and expand a sustainable tourism offer in Germany.

The Federal Environment Agency (UBA) and the Federal Ministry for the Environment, Nature Conservation and Nuclear Safety (BMU) have commissioned this research project. It will close existing knowledge gaps by giving comprehensive and empirically reliable data on the status quo of sustainable tourism in Germany. The framework of the project includes three stakeholder workshops, a major event on sustainable tourism and a total of eight discussion papers on various sustainability topics, in addition to content-related activities.


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Project period: 11/2016 - 10/2019
Project leader: Prof. Dr. Wolfgang Strasdas
Project implementation: Heike Dickhut
Cooperation partner: MODUL University Vienna GmbH, Université Paris 1 Panthéon Sorbonne, Universidade do Algarve, Forum Anders Reisen e.V., Eau de Web

Project funding: Europäische Komission, ERASMUS plus Programm

Summary

The aim of the “Tourism Research Innovation and Next Generation Learning Experience” (TRIANGLE) project is to build a Europe-wide knowledge network on sustainable tourism that promotes, improves and facilitates the exchange and cooperation between higher education and research institutions and the tourist sector, especially SMEs. The focus is on initiating and sustaining a targeted knowledge transfer between science and practice, by providing European tourism businesses and destinations with market-relevant information via special, thematically selected online education and training programs. Delivering this knowledge will help companies to better exploit their innovation potential and increase their competitiveness in the global market, e.g. by improving their environmental performance, cost reduction or innovative business solutions.

In a total of six work packages the project aims to achieve the following results:

  • Europe-wide knowledge network for sustainable tourism
  • Jointly developed knowledge database with topics for sustainable tourism and for special IT application
  • Open resource "Tool Kit" with learning and teaching materials on the topic "Sustainable tourism management"
  • Internship offers across the partnering countries for up to 40 students during the project period
  • Interactive, dynamic textbook on sustainable tourism management
  • Virtual training and meeting room for the provision of the teaching and learning courses and instruments of the partner organizations

Project period: 09/2016 - 07/2017
Project leader: Prof. Dr. Wolfgang Strasdas
Project implementation: Martin Balás
Cooperation partner: Verbraucher Initivative e.V.

Project funding: Bundesministerium für Umwelt, Naturschutz, Bau und Reaktorsicherheit (BMUB)

Summary

This project builds on the results of the preceding project “Certification Systems for Sustainable Tourism”. It develops a list of baseline-criteria that are based on international sustainability guidelines and standards and provides an individual assessment and a ranking of the certification systems for sustainable tourism in Germany.

The final report of the project "Requirements for Enterprise Certifications for Sustainable Tourism in Germany" is available for download here.


klimasensible kmu

Project period: 01/2016 – 12/2017
Project leader: Prof. Dr. Wolfgang Strasdas
Project implementation: Michelle Geigenmüller
Cooperation partner: kate - Kontaktstelle für Umwelt & Entwicklung e.V
Project funding: Bundesministerium für Umwelt, Naturschutz, Bau und Reakorsicherheit (BMUB) im Rahmen des "Aktionsplans Anpassung" zur Deutschen Anpassungsstrategie, Projektträger Jülich

Summary

The project aimed to train and sensitize tourism companies to the opportunities and risks of climate change, combined with the active support in the development of climate adaptation concepts in selected pilot companies.

The qualification concept consists of a method mix of theoretical learning phases (online formats), practical training phases (conducting presence workshops and coaching) and applied implementation phases (creation of company-specific adaptation concepts). It addresses small and medium-sized tourism businesses on site as well as tour operators who implement their tourism products in destinations that are strongly affected by climate change.

The results of the project are also available beyond the project duration.


branchenprojekt sustainable lodges

Project period: 05/2015 - 07/2016
Project leader: Prof. Dr. Wolfgang Strasdas
Project implementation: Prof. Dr. Wolfgang Strasdas in Kooperation mit mascontour
Cooperation partner: KAZA Secretariat, Sustainable Tourism Certification Alliance Africa
Cooperation partner: Futouris e.V. - Die Nachhaltigkeitsinitiative
Project funding: Kreditanstalt für Wiederaufbau (KfW)

Summary

The aim of the project is to support the Kavango-Zambezi (KAZA) TFCA in its development as a tourism region to that effect that it promotes a sustainable tourism development directly benefitting the local population, job creation, poverty eradication, and community development and contributing to nature and species protection. For this purpose, an industry-appropriate standard for "sustainable lodges" and their integration into the value chain of tour operators should be developed and implemented in direct exchange between partners from the KAZA region and internationally active tourism companies (Futouris members). It will include lodges that already meet the standard, as well as pilot lodges that will be supported in the implementation of the standard. At the end of the day it is aimed to target-orientated promote the international marketing of sustainable lodges in the KAZA region.


zertifizierungsysteme nachhaltiger tourismus

Project period: 08/2015 - 02/2016
Project leader: Prof. Dr. Wolfgang Strasdas
Project implementation: Martin Balas, Runa Zeppenfeld
Project funding: Bundesministerium für Umwelt, Naturschutz, Bau und Reaktorsicherheit (BMUB)

Summary

The central topic of the project was to list an inventory of the certification systems for sustainable and environmentally friendly tourism in Germany and to evaluate them regarding the scope, claims as well as transparency and credibility of the certificates. The effects of the certifications were also examined on an initial basis. This was done by conducting expert-interviews with representatives of tourism associations, ministries, environmental and social organizations. The study did not conduct individual assessments, but rather evaluated the general "certification landscape" of tourism in Germany.

The study also explored how certified tourism businesses or regions actually are more sustainable or environmentally-friendly than non-certified ones. This is very difficult to assess, as there are no national benchmarks that would allow an in-depth comparison. Therefore, date collection was done by a self-assessment.

The main results of the research are available for download here.

Zertififzierung nachhaltiger Tourismusregionen BW

Project period: 07/2014 - 02/2016
Project lead and implementation: Prof. Dr. Wolfgang Strasdas
Client: TourCert
Project funding: Landesministerium für Ländlichen Raum und Verbraucherschutz

Summary

Subject of the project was the development of an innovative certification concept and its introduction in six pilot destinations. The systematic certification facilitated the establishment of a credible and strong brand for sustainable travel destinations in Baden-Württemberg with the aim of clearly positioning itself in the national and international competition through a consistent sustainability check. Tourism destinations should be able to prove their sustainable tourism development through a certificate. The sustainability check thus provides a valuable contribution to the development of sustainable tourism in a country and represents an important marketing tool. As part of the sustainability check, the pilot destinations carried out a comprehensive stocktaking exercise and created an ambitious improvement program for their destination reflecting all sustainability dimensions. For example, topics such as resource conservation, regionality, working conditions, mobility, guest information or accessibility play a role.


Project period: 01/2013 - 09/2015
Project leader: Prof. Dr. Wolfgang Strasdas
Project implementation: Martin Balas, Runa Zeppenfeld
Kooperationspartner: Associazione Italiana Turismo Responsabile (AITR) (I), DIESIS European Research and Development Service for the Social Economy (B) Institut für berufsbezogene Weiterbildung und Personaltraining GmbH, BEST (A), KATE - Center for Ecology & Development (kate e.V. Umwelt & Entwicklung) (D), Latvian Country Tourism Association (Lauku ceļotājs) (LV), University College Birmingham (UK
Cooperation partner: Europäische Kommission im Rahmen des Life Long Learning Programmes

Summary

TransCSR aims at the transparency and acknowledgement of CSR skills in the tourism sector of at least six European countries using the tools of the ECVET system (European Credit system for Vocational Education and Training) and the EQF (European Qualification Framework). The HNE Eberswalde analyzed various CSR-modules in European countries and assessed necessary CSR skills for tourism professionals with different educational qualifications. A self-assessment tool on CSR core competences in tourism was developed by the project partners on the basis of the ECVET system (European Credit Point System in Vocational Education and Training) and the EQF (European Qualifications Framework) and tested by a total of 200 people (including students from the HNE Eberswalde). This method gives trainees the opportunity to review their CSR skills, knowledge and competences and use them to market their workforce.

As a result of the project transparency on the basis of the ECVET system will ultimately valorise all kind of professional CSR qualifications on the labour market on local, regional, national and European level. Obstacles to mobility of tourism professionals are therefore removed, employability increases, and the shortage of skilled professionals in regards to CSR declines.


modulprogramm hne

Project period: 04/2013 - 03/2015
Project leader: Prof. Dr. Wolfgang Strasdas
Project implementation: Heike Dickhut, Runa Zeppenfeld
Client: Bundesministerium für Umwelt, Naturschutz, Bau und Reakorsicherheit (BMUB)

Summary

The project "Training Program Tourism & Climate Change Adaptation" developed and tested advanced training offers for different target groups on the subject of climate change adaptation in tourism. In doing so, it was based on the findings that were compiled in the INKA BB project "Tourist destination and business management in the face of climate change".

As part of the project, advanced training courses were developed for those responsible for destination management. For tourism stakeholders in destinations, a blended learning course was developed, which was pilot-tested in two consecutive phases and subsequently made available online to the interested public. Two e-learning courses have been available online for free on the learning platform udemy between March 2015 and July 2017 as a nationwide offer for destination management experts.

On the other hand, a teaching module has been developed for students and lecturers of tourism courses at universities, which can be used both in Bachelor as well as in the Master programs. In 2014 the module was at first taught by Prof. dr. Wolfgang Strasdas in the master program Sustainable Tourism Management at the HNE Eberswalde as well as in the tourism programs of the University of Applied Sciences Bremen. Since 2015, it has been offered and used as a mandatory elective course in the master program Sustainable Tourism Management at HNE Eberswalde.

At September 23rd and 24th, 2014, the conference "Tourism and Climate Change in Central Europe" took place in Potsdam, addressing both tourism experts and scientists. It was organized and conducted jointly with the Clustermanagement Tourismus Brandenburg. More information about the conference can be found here. A conference volume was published in the summer of 2016.


wertschoepfung tourismus np unteresodertal

Project period: 08/2013 - 10/2014
Project leader: Prof. Dr. Hartmut Rein
Project implementation: Martin Balas
Client: Nationalparkamt Unteres Odertal

Summary

In order to record and document the regional economic effects of the National Park Unteres Odertal on a regular basis, HNE Eberswalde developed a monitoring concept for the National Park Authority. This first follow-up study records the regional economic effects of the National Park and was carried out between 2013 and 2014.


nachhaltige tourismusdestination uckermark

Project period: 10/2012 - 08/2014
Project leader: Prof. Dr. Wolfgang Strasdas
Project implementation: Heike Dickhut
Client: Tourismus Marketing Uckermark GmbH (tmu)

Summary

In 2013 the tourist destination Uckermark won the national competition "Sustainable Tourism Region 2012/2013". HNE Eberswalde was assigned to use the impetus generated by winning the competition in the Uckermark as part of process monitoring, and to promote a wider involvement of tourism stakeholders in the region on the topic of sustainability. A common mission statement was drafted for the Uckermark, which serves as a guideline for the sustainable development of tourism in the region. On this basis, strategies and priority measures for the implementation of sustainable tourism were developed in a participatory process.


csr in deutschen destinationen3

Project period: 10/2012 - 08/2014
Project leader: Prof. Dr. Hartmut Rein, Prof. Dr. Wolfgang Strasdas
Project implementation: Martin Balas, Runa Zeppenfeld
Cooperation partner: Deutsches Seminar für Tourismus (DSFT) Berlin e.V.
Project funding Bundesministerium für Arbeit und Soziales im Rahmen des Förderprogrammes "Gesellschaftliche Verantwortung im Mittelstand" des Europäischen Sozialfonds (ESF)

Summary

As part of the "CSR in German Destinations" project, HNE Eberswalde developed a series of seminars on various issues of sustainable destination management. The seminars were conducted at the German Seminar for Tourism (DSFT) in Berlin and in various destinations. It sensitized managers in tourism organizations as well as small and medium-sized enterprises (SMEs) in German to the issue of Corporate Social Responsibility (CSR). You can find detailed information about the project www.nachhaltigkeit-im-tourismus.de.


managementplan schutzgebiet russischefoerderation kasachstan2

Project period: 07/2009- 06/2010
Project leader: Prof. Dr. Pierre Ibisch - Centre for Econics and Ecosystem Management, Fachbereich Wald und Umwelt der HNE Eberswalde
Subject-specific contribution tourism: Prof. Dr. Hartmut Rein
Project implementation: Judith Kloiber
Project funding: Bundesamt für Naturschutz (BfN)

Summary

As part of the project, a management plan for the designed transboundary protection area was developed based on the Katun State Biosphere Reserve (Russian Federation) and the Katon-Karagaj National Park (Republic of Kazakhstan) referring to the criteria and principles of the Seville Strategy and the Madrid Plan of Action for Biosphere Reserves.


tourisitsches destinations unternehmens management klimawandel

Project period: 08/2009 - 05/2014
Project leader: Prof. Dr. Wolfgang Strasdas
Project implementation: Heike Dickhut, Runa Zeppenfeld
Cooperation partner: Tourismus Marketing Uckermark GmbH (tmu), Biberburg Tours (UM), Haus an der Havel (OHV),KanuSport Spree (LOS), Marina Lanke (B), Tourismus, Kultur und Stadtmarketing (TKS) Lübben (LDS).
Project funding: Bundesministerium für Bildung und Forschung (BMBF) im Rahmen von KLIMZUG, der regionalen Klimainitiative (www.klimzug.de), und des des Innovationsnetzwerk Klimaanpassung in Brandenburg und Berlin (INKA BB) (www.inka-bb.de)

Summary

The aim of the project was to sensitize tourism stakeholders in Brandenburg for the potential effects of climate change and to try and evaluate proactive adaptation measures together with them. To this end, the HNE Eberswalde prepared a series of vulnerability studies and organized workshops as well as information events for tourism stakeholders in the region. Within the tourist destination Uckermark the project established a network of climate-friendly tourism providers.


integrierter tourismus tozeur bizerte

Project period: 12/2012 - 03/2014
Project leader and implementation: Prof. Dr. Wolfgang Strasdas
Client: Deutsche Gesellschaft für internationale Zusammenarbeit (GIZ)

Summary

In this project, the first step was to carry out a potential analysis of the tourist destinations Tozeur and Bizerte. Subsequently, a two-day stakeholder workshop was held in Tozeur, which led to the establishment of a local destination management organization (DMO). Furthermore, the DMO was advised and trained on topics related to the development of alternative tourism segments and small, owner-managed hotels.


deutsch mazedonisches trainingsprogramm1

Project period: 10/2011 -02/2014
Project leader: Prof. Dr. Hartmut Rein
Project implementation: Marta Bojkovska-Langer
Project funding Deutsche Bundesstiftung Umwelt (DBU)

Summary

The aim of this German-Macedonian cooperation project was to sensitize teachers of the Macedonian Faculty of Tourism and Hospitality in Ohrid and multipliers from the Ohrid region for sustainability in tourism. The training and transfer of knowledge was carried out by teachers of the Master program "Sustainable Tourism Management" and respective practice partners of HNE Eberswalde. The participants were actively involved in the training program. The project strived to train at least 10 sustainable tourism managers within the project duration. The long-term goal is to set up a master's program "Sustainable Tourism Management" in Ohrid as a central tourist training facility for the Balkan countries.


klimtechtour

Project period: 10/2010 - 12/2011
Project leader: Prof. Dr. Wolfgang Strasdas
Project implementation: Runa Zeppenfeld, Heike Dickhut
Project funding: Ministerium für Forschung, Wissenschaft und Kultur des Landes Brandenburg(MFWK)

Summary

The project provided information to the water tourism industry in Brandenburg about the chances of environmentally friendly technologies for leisure boats and charter fleets. In cooperation with the Water Sports Association Berlin-Brandenburg, three events were organized and carried out:

  • On November 24th, 2010, the international conference "The Future of Boat Tourism - Promoting Environment and Climate-Friendly Technologies" took place at the boat & fun fair in Berlin
  • On May 17th, 2011, a workshop with regional water tourism actors took place in Beeskow. At the workshop, the project team discussed "green boat tourism" (a climate-friendly and eco-friendly motorboat tourism) as a potential development prospect for the region.
  • On November 22nd, 2011, the final conference of the project "Green boat tourism in practice. Good examples from Europe. Perspectives for Berlin-Brandenburg?" took place at the boot & fun fair in Berlin.

As part of the project, two feasibility studies have been prepared which are on request available from us:

• DICKHUT, H., GUMNIOR, M., STRASDAS, W., WENDLER, F., ZEPPENFELD, R. (2011): Alternative Bootstechnologien im europäischen Wassertourismus. Recherche undAnalyse von Praxis-Beispielen ( Projektstudie 2 des Projektes „KlimTechTour“), Eberswalde

• EIJGELAAR, E. & PEETERS, P. (2011): Umwelt- und klimafreundliche Technologien in den Wassersportrevieren der Niederlande (Projektstudie 3 des Projektes “KlimTechTour“). Breda (NL)


karpaten biosphärenreservat

Project period: 07/2009 - 06/2010
Project leader: Prof. Dr. Pierre Ibisch - Centre for Econics and Ecosystem Management, Fachbereich Wald und Umwelt der HNE Eberswalde
Subject-specific contribution tourism: Prof. Dr. Hartmut Rein
Project implementation: Judith Kloiber
Project funding: Deutsche Bundesstiftung Umwelt (DBU)

Summary

The project focused on the development of a management concept for the Carpathian Biosphere Reserve (Transcarpathia, Ukraine).


brandenburg natuerlich

Project period: 02/2007 - 03/2008
Project leader: Prof. Dr. Hartmut Rein
Project implementation: Dörte Beyer, Runa Zeppenfeld
Cooperation partner: BTE Tourismusmanagement & Regionalentwicklung (Berlin), dwif-consulting (Berlin)
Project funding: Ministeriums für Landwirtschaft, Umwelt und Verbraucherschutz des Landes Brandenburg (MLUV)

Summary

Im Rahmen dieses Beratungsprojektes unterstützte die HNE Eberswalde das Land Brandenburg bei der Entwicklung eines brandenburgweiten Themenschwerpunktes Naturtourismus. Neben buchbaren Naturerlebnisangeboten wurde von der HNE eine Leitfaden zur Entwicklung und Vermarktung von nachhaltigen Naturerlebnisangeboten für Touristiker erarbeitet. Den Leitfaden finden Sie hier.