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Sustainable urban tourism: involving local agents and partnerships for new forms of governance

Sustainable urban tourism: involving local agents and partnerships for new forms of governance

Objective

Problems to be solved:
Sustainable urban tourism requires attention to varied elements, including:
a) maintaining physical heritage in the context of living, developing cities;
b) allowing maximum access to available infrastructure, tourist sites, parks, and other green spaces;
c) strengthening the cultural and social viability of local community;
d) balancing interests of residents and visitors;
e) economic viability;
f) minimizing adverse ecological impacts on sites from transportation and;
g) unsustainable consumption patterns.

Achieving this involves advancing knowledge and practice about the types of partnerships that can be formed to promote urban sustainable tourism; the roles of government and other stakeholders in this partnerships; how local governments can apply them to local tourism development; and the critical issues and challenges to local authorities seeking to create such partnerships. This project presents an effort to work with public-private partnerships and urban governments in Europe to develop, validate, and deploy a general framework for urban sustainable tourism partnerships that is applicable to a variety of urban municipal and development contexts.

Scientific objectives and approach:
The overall goal of the project is to elaborate and promote innovative forms and instruments of local governance to improve urban tourism development involving the principles of sustainability and participatory decision-making. The project's methodological approach involves the analysis of framework conditions, policies, best practices, and results, drawing on detailed field work in four European countries (Germany, Austria, Greece and Bulgaria), supported by a broader information and case scan. After validating insights and best practices through concept mapping, a benchmarking process is undertaken to assess practices and performance in sustainable tourism in European cities and to provide customized feedback to participating localities. Broader forms of dissemination through written and electronic means and a workshop supplement these efforts. The project develops an integrated framework to assist in understanding and catalyzing partnerships for sustainable management of tourism, and potentially other urban challenges.

Expected impacts:
This project is designed to advance knowledge, tools, and practice to assist decision-makers, governments, and other stakeholders in urban tourism development, including the private sector and non-governmental groups, to implement sustainable tourist practice.

Research and policy application of the study findings include:
a) Elaboration of the general principles concerning sustainability and tourism development applicable at the local level of urban development;
b) Promotion of alternative practice of urban governance in order to allow flexible adaptation to the different types of problems of urban areas;
c) Enhancement of direct contacts among various levels of governance and especially among same level local actors without passing necessarily through higher level authorities;
d) Facilitation of the communication among partnership members through the homogenization of basic terminology and standardization of main practice;
e) Improvement in the efficiency of resources devoted to the formulation and implementation of sustainable urban tourism;
g) Development of basic sustainability indexes of urban tourism development;
h) Enhancement and spread of information and experience related to best practice of European urban development.

Sustainable urban tourism requires attention to varied elements, including (a) maintaining physical heritage in the context of living, developing cities; (b) allowing maximum access to available infrastructure, tourist sites, parks, and other green spaces; (c) strengthening the cultural and social viability of local community; (d) balancing interests of residents and visitors; (e) economic viability (f) minimizing adverse ecological impacts on sites from transportation, and (g) unsustainable consumption patterns. Achieving this involves advancing knowledge and practice about the types of partnerships that can be formed to promote urban sustainable tourism; the roles of government and other stakeholders in this partnerships; how local governments can apply them to local tourism development; and the critical issues and challenges to local authorities seeking to create such partnerships. This project presents an effort to work with public-private partnerships and urban governments in Europe to develop, validate, and deploy a general framework for urban sustainable tourism partnerships that is applicable to a variety of urban municipal and development contexts.
Expected impacts
This project is designed to advance knowledge, tools, and practice to assist decision-makers, governments, and other stakeholders in urban tourism development, including the private sector and non-governmental groups, to implement sustainable tourist practice. Research and policy application of the study findings include: (a) Elaboration of the general principles concerning sustainability and tourism development applicable at the local level of urban development (b) Promotion of alternative practice of urban governance in order to allow flexible adaptation to the different types of problems of urban areas (c) Enhancement of direct contacts among various levels of governance and especially among same level local actors without passing necessarily through higher level authorities (c) Facilitation of the communication among partnership members through the homogenization of basic terminology and standardization of main practice (d) Improvement in the efficiency of resources devoted to the formulation and implementation of sustainable urban tourism (e) Development of basic sustainability indexes of urban tourism development (f) Enhancement and spread of information and experience related to best practice of European urban development.

Coordinator

FORSCHUNGSZENTRUM KARLSRUHE GMBH - TECHNIK UND UMWELT

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5,Weberstrasse 5
76021 Karlsruhe

Germany

Administrative Contact

Helmut HERMANN (Dr)

Participants (4)

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ARISTOTLE UNIVERSITY OF THESSALONIKI

Greece

REGIONAL CONSULTING ZIVILTECHNIKER GESELLSCHAFT GMBH

Austria

STS. CYRIL AND METHODIUS UNIVERSITY OF VELIKO TURNOVO

Bulgaria

VIENNA UNIVERSITY OF ECONOMICS AND BUSINESS ADMINISTRATION

Austria

Project information

Grant agreement ID: EVK4-CT-1999-00001

  • Start date

    1 March 2000

  • End date

    30 June 2003

Funded under:

FP5-EESD

  • Overall budget:

    € 860 200

  • EU contribution

    € 591 400

Coordinated by:

FORSCHUNGSZENTRUM KARLSRUHE GMBH - TECHNIK UND UMWELT

Germany