DUNC - Development of UNESCO Natural and Cultural assets

Project description

The World Heritage sites and the Biosphere Reserve Areas are cultural and natural heritage sites/areas pointed out by SBP and UNESCO as having outstanding, universal value and as role models for sustainability. The project partners and associated partners represent WH sites and Biosphere Reserve Areas in the South Baltic region. Tourism in the region is to a large extent unsustainable in terms of unbalanced seasonal patterns. As parts of larger destinations the UNESCO sites can function as catalysts for a sustainable development where local businesses and local communities can gain from the diversification opportunity. In the project the partners aim to jointly develop and establish relevant cross-border strategies and accompanying action plans for the sites, and to test and implement a variety of already existing tools as well as trying to develop new tools that are currently lacking. The project will result in established strategies, action plans made, and the testing and implementation of a jointly developed concept on three focus areas: 1) stakeholder dialogue 2) product and service development and 3) governance. During the project time the focus will be on UNESCO sites, but all the results and outputs will be applicable on other sites as well. Part of the project will be connecting to other sites or alike that can cluster with the UNESCO sites under the umbrella concept/brand "World Heritage and Friends". The challenges that the UNESCO sites meet are similar to the challenges of any cultural or natural heritage site: tourism is not local or regional but global. The impact of tourism is not isolated to one specific site but affecting the whole region, and the negative as well as the positive effects of tourism will have regional and global effects. Therefore the challenges cannot be addressed or solved exclusively on a local or site-specific level, the unbalanced tourism patterns must be handled on a cross-border level.

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Project website

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Project total eligible budget
1 713 067,00 EUR
1 364 113,25 EUR
Project start date
17 Aug 2017
Project end date
16 Aug 2020
Lead partner
Name: Municipality of Karlskrona
Address: Karlskrona 371 83
Region/Subregion: Blekinge län
Country: Sweden
Project partner

Name: Municipality of Mörbylĺnga
Address: Trollhättevägen 4, 386 80 Mörbylanga
Region/Subregion: Kalmar län
Country: Sweden

Name: Curonian Spit National Park administration
Address: Naglit str 8 93123 Neringa
Region/Subregion: Klaipedos apskritis
Country: Lithuania

Name: EUCC Baltic Office
Address: Kareiviniu gatve 4-7, LT-92251 Klaipeda
Region/Subregion: Klaipedos apskritis
Country: Lithuania

Name: EUCC – The Coastal Union Germany
Address: Seestraße 15, 18119 Rostock
Region/Subregion: Kreisfreie Stadt Rostock
Country: Germany

Name: Owner-operated municipal entity Tourist Board Stralsund
Address: Alter Markt 9, 18439 Stralsund
Region/Subregion: Landkreis Vorpommern-Rügen
Country: Germany

Name: Hanseatic City of Wismar
Address: Am Markt 1, 23966 Wismar
Region/Subregion: Landkreis Nordwestmecklenburg
Country: Germany

Category of intervention
076 Development and promotion of cultural and creative assets in SMEs