SB Nature Guide Network - Supporting sustainable nature tourism in transboundary coastal areas in the SB Region via establishing a common education scheme for Local Guides

What can SB Nature Guide Network offer?

The project is offering a free pilot tour through Eastern Germany's natural sites and is looking forward to registrations of participants from all over the South Baltic region!

There will be no participation fee, as the tour is a pilot-testing tour of the running project. The only thing expected from participants is their honest feedback - to make the offer even better and create a tailor-made tour through nature for all interested participants. 

Dates and place:

26 - 29 April 2020 in Neetzow - Liepen, Germany


Find more information in the brochure  here (pdf) 1014.0 KB.


Note: Due to the coronavirus-situation the tour will only take place under the condition, that by end of April the situation is allowing the tour to take place.


Project description

The project SB Nature Guides will contribute to increasing the share of skilled labour force in the green economy sector in the SB region by establishing a new qualification with significant job market potential:  The Nature Guide, a tourism expert that is able to meet an urgently demanded offer for tourists coming to the partner regions. Target group analyses have identified qualified guided tours as one important point of interest here, professionalization strategies as implemented in SE, DK and UK demonstrated that professionalisation enhances the perception of such regions as high quality tourism offers, which, again turns the former voluntary worker service into a reliable source of income for professionals, and also stabilizes associated services (accommodation, catering, tour organisation etc.). The project will make use of this experience for developing a job profile tailored to the needs of the involved SB regions, jointly learning from the experienced countries, but also profiting from each others expertise in different relevant fields. Out of this profile, a related training programme will be developed and optimized towards sustainable operation in all partner countries, based on regular jointly elaborated updates and ongoing quality assessment by the international team plus experts from SE/DK/UK. To ensure an efficient integration of the new offer resp. the newly trained experts into the labour market, a Nature Guide Network will be established with a durably working cooperation structure. This forms the basis for on going experience exchange between the qualified experts and also integrates multipliers who monitor and support the offers provided by these experts and contributes to a cross-border promotion to tourism experts as well as to relevant tourism target groups (focus: green tourism). A quality assessment and enhanced expert terminology for professional exchange are arranged by WP5 as solid working basis for the professional Nature Guides.

Project total eligible budget
1 333 615,50 EUR
1 133 573,18 EUR
Project start date
01 Jan 2018
Project end date
31 Dec 2021
Lead partner
Name: Klaipeda University
Address: Herkaus Manto 84 92294 Klaipeda
Region/Subregion: Lithuania
Country: Lithuania
Project partner
Name: Environmental Action Germany (DUH)
Address: Breite Str. 26 17438 Wolgast
Region/Subregion: Mecklenburg-Vorpommern
Country: Germany
Name: Association of Friends of the Ina and the Gowienica Rivers (TPRIiG) 
Address: Chrobrego 17 72-112 Stepnica
Region/Subregion: Zachodniopomorskie
Country: Poland
Name: Northern Chamber of Commerce in Szczecin (NCC)
Address: Al. Wojska Polskiego 86 70-482 Szczecin
Region/Subregion: Zachodniopomorskie
Country: Poland
Name: HOP Transnational Network Oder Delta e.V. (HOP)
Address: Hafenstrasse 3 17438 Wolgast
Region/Subregion: Mecklenburg-Vorpommern
Country: Germany
Name: Curonian Spit National Park Administration (CSNPA)
Address: Naglių g. Neringa
Region/Subregion: Lithuania
Country: Lithuania
Category of intervention
118 Improving the labour market relevance of education and training systems, facilitating the transition from education
to work, and strengthening vocational education and training systems and their quality, including through mechanisms
for skills anticipation, adaptation of curricula and the establishment and development of work-based learning systems,
including dual learning systems and apprenticeship schemes