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Photo: Sami Niemeläinen


4 -5 February 2020

Joensuu, North Karelia Biosphere Reserve (Finland)



4 February 2020

9.00 Welcome and Introduction

9.15 Opening Keynote (Shaping Ecotourism in sustainable communities)

Speaker: Wilf Fenten

10.00 – 12.30 Perspectives from SHAPE

  • Integrating natural and cultural heritage to develop visitor experiences and thematic trails
  • Working towards sustainable tourism with visitors and tour operators

Coffee break

  • Destination management planning and stakeholder partnerships
  • Digital approaches to ecotourism

12.30 Lunch


13.30 – 15.30 Parallel thematic workshops: Sustainable Ecotourism in Practice

(Short presentations followed by discussion topics)

  • W1 – Integrating natural and cultural heritage for sustainable ecotourism initiatives
  • W2 – Engaging visitors and tour operators with tourism sustainability issues
  • W3 – Planning and strategies for ecotourism (destination management planning, community engagement, etc.)
  • W4 – Digital approaches to ecotourism


5 February 2020

9.00 – 11.00 Parallel thematic workshops: Managing Sustainable Ecotourism

  • W5 – Effective governance
  • W6 – Identifying and engaging with your consumer: effective use of digital tourism

11.00 Coffee Break

11.30 Feedback from workshops and wrap up of conference

12.30 Lunch

13.00 Visit to North Karelia Biosphere Reserve: Nature and Culture tourism: Governance and Networking in Practice

19.00 Final dinner