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Developing Operational Environment of Outdoor Activities

Safety management in wildlife tourism

The objective of the project is to improve safety management of both commercial and recreational wildlife watching and photography in Finland. The project has several aims:

  • to initiate a process leading to business self-regulation in the form of codes of conduct for safe wildlife watching
  • to produce information on safe wildlife watching practices for service providers and their customers as well as for the supervising authorities
  • to integrate safety issues into wildlife watching products and the entire service chain

Read about safety guidelines for wildlife watching  in detail 100 best practices for organised wildlife watching.pdf

Funding: European Agricultural Fund for Regional Development, Programme for Mainland Finland
Budget: 220 000 €
Time: 2011-2013
Partners: Leading wildlife watching businesses, Metsähallitus Natural Heritage services, the Lapland Institute for Tourism Research and Education, the Environment and Health Supervision Unit of the Joint Authority of Kainuu Region, the Finnish Tourist Board.

Vuokatti routes

In this project, outdoor tracks are developed in Vuokatti tourism region. Kajaani UAS is responsible for the development of cycling routes. The main partner in the project is Sotkamo town.

Funding: European Regional Development Fund
Budget: Kajaani UAS’s share of the budget is 18 000 € (total of 600 000 €)
Time: 2013-14