“Sustainable tourism and the future of EU: Soft Mobility strategies for accessibility” GERMANY 8-9.10.2016 – PRESS RELEASE

GEMS Taskforces met in Germany: “Sustainable tourism and the future of EU: Soft Mobility strategies for accessibility" (8-9.10.2016, Bad Reichenhall, Germany) – POST EVENT PRESS RELEASE

banner_bad_vrThe Municipality of Bad Reichenhall together with the Bad Reichenhall Kur, hosted, on 8th and 9th October 2016, the international event “Sustainable tourism and the future of the EU: Soft Mobility strategies for accessibility”, organized within the EU Project “GEMS – inteGration and Solidarity European Models for Sustainability”, co-funded by the EACEA Europe for Citizens Programme of the European Union.The project, coordinated by the Alpine Pearls Association, links in a network of “Active GEMS”, five Alpine towns from four countries of the Region: Werfenweng – A, Bad Reichenhall – D, Municipality of Bled – SI, Municipality of Forni di Sopra -I, Municipality of Moena – I.

During the first GEMS Event – “Sustainable tourism and the future of the EU: Soft Mobility strategies for accessibility”, more than 100 citizens from the entire network had the opportunity to engage in peer-to-peer exchanges and to deepen their knowledge on the EU policies and opportunities for Active Citizenship and Sustainable Tourism.

logo_webThe first day of the international event was dedicated to a Study Visit to current practices of Sustainable Tourism developed by local actors in Bad Reichenhall, related to Soft Mobility and Salt exploitation (i.e. Alpine Sole, Alpine brine, Saline, etc). The second day, participants were engaged in a Public Conference and in parallel Workshops.

During the conference, experts from the Institute of International Sociology of Gorizia, the Scientific Partner of the project, presented the opportunities of the EACEA Agency, underling the Europe for Citizens Programme. Moreover, participants were introduced to the European Citizens’ Initiatives, as a direct instrument for influencing the European policy-making process.

Participants were informed by ISIG experts on the current EU policies on Sustainable Tourism, and received detailed information on Health in Tourism and Soft Mobility, from invited international experts – Mr. Florian Baubin from the Institute of Green Building and Sustainability and Mr. Sebastian Mettler form the Innovationswerkstatt.

2_Bad_ReichenhallDuring the parallel workshops, participants had the chance to work side by side with experts and the representatives of the GEMS Local Authorities, on the identification of initiatives for: i) a more accessible sustainable tourism which includes senior and physically impaired citizens, ii) strengthening Soft Mobility in the Alpine communities and iii) innovative communication strategies for specific target groups of tourists.

The event was organized in parallel with the Alpine Pearls Annual Assembly, which marked the 10th year of activity of the network. The parallel event represented an added value in terms of promotion of the GEMS project, as well as a valuable occasion for sharing experiences of Soft Mobility and Sustainable Tourism within the wider Alpine community, represented in the Assembly by Local Authorities and Tourism Operators.

The GEMS Consortium encourages all citizens to visit the project website (www.gemsproject.eu) or write directly to the Consortium (info@gemsproject.eu) for details on forthcoming activities and events. All citizens may bring a contribution to the GEMS project, thus, to the development of their future Alpine Region.

 

“Sustainable tourism and the future of EU: Soft Mobility strategies for accessibility" GERMANY 8-9.10.2016 – PRESS RELEASE

banner_bad_vrHow can Soft Mobility contribute to the local development of the Alpine Region?

What are the future challenges of our Region, and how can active citizenship contributes to face them?

These and many other questions will be answered and debated by more than 70 citizens coming form 5 different Alpine towns, during the international event “Sustainable tourism and the future of the EU: Soft Mobility strategies for accessibility”, hosted by Bad Reichenhall Kur and the Municipality of Bad Reichenhall on 8th and 9th October 2016.

The event is organized within the EU Project “GEMS – inteGration and Solidarity European Models for Sustainability”, co-funded by the EACEA Europe for Citizens Programme of the European Union, recently launched in Werfenweng – Austria, on 24-25 September 2016. The project, coordinated by the Alpine Pearls Association, links in a network of “Active GEMS”, five Alpine towns from four countries of the Region: Werfenweng – A, Bad Reichenhall – D, Municipality of Bled – SI, Municipality of Forni di Sopra -I, Municipality of Moena – I.

logo_webFor the next two years, the GEMS Consortium will promote active citizenship within the involved communities, by means of the organization of 5 international events. The events will broker to local communities the European framework for civic engagement, as well as relevant policies, instruments and opportunities of the European Union.  During the events, citizens from the entire network will attend and actively contribute to conferences and workshops under the facilitation of the GEMS Scientific Partner (Institute of International Sociology of Gorizia -ISIG, Italy).

The First GEMS Event – “Sustainable tourism and the future of the EU: Soft Mobility strategies for accessibility”, will promote debates around Soft Mobility and Sustainable Tourism. A specific focus will be given to the identification of initiatives and strategies for the inclusion of senior and physically impaired citizens in Sustainable Tourism practices by means of Civic Engagement actions, such as volunteering. The two working days will engage participants (more than 70 GEMS Taskforces from Austria, Italy, Germany and Slovenia) in activities of peer-to-peer exchanges and study visits, as well as in presentations and workshops coordinated by international experts.

2_Bad_ReichenhallMoreover, the event is organized in parallel with the Alpine Pearls Annual Assembly, which marks the 10th year of activity of the network. The parallel event represents an added value in terms of promotion of the GEMS project, as well as a valuable occasion for sharing experiences of Soft Mobility and Sustainable Tourism within the wider Alpine community, represented in the Assembly by Local Authorities and Tourism Operators.

The GEMS Consortium encourages all citizens to visit the project website (www.gemsproject.eu) or write directly to the Consortium (info@gemsproject.eu) for details on forthcoming activities and events. All citizens may bring a contribution to the GEMS project, thus, to the development of their future Alpine Region.