The NPP/NEED -project develops the educational use of geo-scientific knowledge for the tourism to reinforce the sustainable rural development in high quality nature sites called “Parks” (especially World Heritage sites, European Geoparks and national parks and their visitor centres). Special environmental focus is on geo-learning, for example the scientific evidence of glacial geology and climate change.

The project produces in transnational cooperation an innovative operational model, which enhances the transfer of scientific nature knowledge for the needs of schools and educational visitors in national parks and visitor centres. The project enhances the awareness of the visitors and the local societies on environmental matters and sustainable development. The project also adds social capital to the international, regional and local networks creating bridges between urban institutions and their databases, park managers and rural tourism SMEs.

Norsk prosjekteier

Nordland nasjonalparksenter


07.01.2008 - 31.12.2010


Total: 1 220 000 €


Andre partnere

Norges Geologiske Undersøkelser
Høgskolen i Bodø
Saltdal kommune
Nordland fylkeskommune
University of Iceland, Hornafjordur, Iceland
Clare County Council, the Burren, Ireland