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History: The European Ecotourism Knowledge Network (ECOLNET) is a 3-year project (2010-2013) co-financed by the European Commission, Lifelong Learning Programme, Transversal Programmes, Key Activity 3-ICT Networks.
The European Ecotourism Network aims to build a community of interest dedicated to genuine conservation, sustainability, and learning.
The European Ecotourism Network (EEN) brings together the stakeholders of ecotourism and sustainable tourism, with a focus on quality standards.
1. Connects nature tourism and ecotourism stakeholders for marketing purposes and knowledge transfer.
2. Promotes the implementation of the European Ecotourism Labeling Standard (EETLS), a baseline quality standard developed along the lines of the Global Sustainable Tourism Criteria for Ecotourism, with special reference to Europe.
3. Makes available to its members a range of learning products and evaluation tools the implementation of the EETLS.
 EEN is set up in the context of the ECOLNET project (European Ecotourism Knowledge Network).
  • Create a network based on a “community of interest”, the European Ecotourism Network, bringing together the stakeholders of ecotourism and sustainable tourism, with a focus on quality standards.
  • Create an integrated methodology for evaluating quality standards of ecotourism services that allows mutual learning between the main stakeholders, i.e, quality labelling agencies, expert evaluators who perform the quality assessment and tourism businesses
  • Introduce a set of practical, cost-effective online evaluation tools for assessing compliance with quality standards; and create online learning tools to train the main stakeholders to use them.
  • Create career opportunities for tourism professionals and employment prospects for SME staff in the ecotourism and sustainable tourism field.
  • Enrich the curricula of higher education and vocational training institutions in tourism departments with innovative content and learning tools.

ECOLNET Project Nr:143418-LLP-12008-1-GR-KA3-KA3NW 
With the support of the Lifelong Learning
Programme, Key Activity 3, ICT of the European Union
The European ECOLNET project
has a dual aim:
a) to create an Ecotourism network to bring together a variety of stakeholders, and
b) to develop innovative evaluation tools and learning products for sharing knowledge among the network and facilitating quality certification through the European Ecotourism Labelling Standard (EETLS).
The EETLS was developed by two previous Leonardo da Vinci projects in compliance with the Global Sustainable Tourism Criteria of the Global Sustainable Tourism Council (GSTC).

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