Discover the achievements of the NPA projects

Seven years of cooperation between people, communities, and organisations across thousands of kilometres made a difference in the Northern Periphery and Arctic regions.

Browse the NPA map of results to discover our stories of cooperation. Pick a dot from the map and scroll down to read  about people who have met similar minded colleagues and together found solutions for their shared challenges.

Use the +/- buttons in the top left corner of the map to zoom in/out or click on the regions to display the NPA project stories.

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Partnerships for ecotourism

Hands on guidance to develop ecotourism solutions that provide local benefits and account for community aspirations

In Joensuu, the development of SHAPE's e-services helped Visit Karelia to become more connected to other groups of transnational actors that have similar Sustainable Heritage Areas (SHAs).

The e-service facilitates local, regional and transnational cooperation, as well as partnerships and knowledge exchange. Locally, Visit Karelia feels the benefits from the knowledge exchange and support, which empowers them to improve the existing ecotourism products/services and start new ones; while maintaining the cultural and natural heritage.

Anna Härkönen

Visit Karelia

The Shape eService is valuable resource for our Destination Management Planning process. We share the examples on ecotourism products and services for the business customers to support them in service developments.

We will continue using the Shape eService dissemination and networking tool as part of our Sustainable Destination Management.