Project facts

Duration: 2013-03-01 - 2017-02-28
Project coordinator: Université de Versailles Saint-Quentin-en-Yvelines
Project consortium: Kaunas University of Technology (LT), North-Eastern Federal University (RU) University of Lapland at Rovaniemi (FI) Southern Patagonia National University (AR)
Funding bodies: FP7-PEOPLE - Specific programme "People" implementing the Seventh Framework Programme of the European Community for research, technological development and demonstration activities (2007 to 2013)
Subject areas: Natural Heritage, Mediation - Education, Climate Change, Tourism, Sustainability, Heritage Management, Sustainable development
Budget: € 327 900

Presentation

Cultural and Natural Heritage in Arctic and Sub-Antarctic Regions for a Cross-Cultural and Sustainable Valorisation Process and Tourism Development: Siberia, Lapland and Patagonia. FP7-Marie Curie Actions-People-International Research Staff Exchange Scheme, 2013-2017.

The protection and the promotion of cultures, territories and heritages strengthen a socio-economical development process for local communities. Such sustainable valorisation should generate high-level know-how and good practices that can be transferred to specific territories with national and international protection (National Park, National Reserves, UNESCO labels, etc.). Huge natural spaces in Arctic and Sub-Antarctic regions get specific attention from international community (UN and EU) due to current global warming and the impacts of climate change on cultures and territories. These regions have fragile ecosystems that can be rapidly damaged by mass tourism or by a not well- controlled development strategy implemented by public institutions or private companies.

Impacts & Results

This project intends to undertake a comparative study of three different regions: Siberia (Russia), Scandinavia (Sweden) and Patagonia (Argentina). These regions have a series of common features as regards their natural and cultural heritage, and are destined to expereince similar changes due to the global warmun and globalisation processes. The protection and the promotion of cultures, territories and heritages strenghten a socio-economical development process for local communities. Such sustainable valorization sould generate high level know-how and good practices that can be transferred to specific territories with national and international protection (National Park, National Reserves, UNESCO labels, etc.). These regions have fragile ecosystems that can be rapidly damaged by mass tourism or by not well-controlled development strategy implemented by public institutions or private companies. POLARIS project aims at studying these extreme regions, training professionals working in public administrations in order to improve their educational background, and students with postgraduate curricula linked to tourism, geography, natural heritage, politics and social economics. The project results could benefit to local communities: the development of touristic clusters and sustainable tourism can be highly beneficial for the local economies and for the whole economic development of the selected regions.