North Hunt

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Project Activities

Project management and communication
The attitude environment and social framework related to hunting tourism
Objective information to support SME and operational environment development
SME and operational environment development
Training material and developing the start up companies



Project management and communication

The project coordinator is the University of Helsinki Ruralia Institute (Ruralia)
Contact for project management: Anne Matilainen, anne.matilanen(at)helsinki.fi
Contact for communication: Hjördís Sigursteinsdóttir, hjordis(at)unak.is



The attitude environment and social framework related to hunting tourism

The activity coordinator is Swedish University of Agricultural Sciences
Contact: Fredrik Dahl, fredrik.dahl(at)vfm.slu.se

The aim of this activity is to find the critical issues related to the social sustainability of hunting tourism.

The results will be used to estimate the potential of hunting tourism as a business opportunity in rural areas of Northern Europe and guarantee the sustainable development activities in the sector. Several different interest groups (landowners, local hunters, local people, indigenous people, nature tourism professionals etc.) have their own approaches to hunting tourism. In order to guarantee the social sustainability, these can not be ignored. It is essential to integrate the development activities of the project to the current attitude environment and understand the social framework for the sector

The outputs of this activity will be used in developing new products to the sector as well as by policy makers in estimating the relevancy of hunting tourism as one nature tourism sector. The outputs will also be used in developing training material in hunting tourism.



Objective information to support SME and operational environment development:

The activity coordinator is the Research institute of the University of Akureyri (RHA)
Contact: Hjördís Sigursteinsdóttir, hjordis(at)unak.is

The aim of this activity is to provide objective information on hunting tourism related to its marketing potential, ecological sustainability and economical potential. In addition the aim is to establish relationships between sales organisation and SMEs. 

The tasks here are threefold.
  • Sales organisation survey will be made in beginning of 2009 of sales organisations selling hunting tourism products with the aim to define the marketing potential and future prospects of Northern hunting tourism.
  • In each country the existing game monitoring data and methods will be collected to gether and their potential usefulness and suitability for SMEs will be analyzed. The outcome will be one national seminar to raise the issue into public discussion.
  • Existing information related to the economical role of hunting tourism will be collected together and analyzed and presented in one report. 



SME and operational environment development

The activity coordinator is Rural Economy Development
Contact: Håkan Gyllbring, hakan.gyllbring(at)hush.se

The aim of this activity is to enhance entrepreneurship activity related to hunting tourism and diminish obstacles for entrepreneurship.

There is a focus on national and transnational cooperation between hunting tourism SMEs and the tourism sector in general, develop existing hunting tourism networks by promoting their activities, to create and test the potential of hunting tourism products based on northern hunting culture as part of sustainable business concepts and to create and test the potential co-operation models and tools in the hunting tourism sector. The aim of this activity is also to influence to the operational environment of hunting tourism sector by involving interest groups in order to guarantee that the results and products of the project are relevant for the development of the sector.

Enhancing the hunting tourism sector at business level is one of the main objectives of the project. The SME involvement and good co-operation with the interest groups are extremely significant throughout the project and for the future development of the sector.



Training material and developing the start up companies

The activity coordinator is Haapavesi Vocational School
Contact: Markus Muuttola, markus.muuttola(at)hao.fi

The aim of this activity is to enhance start up companies by providing to them wide range of information and training possibilities as well as network them with the advanced companies in order to lower the threshold and the risk for start up companies. The material produced in the project will be collected together, modified as a general information package on hunting tourism and made available via the Internet.

The basic material will be transferred to training materials and the pilot courses based on it will be planned by the education organisations participating to the project (partners or co-operation partners). To guarantee the widest possible use of the material, it will be translated to national languages of partners and in the pilot courses blended learning methods will be used. The experts from the partnership as well as SMEs from the development groups will be used as tutors or lecturers as feasible. The material and courses will be revised based on the feed back from the pilot courses and the courses will continue as part of the training programmes of the education organisations. The internet material will be updated and maintained after the project’s lifespan by one of the entrepreneurs associations. 



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