Sustainable Heritage Areas: Partnerships for Ecotourism

SHAPE focuses on a transnational set of sustainable heritage areas (SHAs) with diverse experiences of sustainability and regional cooperation involving stakeholders in heritage management, tourism, and governance. In these SHAs, the partners work with local stakeholders, their organizations, and the institutions which support them, and incorporate their activities into regional strategies for sustainable development.

Project activities will begin in each involved SHA, addressing local challenges for sustainable development by mapping assets, building on existing activities, and helping those who are developing ecotourism initiatives. Project partners and stakeholders will then share the outcomes transnationally through meetings, learning journeys and thematic networks. The resulting knowledge and tools will be incorporated into a dynamic e-service, designed to evolve and be used across the NPA region and beyond after the project ends.


Project Manager,

Rosalind Bryce

University of the Highlands and Islands


Tel: +44 (0) 1738 877267


Project Communications,

Kari Evensen Natland

Nordhordland Development c/o Nordhordland Biosphere candidate


Tel.: +47 480 70 972

Nordhordland, the Norwegian partner in the SHAPE project, has long traditions in sheep farming and in wool manufacture. Now the region is using the...

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SHAPE has just had a very productive partner meeting in Narsaq. Hosted by our Greenlandic partner Kommune Kullakeq at the Inuili Food College, the...

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An in-depth SHAPE report of the state of the art on the topic of governance structures in Sustainable Heritage Areas has been produced by UHI. The...

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After a year of activity, SHAPE is very much moving forward and evolving in positive directions. Project partners in each of our SHAs have organized...

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CEDTENK and Karelia UAS arranged the second stakeholder workshop at Parppeinvaara cultural heritage site in Ilomantsi on the 5.4.2018. The aim of the...

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Nordhordland gathered nearly 30 people, all of them taking active part in developing tourism in Nordhordland. This was the first meeting in the...

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The SHAPE project is creating a transnational web-based service to support organisations, communities and businesses in the ‘Cool North’ in...

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CEDTENK and Karelia UAS arranged the first stakeholder workshop at Parppeinvaara Bardic Village in Ilomantsi city on the 8.2.2018. The aim was to...

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The first SHAPE newsletter provides an overview to the project aims and objectives, SHAPE partnership, kick-off and partner meetings in Dumfries and...

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