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SHAPE - Partnerships for Eco-Tourism - Glentrool and the Cree Valley

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Glentrool Community Centre (old primary school)

Glentrool

Newton Stewart

Dumfries and Galloway

DG8 6SY

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The Galloway and Southern Ayrshire Biosphere are a partner in a new EU project called SHAPE - Sustainable Heritage Areas: Partnerships for Ecotourism. The new 3-year project is funded by EU through the European Commission’s Northern Periphery and Arctic Programme.

The aim of SHAPE is to enable communities, business and organisations to develop innovative approaches to eco-tourism initiatives which preserve, manage and create economic value from local assets. The project aims to recognise and promote the unique identity of each area while preserving and enhancing its heritage and supporting its communities..The project will work on practical solutions applicable to those involved, gather these experiences, providing lessons that can be utilised not only in our own area, but across Europe’s Northern Periphery and beyond. The project partners are University of the Highlands and Islands, Iceland, Finland, Norway, Greenland and Wester Ross in Scotland.

In all of these places, cultural and natural heritage are key elements of the local identity, and heritage is a fundamental basis for tourism. Tourism needs heritage assets and, if stakeholders work together, tourism can be a key factor in ensuring that the resources to maintain, protect and add value to these assets are available in the long term.

The event aims to bring together a range of participants from community, businesses and organisations who have an interest in or involved in tourism development, cultural heritage and natural resource management in and around Glentrool and Cree Valley, including areas such as Loch Trool and the Southern Upland Way

The afternoon will start with lunch followed by discussions exploring:

  • Our natural and cultural assets in the area

  • Discuss ongoing and future challenges in developing tourism initiatives

  • Potential solutions and opportunities for eco-tourism development

  • Ideas and opportunities for partnerships for eco-tourism development in and around Glentrool and Cree Valley, including areas such as Loch Trool and the Southern Upland Way

We do hope you can join us



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Glentrool Community Centre (old primary school)

Glentrool

Newton Stewart

Dumfries and Galloway

DG8 6SY

United Kingdom

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