Cultural and Heritage Added Value to Regional Policies for Tourism Sustainability (CHARTS)

10.08.2012 12:51

Project CHARTS is INTERREG IVC programme Regional Initiative Project under Priority 2 “Environment and risk prevention”, sub-theme “Cultural Heritage and landscape”, duration from Jan, 2012 – June, 2014. 

CHARTS focuses on the role of culture and heritage in the formulation and delivery of added-value to regional strategies for sustainable tourism development and integration into local, regional, national and EU policies. Partners will share experience on how improved management of cultural tourism destinations contribute to protection and enhancement of cultural heritage & landscape, as well as sustainable regional development policies, especially in relation to challenges of climate change and the economic crisis.
CHARTS overall objective is to build on, capitalise and exploit the outputs, methods, results, policies and strategies of previous projects and initiatives in the field of culture, heritage and sustainable tourism development strategies and to transfer highly relevant Good Practices between participating regions and Europe-wide, as important added-value to effective regional policy formulation and implementation, as well as contributing to the Lisbon & Gothenburg Agendas. 
Main CHARTS activities includes identification, analysis, exchange & transfer of Good Practices on climate change, accessibility to heritage, effective partnerships, host communities, quality criteria, visitor information, place marketing and cultural routes for sustainable tourism, policy integration & added value, Charter, award, events, exhibitions, workshops and conference. 
CHARTS expected outputs and results are enhanced regional policies on Culture, Heritage & Sustainable Tourism; added-value to past and existing initiatives; increased knowledge in less developed regions of the EU (inc. new MS); creation of opportunities for employment in the Cultural and Tourism industries; protection and preservation of culture and heritage sites and landscapes; protection and preservation of the environment through the introduction and promotion of sustainable tourism strategies (Responsible Tourism) and better use of EU funds in the mainstream operational programmes with already proven successful best practices and policies.
In CHARTS activities (training courses, workshops, staff exchange, study visit, conference) within 2 years Vidzeme Tourism Association will engage Vidzeme University of Applied Sciences and regional municipalities – Carnikava, Saulkrasti, Limbaži, Aloja, Valka, Rauna, Vecpiebalga, Gulbene. Ērgļi un Ape. They will be given an advantage to choose the most topical subject with certain time and place. 
CHARTS project partners: 
Municipality of South Pelion 
Welsh Assembly Government 
ECTN Network 
Midland Regional Authority 
Region Västra Götaland 
Pafos Regional Board of Tourism 
Veneto Region – Tourism Department 
Vidzeme Tourism Association 
National Institute for Research and Development in Tourism (NIRDT) 
Mallorca Council - Environment Department 
Union of South-East Region Local Authorities, Bulgaria[email protected] 
Greek National Tourism Organisation (GNTO) 
IBERTUR Network/University of Barcelona



  1. The opening of project CHARTS in South Pelion, Greece, March 22.-23.
  2. VTA Board and CHARTS meeting, Rauna, April 24, Latvia
  3. Project CHARTS meeting in Barcelona, June 21.-22., Spain (Catalonia)
  4. VTA Board and CHARTS meeting in Vidzeme University of Applied Sciences, June 28, Valmiera, Latvia
  5. CHARTS Seminar on Climate Changes, Wales, September 24.-25 / Photo gallery in Facebook
  6. CHARTS seminar in Vecgulbene manor, October 30, Latvia
  7. CHARTS staff exchange in Tullamore, Ireland, November 7.-15.
  8. CHARTS seminar in Tullamore, Ireland, November 11.-13
  9. CHARTS seminar in Ērgļi, Latvia, November 27
  10. CHARTS seminar in Bourgas, Bulgaria,  Decemer 6.-7th / Photo gallery in Facebook
  11. CHARTS seminar in Valka, Latvia, December 11

This project is funded by the EU’s European Regional Development fund through the INTERREG IVC programme. The publication/website reflects the author's views and the Managing Authority can not be held liable for the information published by the project partners.

Ieva Treija 
Vidzeme Tourism Association 
Project CHARTS, PR specialist 
Tel:  +371 29618781 

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