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Project period: 01/2021 - 30/2023
Project lead: Prof. Dr. Dagmar Lund-Durlacher, Prof. Dr. Wolfgang Strasdas
Project implementation: Heike Dickhut, Karl Reiner
Cooperation partner: Ecotrans e.V., ÖHV Touristik Service, Croatian Chamber of Economy, Camera di Commercio Industria Artigianato e Agricoltura di Pordenone-Udine, ASSET Basilicata - Azienda Speciale della Camera di commercio della Basilicata, European Center for Development, Execution and Management of Projects, Asociatia Judeteana de Turism Sibiu

Project funding: The project is co-financed by the European Comission within the means of the COSME-Programme 2019 “Boosting sustainable tourism development and capacity of tourism SMEs through transnational cooperation and knowledge transfer”  .


The project aims to support tourism SMEs (accommodation, tour operators, travel intermediaries) to implement sustainability in their businesses. Overall, the project aims to establish a post project EU wide business sustainability knowledge acquisition and training system to support all European tourism SMEs throughout the supply chain in their move towards sustainable consumption and production

The main activities are:

  • Throughout the project, a sustainable tourism network will be established and strenghtened including HEIs, training providers, SMEs and other tourism stakeholders.
  • An inventory of tourism sustainability policies and strategies, players and stakeholders as well as training systems emphasizing on sustainble tourism in Europe will be created.
  • A training and expert system to gain know-how on sustainable tourism issues will be developed and provided to the SME on the Tourism2030 platform.
  • 70 SMEs will be selected to participate in a knowledge building and development process that improves their sustainability knowledge and leads to sustainability implementation (through certification), better market access and promotion for their businesses.

sThe ETGG 2030 projects brings together expert knowledge of higher education inistitutions, chambers of commerce, tourism organisations and NGOs establishing an ICT-based cluster approach for the development and transfer of innovative best practice between the countries, to enable tourism SMEs and supporting organisations in implementing sustainability and in achieving third party certification.

Please find more information about the project on the Tourism2030-Portal.

Project period: 12/2020 - 06/2022
Project lead: Prof. Dr. Wolfgang Strasdas, Prof. Dr. Dagmar Lund-Durlacher
Project implementation: Louisa Wolf-Gorny M. A.
Cooperation partner: Österreichisches Institut für Raumplanung GmbH (ÖIR), Institute of Tourism (ITW) at Lucerne University of Applied Sciences and Arts

Project funding: European Commission under the EU Programme for the "Competitiveness of Enterprises and SMEs (COSME)


The project on behalf of the Executive Agency for Small and Medium-sized Enterprises (EASME) focuses on the phenomenon of overtourism, its causes, impacts as well as possible solutions for mitigating and preventing its negative effects at destination level. The objective of the project is to map and analyze the underlying root causes of overtourism, as well as the impacts it has on economic, environmental and socio-cultural levels for residents, tourists and further involved stakeholders at destination level. The project also includes an analysis of best practice solutions applied in Europe and worldwide as well as the development of a set of indicators in order to measure overtourism at destination level. Additionally, a compendium will be created, supporting stakeholders in destinations affected by, or at risk of, overtourism. Finally, the project results will be presented to stakeholders in several workshops and discussed together. Emerging overtourism destinations caused by domestic tourism and massive numbers of day trips as a consequence of the Covid-19 crisis will be taken into account as well.

Project period: 01/2020 - 12/2022
Project lead: Prof. Dr. Wolfgang Strasdas
Project implementation: Prof. Dr. Dagmar Lund-Durlacher, Martin Balàš
Cooperation partner: KATE Umwelt & Entwicklung e.V., Global Nature Fund, TourCert

Project funding: The project is fundet by the Austrian Development Agenncy (ADA)


The project supports three certified destinations in Costa Rica (Sarapiquí and Sarchí) and the Dominican Republic (Las Galeras) as models for sustainable development and biodiversity through a destination management strategy. The focus is on the implementation of zero waste, sustainable gastronomy and eco-efficiency concepts as well as on the development of innovative, high-quality sustainable tourism products for the international travel markets.

The goals of the project:

  • Transformation of the tourism industry towards an economy of common good by promoting biodiversity, climate protection and local value creation
  • Strengthening local competencies, local networks and governance structures
  • Development and marketing of biodiversity friendly travel products
  • Development of a common community
  • Contribution to Sustainable Development Goals 8, 12, 13, 14, 15, 17

Project activities include:

  • Qualification, learning in practice and empowerment
  • Development of destination strategies
  • Implementation of pilot projects in the fields of "zero waste", "climate protection" and "sustainable gastronomy
  • Integration of local farmers, food and other producers and micro-enterprises in sustainable supplier network
  • Certification of climate-neutral pilot hotels
  • Development and positioning of new high-quality travel products in collaboration with international tour operators
  • Transfer and dissemination of the innovation concept to other tourism destinations

This project promotes and protects biodiversity and the environment in the three destinations and makes an active contribution to climate protection in strong travel destinations. The integrated development of the destinations contributes to poverty reduction for the local population and ensures that human rights are guaranteed and fulfilled along the tourism value chain. Due to the corona pandemic, local actors are being given additional support in dealing with the crisis.

Project period: 09/2019 - 12/2021
Project lead: Prof. Dr. Wolfgang Strasdas
Project implementation: Louisa Wolf-Gorny
Cooperation partner: Università della Svizzera italiana, University of Novi Sad, University of Information Technology and Management in Rzeszow

Project funding: The project is co-financed by the European Union within Erasmus+ Programme.


The project “Information and Communication Technologies for Sustainable Tourism” aims to extend and improve the quality of knowledge and skills regarding sustainable tourism and information and communication technologies of major students in four universities in Poland, Serbia, Switzerland and Germany. Within the scope of the project a variety of tools dealing with the usage of ICT in sustainable tourism will be developed, tested and implemented. These tools include an Online-Course, an e-Learning course and a Casebook presenting different examples for the implementation of ICTs for supporting sustainable tourism management. Next to International Summer Schools taking place at the locations of the participating universities an International Academy of ICT for sustainable development will ensure rich content and a diverse exchange between the universities. The final project results will be available in English as Open Educational Resources and may be used by universities in Europe, but also worldwide.

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Project period: 04/2019 - 05/2020
Project leader: Prof. Dr. Hartmut Rein
Project implementation: Judith Kloiber
Cooperation partner: Administration of the Vishtynets Nature Park, Ministry of Environment of the Kaliningrad Region, Russia

Project funding: Federal Agency for Nature Conservation (BfN) with funds from the Federal Ministry for the Environment, Nature Conservation and Nuclear Safety (BMU)


The Vishtynets Nature Park in the Kaliningrad region (Russia) comprises one of the largest uncut lowland forests in Central Europe. The extensive forest landscape (also known as Rominten Forest) is embedded in the hilly landscape of the same name. The area's special features include its high biological diversity, exceptional natural monuments, special relief and a still unspoiled environment. The nature park is in charge of protection and restoration of the natural potential of the forest ecosystems, in addition it also serves educational, recreational and research purposes. The promotion of adapted, sustainable forms of use was not an explicit goal when the nature park was founded in 2011. This is reflected, among others, in the current zoning of the nature park, which includes neither settlements nor the open hilly country surrounding the forest characterized by fields and meadows that are increasingly (intensively) used for agriculture.

In October 2018 the Ministry of Environment of the Kaliningrad Oblast and the administration of the Vishtynets Nature Park started preparations for the nomination of a biosphere reserve based on the existing Regional Nature Park. In addition to the preparation of the application, these include the convening of thematic working groups (e.g. on the fields of action 'agriculture' and 'tourism and regional development'), information and educational talks with land users, strengthening public participation and public relations work. Within the framework of the above-mentioned funding project, the Eberswalde University for Sustainable Development supports the Vishtynets Nature Park in the preparation and transfer of knowledge regarding the planning and implementation of the proposed biosphere reserve. In addition to promoting information and participation of the population and the development of social networks, the project enables the participation in thematic study tours to existing biosphere reserves in Germany.

Project results (selection):

Film about the planned biosphere area: Rominter Heide from a bird's eye view

Presentation of the citizen survey on the development perspectives of the future biosphere reserve "Vishtynetsky" (September 2019)

Podcast: "Romintology". Connoisseurs, researchers, locals and voices of wild animals!Podcast: "Romintology". Connoisseurs, researchers, locals and voices of wild animals!

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Project period: 10/2018 - 09/2021
Project lead: Prof. Dr. Hartmut Rein
Project implementation: Martin Balàš, Judith Kloiber

Cooperation partner: Zachodniopomorski Uniwersytet Technologiczny w Szczecinieest (West Pomeranian Technical University of Szczecin (ZUT)) (Lead Partner), Uniwersytet Szczeciński (University of Szczecin), Ernst-Moritz-Arndt University GreifswaldREGE Partnerlogos V1

Project funding: The project is co-financed by the European Union with means of the "Regional Development Fond" (ERDF) (INTERREG 5a).

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The cross-border Euroregion Pomerania comprises border municipalities both in Germany and Poland. On the one hand, the region faces the challenge of a weak economic structure and, as a consequence, a brain drain. On the other hand, it hosts a rich natural and cultural heritage, which is or can be valued in particular by the large conservation areas.

However, the positive, social and economic effects of large conservation areas are, so far, not well enough known, and thus the designation of protected areas only meet little acceptance in the vicinity of the areas and leads to conflicts with the local population.

In Germany some empirical analysis to calculate regional economic effectsof tourism in large conservation areas do already exist and respective methodological approaches have been developed. In Poland, however, neither the large conservation areas nor research institutions have so far dealt with this topic in detail.

Therefore the aim of the project is to develop new, common methods for collecting, analyzing and evaluating the social and regional economic effects of large conservation areas. To this end, the participating universities will intensify their cooperation both in the research area as well as at student level and between the conservation areas of both countries and the local population.

The core of the project activities, apart from the methodological approaches, is its applicability. The new methods should be simple, practical and usable in both countries and thus allow comparability of the data.

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Project period: 07/2017 - 06/2020
Project leader: Prof. Dr. Wolfgang Strasdas
Project implementation: Martin Balás
Cooperation partner: adelphi gGmbH, DIW Econ GmbH, dwif-Consulting GmbH, BTE Tourismus- und Regionalberatung bmH

Project funding: Umweltbundesamt (UBA), Bundesministerium für Umwelt, Naturschutz, Bau und Reaktorsicherheit (BMUB)


The aim of the project is to develop a concept and a method for collecting empirical information on the share of sustainable tourism of the overall tourism sector in Germany and to apply it with an example. At the same time, central environmental and sustainability indicators for the industry as a whole will be determined by using an extended tourism satellite account approach. This will lead to indications, in which areas the tourism industry and politics would have to develop measures in order to strengthen and expand a sustainable tourism offer in Germany.

The Federal Environment Agency (UBA) and the Federal Ministry for the Environment, Nature Conservation and Nuclear Safety (BMU) have commissioned this research project. It will close existing knowledge gaps by giving comprehensive and empirically reliable data on the status quo of sustainable tourism in Germany. The framework of the project includes three stakeholder workshops, a major event on sustainable tourism and a total of eight discussion papers on various sustainability topics, in addition to content-related activities.

Project period: 05/2020 - 06/2020
Project lead: Prof. Dr. Wolfgang Strasdas
Project implementation: Lisa Reichelt M.A.
Cooperation partner: None

Project funding: Wissenschaftsstiftung der Sparkasse Barnim


"Lost Places" or "abandoned places" are buildings or facilities that were abandoned some time ago and are visibly decaying. They develop a special, morbid aesthetic aura or authenticity, which can exert an aesthetic appeal on certain groups of the population. Therefore, the project is particularly concerned with the question of whether this interest might not be the basis for a touristic use.
Typically, "Lost Places" are found in regions that have been subject to drastic structural and/or political changes. These include in particular old industrial areas as well as many regions in the new federal states, including the district of Barnim. Potential target groups for visiting "Lost Places" could be, for example, domestic and foreign tourists visiting nearby Berlin. Brandenburg's travel areas in the surrounding area of Berlin, which are trying to profit from the capital's tourism boom, could therefore appeal to an urban audience via historically significant "Lost Places" with a high quality of experience or attract them.

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Project period: 11/2016 - 10/2019
Project leader: Prof. Dr. Wolfgang Strasdas
Project implementation: Heike Dickhut
Cooperation partner: MODUL University Vienna GmbH, Université Paris 1 Panthéon Sorbonne, Universidade do Algarve, Forum Anders Reisen e.V., Eau de Web

Project funding: Europäische Komission, ERASMUS plus Programm


The aim of the “Tourism Research Innovation and Next Generation Learning Experience” (TRIANGLE) project is to build a Europe-wide knowledge network on sustainable tourism that promotes, improves and facilitates the exchange and cooperation between higher education and research institutions and the tourist sector, especially SMEs. The focus is on initiating and sustaining a targeted knowledge transfer between science and practice, by providing European tourism businesses and destinations with market-relevant information via special, thematically selected online education and training programs. Delivering this knowledge will help companies to better exploit their innovation potential and increase their competitiveness in the global market, e.g. by improving their environmental performance, cost reduction or innovative business solutions.

In a total of six work packages the project aims to achieve the following results:

  • Europe-wide knowledge network for sustainable tourism
  • Jointly developed knowledge database with topics for sustainable tourism and for special IT application
  • Open resource "Tool Kit" with learning and teaching materials on the topic "Sustainable tourism management"
  • Internship offers across the partnering countries for up to 40 students during the project period
  • Interactive, dynamic textbook on sustainable tourism management
  • Virtual training and meeting room for the provision of the teaching and learning courses and instruments of the partner organizations

Project period: 09/2016 - 07/2017
Project leader: Prof. Dr. Wolfgang Strasdas
Project implementation: Martin Balás
Cooperation partner: Verbraucher Initivative e.V.

Project funding: Bundesministerium für Umwelt, Naturschutz, Bau und Reaktorsicherheit (BMUB)


This project builds on the results of the preceding project “Certification Systems for Sustainable Tourism”. It develops a list of baseline-criteria that are based on international sustainability guidelines and standards and provides an individual assessment and a ranking of the certification systems for sustainable tourism in Germany.

The final report of the project "Requirements for Enterprise Certifications for Sustainable Tourism in Germany" is available for download here.

klimasensible kmu

Project period: 01/2016 – 12/2017
Project leader: Prof. Dr. Wolfgang Strasdas
Project implementation: Michelle Geigenmüller
Cooperation partner: kate - Kontaktstelle für Umwelt & Entwicklung e.V
Project funding: Bundesministerium für Umwelt, Naturschutz, Bau und Reakorsicherheit (BMUB) im Rahmen des "Aktionsplans Anpassung" zur Deutschen Anpassungsstrategie, Projektträger Jülich


The project aimed to train and sensitize tourism companies to the opportunities and risks of climate change, combined with the active support in the development of climate adaptation concepts in selected pilot companies.

The qualification concept consists of a method mix of theoretical learning phases (online formats), practical training phases (conducting presence workshops and coaching) and applied implementation phases (creation of company-specific adaptation concepts). It addresses small and medium-sized tourism businesses on site as well as tour operators who implement their tourism products in destinations that are strongly affected by climate change.

The results of the project are also available beyond the project duration.

branchenprojekt sustainable lodges

Project period: 05/2015 - 07/2016
Project leader: Prof. Dr. Wolfgang Strasdas
Project implementation: Prof. Dr. Wolfgang Strasdas in Kooperation mit mascontour
Cooperation partner: KAZA Secretariat, Sustainable Tourism Certification Alliance Africa
Cooperation partner: Futouris e.V. - Die Nachhaltigkeitsinitiative
Project funding: Kreditanstalt für Wiederaufbau (KfW)


The aim of the project is to support the Kavango-Zambezi (KAZA) TFCA in its development as a tourism region to that effect that it promotes a sustainable tourism development directly benefitting the local population, job creation, poverty eradication, and community development and contributing to nature and species protection. For this purpose, an industry-appropriate standard for "sustainable lodges" and their integration into the value chain of tour operators should be developed and implemented in direct exchange between partners from the KAZA region and internationally active tourism companies (Futouris members). It will include lodges that already meet the standard, as well as pilot lodges that will be supported in the implementation of the standard. At the end of the day it is aimed to target-orientated promote the international marketing of sustainable lodges in the KAZA region.

zertifizierungsysteme nachhaltiger tourismus

Project period: 08/2015 - 02/2016
Project leader: Prof. Dr. Wolfgang Strasdas
Project implementation: Martin Balas, Runa Zeppenfeld
Project funding: Bundesministerium für Umwelt, Naturschutz, Bau und Reaktorsicherheit (BMUB)


The central topic of the project was to list an inventory of the certification systems for sustainable and environmentally friendly tourism in Germany and to evaluate them regarding the scope, claims as well as transparency and credibility of the certificates. The effects of the certifications were also examined on an initial basis. This was done by conducting expert-interviews with representatives of tourism associations, ministries, environmental and social organizations. The study did not conduct individual assessments, but rather evaluated the general "certification landscape" of tourism in Germany.

The study also explored how certified tourism businesses or regions actually are more sustainable or environmentally-friendly than non-certified ones. This is very difficult to assess, as there are no national benchmarks that would allow an in-depth comparison. Therefore, date collection was done by a self-assessment.

The main results of the research are available for download here.

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Project period: 07/2014 - 02/2016
Project lead and implementation: Prof. Dr. Wolfgang Strasdas
Client: TourCert
Project funding: Landesministerium für Ländlichen Raum und Verbraucherschutz


Subject of the project was the development of an innovative certification concept and its introduction in six pilot destinations. The systematic certification facilitated the establishment of a credible and strong brand for sustainable travel destinations in Baden-Württemberg with the aim of clearly positioning itself in the national and international competition through a consistent sustainability check. Tourism destinations should be able to prove their sustainable tourism development through a certificate. The sustainability check thus provides a valuable contribution to the development of sustainable tourism in a country and represents an important marketing tool. As part of the sustainability check, the pilot destinations carried out a comprehensive stocktaking exercise and created an ambitious improvement program for their destination reflecting all sustainability dimensions. For example, topics such as resource conservation, regionality, working conditions, mobility, guest information or accessibility play a role.

Project period: 01/2013 - 09/2015
Project leader: Prof. Dr. Wolfgang Strasdas
Project implementation: Martin Balas, Runa Zeppenfeld
Kooperationspartner: Associazione Italiana Turismo Responsabile (AITR) (I), DIESIS European Research and Development Service for the Social Economy (B) Institut für berufsbezogene Weiterbildung und Personaltraining GmbH, BEST (A), KATE - Center for Ecology & Development (kate e.V. Umwelt & Entwicklung) (D), Latvian Country Tourism Association (Lauku ceļotājs) (LV), University College Birmingham (UK
Cooperation partner: Europäische Kommission im Rahmen des Life Long Learning Programmes


TransCSR aims at the transparency and acknowledgement of CSR skills in the tourism sector of at least six European countries using the tools of the ECVET system (European Credit system for Vocational Education and Training) and the EQF (European Qualification Framework). The HNE Eberswalde analyzed various CSR-modules in European countries and assessed necessary CSR skills for tourism professionals with different educational qualifications. A self-assessment tool on CSR core competences in tourism was developed by the project partners on the basis of the ECVET system (European Credit Point System in Vocational Education and Training) and the EQF (European Qualifications Framework) and tested by a total of 200 people (including students from the HNE Eberswalde). This method gives trainees the opportunity to review their CSR skills, knowledge and competences and use them to market their workforce.

As a result of the project transparency on the basis of the ECVET system will ultimately valorise all kind of professional CSR qualifications on the labour market on local, regional, national and European level. Obstacles to mobility of tourism professionals are therefore removed, employability increases, and the shortage of skilled professionals in regards to CSR declines.

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Project period: 04/2013 - 03/2015
Project leader: Prof. Dr. Wolfgang Strasdas
Project implementation: Heike Dickhut, Runa Zeppenfeld
Client: Bundesministerium für Umwelt, Naturschutz, Bau und Reakorsicherheit (BMUB)


The project "Training Program Tourism & Climate Change Adaptation" developed and tested advanced training offers for different target groups on the subject of climate change adaptation in tourism. In doing so, it was based on the findings that were compiled in the INKA BB project "Tourist destination and business management in the face of climate change".

As part of the project, advanced training courses were developed for those responsible for destination management. For tourism stakeholders in destinations, a blended learning course was developed, which was pilot-tested in two consecutive phases and subsequently made available online to the interested public. Two e-learning courses have been available online for free on the learning platform udemy between March 2015 and July 2017 as a nationwide offer for destination management experts.

On the other hand, a teaching module has been developed for students and lecturers of tourism courses at universities, which can be used both in Bachelor as well as in the Master programs. In 2014 the module was at first taught by Prof. dr. Wolfgang Strasdas in the master program Sustainable Tourism Management at the HNE Eberswalde as well as in the tourism programs of the University of Applied Sciences Bremen. Since 2015, it has been offered and used as a mandatory elective course in the master program Sustainable Tourism Management at HNE Eberswalde.

At September 23rd and 24th, 2014, the conference "Tourism and Climate Change in Central Europe" took place in Potsdam, addressing both tourism experts and scientists. It was organized and conducted jointly with the Clustermanagement Tourismus Brandenburg. More information about the conference can be found here. A conference volume was published in the summer of 2016.

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Project period: 08/2013 - 10/2014
Project leader: Prof. Dr. Hartmut Rein
Project implementation: Martin Balas
Client: Nationalparkamt Unteres Odertal


In order to record and document the regional economic effects of the National Park Unteres Odertal on a regular basis, HNE Eberswalde developed a monitoring concept for the National Park Authority. This first follow-up study records the regional economic effects of the National Park and was carried out between 2013 and 2014.

nachhaltige tourismusdestination uckermark

Project period: 10/2012 - 08/2014
Project leader: Prof. Dr. Wolfgang Strasdas
Project implementation: Heike Dickhut
Client: Tourismus Marketing Uckermark GmbH (tmu)


In 2013 the tourist destination Uckermark won the national competition "Sustainable Tourism Region 2012/2013". HNE Eberswalde was assigned to use the impetus generated by winning the competition in the Uckermark as part of process monitoring, and to promote a wider involvement of tourism stakeholders in the region on the topic of sustainability. A common mission statement was drafted for the Uckermark, which serves as a guideline for the sustainable development of tourism in the region. On this basis, strategies and priority measures for the implementation of sustainable tourism were developed in a participatory process.

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Project period: 10/2012 - 08/2014
Project leader: Prof. Dr. Hartmut Rein, Prof. Dr. Wolfgang Strasdas
Project implementation: Martin Balas, Runa Zeppenfeld
Cooperation partner: Deutsches Seminar für Tourismus (DSFT) Berlin e.V.
Project funding Bundesministerium für Arbeit und Soziales im Rahmen des Förderprogrammes "Gesellschaftliche Verantwortung im Mittelstand" des Europäischen Sozialfonds (ESF)


As part of the "CSR in German Destinations" project, HNE Eberswalde developed a series of seminars on various issues of sustainable destination management. The seminars were conducted at the German Seminar for Tourism (DSFT) in Berlin and in various destinations. It sensitized managers in tourism organizations as well as small and medium-sized enterprises (SMEs) in German to the issue of Corporate Social Responsibility (CSR). You can find detailed information about the project

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Project period: 07/2009- 06/2010
Project leader: Prof. Dr. Pierre Ibisch - Centre for Econics and Ecosystem Management, Fachbereich Wald und Umwelt der HNE Eberswalde
Subject-specific contribution tourism: Prof. Dr. Hartmut Rein
Project implementation: Judith Kloiber
Project funding: Bundesamt für Naturschutz (BfN)


As part of the project, a management plan for the designed transboundary protection area was developed based on the Katun State Biosphere Reserve (Russian Federation) and the Katon-Karagaj National Park (Republic of Kazakhstan) referring to the criteria and principles of the Seville Strategy and the Madrid Plan of Action for Biosphere Reserves.

tourisitsches destinations unternehmens management klimawandel

Project period: 08/2009 - 05/2014
Project leader: Prof. Dr. Wolfgang Strasdas
Project implementation: Heike Dickhut, Runa Zeppenfeld
Cooperation partner: Tourismus Marketing Uckermark GmbH (tmu), Biberburg Tours (UM), Haus an der Havel (OHV),KanuSport Spree (LOS), Marina Lanke (B), Tourismus, Kultur und Stadtmarketing (TKS) Lübben (LDS).
Project funding: Bundesministerium für Bildung und Forschung (BMBF) im Rahmen von KLIMZUG, der regionalen Klimainitiative (, und des des Innovationsnetzwerk Klimaanpassung in Brandenburg und Berlin (INKA BB) (


The aim of the project was to sensitize tourism stakeholders in Brandenburg for the potential effects of climate change and to try and evaluate proactive adaptation measures together with them. To this end, the HNE Eberswalde prepared a series of vulnerability studies and organized workshops as well as information events for tourism stakeholders in the region. Within the tourist destination Uckermark the project established a network of climate-friendly tourism providers.

integrierter tourismus tozeur bizerte

Project period: 12/2012 - 03/2014
Project leader and implementation: Prof. Dr. Wolfgang Strasdas
Client: Deutsche Gesellschaft für internationale Zusammenarbeit (GIZ)


In this project, the first step was to carry out a potential analysis of the tourist destinations Tozeur and Bizerte. Subsequently, a two-day stakeholder workshop was held in Tozeur, which led to the establishment of a local destination management organization (DMO). Furthermore, the DMO was advised and trained on topics related to the development of alternative tourism segments and small, owner-managed hotels.

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Project period: 10/2011 -02/2014
Project leader: Prof. Dr. Hartmut Rein
Project implementation: Marta Bojkovska-Langer
Project funding Deutsche Bundesstiftung Umwelt (DBU)


The aim of this German-Macedonian cooperation project was to sensitize teachers of the Macedonian Faculty of Tourism and Hospitality in Ohrid and multipliers from the Ohrid region for sustainability in tourism. The training and transfer of knowledge was carried out by teachers of the Master program "Sustainable Tourism Management" and respective practice partners of HNE Eberswalde. The participants were actively involved in the training program. The project strived to train at least 10 sustainable tourism managers within the project duration. The long-term goal is to set up a master's program "Sustainable Tourism Management" in Ohrid as a central tourist training facility for the Balkan countries.


Project period: 10/2010 - 12/2011
Project leader: Prof. Dr. Wolfgang Strasdas
Project implementation: Runa Zeppenfeld, Heike Dickhut
Project funding: Ministerium für Forschung, Wissenschaft und Kultur des Landes Brandenburg(MFWK)


The project provided information to the water tourism industry in Brandenburg about the chances of environmentally friendly technologies for leisure boats and charter fleets. In cooperation with the Water Sports Association Berlin-Brandenburg, three events were organized and carried out:

  • On November 24th, 2010, the international conference "The Future of Boat Tourism - Promoting Environment and Climate-Friendly Technologies" took place at the boat & fun fair in Berlin
  • On May 17th, 2011, a workshop with regional water tourism actors took place in Beeskow. At the workshop, the project team discussed "green boat tourism" (a climate-friendly and eco-friendly motorboat tourism) as a potential development prospect for the region.
  • On November 22nd, 2011, the final conference of the project "Green boat tourism in practice. Good examples from Europe. Perspectives for Berlin-Brandenburg?" took place at the boot & fun fair in Berlin.

As part of the project, two feasibility studies have been prepared which are on request available from us:

• DICKHUT, H., GUMNIOR, M., STRASDAS, W., WENDLER, F., ZEPPENFELD, R. (2011): Alternative Bootstechnologien im europäischen Wassertourismus. Recherche undAnalyse von Praxis-Beispielen ( Projektstudie 2 des Projektes „KlimTechTour“), Eberswalde

• EIJGELAAR, E. & PEETERS, P. (2011): Umwelt- und klimafreundliche Technologien in den Wassersportrevieren der Niederlande (Projektstudie 3 des Projektes “KlimTechTour“). Breda (NL)

brandenburg natuerlich

Project period: 02/2007 - 03/2008
Project leader: Prof. Dr. Hartmut Rein
Project implementation: Dörte Beyer, Runa Zeppenfeld
Cooperation partner: BTE Tourismusmanagement & Regionalentwicklung (Berlin), dwif-consulting (Berlin)
Project funding: Ministeriums für Landwirtschaft, Umwelt und Verbraucherschutz des Landes Brandenburg (MLUV)


Im Rahmen dieses Beratungsprojektes unterstützte die HNE Eberswalde das Land Brandenburg bei der Entwicklung eines brandenburgweiten Themenschwerpunktes Naturtourismus. Neben buchbaren Naturerlebnisangeboten wurde von der HNE eine Leitfaden zur Entwicklung und Vermarktung von nachhaltigen Naturerlebnisangeboten für Touristiker erarbeitet. Den Leitfaden finden Sie hier.

karpaten biosphärenreservat

Project period: 07/2009 - 06/2010
Project leader: Prof. Dr. Pierre Ibisch - Centre for Econics and Ecosystem Management, Fachbereich Wald und Umwelt der HNE Eberswalde
Subject-specific contribution tourism: Prof. Dr. Hartmut Rein
Project implementation: Judith Kloiber
Project funding: Deutsche Bundesstiftung Umwelt (DBU)


The project focused on the development of a management concept for the Carpathian Biosphere Reserve (Transcarpathia, Ukraine).