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Hotel Kakola

ΤHotel Kakola is a private, Finnish boutique hotel located in the former prison of the coastal city of Turku, former capital of Finland. Since the beginning of its operation, the hotel has focused on responsible choices and cooperation with local entrepreneurs.

Yachting Malta

Yachting Malta is a public private partnership between the Government of Malta and the Royal Malta Yacht Club. Launched in April 2015, the organisation’s primary role is to identify and attract high profile yachting events to the Maltese Islands, including sailing regattas, power racing, boat shows, yachting awards & conferences. Yachting Malta also aims to enhance the quality and growth of already established event.


AX Hotels earmarked prime locations around Malta over the years for its distinct hotels, namely Valletta, Sliema and Qawra, all providing a unique set of experiences for its guests.

Mar Interior

This is a project developed by several organizations and institutions with the ultimate purpose of bringing maritime knowledge to inland regions of the Spanish autonomous community of Galicia, which has historically been closely linked to the blue economy.

Garganta de los Infiernos: actividades en la naturaleza

This company specialized in ecotourism guides and aquatic activities in nature, which in Extremadura is a great tourist attraction. It stands out for its sustainable approach to the exploitation of natural resources and the regional environment.

EnvironSmart Navigation Natura

It is an entity specialized in the development of technological solutions with smart technology implementation, also in the blue economy sector.


The BlueNet project aims to reduce marine litter on the coasts of northern Spain through research and participation in other science and technology projects in marine environments.

The Great Bubble Barrier

Capturing plastic pollution through a bubble barrier in rivers.


Restoring connection between the Wadden Sea World Heritage and Friesland to improve quality of life, turnover and jobs.


Bringing 49 regions form different countries around the North Sea to create new opportunities for Blue Growth.


Creating better conditions for sustainable development of the area in the fields of shipping, energy and environment while capturing synergies and preventing incompatibilities.

Zero Emission Services

Zero Emission Services (ZES) aims to create a more sustainable inland shipping possible with a new, clean and affordable transportation system

Oceans of Energy

Working towards a safe a successful installation of floating solar farms within offshore (multi-use) wind farms.

A review of the main programmes and certificates for responsible tourism development

Dozens of different programmes, systems and certifications are available for tourism companies to develop responsible tourism. These certificates provide a number of tools for enterprises to develop their practices and products to be more responsible. Many of the certificates offer initial status surveys, a continuous development model, communication support, and instructions for creating an action plan. Some of the systems and programmes cover all aspects of sustainable tourism, others emphasize minimizing environmental impacts.


Aavameri Open-Air Adventures is a specialist enterprise for responsible sea kayaking in Finland. It offers an example of socially, ecologically and financially responsible kayaking in the Finnish Archipelago Sea.

Sustainable Gateways

This example is based on the project and report of the Small Ports – Sustainable Gateways to Coastal National Parks (Sustainable Gateways) project. The project developed small boat harbours located in the Finnish and Swedish outer archipelagos. The key infrastructure of the involved harbours was improved, infrastructure such as floating piers and service buildings, leading to more sustainable and pleasant gateways to travel in the sensitive marine and coastal area. The project was led by Metsähallitus Parks & Wildlife, Finland.

Ab Kasnäsudden Oy

This example describes how one family-owned tourism resort implements a variety of sustainable practices in its daily operation. The resort operates in the Archipelago area of the Southwest Finland.

Saimaa Canoeing

Canoeing and kayaking are definitely sustainable ways of travelling. While in the sensitive Saimaa Lake district, it is essential to respect the local people and fragile environment and leave no traces of one ever being there. Regenerative travel means that the destination should be in a better condition after your stay there.

Metsähallitus Parks & Wildlife Finland

National parks as well as other protected nature areas are popular tourist attractions. Only by co-operation of the bodies managing them, can protected areas be used for tourism purposes as then these activities concur with conservation objectives.

Reducing food waste to increase sustainability in tourism

Example on Reducing food waste to increase sustainability in tourism comprises simple measures to reduce food waste in hospitality sector.

Sustainable Travel Finland

Sustainable Travel Finland label (STF) provides companies and destinations with a concrete toolkit for sustainable travel, which facilitates the adoption of sustainable measures and choices in the everyday operations of a region or company.

Digital Open Badges – Microcredentials to Increase Competence in Sustainable Tourism

Digital Open Badges – Microcredentials to Increase Competence in Sustainable Tourism are being developed for the Finnish tourism and hospitality professionals and those currently outside the labour force in order to support flexible forms of upskilling and validating their skills and competences. The digital Open Badges promote green and sustainable practises in the tourism and hospitality sector at national, regional and local levels.

ChangeMakers Donegal

The project aims to raise awareness, understanding and most importantly action for a more fair and just world. We connect with adults throughout County Donegal through a broad range of activities.

Failte Ireland

Failte Ireland is the national tourism body in Ireland. Their role is supporting the long-term sustainable growth across all sectors in Ireland.

Hellenic Marine Technology Society

Hellenic marine technology society (HMTS) is a non-profit organization that aims to bring together individuals as well as organizations in the maritime industry.

Blue Growth

Blue Growth is an initiative that aims to inspire and help entrepreneurs the innovative concepts regarding marine and freshwater resources.


EPE is a company located in Piraeus and offers a range of environmental consultancy rervices in the marine sector.