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Module 1: The European context of forest recreation and nature tourism

Lecturers:
Simon Bell, Agata Cieszewska, Jose Castro.
Aims: This module aims to present relevant information about the emergent reality of recreation and tourism on nature and forests in Europe.
Topics: Introduction: history, background and trends. Relevance of recreation – the European multifunctional forest management concept. Recreation in European forests: the existing situation. Future challenges.
Teaching Methodology: Lecture with National case studies discussion; Small group work.
Evaluation: National case study presentation.
Bibliography: European Forest Recreation and Tourism: A Handbook. Bell, S., M. Simpson, L. Tyrväinen, T. Sievänen, and U. Pröbstl, editors. 2008 Taylor & Francis, London.
Outdoor Recreation and Nature Tourism: A European Perspective. Simon Bell and Liisa Tyrväinen and Tuija Sievänen and Ulrike Pröbstl and Murray Simpson. Living Revue of Landscape Research. 2007.

Module 2: Opportunities for forest recreation and nature tourism: assessing and planning

Lecturers:
José Castro, Agata Cieszewska.
Aims: This module provides information on the available resources, their location relative to the population and their accessibility based on analysis of international GIS-databases. It uses information obtained from a survey to explore the availability of information about recreational facilities across Europe. It discusses the way in which information on recreational supply is made available to potential visitors of both territories and facilities together with the information on the very important legal aspects of accessibility obtained through the survey.
Topics: Forest and natural land areas: Sources of European land cover data; Accessibility; Physical accessibility of forest resources. Inventories of recreation facilities. Cases of national information systems of recreational facilities.
Teaching Methodology: Lecture.
Evaluation: Group report comparing future trends of forest recreation in the different countries of group members.
Bibliography: European Forest Recreation and Tourism: A Handbook. Bell, S., M. Simpson, L. Tyrväinen, T. Sievänen, and U. Pröbstl, editors. 2008 Taylor & Francis, London.

Module 3: Strategic planning of forest recreation and nature tourism

Lecturer:
Agata Cieszewska, Jose Castro.
Aims: This module intend to show the strategic aspects of forest recreation and nature tourism planning in Europe. The module covers the requirements, issues and drivers effects of leisure and recreation that are currently affecting society across Europe and the scene for the next couple of decades. It is also discussed how strategic planning can use the evidence of these in order to target supply of recreation where there is likely to be most benefit to society.
Topics: Definition of terms. Legal frameworks for strategic planning. The economic, social and cultural context of strategic planning for forest recreation. Drivers of recreation and nature tourism. Information base for strategic planning. Examples from Europe of strategic planning application.
Teaching Methodology: Lecture; Case studies; Small group work.
Evaluation: Group report comparing National information of different countries of group members.
Bibliography: European Forest Recreation and Tourism: A Handbook. Bell, S., M. Simpson, L. Tyrväinen, T. Sievänen, and U. Pröbstl, editors. 2008 Taylor & Francis, London.

Module 4: The recreation planning and zoning process

Lecturer:
Simon Bell, Jose Castro.
Aims: This module aims to translate to a spatial plan for a unit of forest the general strategies and broad goals discussed before, organising activities in space and time based on different characteristics of the land in question. This module aims also to show how specific information on demand and supply is needed to develop the strategic planning process that should be applied in a refined and focused way.
Topics: The planning process and its key elements: scoping, data gathering, assessment and analysis, refinement of visions and goals, plan of action, monitoring, and revision. Public involvement in recreation planning. Examples of recreation planning of European forests.
Teaching Methodology: Lecture; Case studies; Lab and GIS group work.
Evaluation: Case study plan presentation.
Bibliography: European Forest Recreation and Tourism: A Handbook. Bell, S., M. Simpson, L. Tyrväinen, T. Sievänen, and U. Pröbstl, editors. 2008 Taylor & Francis, London.

Module 5: Project and design for recreation and nature tourism in forests

Lecturer:
Simon Bell (with some help of João Cameira?).
Aims: This module aims to show how need is a philosophy in designing facilities in natural environments. Methods of team working to ensure complex environmental issues are addressed from multiple perspectives, and the stages in the design and construction process. This module aims also to present practical experience in design and manage  forest recreation facilities, as well as the practise of landscape architects, engineers and project managers.
Topics: Philosophy for design and provision of forest recreation: site and detailed design. Recreation project management and analysis. Project teams working practise and consultation. Data gathering, design concept and outline master plan. Maintenance and management.
Teaching Methodology: Lectures; site examples; extended group work.
Evaluation: Local case study proposal report.
Bibliography: European Forest Recreation and Tourism: A Handbook. Bell, S., M. Simpson, L. Tyrväinen, T. Sievänen, and U. Pröbstl, editors. 2008 Taylor & Francis, London.

Module 6: Economic and social benefits of forest recreation and nature tourism

Lecturer:
Liisa Tyrväinen, Agata Cieszewska.
Aims: This module aims to present different methods for assessing economic and social values of forests used for recreation and tourism and it provides examples of studies conducted in Europe; the different methods and assessment tools provide different types of information, quantitative and qualitative, and each has their respective strengths and weaknesses from a decision support perspective.
Topics: Quantifying the benefits of forest recreation and forest-based tourism. Contingent valuation methods. Hedonic pricing method. Cost–benefit analysis. Social benefits and values of forest recreation. How to study social benefits of forest recreation.
Teaching Methodology: Lecture; Case studies presentation.
Evaluation: Group proposal to assess the economical and social benefits of Forest Recreation in Natural Park of Montesinho.
Bibliography: European Forest Recreation and Tourism: A Handbook. Bell, S., M. Simpson, L. Tyrväinen, T. Sievänen, and U. Pröbstl, editors. 2008 Taylor & Francis, London.

Module 7: Forest recreation and nature tourism in the rural economy

Lecturer:
Liisa Tyrväinen, Jose Castro
Aims: This module provides an overview of existing knowledge on the integration of forest recreation and tourism into the rural economy. It reviews the research relevant to the issue and presents private or generally non-state enterprise case studies from a number of different European countries to highlight how forest recreation and nature tourism can be integrated and positively contribute to the diversification of rural economies.
Topics: Factors affecting forest recreation and nature tourism enterprises: natural and socio-economy; population size and density; forest conservation, protected areas and diversification; cooperation, partnership working or competition and funding; legislation, regulations and public awareness. Overview of related research and futher needs.
Teaching Methodology: Lectures; Case studies.
Evaluation: Group report comparing the impact of forest recreation in the rural economy of the different countries of group members.
Bibliography: European Forest Recreation and Tourism: A Handbook. Bell, S., M. Simpson, L. Tyrväinen, T. Sievänen, and U. Pröbstl, editors. 2008 Taylor & Francis, London.

Module 8: Instruments for developing recreation and nature tourism in forests

Lecturer:
Simon Bell, José Castro.
Aims: This module presents key instruments and tools that can be used to promote the development of forests for recreational and nature tourism, drawing from examples from across Europe.
Topics: Developing recreation and nature tourism in forests. Policy integration. Economic incentives. Organisations and area-based strategies. Applied research. Capacity building. Awareness and promotion. The management of interactions: moving from government to governance.
Teaching Methodology: Lecture; Case studies.
Evaluation: Group Report about available instruments to develop forest recreation in Natural Park of Montesino.
Bibliography: European Forest Recreation and Tourism: A Handbook. Bell, S., M. Simpson, L. Tyrväinen, T. Sievänen, and U. Pröbstl, editors. 2008 Taylor & Francis, London.

Module 9: Monitoring of forest recreation demand

Lecturer:
Liisa Tyrväinen, Agata Cieszewska.
Aims: This module explores the way that demand inventories and monitoring systems have or have not become important tools reflected in or required by legislation and policy at different administrative scales.
Topics: Recreation demand inventories and monitoring in legislation and policy. Methodologies to measure recreation demand. European experiences of recreation demand inventories and monitoring. Policy impacts of recreation monitoring in European countries.
Teaching Methodology: Lecture; Case studies; Small group work.
Evaluation: Information analysis and monitoring proposal presentation.
Bibliography: European Forest Recreation and Tourism: A Handbook. Bell, S., M. Simpson, L. Tyrväinen, T. Sievänen, and U. Pröbstl, editors. 2008 Taylor & Francis, London.
 
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Key Dates
IP Date:
11/07/2011 to 22/07/2011
Application Deadline:
15/04/2011
Arrival to Warsaw:
10/07/2011
Departure from Warsaw:
23/07/2011
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