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Az Ecolabel Szakértőcsoport lisszabonni tanácskozása, 2006. február 14-15

Az EU Ökocímke Tréning szakanyag kidolgozásáért felelős nemzetközi csapat 2006. február 14-15-én a Portugál Technológiai Fejlesztési Intézetben (INETI-Institut in Estrada do Paco do Luminar) tartotta második ülését. Paula Duarte asszony (Portugália), a CENDES igazgatója bemutatta az INETI tevékenységét és szervezetét, üdvözölte a résztvevőket, majd Rainer Stifter, Projekt Koordinátor (Ausztria) üdvözölte a projekthez csatlakozó svájci partnereket, Serge Ballestrazt és Patric Bérodet a Wallis Hotel Szövetségtől.

A kétnapos tanácskozáson a partnerek bemutatták az Ökocímke tananyag moduljait, amelyeket az első bécsi tanácskozáson meghatároztak. A modul-csoportokat a következő szakértők koordinálják: Rainer, Ausztria (Energia), Joao, Portugália (Víz), Motti, UK (Vegyi angyagok) és Menno, Hollandia (Management).

Besides the activities on the modules, main issues were also the discussion of the current project website and the possible layout of the training site, the ongoing and coming dissemination activities and the commercialisation of the final product.

Herbert Hamele presented the usage of CIRCA Forum – the online tool to store information about existing documents related to the flower (existing training for tourism, EU regulation on the flower). Another new source for information on tourism is the website: http://destinet.ewindows.eu.org

More than 110 participants from 12 different countries were gathered in Estoril on February 16-17 during the 1st International Conference on Tourism and Environmental Certification in Portugal. The international conference was organised by Nordeconsult and took place in the Estoril Conference Center. The main objective of the conference was to describe and present different environmental management systems and eco-labels available for the tourism industry, including a number of case studies different tourist enterprises, in order to stimulate the implementation of environmental management systems in the sector as a way to increase competitiveness and sustainability.

The challenging project “Train to Ecolabel” was the first time presented to a wide audience of international experts by Rainer Stifter. At the beginning of his presentation he focused on the Eco-label in general and explained the ongoing activities in Europe. Then he emphasized the role of Train to Ecolabel as a valuable instrument to support qualification processes in the tourism sector helping optimising environmental processes like energy, water and waste management, which results in reduced operational costs and higher quality. He also pointed out the contribution of “Train to Ecolabel” to enhance skills and job profiles of tourism workers in the accommodation sector.

The participation at the conference enabled to get outstanding contacts to important stakeholders in the field of tourism and environment. Many “train to ecolabel” partners attending the conference utilized the chance to promote the project in this important audience during face-to-face meetings in the break and during lunch and dinner. As a summary, “Train to Ecolabel” used the first chance to present it as an important tool and contribution on the implementation of environmental management systems in tourism. It was also a result that sustainable tourism is important and can be applied and integrated in all types of tourism activities. And environmental certification is one tool to stimulate sustainable tourism but the uptake by the sector is far low.

 További információkért kérjük forduljon bizalommal az Ökocimke Leonardo project vezetőihez:

Dr. Hajas Pál, EurAgro Trainings, Kozárd, euragro@globonet.hu, tel: (++36) (30) 210-4308.

Rainer Stifter, Energon, Bécs, Ausztria, rainer.stifter@energon.co.at , tel: (++43) (676) 581-6038

Látogasson el a következő weboldalakra: Projekt weboldal: www.traintoecolabel.org és a Magyar verzió: www.euragro.hu Eco-label (Ökocimke) weboldal: www.europa.eu.int/ecolabel és www.eco-label-tourism.com