Potential impact of the Action

The benefits of the Action are at multiple levels, namely:

i) To contribute to the filling of a key research and knowledge gap. There is currently little or no translation in existing research between tourism, wellbeing and ecosystem services, and no existing network of experts (to our knowledge) in the overlaps in these areas. This Action will start a new interdisciplinary area of study, as well as educational and research that will outlast the life of the project, as it clearly addresses several theoretical and practical challenges.

ii) To inform the development of policy at national and EU level. This can range from recommendations for Destination Management Organisations and/or National Health Organizations on how to improve general health, happiness and quality of life through sustainable forms of tourism and recreation, to assisting government organizations with knowledge on evaluation and management tools on managing natural resources for wellbeing.

iii) Through informing and influencing (ongoing and future) nationally funded research the Action will have positive impacts and engagement with locally based tourism development stakeholders in the participating regions, delivering relevant guidelines and insights for these. Pilot projects resulting from the network research, expertise and benchmarking, if implemented by government, non-government or private institutions can prove to be a significant positive outcome of the Action.

COST Action IS1204: Tourism, Wellbeing and Ecosystem Services (TObeWELL). The views expressed on this website are the sole responsibility of the author and do not necessarily reflect the views of COST.