TObeWELLCOST

WG 3. Network – Ageing, wellbeing and Ecosystem services

This WG will explore how tourism in the framework of ecosystem services can have a significant impact on the health and wellbeing of ageing populations in Europe. This is a major concern within the EU as Eurostat predicts that by 2050 it will have 20% of its citizens aged 65 or over. Furthermore, the EU is committed to promoting the concept of active ageing – which includes improving the health and quality of life of older people to ensure they can play an active role in society. The WG is aimed at researching the role tourism and ecosystem services can play in this context. The WG will undertake an international survey of relevant research and place key studies within a meta-analysis data base. This will be followed by a more detailed assessment of examples of case studies the results from which will be added to the data base.

It will undertake a critical review of the benefits of using tourism to promote healthy lifestyles within the context of older people. The WG will also identify those innovative tourism products that will be most suitable for this target group. The key objectives of this WG therefore include:

  • A comprehensive Baseline Report of the benefits that can be obtained from the interrelationships between tourism, wellbeing and ecosystem services on this important market segment via an international review
  • To help provide an informed framework for possible applications/practical applications – this analysis would be followed by specific guidelines (possibly in the form of a handbook)
  • An implementation procedure (e.g. possible pilot project) that could be implemented in sample countries – comparative research)
ChairVice Chair

Prof Carlos FERREIRA

carlosferreira@campus.ul.pt

Dr Tim TAYLOR

timothy.taylor@pcmd.ac.uk

MC Members

Dr Marie Teresa LINAZA

mtlinaza@vicomtech.org

Dr Aline CHIABAI

aline.chiabai@bc3research.org

Prof Jose VINGADA

jvv@bio.uminho.pt

Dr Zuzana SIMONOVA

zuzana.simonova@gmx.com

Prof Gareth SHAW

G.Shaw@exeter.ac.uk

Norun KROG

NorunHjertager.Krog@fhi.no

Dr Juijana ANGELOVSKA

julijana.angelovska@yahoo.com

Dr Carol KELLEHER

carol.kelleher@ucc.ie

Ms Heather MAKIN

h.l.makin@exeter.ac.uk

Dr M.Angeles OVIEDO-GARCIA

maoviedo@us.es

Dr Suzanne PISCOPO

suzanne.piscopo@um.edu.mt

Dr Matevz PUSTISEK

matevz.pustisek@fe.uni-lj.si

Dr Sonia QUIROGA

sonia.quiroga@uah.es

Mr Richard PARTINGTON

richard.partington@btinternet.com

Prof Jose Manuel SIMOES

jmsimoes@campus.ul.pt

Norun Hjertager KROG

NorunHjertager.Krog@fhi.no

Non-MC Members
PhD Hanna MICHNIEWICZ-ANKIERSZTAJN  

 



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