Development of Parent Involvement Models for Bilingual Pre- and Primary School (PIM)

P4 Skilled and socially inclusive region

4.1. More people benefiting from stronger Central Baltic communities

Central Baltic

01.09.2015 - 31.08.2017

204.865 EUR

167.241 EUR ERDF

The PIM project aims at supporting bilingual education for children in Russian-speaking minority groups in Estonia, Finland and Latvia by developing parent involvement models for bilingual learning process.

The main responsibility in bilingual education in the partner countries has been on the teachers and schools. The project will enable the Russian-speaking school communities to improve their home-school cooperation. In practice the project will combine traditional models of parent involvement with bilingual education specific themes and methods. The project will also take into account the context of old and new immigrants.

As a result of the project home-school cooperation and awareness about multicultural education are both expected to increase. The process, in turn, will have a direct impact on broader Russian-speaking communities gathered around the schools in the same town, and the same region. Through the schools, the changes can be initiated from the grass root level, but the overall influence will have an impact on the whole society.

Lead Partner

Tartu Ülikool

Country: EE

www.narva.ut.ee

Partner budget: 93.565 EUR

Amount of ERDF funding: 79.530 EUR ERDF

Project Partners

Helsingin Yliopisto

Country: FI

http://www.helsinki.fi/yliopisto/

Partner budget: 68.940 EUR

Amount of ERDF funding: 51.705 EUR ERDF

Latvijas Universitate

Country: LV

http://www.lu.lv/

Partner budget: 42.360 EUR

Amount of ERDF funding: 36.006 EUR ERDF

Expected results

The Project's main direct tangible result is a complex, tested and applicable work package of PIMs specifically targeting the context of bilingual learning process. This material is a much needed starting point for further active development and practice of bi- and multilingual education specific parent involvement programmes in Estonia, Finland and Latvia. The communities receiving the firsthand benefits from the Project results are the school communities of Russian-speaking bilingual schools in the partner countries. The first beneficiaries are the schools to participate the Project’s pilot. The Project will improve the home-school cooperation by approaching and supporting the parents as responsible partners in bilingual education, aware of the benefits of multilingualism and familiar with the policies of multicultural education. Currently the main responsibility in bilingual education in the partner countries has been on the teachers and schools. In the course of the Project rise of awareness of as well as involvement of the parents will help to build mutual understanding between home and school to acknowledge each other’s share in the child’s education experience. On one hand, educators have to understand specific problems of bilingual families and differences in their practices, one the other hand, the parents should be aware of the benefits of bilingual education and of the ways how they can stimulate bilingual linguistic development of their children at home. The Project will enable the Russian-speaking school communities improve home-school cooperation. The process, in turn, will have a direct impact on broader Russian-speaking communities gathered around the schools in the same town, and the same region. Through the schools, the changes can be initiated from the grass root level, but the overall influence will have an impact on the whole society.

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ICT Security in VET (ITSVET)

P4 Skilled and socially inclusive region

4.2. More aligned vocational education and training (VET) programmes in the Central Baltic region

Central Baltic

01.12.2015 - 31.03.2019

1.160.123 EUR

966.049 EUR ERDF

The project ITSVET aims at developing a model for providing ICT security skills on the vocational education level. Reports show that demand for ICT security professionals has grown faster over the past five years than demand for other ICT jobs. Thus, the objective of the project is to meet the needs of the region’s employers through developing a VET model for the ICT security specialists to reduce the skill gap of the labour market in the Central Baltic region. The consortium brings together ICT employers, vocational education institutions and vocational education regulatory bodies.

In practice the project performs a research to identify the needed competences for ICT security specialists in the Central Baltic labour market. Based on the results the project develops a new curriculum for vocational education schools in Estonia, Latvia and Finland. To make this a ready-to-go model, learning materials and a teacher’s guide will be developed and the future teachers of this curriculum will be trained. All three participating vocational schools will run a pilot of the developed curriculum in their school.

Developing a joint curriculum will lead to further integration of the Central Baltic region labour market due to enhanced mobility of students and employees as well as raised awareness about the developed curriculum.

Lead Partner

Tehnikahariduse Edendamise Sihtasutus

Country: EE

www.tehnikaharidus.ee

Partner budget: 116.822 EUR

Amount of ERDF funding: 99.298 EUR ERDF

Project Partners

BCS Koolitus AS

Country: EE

http://www.bcskoolitus.ee

Partner budget: 195.596 EUR

Amount of ERDF funding: 166.256 EUR ERDF

Tallinna Polütehnikum

Country: EE

http://www.tpt.edu.ee

Partner budget: 184.436 EUR

Amount of ERDF funding: 156.770 EUR ERDF

Rīgas Tehniskā koledža

Country: LV

http://www.rtk.lv/

Partner budget: 184.171 EUR

Amount of ERDF funding: 156.545 EUR ERDF

Helsinki Business College

Country: FI

Partner budget: 200.547 EUR

Amount of ERDF funding: 150.410 EUR ERDF

Latvijas Informācijas un komunikācijas tehnoloģijas asociācija - LIKTA

Country: LV

www.likta.lv

Partner budget: 124.033 EUR

Amount of ERDF funding: 105.428 EUR ERDF

SA Innove

Country: EE

www.innove.ee

Partner budget: 154.519 EUR

Amount of ERDF funding: 131.341 EUR ERDF

Associated Partners

Sihtasutus Kutsekoda

Country: EE

Eesti Infotehnoloogia ja Telekommunikatsiooni Liit

Country: EE

Expected results

Result 1 - Competence Standard Gathering and interpreting evidence of ICT Security skills needs on the labour market will result in a occupational qualification standard project (OQSP) which is the official input for developing a new VET curricula. Result 2 - Curricula in four languages Based on the OQSP the ICT Security curricula will be developed. The result will be a EQF level 5 continuing VET curricula that has the prerequisite for a EQF level 4 course. The capacity of the curricula will be set according to the OQSP but it is estimated to be around 30-60 credits (0,5 - 1 year). The specific content and the length will depend on the input got from the labour market. The curricula will be developed in english and localized for Estonia, Latvia and Finland. Result 3 – Learning resources Current projects aim is to have a ready-to-go course. In order to reach this the curricula specific learning resources need to be prepared. The existing materials will be gathered and missing pieces will be developed. The final result will be in estonian, latvian and finnish. Result 4 – Skilled and competent VET institution teachers In order to have a running VET course we need to have competent teachers. Firstly a teacher training syllabus will be developed according to the new curricula and the then the training will be conducted. The training will consist of in-class training, independent learning and practice in relevant ICT companies. Result 5 - Teaching plan Teachers will develop the curriculums teaching plan as a group work durng the training. The plan will include the teaching methods, relevant resources and methodologies. Result 5 – Piloted and evaluated curriculum The selected parts of the developed curricula will be piloted in all three vocational schools. Based on the feedback the needed changes will be made to the curriculum and learning materials.

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Innovative Sustainable Remediation (INSURE)

P2 Sustainable use of common resources

2.4. Reduced nutrients, hazardous substances and toxins inflow into the Baltic Sea

Central Baltic

01.09.2015 - 31.08.2019

2.463.422 EUR

1.906.751 EUR ERDF

The project INSURE aims at decreasing the impact of hazardous substances to the environment from contaminated sites. The idea is to decrease leakage from contaminated sites to ground and surface water to reduce the inflow of hazardous substances and toxins into the Baltic Sea.

In practice the project develops and tests cost effective and sustainable methods to contribute to more sustainable remediation. Additionally, the project focuses on finding more efficient management methods and new solutions for prioritisation, visualisation, registration and information of contaminated sites.

As a result of the project best practice for remediation and sustainable solutions is worked out for contaminants. The project contributes to the result through sustainable remediation, management methods and innovative technical tools for visualisation. Five contaminated areas in Sweden, Finland and Latvia are used as pilot areas to test different on-site remediation techniques, demonstrate their sustainability and cost effectiveness compared to present excavation of contaminated sites. Using innovative tools for visualisation of contaminated sites results in a better overview and knowledge of contaminated sites. All in all, the project creates solutions for reducing the transport of hazardous substances to the Baltic Sea.

Lead Partner

Länsstyrelsen Östergötland

Country: SE

http://www.lansstyrelsen.se/ostergotland/

Partner budget: 924.468 EUR

Amount of ERDF funding: 693.351 EUR ERDF

Project Partners

Latvijas Vides, ģeoloģijas un meteoroloģijas centrs

Country: LV

www.lvgmc.lv

Partner budget: 232.260 EUR

Amount of ERDF funding: 197.421 EUR ERDF

Motala kommun

Country: SE

http://www.motala.se/kommun

Partner budget: 405.944 EUR

Amount of ERDF funding: 304.458 EUR ERDF

Populus group Oy

Country: FI

Under construction

Partner budget: 251.161 EUR

Amount of ERDF funding: 188.370 EUR ERDF

Vidzemes plānošanas reģions

Country: LV

www.vidzeme.lv

Partner budget: 229.590 EUR

Amount of ERDF funding: 195.151 EUR ERDF

Helsingin yliopisto

Country: FI

http://www.helsinki.fi/ymparistotieteet/english/

Partner budget: 290.000 EUR

Amount of ERDF funding: 217.500 EUR ERDF

Valmieras pilsētas pašvaldība

Country: LV

www.valmiera.lv

Partner budget: 130.000 EUR

Amount of ERDF funding: 110.500 EUR ERDF

Expected results

The overall aim of the project is to improve and increase the rate of remediation of contaminated sites and thereby decrease the hazardous substances and toxins to the Baltic Sea. The project will contribute to the result indicator through three parts- sustainable remediation, management methods and innovative technical tools for visualisation. Sustainable remediation: During the project innovative in situ and on site methods and technologies will be developed and implemented within the Central Baltic region. The project aims to come up with best practice for remediation and find out suitable and sustainable solutions for different types of contaminants at different type of sites. Five contaminated areas in Sweden, Finland and Latvia will be used as pilot areas to test different in situ and on-site remediation techniques and demonstrate their sustainability and cost effectiveness compared to present excavation of contaminated sites. Testing of different sustainable remediation methods for different contaminated areas will be done and partners will find out best solutions for different contaminated areas. Management methods: New innovative methods and methodologies will be created to improve supervision and enforcement as well as spatial planning of contaminated sites. This will result in an efficient handling of contaminated sites and thereby an increased number of remediated contaminated sites. Innovative technical tools for visualisation: Innovative tools for visualisation of contaminated sites such as GIS, databases, models and mobile applications will result in a better overview and knowledge of contaminated sites and will therefore be very useful tools for prioritisation, communication as well as information about contaminated sites. All three parts of the project will contribute to the result indicator by creating solutions for improving the situation and reduce the transport of hazardous substances to the Baltic Sea.

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Access to Distant Markets in Health and Wellness (CB HealthAccess)

P1 Competitive economy

1.3. More exports by the Central Baltic companies to new markets

Central Baltic

01.09.2015 - 31.12.2018

1.561.525 EUR

1.242.359 EUR ERDF

The existing e-health and life-science clusters see a clear need for a cross-border meta-cluster to solve common challenges of supporting expansion of their innovative companies. The project CB HealthAccess focuses on supporting health technology companies to enter into new distant markets in South Korea, US, India and Uganda with their products.

The project activities include gathering market information (legal setup, rules for health products, financial schemes in health, competition, technological environment, partnerships, etc.), adaption of products, marketing and sales activities, involvement of experts from the target market, business missions, 121 meetings, negotiations and closing of sales. The aim is to establish a lasting relation to the target markets to guarantee smoother access for new innovative health technology companies from the clusters.

The project aims at minimum of three new sales by a company of a participating cluster in each of the four target markets, i.e. 12 new sales in these distant markets. Half of these will be achieved during the project duration and the other half within one year after the end of the CB Health Access project.

Lead Partner

SA Tallinna Teaduspark Tehnopol

Country: EE

www.tehnopol.ee

Partner budget: 304.149 EUR

Amount of ERDF funding: 258.526 EUR ERDF

Project Partners

Tartu Biotehnoloogia Park

Country: EE

www.biopark.ee

Partner budget: 192.381 EUR

Amount of ERDF funding: 163.524 EUR ERDF

Turku Science Park Oy

Country: FI

www.turkusciencepark.com

Partner budget: 396.671 EUR

Amount of ERDF funding: 297.503 EUR ERDF

Swedish Medtech

Country: SE

www.swedishmedtech.se

Partner budget: 452.701 EUR

Amount of ERDF funding: 339.526 EUR ERDF

Enixus Baltics

Country: LV

enixus.me

Partner budget: 215.624 EUR

Amount of ERDF funding: 183.280 EUR ERDF

Expected results

The goal of CB HealthAccess is at least 3 new sales by a company/companies of other cluster in all these four markets, i.e. 12 new sales in these distant markets. 50% of these will be achieve during the project duration and 50% within one year after the end of the CB Health Access project. The relationships with the selected four distant markets will be open for all four partner clusters and therefore it is possible to continue arranging joint missions, etc. towards these markets and also open new additional markets in the future based on the needs of cluster companies. CB Health Access main results contribute directly to the program result indicator of cluster co-operations exporting to new markets outside EU/EFTA with focus in innovative products in health (wellness and medicine) sector. Our consortium covers all health clusters in the Central Baltic region either with direct partnership or with cooperation agreements. Therefore the probability to build a strong meta-cluster in health capable to export to distant markets and continue widening the scope also after this concrete project is considerably high. It is also important to keep in mind that all these clusters offer incubation and export support services and can therefore not only open the access to the distant markets but support the processes, both technology and business, inside individual companies.

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Pilot watersheds as a practical tool to reduce the harmful inflows into the Baltic Sea. (WATERCHAIN)

P2 Sustainable use of common resources

2.4. Reduced nutrients, hazardous substances and toxins inflow into the Baltic Sea

Central Baltic

01.10.2015 - 30.09.2018

2.574.250 EUR

2.029.058 EUR ERDF

The project WATERCHAIN helps to reduce inflows of nutrients and hazardous substances to the Baltic Sea from all types of land-based sources by using pilot watersheds and environmental technology. The project tackles both highly developed intensely populated cities as well as less developed peripheral, sparsely populated rural and island regions in pilot watersheds.

The main actions are carried out in the pilot watersheds in each partner country with the practical actions targeted to sustainable impact. The sustainable use of common resources is based both on prevention of nutrients and hazardous substances inflow, as well as on water treatment of these harmful substances already entered the water bodies. During the project period, one to two sources of nutrients or hazardous substances recognized by river basin water management plans are identified and activities to reduce the substances in each pilot watershed are also initiated.

As a result of the project best practices with a common approach for sustainable development are launched in other geographical areas within the Central Baltic region and further all countries around the Baltic Sea. By year 2023, the pollution loads of nutrients and hazardous substances from targeted sources are reduced in pilot watersheds flowing into the Baltic Sea. Therefore, project results have a direct impact on the quality of living environment of local people and visitors to the area, especially on pilot watersheds.

Lead Partner

Satakunnan ammattikorkeakoulu

Country: FI

www.samk.fi

Partner budget: 479.350 EUR

Amount of ERDF funding: 359.512 EUR ERDF

Project Partners

Pyhäjärvi-instituuttisäätiö

Country: FI

www.pji.fi

Partner budget: 288.900 EUR

Amount of ERDF funding: 216.675 EUR ERDF

Turun ammattikorkeakoulu

Country: FI

www.tuas.fi

Partner budget: 289.800 EUR

Amount of ERDF funding: 217.350 EUR ERDF

Kungliga Tekniska Högskolan

Country: SE

https://www.kth.se/

Partner budget: 374.100 EUR

Amount of ERDF funding: 280.575 EUR ERDF

Tallinna Tehnikaulikool

Country: EE

http://www.ttu.ee/

Partner budget: 262.375 EUR

Amount of ERDF funding: 223.019 EUR ERDF

Eesti Keskkonnauuringute Keskus

Country: EE

http://www.klab.ee/

Partner budget: 238.625 EUR

Amount of ERDF funding: 202.831 EUR ERDF

Rīgas Tehniskā universitāte

Country: LV

www.rtu.lv

Partner budget: 207.300 EUR

Amount of ERDF funding: 176.205 EUR ERDF

Vides Risinäjumu Instituts

Country: LV

http://www.videsinstituts.lv/

Partner budget: 275.400 EUR

Amount of ERDF funding: 234.090 EUR ERDF

Ålands Vatten

Country: FI

http://www.vatten.ax/

Partner budget: 158.400 EUR

Amount of ERDF funding: 118.800 EUR ERDF

Expected results

The main results are practices with a common approach for sustainable development i.e. reduced nutrients and hazardous substances inflows into the Central Baltic Sea region. Our main results are based on several approaches: 1) information collection, surveys for benchmarking, recommendations and guidelines, 2) prevention of inflows and 3) improvement and implementation of cost effective environmental treatment technologies, 4) involvement of local people and visitors, and implementation of best practices, 5) pilot investments. The grass root level, including local operators, results are achieved in working with pilot watersheds. During the project period, one to two sources of nutrients or hazardous substances recognized by river basin water management plans will be reduced in each pilot. By year 2023, in pilot watersheds flowing into the Baltic Sea the pollution loads of nutrients from targeted sources are reduced 30 % and concentrations of hazardous substances will meet the requirements environmental quality standards 39/2013/EU. The sources of these compounds are reduced to one third of the current situation. A web based interactive handbook of best practices for reduction of pollution is published in English and local languages. Social Media is already in use for the project: "Central Baltic WATERCHAIN" webpages, Facebook, LinkedIn Group, Twitter, Youtube and Instagram. Involvement of individual, local people living in the pilot watersheds and visitors to the area contributes to active, common practices of different instances. The existing action groups are activated and involved for cooperation and based on need, new groups will be formed. Local municipalities, organisations and authorities responsible for environmental protection and capable of the reduction of the nutrients and hazardous substances load, and research institutions with expertise in the area are working together to improve water quality and better condition of the Central Baltic Sea region.

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Curriculum alignment and cross-border cooperation with SMEs (EDU-SMEs)

P4 Skilled and socially inclusive region

4.2. More aligned vocational education and training (VET) programmes in the Central Baltic region

Central Baltic

01.09.2015 - 28.02.2017

256.692 EUR

209.058 EUR ERDF

The project EDU-SMEs aims at developing a better matching between the graduates’ competencies and companies’ needs in the Central Baltic region. The project idea lies in aligning partner institutions’ curricula in business management and entrepreneurship.

In practice new knowledge and pedagogical approaches are integrated in the existing curricula and students will gain new competencies especially in the field of internationalization of small and medium-sized companies (SMEs). The project main activities help to integrate classroom learning and practice in the workplace by strengthening cooperation between vocational education training institutions and SMEs through real-life assignments. The project also supports individual SMEs in their internationalization through cross-border activities that link SMEs with faculty and students in their target markets. The activities include a jointly developed and delivered e-learning course on internationalization of SMEs.

As a result of the project the curricula in business management and entrepreneurships are aligned and cross-border cooperation with SMEs is expected to increase. The project will also produce useful materials and support for other vocational education and training programmes and SMEs in the region.

Lead Partner

Yrkeshögskolan Arcada Ab

Country: FI

www.arcada.fi

Partner budget: 91.304 EUR

Amount of ERDF funding: 68.478 EUR ERDF

Project Partners

Vidzemes Augstskola

Country: LV

www.va.lv

Partner budget: 41.764 EUR

Amount of ERDF funding: 35.499 EUR ERDF

Eesti Ettevõtluskõrgkooli Mainor (AS Erahariduskeskus)

Country: EE

www.eek.ee

Partner budget: 48.945 EUR

Amount of ERDF funding: 41.603 EUR ERDF

Tallinna Tehnikakõrgkool

Country: EE

www.tktk.ee

Partner budget: 42.299 EUR

Amount of ERDF funding: 35.954 EUR ERDF

Valmieras Biznesa un inovāciju inkubators

Country: LV

www.vbii.lv

Partner budget: 32.382 EUR

Amount of ERDF funding: 27.524 EUR ERDF

Expected results

The project has 4 main results: 1. Partner schools align their curricula in business management and entrepreneurship. The curricula will include new knowledge on internationalization of SMEs 2. New learning materials will be developed and implemented 3. An e-learning environment (IT- platform) will be developed, that will benefit both educational institutions and SMEs. The platform includes the following: a. an e-learning course on Internationalization of SMEs, jointly developed and delivered by the partners b. an area where students and SMEs can test their readiness for internationalization (“internationalization scoreboard”) c. description of existing support functions and resources for SMEs internationalization in all partner countries, with webb-links for easy access d. a match-making area where assignments provided by the SMEs can be chosen by faculty and students in other countries e. videoclips and interviews with SMEs that have successfully internationalized their business in the central-baltic region (Best Practice examples). 4. A pedagogical model for cross-border cooperation between VET institutions and SMEs. That model will be widely disseminated in the region. All these results contribute to increased share of aligned vocational education and training in the Central Baltic region. During the project, partner institutions align their own education. They also produce useful materials and support for other VET and SMEs in the region, for long-term exploitation of project results.

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Living with Cultural Heritage (LiviHeri)

P2 Sustainable use of common resources

2.1. Natural and cultural resources developed into sustainable tourist attractions

Central Baltic

01.09.2015 - 30.11.2018

593.073 EUR

467.778 EUR ERDF

The goal of the project LiviHeri is to learn how to live, maintain and cherish a historical town while preserving its characteristic environment and liveability. The project builds on a joint interest based on the recognition of similarities and differences between the participating towns of Rauma (Finland), Visby (Sweden), Kuldiga and Aizpute (Latvia).

The project develops thematically joint tourist attractions based on cultural and natural resources as well as thematically and periodically joint tourist products. The participating towns will build joint platforms for communication in social media enhancing simultaneous activities, shared experiences and crowd-sourced innovations. The activities will be done via joint learning process with benchmarking visits, local activities and sharing the local skills and knowledge hand-by-hand in workshops as well as digitally in social media.

The project will produce three new joint tourist packages, two new tourist attractions and three new identification and awareness raising packages.

Lead Partner

Rauman kaupunki

Country: FI

www.rauma.fi

Partner budget: 248.500 EUR

Amount of ERDF funding: 186.375 EUR ERDF

Project Partners

Kuldiga District Council

Country: LV

www.kuldiga.lv

Partner budget: 211.000 EUR

Amount of ERDF funding: 179.350 EUR ERDF

Starpnozaru mākslas grupa SERDE

Country: LV

http://www.serde.lv/

Partner budget: 18.734 EUR

Amount of ERDF funding: 15.924 EUR ERDF

Turun yliopisto, Opettajankoulutuslaitos, Rauman yksikkö

Country: FI

http://www.utu.fi/fi/yksikot/edu/yksikot/okl/Sivut/home.aspx

Partner budget: 87.339 EUR

Amount of ERDF funding: 65.504 EUR ERDF

Region Gotland

Country: SE

http://www.gotland.se/

Partner budget: 27.500 EUR

Amount of ERDF funding: 20.625 EUR ERDF

Expected results

Main results shall be new thematically joint, periodical activities targeted as well for local people as for people in the region and tourists. In order to achieve these results people and organizations responsible for natural and cultural heritage in participating towns need to build up their capacity in skills and knowledge. This shall be implemented by joint learning process with benchmarking visits, local activities and sharing the local skills and knowledge hand-by-hand in workshops and digitally in social media. The project will produce 3 new joint tourist packages ( Bedtime stories, A cup of coffee, conservation and community, Flying fish), 2 new tourist attractions (Step in! A treasure hunt and Go under! Archaeological heritage), and 3 new identification and awareness raising packages (benchmark visits). New tourist packages and attractions are supported by 2 hand-by-hand learning activities for craftsmen skills and artistic intervention in cultural and natural environment. Knowledge, experiences and information shall be disseminated also by a joint publication manuscript produced during the project.

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Cross-border services for creative adventure learning in the zoos of the Central Baltic Region (SmartZoos)

P2 Sustainable use of common resources

2.1. Natural and cultural resources developed into sustainable tourist attractions

Central Baltic

01.09.2015 - 31.08.2018

627.680 EUR

497.192 EUR ERDF

The main objective of the SmartZoos project is to integrate the zoos of the CB region to form a joint tourist attraction through developing, implementing and joint marketing of a cross-border service package of creative adventure learning with mobile devices (SmartZoo service package).

The project activities include the service package being designed, developed, piloted among 100 visitors of the zoos and jointly marketed by the partner zoos in Estonia, Sweden and Finland. The service package will include interactive location-based assignments, possibilities for challenging other visitors of the zoos and organising adventure games, challenges and tournaments.

The new service package attracts more visitors to the region and therefore fosters growth in economic activity and enhances development of other business activities of the region. The target values are set at 6000 more visitors in the participating zoos during the project and 50 000 more three years after the project.

Lead Partner

Tallinna Ülikool

Country: EE

www.tlu.ee

Partner budget: 236.193 EUR

Amount of ERDF funding: 195.780 EUR ERDF

Project Partners

Tallinna Loomaaed

Country: EE

www.tallinnzoo.ee

Partner budget: 77.970 EUR

Amount of ERDF funding: 66.274 EUR ERDF

Skansen

Country: SE

www.skansen.se

Partner budget: 119.479 EUR

Amount of ERDF funding: 89.609 EUR ERDF

Korkeasaaren eläintarha

Country: FI

www.korkeasaari.fi

Partner budget: 50.163 EUR

Amount of ERDF funding: 37.622 EUR ERDF

Södertörns högskola

Country: SE

www.sh.se

Partner budget: 143.876 EUR

Amount of ERDF funding: 107.907 EUR ERDF

Associated Partners

Rīgas Zooloģiskais Dārzs

Country: LV

Expected results

The main result of the current project is a sustainable joint tourist attraction - a cross-border service package for creative adventure learning in 3 zoos of the Central Baltic region (the SmartZoos service package). Through it the visitors can participate in creative and collaborative knowledge building and get gamified zoo adventures: 1) they can participate in at least 4 types of location-based interactive assignments: quizzes, crossword and memory puzzles, augmented reality assignments and video/photo story telling assignments; 2) they can create their own assignments and challenge other visitors in the same or in another zoo (e.g. the visitor of Skansen Zoo can challenge visitor of Helsinki Zoo); 3) they can use online environment for composing and conducting location-based GPS adventure games, challenges and tournaments that utilise all these different types of interactive assignments; 4) their achievements will be awarded (using Mozilla Open Badges Framework). During the project the service package will be designed, developed, piloted among 100 visitors of the zoos and jointly marketed by 3 zoos (in EST, SWE and FI). During the project the increase of the visitors can be ~6000 visitors. 3 years after the project ends it can be already 50 000 visitors, because the SZ service package gives the visitors reason to revisit the zoos more often. The projects main result clearly contributes to achieving the Programmes overall result indicator no. 2.1 because: 1) the zoos are important parties of preserving the natural heritage of the Central Baltic region ; 2) the project is focused on developing and implementing a joint tourist attraction ( the SmartZoos service package) which can be cross-used in different zoos of the region; 3) the service package is sustainable because it will stay in use in all 3 partner zoos after the project ends and work will be done in order to introduce it also to other zoos of the region (open source strategy used)

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Central Baltic Cleantech Clusters expanding to East of EU markets. (CB2East)

P1 Competitive economy

1.3. More exports by the Central Baltic companies to new markets

Central Baltic

01.09.2015 - 31.08.2018

909.065 EUR

711.642 EUR ERDF

The project CB2East aims at strengthening the Central Baltic Region’s economic competitiveness by creating commercially targeted open innovation platforms between Latvia and Finland. The focus areas are in sustainable eco-efficiency and water expertise solution needs in North-West Russia and Central Asia. Both regions have shown notable market potential for the Finnish and Latvian SMEs but the lack of critical mass and certain capabilities have been an obstacle for successful commercial entries to the markets.

CB2East catalyses transnational innovation collaboration for clusters based on challenge-driven and smart specialization approaches. New element of the approach is the use of an inclusive model of collaboration, co-creative innovation processes including open innovation test-beds and new communication tools. The project creates combinations of the clusters complementary competences with a potential to develop specialized solutions to the target market needs. These strategic platforms support transnational clusters’ intermediaries on their operational projects helping companies in their business development and fruitful commercialization of joint ideas internationally.

The project will result in four cluster co-operations exporting to new markets and a continuous and commercially successful transnational cooperation in between two countries as well as a model that can be spread to the neighbouring CB countries in the future.

Lead Partner

Finnish Water Forum/ Suomen vesifoorumi ry

Country: FI

www.finnishwaterforum.fi

Partner budget: 355.230 EUR

Amount of ERDF funding: 266.423 EUR ERDF

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Green Net Finland ry

Country: FI

http://www.greennetfinland.fi/en

Partner budget: 255.400 EUR

Amount of ERDF funding: 191.550 EUR ERDF

Latvijas Biotehnoloģijas asociācija

Country: LV

www.cleantechlatvia.com

Partner budget: 298.435 EUR

Amount of ERDF funding: 253.670 EUR ERDF

Expected results

CB2East project creates transnational meta-cluster platforms resulting in new collaboration, transnational value chains and business pilots in the chosen target markets between the businesses in the partner countries. The number of created cluster co-operations exporting to new markets is four: Water/ Central Asia, Water/ St. Petersburg/North-West Russia, Eco- and energy efficiency/ Central Asia, Eco- and energy efficiency/ St. Petersburg/North-West Russia. Created meta-clusters bring added value for participating existing national clusters by enhancing their market knowledge and business processes and understanding better the challenging and continuously changing target markets. The project creates new models for transnational collaboration and participants learn how to use inclusive, challenge-driven innovation methods combined with smart specialization and open innovation testbed thinking. Main results are four new transnational meta-clusters doing commercially viable projects in new markets in innovation and business collaboration, new competences and capabilities for participants, increased involvement and information flow. Meta-clusters intermediaries' capabilities are strengthened and they are able to adapt new transnational challenge driven innovative concepts in their thinking and strategy formation and hence implement them to their everyday operations with other cluster parties. Specific tools for transnational communication, cultural awareness and transnational cooperation skills, benchmarking and evaluation, knowledge how to access different finance sources, strategy development and implementation tools, knowledge sharing and matchmaking tools are also a part of the results. All these project results raise significantly meta-clusters` awareness and skills. They jointly create new methods on how to form and operate successfull and profitable processes to enter new export markets and also together join the global value chains.

Achieved results

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