Project result in category -
Joint tourist attraction

​URBAN ECO ISLAND investigated sustainable use of islands close to cities

The URBAN ECO ISLAND project piloted new, innovative and smart solutions on two islands (Vasikkasaari in Finland and Aegna in Estonia), to ensure nature protection whilst increasing the attractiveness of the destinations.
The project developed a joint concept for sustainable island tourism. The development process included for example:

  1. An island visitors’ survey to collect experiences and views
  2. Testing of different smart solutions to analyse how increased used of destination will impact on its flora and
  3. Small investments like benches, recycling facilities, improvement of walking tracks and signboards.

As a result, a Handbook for developing urban eco-islands was published and it is available in English, Estonian and Finnish. The handbook can be used when developing sustainable tourism on islands close to cities.