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ABOUT PROJECT

BACES – Baltic Archipelago and Islands Centres is a three year Central Baltic INTERREG IVA project running from May 2010 to April 2013. BACES is a cooperation project between 11 partners from Sweden, Finland and Estonia wanting to share ideas and strategies on how to develop their BACES as assets for regional development.

Central Baltic INTERREG IV A Programme 2007-2013 is a European territorial co-operation programme funding cross-border projects in the central Baltic Sea area.  The Programme focuses on environment, economic growth and attractive and dynamic societies.

ENGINES FOR REGIONAL DEVELOPMENT

In the project seven centres for development are defined. The seven BACES - Baltic Archipelago Island Centres are Arkösund (SE), Tyrislöt (SE), Fyrudden (SE), Söderhamn (SE), Hanko (FI), Raseborg (FI) and Hiiumaa(EE).  These BACES are to be the drivers of development and growth in the archipelago area, and project activities are focussed in these centres.

AIMS & OBJECTIVES

The main objective of the project is to accelerate regional economic growth through the development of seven BACES - Baltic Archipelago and Island Centres as drivers for sustainable development and growth. The objective is to develop strategies and solutions for the BACES area economy and find and test new models and methods for economic growth and to improve pre-conditions for living, working and visiting in the archipelago and islands area. Further the project aims to raise awareness for the natural environments around BACES and developing these as assets for sustainable tourism.

The project also wants to improve the availability of information on the archipelago and islands outside the region. This will be done by development and investments in Info Centres located in the BACES.

The project focuses its activities within three main areas:

  • ACCESSIBILITY  – improved accessibility to and from the seven BACES and improved availability of information on the archipelago and islands
  • ECONOMY  – improved economic viability of the BACES economy and products by developing the pre-conditions for making a living in the area and by and prolonging the tourist season
  • ENVIRONMENT –  environmental networking, increased awareness for the natural environments around BACES and develop these as assets for sustainable tourism

MAIN ACTIVITES

ACCESSIBILITY - Improved accessibility and physical connections in the Central Baltic Archipelago area.

Activities: 

  • Study visits and cross-border seminars
  • Feasibility studies and common strategies for new connections including analysis of today’s accessibility to and from each BACES and on the development of nature living areas
  • Improved access and tested new connections
  • Small scale investment solutions and information materials

    Responsible partner: Novia University of Applied Sciences

ECONOMY - Improved economic viability of BACES economy and products by developing the pre-conditions for making a living

Activities: 

  • Study visits and cross-border seminars
  • Current situation studies concerning economic growth
  • Development and implementation of economic development strategies
  • Tested new models, methods and services

    Responsible partner: Eurohouse

ENVIRONMENT - Environmental networking and awareness rising for the natural environments around BACES

Activities: 

  • Study visits and cross-border seminars
  • Environmental feasibility studies
  • Awareness raising campaigns on natural environments and information materials production
  • Small scale investments in Info Centres and exhibitions
  • Expert networking on protection of islands landscapes and sea environment
  • Cooperation in the field of management

    Responsible partner: County Administrative Board of Östergötland

EXPECTED RESULTS

  • Feasibility studies and joint strategies for improved and tested accessibility to and from BACES
  • Development strategies for the benefit of the inhabitants, the BACES economy and the visitors of seven centres in terms of ports, marinas, info Centres and economic development zones
  • Innovative small scale investments in the five Baces for accessibility, Info Centres and environmental management and development
  • Tested new models, methods and services for economic development
  • Awareness-raising campaigns, exhibitions and information materials about BACES Natural environments
  • Expert network around protection of islands landscapes and sea environment
  • Cooperation in the field of environmental management and nature guiding activities
  • Seven BACES utilized with greater potentials during the project time for acting as engines for regional development in the archipelago and islands areas of Estonia, Finland and Sweden
 Accessibility
 Economy
 Environment

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