FUE-UJI has participated presenting the Erasmus+ Ecoblue Tourism project in the 3rd session of the cycle “European Funds 2021 2027” organised by EuropeDirect Castellón. This 3rd session of the cycle focuses on presenting the European Funding Funds for private entities and companies, as well as success stories financed in different European programmes aimed at these audiences, as is the case of the Ecoblue Tourism project.
The conference held on Thursday 11 March was opened by Pau Ferrando, Deputy for Economic Promotion, Employment and Internationalisation of the Provincial Council of Castelló, who highlighted the importance of going hand in hand with companies that have much to offer the EU in terms of sustainability and digitisation. Angel Adell, CEO of Euradia, then presented the different financing options for private entities and companies through the European Financing Funds: “European funds require an access strategy and knowledge of all the available financing mechanisms”.
Success stories have been presented by the Centro Nacional de Experimentación de Tecnologías de Hidrógeno y Pilas de Combustible (CNH2) with the Interreg SUDOE IMPROVEMENT project, the Fundación Empresa Universidad Galicia (FEUGA) with the H2020 Soil diver agro project, GFM Fotovoltaica with the FEDER Aliena project and Fundación Universitat Jaume I-Empresa de Castelló (FUE-UJI) with the Erasmus+ Ecoblue Tourism project.
The Ecoblue Tourism project on training in entrepreneurship in the blue and sustainable tourism sector presented at the conference the keys for the preparation of proposals in the Erasmus+ call for proposals. The session also presented the consortium that forms the project and the different activities it carries out, its adaptation of contents and training to COVID-19, as well as the expected results of this project that ends next August after two years of implementation.
The second transnational meeting of the European Ecoblue Tourism project on blue ecotourism entrepreneurship was held on October 20 in a mixed format. The consortium meeting has hosted some of the project partners at the headquarters of the partner Future Focus (Malta), while part of the consortium has attended telematically.
The Erasmus+ project, coordinated by FUE-UJI, reaches the halfway point of its implementation with the second transnational meeting between partners in which the progress in the development of training material in blue ecotourism entrepreneurship has been presented. This material will be implemented in the realization of a 53h training course with a total of 8 modules, developed by FUE-UJI. In addition, the training has been adapted to the current situation worldwide, also including the training module Activating the Tourism sector in times of COVID-19 and Security.
The meeting also included the presentation of the interface of the mobile application in which the training material will be hosted. Through this mobile application, long-term unemployed young people will be able to train in ecological activities that respect marine ecosystems.
The meeting was attended by representatives of all the partner organizations, either in person or online. Therefore, this project financed by the European Commission under the Erasmus+ program has a consortium of 7 partners: The University of Patras (Greece), Dorea Educational Institute WTF (Cyprus), Training 2000 psc (Italy), the Kemer Public Education Centre (Turkey), the Future Focus Ltd Higher Education Centre (Malta), the Association of Galician Entrepreneurs in Aragon and Riberas del Ebro, AEGARE, (Spain) and the European and
International Projects Office of the FUE-UJI, EuroFUE-UJI (Spain), coordinator of the project.
In the next few months, both the training material and the mobile application will be ready for use and the training course will begin. The next transnational meeting is scheduled for next year 2021, with the University of Patras (Greece) as hosts of the meeting.
The Erasmus + project Ecoblue Tourism, coordinated by the FUE-UJI, aims to increase entrepreneurship opportunities in blue ecotourism in coastal countries and improve the entrepreneurial skills of young long-term unemployed people who want to develop their own ideas and businesses in this sector. After six months of implementation, the Ecoblue Tourism project publishes its first newsletter that includes the progress of the project so far and the next steps to be followed.
Ecoblue Tourism 1rst Newsletter
The European project Ecoblue Tourism on blue ecotourism entrepreneurship has held an online meeting on Tuesday 16 June between all its partners. This project, financed by the European Commission under the Erasmus+ programme, has a consortium of 7 partners from Greece, Spain, Cyprus, Turkey, Italy and Malta, coordinated by the Fundación Universitat Jaume I-Empresa (FUE-UJI).
The consortium was scheduled to meet in Malta throughout May for the second transnational meeting between the Ecoblue Tourism partners. However, due to the COVID-19 pandemic situation, this meeting has been postponed to ensure that it is held under the necessary security measures. In the meantime, the consortium has decided to take advantage of the opportunities provided by new digital technologies to hold an online meeting.
The aim of this online meeting is to allow the partners to stay in contact and strengthen the consortium’s links, as well as to define the working details for the coming months and to evaluate the content developed so far. The meeting was attended by representatives from the University of Patras (Greece), Dorea Educational Institute WTF (Cyprus), Training 2000 psc (Italy), Kemer Halk Egitim Merkezi Mudurlugu (Turkey), Future Focus Ltd Higher Education Institution (Malta), la Asociación de Empresarios Gallegos en Aragón y Riberas del Ebro, AEGARE, (Spain) and European and International Projects Office of the FUE-UJI, EuroFUE-UJI (Spain).
The Erasmus+ Ecoblue Tourism project has focused in its first months on the study and analysis of the blue ecotourism sector and on its state of entrepreneurship. To this end, it has used interviews with professionals in the sector, questionnaires and analysis of success cases and good practices in blue ecotourism entrepreneurs
Over the coming months, the partners will develop the training content of the course in blue and ecological tourism entrepreneurship that the Ecoblue Tourism project will make available to the most ambitious young people in all of its partners’ countries. In its next transnational meeting in Malta, organized by Future Focus, the content developed for this training course will be evaluated in order to proceed with the development of the mobile application that will allow the participants to be trained in blue ecotourism entrepreneurship.