What ERNEST project is up to...

One of the actions performed by the ERNEST project is the study of indicators, carried out by means of exchange of information on measurement systems used by the partners, a structured questionnaire and exchange of information with other networks (including NECSTouR and the TSGroup).

The data collected will be used in order to have a picture of the state of play and to find out any gaps in research, identify operative measures and systems for revealing and correcting negative characteristics and give value to positive characteristics, identify sets of indicators measuring sustainability and competitiveness or methods of implementation (i.e. applicative models).

In view of the development of common governance principles, the research will not concentrate on the development of new sets of indicators, but rather highlight best practices, study how the indicators set can be adapted to the needs of the tourist destinations and how the destinations capacity to use indicators for a better and more sustainable management can be increased.


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Click here to see the indicators review matrix


8 ERNEST partners' good practices particularily focused on the use of indicators for tourism sustainability are being reviewed. The areas interested are Isles Balears, Basque Country, Catalunya, Tuscany, South West of England, Wales and PACA. Here they are:


Indicators of socio-ecological sustainability in the Balearic Islands (2003-2008) (Spain)


Measuring Sustainability in Tourism in the Balearic Islands: Key indicators of sustainability (Spain)


 Basque Tourism Observatory (Spain)


eGIStour – System of measurement of visitors’ flows (Basque country, Spain)


Ecoturisme Catalonia (Spain)


EqualTo : decision making tool rating the level of sustainability (PACA, France)


SW England Low Carbon Tourism - REAP Tourism Footprinting Tool (UK)


Sustainable Tourism Observatories in the Tuscan Destinations (Tuscany, Italy)


The outcomes of the research will be discussed in the next project meeting (end of March 2012) and at the project's final conference (June 2012). They will be published within the deliverable on the results of the joint actions (Del.3.2) and will also be available for open consultation.