Coast Alive!


The project activities considered cultural and natural heritage, as a means to improve public health, the development of SME's and the demographic profile of the region.

The project built on the results of two former Interreg IIIB projects: Nave Nortrail and Cycle-on, using the trails set up by these projects as a basis for activity. The project carried out a number of transnational field studies within the partner countries, the results of which fed into a toolkit.

The work was supported by three universities, the UK organisations, Federation of Small Business and British Ramblers Association, the North Sea Commission and a Political forum. The project results (toolkit) were promoted through the projects own website and also the North Sea Commission website.

01/02/2009 - 31/12/2012
4 - Promoting Sustainable and Competitive Communities
Area of Intervention
4.2 Promoting sustainable growth solutions for expanding areas
ERDF Grant
1,176,518.00 €
ERDF Equivalent
519,932.00 €
Total Eligible Budget
4,086,146.00 €
Lead Beneficiary
Hordaland County Council, Norway
Tor Titlestad
Tel: +47 55 23 99 85
Project Homepage
Beneficiaries per Country
Hordaland County Council
Rogaland County Council
Sogn and Fjordane County Council
Møre and Romsdal Fylkeskommune
Kragerø District Council
Vest Agder
Sund Kommune
Friluftsrådet Vest
Region Nordjylland
Region Syddanmark
Region Sjælland, Natur og Miljø
Visit Nordjylland
Danish Forest & Nature Agency
Syddansk Turism
Sydvestjysk Udviklingsforum
Region Halland
United Kingdom
Norfolk County Council
North York Moors National Park Authority
Lincolnshire County Counci
The Netherlands
Province of Fryslan
Province of Zeeland
Province of Noord Holland
Province of South Holland
Stichting Wandelplatform LAW
Lansdchapsbeheer Friesland
Province of Groningen
Background and Aim

To use cultural and natural heritage and the assets from previous IIIB projects to contribute to the improvement of public health, encourage small and medium-sized businesses and contribute to improving the demographic profile of the participating regions.

By factoring in the actual impacts of climate change, the project worked with business organisations to ‘climate proof' leisure and tourism businesses.

The project used politicians and stakeholder input, national level groups and expert guidance when working with specific target groups. With gradual development, achieved through repeated testing, it was possible to produce a major toolkit of information, experiences and procedures for easy transfer of the approach and the success.

The project worked with new technology mapping to make routes accessible and attractive to new groups of users and to trial various approaches to marketing and mobilisation for the tool kit.

Nature tourism currently grows three times faster than the tourism sector as a whole. The strong economic drivers of tourism and leisure work in the cross-over between protection and promotion of nature and heritage. Deployed with insight, such drivers will aid sustainability. The project did not seek to develop tourism, but to teach businesses how to be more effective without degrading heritage assets.

It is possible to design opportunities for health into urban design. There are opportunities provided in the link between health and land use planning, such as in the new British Right of Way Improvement Plans (2007-2017).

By working with the right combination of experts on issues such as on walking, obesity and SME development, it should be possible to create a lasting effect on business development and lifestyles in the North Sea area and develop a toolkit for others to achieve the same.

  • Toolkit with a series of templates for initiatives generated through the project to increase outdoor activity
  • Stimulating the growth of small businesses through an increased number of people participating in outdoor life
  • A web based North Sea coastal Assets Collection and new web tools to promote health and outdoor life
  • Cooperation with the North Sea Commission and national organizations to promote health and outdoor activities to be used as economic drivers

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