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Apr. 21, 2020
Project name: Validation and recognition of two units of competition in ornithological tourism in the Natura 2000 network.

Project Acronym: EUROBIRD
Donor: Erasum+, KA2 - Cooperation for innovation and the exchange of good practices KA202 - Strategic Partnerships for vocational education and training

Project Start Date: 01-11-2019 Project End Date: 31-10-2021
Project duration: 24 months
Applicant Organisation: IRMA SL- Instituto de Restauración y Medio Ambiente/ Spain

Partner Organisations:
Bulgarian Biodiversity Foundation
Sociedad Espanola de Ornitologia SEO/ Spain
Czech Society for Ornithology/ Czech Republic
CoraNE - Associação de Desenvolvimento dos Concelhos da Raia Nordestina/ Portugal

Objective: To recognize and validate two new Competition Units at European level that respond to the demand for product creation and promotion of ornithological tourism in relation to biodiversity:
1. Interpret the natural heritage associated with avifauna to visitors of the Natura 2000 network.
2. Provide escort services to tourists and visitors and design ornithological itineraries.
1) Intellectual Outputs
• Training modules
• European Guide to Good Ornithological Practice
• Manual and tutorial.
• Pilot course for the testing of skills.
• Computerized database
• Open educational resources (OER) multimedia materials.
2) Multiplier events:
• Five Dissemination Seminars.
3) Joint training event for staff: 15 participants
4) Others:
• Transnational Meetings.
• Partnerships with stakeholders.
• Online Content.
• Social networks.
• Results Dissemination Plan.

The achievement of the targets set in European policies for conservation and sustainable use of biodiversity requires increased efforts for proper integration and consideration into sectoral policies, for only thus be understood and strengthened the positive links between conservation of natural heritage and economic and social development. This demand is particularly required in the tourism sector, one of the most important in terms of its economic impact at European level.
Biodiversity is increasingly being one of the motivating factors for travel, as the variety of natural landscapes and well-preserved ecosystem acts as a basic appeal of tourist destinations. These destinations have been reinforced with the creation of the Natura 2000 network (SCI and SPAs).
1. Making a curriculum where five didactic units (UD) are set to reach competence units. It will be implemented in a structured course Manual (Output 2 and 4).
2. Integration of periods of learning at work on ornithological tourism and development of entrepreneurial attitudes among the rural population associated with the SPAs the Natura 2000 network development of a methodological guide for training-based learning on the job ornithological heritage.
3. Integration of an innovative approach to teaching and learning, especially through a more strategic and integrated ICT (OER, Moodle, etc.) in VET students use. Development of teaching materials.
4. Favoring equal opportunities and employability in the area of influence of the Natura 2000 network: creation of an employment at European level and consultancy services in ornithological tourism aimed at the priority groups of the project, with special attention to youth unemployment. Priority is given to groups with fewer opportunities provided for in this application.
5. Teacher's Guide for the delivery of structured training course.
6. informative brochures and promotional materials for the project.
7. Validation of the skills and training modules for professional qualifications 4 through a dual training course (e-learning and work practices) with at least 15 participants for each of the members forming part of this project.
8. Establishment of an appropriate Dissemination Plan to provide information on the project results to key stakeholders (seminars, web, newsletters, press, radio, TV).
9. Implication of at least 30 collaborators (5 partners) of declared SPAs and/or rich as to ornithological heritage areas. The aim is to promote and improve communication between different individuals and population groups to enhance the biodiversity of avifauna as a potential resource for sustainable rural development.