The project activities will focus on two islands, Vasikkasaari in Helsinki and Aegna in Tallinn. Both islands will be developed into attractive nature tourism destinations taking their sensitive archipelago values strongly into account. For that reason, the project will pilot new, innovative and smart solutions to both ensure nature protection in the locations, and at the same time to increase attractiveness of these islands. The smart digital solutions will also enhance participants’ experiences in these islands.
During the project some construction work will also be carried out on the islands to ensure easy and enjoyable visit in the islands. The target group of the project are both local and foreign visitors, as well as the cities in which the islands are located and which will benefit from both the increase in visitor numbers and also from the smart solutions in their environmental protection work in the islands. The long term objective of the project is with the increasing visitor numbers also to benefit the tourism and service business, and also to increase environmental awareness of the visitors and other stakeholders.
During the development of these nature destinations it is made sure that the development of these new nature tourism locations is done in a way that there is a net positive impact to the natural resources. This is done by developing methods to minimize the harmful impacts and to maximize the educational and recreational positive impacts for visitors who decide to visit these islands.
The two sites, Vasikkasaari and Aegna, will be branded as a new smart and ecologically sustainable ecoisland examples for nature tourism across the Gulf of Finland. Thanks to the project the islands will feature exciting new smart solutions, new routes, new services and infrastructure, new educational information and new participation opportunities through citizen science methods.