Consultancy, Process Facilitation and Conference Moderation

Consultancy and moderation enables the participants to use their own knowledge and skills.

2018

CIPRA Alpentourism

Together with CIPRA International (International Commission for the Protection of the Alps, www.cipra.org), the framework conditions for sustainable tourism in the Alps are being analyzed on behalf of the German Federal Ministry for the Environment, Nature Conservation, Building and Nuclear Safety (BMUB). Different departmental responsibilities, policy levels and challenges in federal states are equally taken into account.

2017

WWWW - Weltweitwandern Work-shop in the desert

For the Austrian tour operator Weltweitwandern a workshop in Morocco was provided - together with Harald Friedl and Margit Leuthold - with moderation and content input. Partner agencies from 15 countries participated in the desert walk with daily discussions, exchange of experi-ences and strategy developments.

2016-2017

Industrial culture on the Fischa Cycle Route, Fischamend, Lower Austria / AT

Together with Ulrike Balek / pronatour, a concept for the staging of the industrial culture on the Fischa cycle path in the LEADER region Römerland-Carnuntum (Lower Austria) was developed and presented to the region. The concept also includes a target group analysis and exemplary tourist offers along the way. The implementation is to happen 2018-19.

2016-2019

European Cultural Route of Reformation (ECRR)

On the occasion of the Reformation year 2017, 11 partners from 7 countries are working on the development of a cultural route of Reformation, which is certified by the Council of Europe, as part of an Interreg Central Europe project. In addition to the historical analysis, the development of tourist products, the creation of a web portal and the training of local stakeholders are central project tasks. Response & ability takes on different tasks for one of the two Austrian partners, the Lutherian Church.

www.interreg-central.eu/Content.Node/ECRR.html

Pdf 32 Status of preservation of Reformation linked cultural heritage (pdf, 0,2 MB)

2016

3rd Tourism Mobility Day

Cooperation is essential for the implementation of sustainable mobility solutions in tourism. Especially at the destination level, common goals and increased cooperation between the partners involved is of great importance. On 11 October 2016, the Federal Ministry for Transport, Innovation and Technology, the Federal Ministry for Agriculture, Forestry, Environment and Water Management and the Federal Ministry of Science, Research and Economy invited for the 3rd Tourism Mobility Day in Velden am Wörthersee / Austria. Response & ability helped with the content preparation and Christian Baumgartner could take over the moderation of the event.

www.bmdw.gv.at/Presse/Archiv/Archiv2016/Seiten/Tourismus-Mobilitaetstag-zeigt-Weg-zu-nachhaltig-mobilen-Destinationen.aspx (de)

2015-2018

Church & Tourism - development of model regions

Building on the study 'Pastoral care in tourism in the surroundings of the Austrian tourism industry', the follow-up project seeks to position the protestant church in the vicinity of touristic destinations and develops spiritual tourism offers in four Austrian model regions. The model regions are: Neusiedlersee - Rosalia (Burgenland) / Upper Gailtal-Lesachtal-Weissensee (Carinthia) / Inner Salzkammergut (Upper Austria) / Ossiachersee - Gerlitzen Alpe (Carinthia).

Proposals are also being developed on the future structure of the pastoral care in tourism service.

www.kirche-im-tourismus.at/kirche-im-tourismus (de)

2015

Carbon neutral tourism in Montenegro

Commissioned by UNDP Montenegro response & ability analysed in the frame of a larger project 'Carbon neutral tourism in Montenegro' the possibilities for the implementation of a climate- or eco-label for accommodations in Montenegro. Existing European labels were studied, possibilities for their implementation in Montenegro and the willingness of the tourism sector in the country for certification processes.

2012-2014
Projekte Beratung TRANSDANUBE Logo

Transdanube

The Danube is passing ten countries on its way to the Black Sea. Therefore it is one of the most transnational rivers in the world. Nevertheless the river‘s role as a connecting transport axis between the regions was long limited.

Transdanube is aiming at tackling the weak accessibility levels and poor quality of transport services in SEE as a major constraint for further economic development and growth in the region. By developing sustainable mobility offers the project will improve accessibility and facilitate the concept of sustainable tourism in the whole Danube region. The regions will benefit from increased added value from tourists being able to reach touristic destinations even in the hinterland of the river.

Christian Baumgartner worked on this project for the Danube Competence Centre.

Pdf 32 Broschure Transdanube (pdf, 7,4 MB)

2011-2014
Projekte Beratung CultTour Logo

CultTour – Cultural (garden) heritage as a focal point for sustainable tourism.

CultTour is an INTERREG IVB Project, funded by the EU within the framework of ETC (European Territorial Co-operation), the South East Europe Programme (SEE) and co-funded by ERDF (European Regional Development Fund). CultTour is seeking to implement strategies designed to preserve and valorise cultural garden and open space heritage sites by putting them to contemporary use in tourism while conserving their "genius loci". CultTour also aims at creating scenarios and strategies for an integrated development of tourism, based on the principles of sustainable tourism and regional economy.

Feasibility studies and model re-utilisation concepts for pilot sites are drawn up in Bulgaria, Greece, Italy and Romania. 

Christian Baumgartner was involved in this project on behalf of the IMC FH Krems.

Pdf 32CultTour Broschüre (pdf, 4 MB)

2011-2013
Projekte Beratung Danube Hike

DanubeHike – Hiking tourism along the Danube

DanubeHike analysed the options for hiking tourism along the Danube as well as the requirements and options for developing new hiking-tourism programmes as an implementation project of the European Strategy for the Danube Region (EUSDR).

The project was funded by the European Commission, DG Enterprise, by the department and section for tourism of the Austrian Ministry of Science, Research and Economy and by the Slovakian Ministry of Tourism.

The projects was implemented on behalf of Naturefriends International.

Pdf 32DanubeHike Broschure (pdf, 3,2 MB)

2012

China: Sustainability strategy for the German School in Shanghai 

In 2012, Christian Baumgartner developed a sustainability strategy for the German School in Shanghai.

2001-2010

Montenegro

In his capacity of Tourism Development Expert, Christian Baumgartner was invited by OSCE Montenegro to visit the Bjelasica/Komovi region in May 2001 and to assess the region’s potentials for sustainable tourism development. He moderated a participative workshop which was attended by representatives of all the municipalities and of the National Park.

The outcome of the assessment was a 10-year programme for the Bjelasica region; and in the subsequent years he was continuously involved in the development of a strategy for sustainable regional and tourism development.

2007-2009
Projekte Beratung Landschaft des Jahres Donaudelta ENG small

Landscape of the Year 2007 – 2009 The Danube Delta

‘Landscape of the Year’ is a regional development model for which Naturefriends International received the 2013 Ulysses Prize for sustainable development awarded by the World Tourism Organisation.

Christian Baumgartner was, inter alia, mainly responsible for the Landscape of the Year – the Danube Delta (Romania, Ukraine), which generated a number of incentives to the sustainable development of the delta and of the entire Danube region.

Pdf 32Final report Landscape of the Year (pdf, 3 MB) 

Iron Curtain Trail

Under an assignment contract of the European Commission/DG Enterprise/Tourism Sector, Christian Baumgartner organised a series of regional Multi-Stakeholder Workshops with a view to preparing and discussing a cycling trail (Eurovelo XIII) along the former Iron Curtain.

https://ec.europa.eu/growth/sectors/tourism/offer/sustainable/cycling-routes_de

2006

European conference ‘Environmentally friendly travelling in Europe. Challenges and Innovations facing Environment, Transport and Tourism'

Within the context of the Austrian EU Presidency and the Austrian presidency of the Alpine Convention, the Federal Ministry of Agriculture, Forestry, Environment and Water Management, the Federal Ministry for Transport, Innovation and Technology and the Federal Ministry of Economics and Labour mounted a European conference on ‘Environmentally friendly travelling in Europe. Challenges and Innovations facing Environment, Transport and Tourism’.

Christian Baumgartner was closely involved in formulating the programme, in organising the event and in preparing the final document and the conference brochure.

2004-2005

China

Christian Baumgartner was actively involved in two modules of the China-EU Environmental Management Co-Operation Programme: On the one hand, in the development of an eco-tourism strategy for Hailin City (Province Heilongjiang) with the focus on the Amur Tiger and on forest and lake reserves. On the other hand, in assessing the options for sustainable tourism development in Zhaotong City / Yunnan region with the emphasis on an ecologically sound tourism development of the Yu Dong reservoir and the Da Shan Boa nature reserve.