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Fostering a platform for research-based education to support sustainable development through Tourism in the Cajas Massif Area


The project aims at unleashing the potential of sustainable development through Tourism supported by research-based education for the Global South. Especially for areas recognized by UNESCO as Biosphere Reserves or “living laboratories”, which, however, suffer from social, economic and environmental imbalances due to inadequate policies, low professionalisation, and lack of innovation, while being exposed to extractive industries. The project tackles this problem through fostering, in University of Cuenca a Platform for Research-based Education, Innovation and Transfer to support sustainable development through Tourism (PREIT-TOUR) in the Cajas Massif Biosphere Area. This platform will promote, generate and enhance skills and knowledge fuelled by participation and collaboration among stakeholders (staff and students, community, public and private actors) in the CMBA. In the long term, students, researchers and local actors will be involved (trained) through strategies to link local innovations with policies, programs, networks, investors, markets, etc. that contribute to local development aims

Intervention type

South Initiatives


01/01/2020 - 31/12/2021

This project is being implemented in:
Flemish promoter Dominique Vanneste
Local promoter Freddy Espinoza Figueroa
Local partner institution KU Leuven
visit www.kuleuven.be
Local partner institution Universidad de Cuenca
visit http://www.ucuenca.edu.ec/
Budget € 69.929