The University of Jaén

The University of Jaén (UJA) is an EHEA medium-sized Spanish public university (some 16000 students and almost 1000 lecturers/researchers) that was established in 1993 and is made up of 7 faculties (mainly located in Jaén, but also in Linares and Úbeda cities).

The UJA undergraduate and postgraduate academic programs –amounting to over 100 courses– cover several areas of expertise, such as Education Sciences, Engineering, Experimental Sciences, Health Sciences, Humanities, Law, Social Sciences or Social Work ( Additionally, the 124 UJA research groups have proved a high-quality experience on the areas of Agrifood, Biology, Social Sciences, Business, Law, Health, Physics, Chemistry, Mathematics, Humanities, Natural Resources, Environmental Sciences, Information and Communications Technology, and Engineering Production Technology. Furthermore, the University of Jaén is proud of its 5 Advanced Centers (of Earth Sciences, Energy and Environmental Sciences, Modern Languages, Olive Groove and Olive Oil, Information and Communication Technology) and its Research Institute on Iberian Archaeology. Finally, the University of Jaén has been granted the award of Campus of International Excellence (CEI) since it earned recognition for the projects CEIA3, CamBio or PatrimoniUN10, plus it permanently welcomes new foreign research proposals as part of a conscious effort to increase its international profile and widen both its knowledge and its horizons.

As far as Engineering is concerned, the UJA ranks in top positions due to its expertise on Civil, Electrical, Industrial Electronics, Geomatics, Topography, Computing, Energy Resources, Telematics, Mechanics, Industrial Organization, Industrial Chemistry, Telecommunications and Mining fields of study. Moreover,

TThe Laboratory of Routes and Cultural Itineraries (LAB-IT Cultural), has like main aim the promote the knowledge on the Territory, the Heritage and the Tourism, through the Routes and cultural itineraries like solution of development, collaborating with lines of investigation trasversales.

Other Aims : 

– Be vehicle of connection between the different agents of the territory and his development through the culture and the tourism

– Be Centre of investigation, training, advice and collaboration for the study of the routes and cultural itineraries like elements of cohesion and territorial development

– Be Centre of avant-garde in the development of new productive fields having to the Territory, to the Heritage and to the Tourism like axes of study.


It creates   in the University Institute of Investigation of Iberian Archaeology (Andalusian Centre of Iberian Archaeology I D I) dependent of the University of Jaén.



It is composed by different physical and juridical Entities and Organizations, Associations, SME, and Social Agents who have a huge experience in managing rural developing by carrying out both training actions and by creating new employment fields. (self employment, rural cooperatives and rural SME).

The Adesper main objective is avoiding the high level of depopulation in rural areas; Adesper wants to fix population in those rural areas as well as promoting social and economic conditions in rural environment.

The Adesper main interest is training and qualifying people in those new employment fields and also the use of new information and communication technologies to train and teach the disadvantaged and discriminated people (rural women, young people looking for their first employment, social discriminated people, disabled, people who need to reenter in the labour market..etc).

Within this objective ADESPER has worked hard in several European projects in the Leonardo Da Vinci, LEADER, LIFE, INTERREG and EQUAL Programs in order to work for the “rural” young people professionalization, qualification, agriculture development and the rural environment protection.


o The ejecution of the european programs asociated and the Comunity Iniciatives financiated by the the structural funds (FEDER, FEADER y FSE) and other european proyects which incorporate: a) new methods of fighting discrimination joined with all the public institutions in all their diffrents levels: European Union, Regions, Provinces… and specially, work with the groups in risk of social exclusion. b) the defense of the environment and the rural sustainable development; c)the defense of the cultural patrimony and d) the education of the groups in clearly risk of social exclusion.

o Contribute to instil in the economic-social issues about the sustainable development, with an pluriactivity and interactive perspective.

o Manage an impact in the decisions, actions and actitudes of the economic-social issues, influencing in the take of decisions, actions and actitudes of the economic-social issues , based on the European Union priorities, for the mountain regions.

o Introduce new technologies in the formative the processes of the young farmers and forestry employees so as to improve the creation of strategies which improve  the competitiveness of the agricultural and forest products, the environment  and the quality of life.

o Inform, guide, educate, advise and create effective tools for the sustainable paperwork of the natural ressources byt he organization of: cooperation proyects, seminaries, meetings, courses and didactic material for the distribution of the laws required by the comunitary legislation related with the environment, the continuosly formation, cultural patrimony and human ressources.

o Foment the proffesional orientation of the womens and the rural young people, in the formation and reassessment, job opportunities and the foment of the contratation for groups with diffculties accessing to the self employment and the fundation of enterprises, specially, with de groups in risk of socisl exclusion: inmigrants, persons with disabilities…

o Exchange good habits as european level in the area of the education failure, their consequences in the laboral insertion of the young people, and present specific ways of helping the improvement of their abilities, and encourage their participation in the employment  and activities related, cooperating with the social agents and institutions with experience and committed with the dialogue and the social economy and with the help of extern experts as proffessionals, universities and institutions dedicated to the laboral encouragement so as to work together and identify, share and develope good habits at the sectorial and intersectorial level.

o Identify the innovative practises experiences and stand out the formules that are used to guarantee the social inclusion of the young people that suffer education failure, as they participation in the laboral market.

ADESPER belongs to the “Spanish Development Partnership” which is carrying out several Regional, National and European projects in different areas of rural, agriculture and environment development.

She has broad experience in the field of sustainable rural development. It deals with the latter from a dual point of view: training and work creation. In this way it fosters employment generation as a way to avoid a rural depopulation and to improve social and economic conditions in the rural areas.

It has substantial experience in local development and transnational cooperation, as well as in management of Community Funds.

The association has has participated adding value the Rural Heritage within the Community Initiative Interreg. As initiatives like Innovation and Development of entrepreneurial spirit in Nature 2000 Network.

He has participated in environmental training and awareness for biodiversity conservation and management of natural resources related to forest and rural areas within Fundación Biodiversidad.

Participation in Training Curricula carried out for vocational training in transnational projects under the program Leonardo Da Vinci. In more than 15 years of experience ADESPER has participated in about 14 projects Leonardo Da Vinci focused on adaptation and transfer of innovative itineraries to rural areas, thus promoting rural development, self-employment and social entrepreneurship.

ADESPER has participated in labor conciliation within the EQUAL Community Initiative.

Developed and implemented a program of work orientation, feasibility plans and business creation within certain activities and performances in the AMBIEMPLEAte Project «Interregional Cooperation Strategy to promote job training and creation of quality jobs in rural areas of high environmental value belonging to the NATURA 2000 Network.

Writing and partner project «Recovery chestnuts forest and conservation its genetic biodiversity and landscape in El Valle de Tietar and Las Médulas».

The tecnicians responsible for this project Verónica Verdejo Patón (Responsible of the environment and Communication in ADESPER). Degree in Sciences by ULPGC. Master in Engineering of Ports and Coasts by the Ministry of Development. Expert on public participation processes by CENEAM. DEA in Communication Sciences from the Universidad Complutense and agent development and rural revitalization. Extensive experience in LEADER Rural Development Programmes, European programs (INTERREG, URBACT, EQUAL, ERASMUS +, etc …), MODEL OF TERRITORIAL COHESION (Poeda, Aderisa, Adri Palomares, Sanabria, Cuatro Valles), AGENDA 21, NATURA 2000 Network.

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The International Social Tourism Organisation (ISTO), created in 1963, is an international non-profit making organization whose mission is to promote access to leisure, holidays and tourism for all and mainly for young people, families, senior citizens and disabled people.


The first type of actions is to raise awareness among governments and  international institutions competent for social policies in tourism and best practices which facilitate holidays for all. The second is to be a platform for exchanges and services for the members by stimulating the exchange of experiences and know-how through information, organisation of conferences and participation in projects.


The members of the ISTO are private and public organizations that are either profit-making or non-profit-making. Currently ISTO has 150 members in 35 countries mainly in Europe.


ISTO has established regional sections: ISTO Americas founded in Montreal in 1994. ISTO Europe based in ISTO headquarters in Brussels and ISTO Africa created in 2004.

An Alliance for training and research in the field of social and fair tourism has been established within the ISTO in 2010.

The Alliance wishes to embody the results of the continued collaboration favouring innovative research, the creation of new networks, and the training and mutual learning in the field of social and fair tourism.

The creation of the Alliance was based on two basic principles:

– The recognition that research and training in social and fair tourism benefit greatly from partnerships.

– The recognition in this context that the actors of social and fair tourism in the field are also creators of knowledge, as are researchers or university professors.

Since its creation, the Alliance has organized two international conferences; one in Brussels in 2012 and one on the occasion of the ISTO Wold congress in 2014 in São Paulo.  On the occasion of the ISTO 50th anniversary, the Alliance published a book called ‘Social Tourism: International Perspectives. The Contribution of Research’ which delivers a critical eaxmination of the wide range of practices of social tourism at the global scale.

Today, the Alliance gathers more than 30 academic institutions or individual members linked to universities from 19 countries.



The Phoenicians’ Route is a no profit association managing an international cultural route of the Council of Europe, since 2004. It’s member also of the Core Working Group on Phoenicians’ Route of the UN World Tourism Organization. It is an international network operating in 12 mediterranean countries by many members representing associations, municipalities, foundations, and so on). Scope of work is the intercultural dialogue through heritage exploitation, innovative cultural an responsible tourism, heritage pedagogy and education service, local development. It promoted a Mediterranean school Network Edu.Net that adopt the best practices of Council of Europe and Unesco. Heritage Pedagogy, interpretation, networking and exchange of good practices are the most important activities managed by the network, as research and education tool, to inform the local communities about the Mediterranean heritage, material and immaterial, and enhance it.

The experiences and activities developed by the Phoenicians’ Route since 2004 and by the collaboration of universities, international research centers, universities networks in this field, the project can be facilitated to achieve the aims. By the Phoenicians’ Route it will be more easy diffuse the project methodologies and the effects to create and improve a social tourism offers where experiences and knowledge help the customers satisfaction. The Phoenicians’Route has developed over time transversal and international skills for proposing to public and private operators cultural tourism innovative models of fruition of places. These technical and scientific models are made available to the project partners to implement and adapt to the new needs of social tourism that calls for greater interaction between visitor and places, between locals and visitors. Many skills and expertise of key persons involved in the project, integrated tourism, cultural and social sector, education and so on.

As highlighted before, the approach of the Phoenicians’ Route is integrated and transversal. So we propose for this project skills and expertise of key staff involved in the project based on international tourism, sustainable and responsible tourism, slow and creative tourism, community tourism. Many of them are members of the Scientific Committee and have a long experience in the field at international level. The Phoenicians’ Route since 2005 manage education campaigns for students, it cooperate with social and  disabled people supporters organizations. It organize international campus for youngest. So we can involve in the project key staff with specific experience and competences. Others skills concern key staff with international projects experience.

As Antonio Barone, integrated tourism and cultural routes expert, he work on cultural, rural, environmental and responsible tourism. He is Director of the Phoenicians’ Route, Cultural Route in the Mediterranean. Many activities in the field of territorial marketing, international development projects and strategical planning in many countries. He cooperate with many international Universities and Research Centers about  tourism and heritage. He is expert in Life Long Training, Heritage Pedagogy, Interpretation and Social Tourism.


SIKSALI Arendusselts MTÜ

Siksali Development Centre is regional non-profit organisation in South-Eastern Estonia mainly working in the fields of informal and non-formal education, environmental awareness raising and rural development, including rural turism development. The Centre is situated in the border area, close to Latvia and Russia, on the edge of Haanja Nature Park, which proovides a Gerat natural resource for ecotourism development. This is one of the most underdeveloped parts of the country, with biggest unemployment and lowest salaries. The population is constantly decreasing, many people are moving to bigger towns or abroad. The Centre was established in 2002, in order to help rural people to find new ideas for alternative economic activities in the countryside and rural turism and ecotourism are seen as perfekt possibilities to be further developed. Thus our main target group is rural population, incl unemployed, at risk of social and economical exclusion due to their peripheral location and difficult socio-economical status. We are constantly searching for ways how to improve their life, find new job creation possibilties, activating rural areas etc.

For more than 10 years, we have been working with more than 20 EU funded projects in the field of rural development. This includes, for example, working with the rural tourism sector (which often combines both, small-scale family-based agricultuer and food sectors). Regarding working with unemployed people + entrepreneurship, we were involved in a Joint Action project PROACT and Grundtvig 1 project CAERA, which were for activacting rural unemployed women to set up their own enterprise. Unemployed persons have been an important target group of many of our LdV ToI projects as well

In 2003-2005, we were partners in a Joint Action project – Promoting Rural Opportunities & Cultural Traditions. We carried out different training courses for young women living in rural areas who wanted start up their own enterprise or improve their position on the labour market.

In 2005-2007 we were partners in a 2-year Grundtvig 1 project CAERA – Curriculum for Adult Education in Rural Areas. The project combined the themes of rural activation and rural tourism in a set of training courses and support activities for the European rural inhabitants.

In 2006-2008 we were partners in a 2-year Leonardo da Vinci pilot project: project “How to manage my own skills” to enable unemployed people to assess their skills and competence in order to make a career in tourism industry.

In 2007-2009 we were involved in a Leonardo da Vinci transfer of innovation project AGRONATUR, a project combining active and nature tourism to create employment in rural areas.

In 2010-2012 we were Leonardo da Vinci transfer of innovation project “INTEPA”, a project on heritage interpretation to create employment in rural areas.

In 2012-2013 we were Leonardo da Vinci transfer of innovation project “ECONAT”, a project on use of Natura 2000 areas to create employment in rural areas.

In total, we have completed more than 100 projects (international, national, regional, local) with SDC being the co-ordinator or partner.

Also we have had more than 10 years of cooperation with other European countries and organisations thanks to Leonardo da Vinci and Grundtvig programme, Swedish Institute, Nordic Council of Ministers etc, not to mention the numerous Estonian national programmes. We have hosted tens of mobility projects from all over Europe.

SDC was appointed the official co-operation partner of Estonian Environmental Investment Centre and co-ordinated Environmental Awaress Programme in Võru county from 2003-2009.

SDC will be taking part of the project, participating in all the agreed-upon activities.

We will use our dissemination networks for dissemination of the project in Estonia as well as abroad.

We will be hosting a project meeting in Estonia and are happily willing to host additional mobilities to Estonia.

Kaidi-Mari Liping will be the main contact person for the Project. Holding curretnly the position as the manager of Siksali Development Centre, she has has had 6 years working experience with Estonian Rural Tourism Organisation (ERTO) – being responsible for co-operation projects and foreign relations (writing project applications and managing projects in rural tourism). From 2006, K-M Liping is Chairwoman of a LEADER programme local action group Borderlands Leader. She is used by Estonian National Agencies (including the one dealing with ERASMUS+ programme) as an expert evaluating project proposals. Since the foundation of Siksali Development Centre, K-M Liping has responsible for the general management of the organisation as well as performing specific tasks depending on the project (training, evaluation, dissemination etc).

Additional staff will be involved for administrative purposes, when needed.





Jaén – Spain





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