The final visit was to Herperduin, an ecological chalet park and campsite (pictured above) which boasted solar energy, reed-bed sewage treatment and super-insulated buildings among its environmental assets, and proudly displayed its ‘green barometer’ (Holland’s own green tourism award scheme) credentials for visitors. And it really was remarkably quiet – even to the extent of installing double doors to the kitchens so as not to disturb diners with the necessary clatter of culinary creativity.
Any business wishing to operate in the Netherlands must now establish such a system, accredited by the local authority, before it is permitted to trade. Our first stop was to study hotels in Amsterdam which had implemented environmental management systems. The Dutch visit was particularly for the benefit of a group of staff from the Winnock Hotel in Drymen, which achieved a Gold Award in the Scottish Tourist Board’s Green Tourism Scheme as a result of its participation in the project.
I was a member of the project’s advisory board. MILLENNIUM was mostly taken up by the hotel sector and therefore developed a strong eco-tourism focus. search engine optimisation The project, Managing Innovation through Lifelong Learning in Eco-desigN – a New Initiative Using Multimedia (MILLENNIUM), was developed by Falkirk College and offered environmental training to small companies.
Mark Wells, SEPA’s Education Officer, recently visited the Netherlands to study ecotourism developments as part of a European-funded project providing environmental training for small businesses. The network is designed to provide a strategic picture of groundwater quality in Scotland and more localised sampling will always be required for specific investigations. It is expected that the national groundwater monitoring network will be developed by finding extra suitable sampling locations and expanding the analysis beyond nitrate.