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Creation of Products Based on photographing and watching the nature
Funded by Euregio Karelia Neighbourhood Programme 2001-2006

Objective of the project

The purpose of the project was to train entrepreneurs, people intending to become entrepreneurs, and the guides that would work for them in order to create products based on photographing and watching nature. The interntion was to create programme service products, which would increase business activities based on observing and photographing nature across the border.

Main activities

• Initiation of productive cooperation between the companies • Development and marketing of new nature products based on nature photographing and viewing by the participating companies, • Marketing cooperation initiated by the Finnish Tourist Board (MEK), Publication of a ‘Wildlife in Finland’ brochure, • Launching of the Wild Taiga brand, • Provision of safety training to entrepreneurs.


The project was implemented at the right time, as interest for this type of tourism product had increased significantly since the planning phase of the project. As a result, there were more willing participants than originally planned. There was also more extensive interest in the project, due to its international aspect and the new type of nature product creation. The participating companies developed and began marketing different types of new nature products already during the project. In addition, a few completely new companies were established during the project. Productive cooperation was started between the companies and several cooperation agreements were made. As a result, nature-related programmes to Russia as well were implemented in cooperation with a Russian travel agent. Marketing cooperation was initiated with the Finnish Tourist Board (MEK) for nature photographing and viewing products. A ‘Wildlife in Finland’ brochure was successfully published by MEK as the first action of the cooperation effort. The product was responsible for launching the Wild Taiga brand, which has proven successful. It was awarded recognition as Finland’s Emerging Tourist Destination of 2008 that utilises local culture and life, in the Destination of Excellence in Finland competition. The tourism products related to photographing and viewing nature have become one of the top attractions in Kainuu, which is partially also a result of this project. Consumer Agency instructions regarding safety regulations to be adhered to in programme service companies became effective in 2003. In fact, issues and different types of situations related to safety which should be considered by nature tourism entrepreneurs were included in the project. Consequently, safety training was provided to entrepreneurs together with another project. Similarly, the need for instructions regarding the carcasses used at the photography sites also became apparent during the project. Identifying issues that should be considered in the instructions from the perspective of the entrepreneur was part of this project. The project also had impact on different types of plans, such as the wolf and bear management plans by the Ministry of Agriculture and Forestry and the nature tourism pilot plan by the Regional Council of Kainuu.

Basic information


Creation of Products Based on photographing and watching the nature


2003-03-01 - 2005-01-31

Total Budget / Programme funding

159 € / 111 €

Lead partner

Town of Kuhmo
Lead partner web-site


Travel agency Matka-Kos
Travel agency Lukomorie
Travel agency Karelika
Wild Brown Bear Oy
Tourism companies in the area
Suomussalmi Municipality
Town of Kajaani