Climate

Explores the long-term impact of sea level rise.

Promote understanding of climate change adaptation through cross-border experiences that examine potential parallels between our earliest settler’s experience and how we can adapt to climate change now. 

Irish national policy initiatives include the Climate Action Plan, (2019). This sets out a whole-of-Government approach to climate action and maps a potential pathway to meet Ireland’s 2030 emission reduction commitments. Whilst the Plan does not address tourism directly it is clear that many related sectors, such as transport, will be subject to significant change and adaptation, particularly within coastal areas.  

Portalis seeks to work in direct compliance with the Climate Action Plan, its use of immersive digital technologies within Visitor Experiences (VE). These VEs are supported by VR (Virtual Reality) technologies, located at the two key museum sites and in the related smart phone enabled App at related destination experience sites, decreasing risk of negative environmental impact at the heritage sites by promoting responsible tourism approaches. 

Notably, through the sharing of cross-border research expertise, Portalis will contribute significantly to our knowledge of climate change impacts, with core sampling analysis mapping back to the Mesolithic time period. This new data will be contextualised and made broadly accessible through visitor experience design, highlighting the capacity of our crossborder coastal communities to adapt to climate change impacts and grow within the challenging time ahead. 

Protect

Protect our natural and cultural coastal heritage and its natural habitats and wildlife by facilitating citizen led transfer of knowledge on heritage conservation at key coastal visitor destination heritage sites. 

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Grow

Increase visitor numbers via an experiential tourism network and a new cultural network development between two key museums in Wales and Ireland. 

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