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“Adapting to COVID-19: How local businesses cope-examples from 5 countries”, report prepared by Else Ragni Yttredal, Arron Wilde Tippett, Hellen L.A. Dawo, and Tom B. Long for the European Regional Development Fund (Interreg North Sea Region PROWAD LINK, January 2021).

Protect and prosper is the ethos of the EU Interreg project, Prowad Link. Prowad Link aims to unlock the potential of nature as a driver for jobs and sustainable development. This is achieved by working directly with Small to Medium Sized Enterprises (SMEs) to develop nature as a brand, creating mutual benefits for SMEs and the natural environment. Partners from The Wadden sea World Heritage site (Denmark, Germany, the Netherlands), Geirangerfjord section of the West Norwegian Fjords World Heritage site (Norway) and The Wash & North Norfolk Coast protected areas (United Kingdom) are working in collaboration to build knowledge about sustainable business operations in touristic nature areas and to develop sustainable products and services. 2020 has been characterised by the devastating effects of the Covid-19 crisis. This report highlights some of the coping strategies and solutions developed by tourism SMEs across the three focal sites and five partner countries.