In line with DNT’s vision to provide experiences in nature for life, COWI will contribute to DNT caring for nature in the best possible way. Treks make demands on nature and put pressure on the ecosystem, not only if we use motorised vehicles in nature or use diesel units to power cottages, but also regarding the use of materials.
“Circular economy means utilising all resources in the best possible way and generating as little waste as possible. Upcycling, which gives materials a higher value than what they originally had, is an important part of circular economy. For example, combining old window bars to form a new wall panel. Another issue is whether to construct new cottages or buy existing cottages and fit them out for tourists,” says Harsvik.
DNT run cottages, organise activities and set up trails in vulnerable nature. With that comes great responsibility and the organisation needs to make sustainable decisions in order to stay relevant in the coming years, concludes Secretary General of the Norwegian Trekking Association, Dag Terje Klarp Solvang.
"COWI will help prioritise and specify our goals. That will allow us to make the right decisions, measure our progress and communicate the good work done by DNT volunteers to an even broader audience,” he ends.