The EUROPARC Federation is fortunate to be supported by a number of generous funders, without whom the work of the Federation could not continue. Together with these funding organisations and partners, it was possible to develop and implement projects aiming at strenghtening and further developing the European Charter.
INTERREG IVB: Parks & Benefits
The project “Parks & Benefits” started in January 2009 for a three years period under the leadership of the Ministry for Agriculture, Environment and Consumer Protectio M-V (DE) The project will introduce and strengthen sustainable Nature Tourism approaches in the Baltic Sea Region and communicate the mutual benefits to protected parks and to their surrounding regions for regional development and sustained natural development.
DG Enterprise: STEPPA project
Under the leadership of the Joensuu University in Finland and in strong cooperation with the Leeds Metropolitan University in England and the EUROPARC Federation, the project proposal STEPPA was submitted under the project call “Knowledge Networks for the competitiveness and sustainability of European tourism” published by DG ENT. If successful the project will start in January 2010 involving ten partners from seven countries in various activities working towards the establishment of a network of SMEs, protected areas and research centres working with the European Charter for Sustainable Tourism in Protected Areas.
The value of the “Charter” in identifying sustainable tourism destinations
EUROPARC is very pleased to announce that its project application to the German Federal Agency for Nature Protection has been successful. ‘The value of the “Charter” in identifying sustainable tourism destinations’ is now one of three projects that the Federation is involved in concerning the development and promotion of EUROPARC’s European Charter for Sustainable Tourism.