News from Parks & Benefits

Bringing sustainable tourism to the Baltic Sea Region

31.01.2011

Charter Part II methodology under progress for the Baltic Sea Region

Within the framework of Parks & Benefits the project partners have intensively discussed common standards for eco-labels in the Baltic Sea Region (BSR). Participants felt that the establishment of a new eco-label for the Baltic Sea Region was neither desirable nor possible, particularly given the profusion of initiatives that already exist. With this in mind project partners have decided to develop a methodology for the second part of the “European Charter for sustainable tourism in Protected Areas” working with tourism businesses and integrating them further into their tourism management. A working group has been established to develop this methodical framework for the region. Existing methodologies existing from Spain, France and the UK are being used as models. A draft has already been developed and is now being reviewed by the relevant EUROPARC sections.

New communication material

Project communication work is going well. The Parks & Benefits image film is now available on YouTube and in August 2010 some great project brochures were produced (these can be sent to you from the EUROPARC Federation directorate). In addition, preparations are underway to revamp the EUROPARC Federation’s Living Park’s exhibition, including the presentation of the eight project partners. This will be finished mid February and will then begin a tour of the participating protected areas which will continue until the end of 2011.

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