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.
The Charter destinations project will work with a number of Charter protected areas to find out what additional value the European Charter brings to those implementing it, with a particular view at being able to promote it to businesses in these areas better and of course to politicians on a European and National level to create more support and recognition for the European Charter. Its main objectives are:
- To generate a data-set to identify the economic and other values, derived by protected areas who gain charter certification.
- To analyse the charter methodology and assessment system for sustainable tourism destinations in order to recommend the contribution of charter to sustainable tourism destinations.
- To analyse the Charter re-evaluation methodology to bring about alignment with sustainable tourism destinations assessment and other relevant criteria, e.g. CBD
- To gather evidence from Charter parks, in addition to data obtained through the STEPPA project in order to demonstrate the economic value of the charter for protected areas.
This project is of particular importance as it seeks to build on the Charter work that has preceded it , and assess and examine how EUROPARC should further development the Charter and how it may be improved.
A study group of long time “Charter” protected areas, the Sierra Nevada National Park (ES), Alpi Maritimme Regional Park (IT), Parc naturel régional Scarpe-Escaut (FR), the Mourne Area of Outstanding National Beauty (Northern Ireland, UK), Syöte National Park (FI) all with experience in Sustainable Tourism have come together to help direct the project with their expertise. It is however important to the success of the project that all Charter parks and EUROPARC members are involved with the collection of data, evidence and ideas that will shape the future direction of sustainable tourism in protected areas.