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The European Charter for Sustainable Tourism in Protected Areas is a practical management tool for ensuring that tourism contributes to a balanced economic, social and environmental development of protected areas in Europe. The Charter is a voluntary agreement and aims to encourage good practice by recognising protected areas, which are meeting agreed requirements for the sustainable development and management of tourism.

The Charter and its methodology were developed by a group representing protected areas, the tourism industry and their partners, led by the Federation of Regional Nature Parks in France under the umbrella of the EUROPARC Federation.

The Charter and the Charter Network is managed by the EUROPARC Federation, a pan-European and non-governmental umbrella organisation of protected areas in Europe.


Latest news

  • The Charter Autumn eNews is out!

The end of the year is approaching but the Charter world is more active than ever! Read here to find out what`s new in the network adn around.


  • Natura 2000 Award

The EU Commission’s Natura 2000 award opens for a second year of applications!

La Commission européenne vient de lancer la deuxième édition du prix européen Natura 2000 !

El segundo concurso Premio Natura 2000 de la Comisión Europea está abierto!

Le candidature al premio Natura 2000 della Commissione Europea per l`anno 2015 sono ufficialmente aperte!

Bewerbungen für die Natura 2000 Auszeichnung 2015 der Europäischen Kommission können ab jetzt eingereicht werden!

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  • The progresses of Charter Part III in France- more tour operators to be awarded 

The last 16th of April the first 7 tour operator have been awarded the Charter in France: Chamina Voyages, Languedoc Nature, Grand Angle, Plaisirs et maisons de Provence, Rando Passions, Sud Rando et Nature Occitane. You can find here a document presenting the certified tour operators and a selection of services that the tour operators offer within the parks they are working with.

But the cooperation between natural parks and tour operators in France is growing and continuing with success. In fact the next 16th of December from 10:30 to 16:30 at the headquarter of the Federation of the Natural Regional Parks in Paris, will take place a second round of evaluation of the candidatures of 7 more tour operators.
Good luck to all of them!

  • Sustainable Tourism Forum "Un autre tourisme s`invente ici"

On the 13th of November will take place the Soustainable Tourism Forum organized by the six parks of the Provence-Alpes-Côte d’Azur. The event aims to show good practice examples, exchange of ideas and proposals on the perspectives of the sustainable tourism by meeting business partners and tourism professionals. To have more details about this interesting one day event please read the program here and save the date!

  • The new guide on EU funding for the Tourism Sector is out! 

The Tourism Sector is the 3rd largest EU economic sector with strategic importance for the EU having a strong impact on economic growth, employment and social development. This guide has been created to work as a tool for the Tourism sector itself to help orientate in the diversity of the EU thematic programmes. The Tourism sector itself is populated by many different players with different needs, this guide focuses on the most important EU programms for the tourism sector and tries to answer to practical questions like how and when apply, eligibility criteria, type and level of funding ecc. have a look at the Guide here!

  • New supporter agreement 2014

The WTTC (World travel and Tourism Council) is committed to promoting sustainability in the Travel & Tourism industry and the Tourism for tomorrow awards aims at recognising best practice in sustainable tourism within the industry globally. Recently the EUROPARC Federation and WTTC signed an important  agreement as a great example of partnership oriented to sustainable tourism development. Read more about the work of WTTC here.

  • Productive verification visit at the Parque Nacional y Natural Sierra Nevada

The Park is this year running for the re-evaluation of the European Charter for Sustainable Tourism. Read more about the positive feedbacks, after the visit of the verifier to the Park, in the 10th edition of their official bulletin. Congratulations Sierra Nevada! Great job!

  • Golden Eagle and Chamois: respect them to climb together

Interesting initiative promoted by the Monti Sibillini national Park, one of our first Park to be awarded the Charter. The event, taking place today at the Sibillini National Park, is focused on nature conservation and sustainable tourism and is a great example of cooperation between conservation of rural areas and sustainable tourism. Read the programme of the one day event here.

  • European Tourism Indicators System for Sustainable Management workshop

The workshop will present the outcomes of the first test of the European Tourism Indicators System for Sustainable Management at Destination Level , highlighting the positive experiences and the difficulties encountered with a view to start a debate of possible future steps to develop and improve the system. Find out more about the workshop on the website of the European Commission-Enterprise and Industry.

  • Portuguese Priolo Brand promoting sustainable tourism joined by new committed companies

Lands of Priolo comprise the only territory where the rare Azores Bullfinch exists, in the eastern councils of São Miguel Island in Azores (Portugal). This area awarded with the European Charter for Sustainable Tourism in Protected Area (ECST) in 2012 has been fully committed in engaging local stakeholders to promote sustainable tourism and conservation in the area. The brand aims to be a symbol for those tourism sectors willing to establish a partnership with the ECST and the Protected Area of São Miguel in promoting sustainability and encouraging social and economic outcomes. More information about the project, here.






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