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.
- 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.