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.
- 8th Charter Network Meeting and Charter Award Ceremony 2013 in Brussels (B)
Read here about the 8th Charter Network Meeting and Charter Award Ceremony 2013 that EUROPARC held on World Responsible Tourism Day, the 6th November 2013, in Brussels (B). Presentations will soon be available for download.
- EUROPARC Atlantic Isles starts its Webinar series
„Protected Landscapes: Delivering social and economic benefits“ will be the first Webinar taking place on Wednesday 20th November 2013, 10h00 - 11h30 GMT. More information can be obtained here or by contacting Richard Blackman at EUROPARC Atlantic Isles.
News from EUROPARC's Charter Areas and EUROPARC Consulting, developments in sustainable tourism, interesting publications and events for the diary.
- Learning from each other
The network of Charter parks offers the possibility to learn from good practice experiences regarding the sustainable management of tourism in protected areas. Read more about EUROPARC Consulting organising a study visit for protected areas of the Dinaric Arc region to Charter parks in France.
Sustainable tourism very often plays an important role for the economic development of a protected area region. Our Charter park Cotswolds AONB (UK) published just now their new management plan that stresses the importance of sustainable tourism. Of interest is also their study on the economic value of the protected area for the region, published earlier this year.