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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

  • 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.

  • Our Spring Charter e-News edition has just been published!

Enjoy reading about good practice examples in EUROPARC’s Charter Protected Areas and get more insights into other generic tourism news.Don`t hesitate! Read about it here.

  • Charter areas contributing to the European Day of Parks

Spring season start of the tourism season? Great number of visitors spend their time in our Protected areas, and what is the best ways to connect the message of existence of these jewels, than joining the movement of the European Day of Parks. Each year number of Charter areas mark 24 May with special activities, including their staff, local communities, partner businesses and visitors. What are you doing for this spring? What are you doing for the European Day of Parks?

Register here and read more about the day.


  • Precious places continue to respond to the Charter’s clarion call

Gathered on the starting blocks, ready for the evaluation challenge! Another bumper crop of Charter applications from aspiring has arrived in the offices of the EUROPARC Federation. Now that the list of applicants for 2014 is closed, EUROPARC Consulting is ready to begin the in-depth process of assessing each candidate for the award. How encouraging it is that a really impressive total of 18 Protected Areas (14 new applicants and 4 re-evaluating) have submitted, despite the economic challenges faced by Protected Areas all over Europe. Such a successful intake re-affirms that the Charter methodology has established itself as a cumulative power for sustainable tourism.

It is with great satisfaction that we spread out the map of Europe in the EUROPARC Consulting office to find the locations of the new intake, pinpointing each Protected Area, preparing our long-established and well-practised procedures for allocating verifier consultants, liaising with Protected Areas and shepherding the new-comers through the verification process.  Read more about this interesting article produced by our consultancy division.


  • European Charter for Sustainable Tourism in Protected Areas: renewal and retraining

Due to the kind support of the  German Federal Agency for Nature Conservation (Bundesamt für Naturschutz), EUROPARC is organising a get together meeting at the Island of Vilm to discuss EUROPARC’s biggest programme, the European Charter for Sustainable Tourism. Read more here





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