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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.


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An article by Javier García from EUROPARC-Spain, available in Spanish and English.


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In 2015, with the support of several members of the network, verifiers, Evaluation Committee and EUROPARC directorate, a new form was brought to live. "Good for Parks, Good for People" is your new tool for getting to know all about the ECST, its vision and principles, benefits for Parks and businesses and magic numbers of the Charter. Essentially, it has a step-by-step guide towards becoming a sustainable destination, along with the ECST Conditions and other useful information.

You can download the document here


Discover our new Charter Areas and read the complete story of our Charter Award Ceremony, held in Brussels on the 7th December. Presentations and pictures also available.


  • T4T Call for entries

Only four weeks to go to the deadline for the submission of the applications to the 12th Tourism for Tomorrow Awards. Use the online application tool and don`t miss the chance to run for the award! Save the date: 16th of November 2015! 

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SOAK Seaweed Baths - Northern Ireland

The multi award winning SOAK Seaweed baths is the only bathhouse of its kind in the UK. SO ...

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Become a Charter Candidate

Parks and protected areas which meet the requirements of the Charter will benefit from the economic, social and environmental advantages of well managed, sustainable tourism.

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