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.
- Register now for the second edition of the Summer School on Green Growth and Travelism!
The 'Green Growth and Travelism (GGT)' Summer School has a specific focus on sustainable mobility and biodiversity and is organized by the Transportation Research Intsitute, Hasselt University (BE) 24 - 28 August 2015.
So if you are a manager or a student and interested in the themes 'climate change and biodiversity' or 'sustainable tourism and mobility' then you should consider this great opportunity!
You will have the chance to attend a series of lectures given by renowned experts in the field of green growth, travelism, mobility and biodiversity. Field visits to Hoge Kempen National Park in the Province of Limburg and to the European Parliament in Brussels will also be part of the programme.
- Green and Blue Tourism: Challenges and Opportunities ahead
The event supported by the Intergroup on European Tourism development will take place today at the European Parliament.
Our Executive Director, Carol Ritchie, will represent EUROPARC at the meeting focusing on the initiatives of the Federation such as the European Charter for sustainable Tourism in Protected Areas and related tourism activities taking place in protected areas and parks.
- Watch the promotional video of Escapeo, one of the Tour Operators involved in the Charter
The tour operator Escapeo had been awarded last December during the meeting held by the French section of EUROPARC with a Joint Commission composed of state representatives, Protected Areas, tour operators and consumers in order to assess the applications of 5 other tour operators willing to get engaged with the Charter.
Have a look on the video that mentiones the engagement of the Tour Operator towards Sustainable Tourism.
- The latest ''EUROPARC Charter eNews'' is now ready to be explored!
- WTTS announces the Tourism for Tomorrow winners
The world's best examples of sustainable tourism businesses and destinations have been recognised at the annual World Travel and Tourism Council (WTTC) Tourism for Tomorrow Awards Ceremony in Madrid, Spain. Have a look here on the 2015 winners
- The EUROPARC Federation has just launched its 2014 Annual Report!
- 5 new tour operators involved in the Charter
As a resulf of the recognition of the Charter part III intended for tour operators and the meeting of the French section last december, 5 new tour operators have obtained the part III approval. Escapeo, Southern France, Place Voyage, Cevennes Evasion and Destination Merveille are therefore bringing to 12 the number of tour operators engaged in the process.
- 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!
Check out the promo!
- 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!