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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


  • The registrations for the 9th Charter Network Meeting in Vila Nova de Cerveira (Pt) from 4th-7th May are NOW OPEN!
You will find more info about registrations and  the programme of the event here.
This is a unique opportunity for tourism business and parks to showcase their work in sustainable tourism and to learn from each other how we can improve.Through key note speeches, and practical workshops we will look at new ways forward in the Charter for Sustainable Tourism and how it contributes to a resource-efficient, green and competitive, low-carbon and climate resilient economy!

  • 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.


  • Become a landscape ambassador

How? Find it out reading about the interesting and sustainable initiative of one of our Charter park, the Cotswolds Area of Outstanding Natural Beauty (AONB) celebrating the UK’s Areas of Outstanding Natural Beauty (AONB) and National Parks. Read here their press release.


  • Tourism for tomorrow Finalists 2015 announced!

The Awards aiming to transform the Travel & Tourism industry, based upon sustainable tourism principles, wants to  inspire travel & tourism businesses and destinations about how to improve the sustainability of the sector. Check out who are the 15 finalists for the 2015 awards and diverse responsible tourism can be. Congratulations to all of them!


  • The Charter Autumn eNews is out!

The end of the year is approaching but the Charter world is more active than ever! Read here to find out what`s new in the network adn around.


  • 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!


  • Sustainable Tourism Forum "Un autre tourisme s`invente ici"

On the 13th of November will take place the Soustainable Tourism Forum organized by the six parks of the Provence-Alpes-Côte d’Azur. The event aims to show good practice examples, exchange of ideas and proposals on the perspectives of the sustainable tourism by meeting business partners and tourism professionals. To have more details about this interesting one day event please read the program here and save the date!


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