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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




On the 7th December 2015 we will celebrate another year of successful candidates of the European Charter for Sustainable Tourism in Ptorected Areas. The 2015 Award Ceremony will be held in Brussels, at the European Parliament. Check the complete information here.


  • 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! 

  • Call for Entries for Tourism for Tomorrow Awards 2016

Recently the EUROPARC Federation and WTTC renewed an important  agreement as a great example of partnership oriented to sustainable tourism development. 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.

They have just informed us that the applications to the 12th Tourism for Tomorrow Awards are now open! The deadline is the 16th of November 2015. You can find more details about the award and the work of WTTC here!


  • Great news from the Mercantour National Parc (FR)

The Parc re-awarded in 2012 has gathered an important recognition being included in the top 10 best destinations worldwide for the quality of sustainable tourism! You can read the article on "Le Parisien" here !

As the Mercantour proudly says, this ranking is the reward for many years of hard work, enhancement, raising awareness and structuring of a network of operators involved with the Park in ecotourism. Congratulations!


  • 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. 

More info.


  • 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.  

Have a look at the programme and the flyer of the event for more details.


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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