Being an EcoTourist in Spain // Mobile APP

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From now on, tourists from all over the world have another tool to better discover some of the most impressive Spanish protected areas.  It is a free multiplatform app (mobile and fixed devices: web, iOS and Android) in English and Spanish which aims to improve visibility, promotion and commercialisation of Ecotourism destinations in Spain. The project was developed by TUREBE, the spanish governing body – Ecotourism in Spain Club, and cofinanaced by MINETUR (Spanish Ministry of Industry, Energy and Tourism).

The destinations and businesses in the Club voluntarily comply with the environmental and social requirements established in the European Charter for Sustainable Tourism in Protected Areas of the EUROPARC Federation. Thus they stand out as sustainable destinations and companies and connect their products to natural and cultural values by  means of authentic, unique and memorable experiences. Spanish Biosphere Reserves and Geoparks have used the same focus and similar systems to make sustainable tourism stand out. The aim is to guarantee attractive and trustworthy natural tourism, which also contributes to local conservation and development.

Spain, with more than 1,500 protected natural areas, has more than 7 million protected hectares (nearly 13% of the country). Not only is it the European country with the most natural areas, but it also boasts the Natura 2000 Network’ s largest surface area. Including the area encompassed in this European network, the area of Spanish territory under some sort of protection rises to 28%. Spain’s biodiversity parameters are also among the highest in Europe, with more than 8,000 species of flora (85% of the species in the EU), and nearly 50% of the estimated 142,000 of fauna in Europe. In both flora and fauna there are noteworthy numbers of autochthonous species. More than half of the European Habitats of greatest interest compiled in the Habitats Directive are found in Spain.

“Biodiversity is one of the main factors influencing travelling, since the wide variety of well preserved landscapes and ecosystems makes tourist destinations attractive. This is especially relevant in the case of nature tourism, which is based on discovering, enjoying and contemplating biological biodiversity.” (Nature Tourism Sector Plan, Spanish Government.)

This app was launched on 17th June at the headquarters of the EFE agency in Madrid, to coincide with the first anniversary of the approval of the Sectorial Plan for Nature and Biodiversity. The launch was presided over by Jacob Petrus, presenter of the RTVE programme “Aquí la Tierra”, with the participation of Monserrat  Fernández , deputy director of the National Parks Autonomous Organisation, Juan Manuel  Penín, director of Institutional Relations at the National Society for Management of Innovation and Tourist Technologies (SEGGITUR),  José Antonio Montero, vice president of TUREBE, Enrique Lancis, Director of Business Development and New Technologies at SEGITTUR,  Amanda Guzmán, Director of TUREBE and José María Cáceres, representing Lacq Consulting which developed the app.

Representatives of the businesses in the Club, natural areas, environmental foundations and associations among others were also present at the launch.

App available online, App Store and Google Play: http://ecotouristinspain.soyecoturista.com/

Register now for the second edition of the Summer School on Green Growth and Travelism!

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The second edition of the Summer School on Green Growth and Travelism will take place from the 24th to the 28th of August 2015.

The ‘Green Growth and Travelism (GG&T)’ Summer School has a specific focus on sustainable mobility and biodiversity and is organized by the Transportation Research Institute, Hasselt University, Belgium.

Among the promoters of this initiative and one of the keynote speakers, Ignace Schops – EUROPARC President, will share his knowledge and experience during these five days.

So if you are a graduate 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.

Don’t miss this great event and register here for this fruitful 5-day course! 

ProPark DBU platform for online courses

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On the 22nd of June, www.proparktraining.ro, the platform for online courses dedicated to future Protected Area specialists, has been opened to the public.

The first online session in 2015 is accesible to 85 selected participants that have been targeted amongst people directly or indirectly involved in the management of Protected Areas, as well as students enthusiastic and motivated to start working for Protected Areas.

During and after 6 weeks of intensive study within the virtual platform, the students will be evaluated. Based on the results, the first 30 students will participate at face to face sessions to become the first certified Protected Area Specialists in Romania.

The platform is developed within the project „Increasing education opportunities on sustainable development for Protected Area managers in Romania“ implemented by Propark Foundation for Protected Areas with the help of EUROPARC Federation and financed by DBU – Deutsche Bundesstiftung Umwelt (German Federal Foundation Environment).

The EUROPARC June eNews is now out!

EUROPARC June eNews © EUROPARC Federation

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Discover in our Newsletter what we have been up to over the last 3 months: our participation in prestigious European events, the European Day of Parks, the 2015 TransParcNet meeting, our current work on the BioEUParks project and the Birds and Habitats Directives Fitness Check, the news coming from Brussels or from our network and much more…

Read the EUROPARC June eNews for some great ideas and events coming up.

Hope you enjoy reading!

To have access to our previous eNews, check out the dedicated page on our website.