Charter Award Ceremony 2017

Photo: Terras do Priolo, Azores, Portugal

On the 7th December, EUROPARC Federation will be celebrating success at the European Parliament with the 21 Sustainable Destinations that will be awarded the European Charter for Sustainable Tourism in Protected Areas. Every year, the Charter Award Ceremony is an opportunity to look at the benefits that sustainable tourism strategies provide for people, environment and local economy within protected areas.

The Charter Award Ceremony 2017 is kindly hosted by the Member of the European Parliament (MEP) Alyn Smith, from the Group of the Greens/European Free Alliance. We will once more raise the voice of Protected Areas at the highest European institutional level, with the opportunity to share good practices and case studies from the ground.

Members of the European Parliament, representatives of the European Commission and Members of the Committee of the Regions will contribute to the debate, providing the EU perspective, with highlights on recent policy developments and upcoming priorities.

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New 7 Sustainable Destinations

From the 21 Charter areas that will be awarded, 7 have just started their path towards becoming a Sustainable Destination. For the first time, 1 Park in Sweden will be awarded, expanding the Charter Network to 20 countries!


AMP Penisola del Sinis – Isola di Mal di Ventre

Parco Nazional del Gargano

Parco Nazionale del Gran Sasso e Monti della Laga

Parco Nazionale dell`Aspromonte

Reti di Riserve del Trentino


Parcs del Garraf, d’Olèrdola i del Foix


Kullabergs Naturreservat

Kullaberg Nature Reserve, Sweden, suatianble tourism, sustainable destination

Kullaberg Nature Reserve, Sweden

14 Sustainable Destinations re-awarded

For the first time in the history of EUROPARC, the number of Parks re-awarded will be higher than the Sustainable Destinations joining the Network. This number highly reflects the commitment of Parks in working with their local stakeholders, under the standards of the ECSTPA. Several of these Parks are also implementing Charter Part II and Charter Part III, necessary steps for those willing to achieve a higher quality tourism experience, for people and nature alike.


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Parc naturel régional du Verdon

Parc naturel régional de Camargue

Parc national des Cévennes

Parc naturel régional du Haut-Languedoc

Parc naturel régional du Queyras

Parc naturel régional du Vexin français

France and Italy

Parco naturale Alpi Marittime and Parc National du Mercantour


Riserva Naturale Monte Rufeno


Ķemeru nacionālais parks


Terras do Priolo – Life Project and Environmental Center


Parc Natural del Delta de l`Ebre

Parque Regional de Sierra Espuña

United Kingdom

Cairngorms National Park

Cairngorms national park, scotland, charter

‘Still’ Cairngorms Snow Roads Scenic Route