Building managers and stakeholder’s capacities on Sustainable Tourism
For more than twenty years, through the European Charter for Sustainable Tourism in Protected Areas, the EUROPARC Federation has guided Park managers and stakeholders in the process of developing of Sustainable Tourism practices.
Additionally, through its involvement in the project Erasmus + Sustainable Tourism Training for Tomorrow coordinated by Hasselt University, we have contributed to build the capacity of those stakeholders and Protected Area managers that have an interest on this matter or were in the process of deploying sustainable tourism strategies in their Parks.
The result of this joint effort is the creation of different training resources on Sustainable Tourism that we are pleased to offer today to anybody with an interest in this area. From park managers, to members of the local community, businesses, tour operators and other stakeholders influenced by management decisions, building your capacity on sustainable tourism serves two main purposes. On the one hand, you will gain the skills to join our common goal of protecting nature and improving tourism experiences so local communities can prosper along with the arrival of visitors. On the other hand, it will allow you to build fruitful relationships with other actors of your Park and your community in order to assess which decisions can better suit everybody’s needs.
Free training tool – Sustainable Tourism Training for Tomorrow Platform
The Sustainable Tourism Training for Tomorrow platform is a compendium of resources developed to build up the capacities and knowledge on Sustainable Tourism of Protected Area’s staff members, tourism businesses and other stakeholders related to a Park.
Its contents are presented in four different languages – English, French, Italian and Spanish – and, in it, you will find free resources organised in 9 modules that follow the framework of the European Charter for Sustainable Tourism in Protected Areas. Each module contains the following resources:
○ a short video explaining the focus and relevance of the topic;
○ key information on the topic;
○ related webinars and other video material;
○ several hands-on case studies describing good practices from various protected areas within Europe;
○ follow-up resources for interested readers;
○ a quiz where one can test its knowledge regarding the topic and receive a certificate.
Additionally, the platform offers a Training Toolkit that provides supporting materials and resources for those who wish to provide learning experiences on Sustainable Tourism in Protected Areas and that complements the resources offered in the platform.
To join the Sustainable Tourism Training for Tomorrow platform, please click on “Join STTfT training” and create your free account.
About Erasmus + Sustainable Tourism for Tomorrow project
The ERASMUS+ “Sustainable Tourism: Training for Tomorrow” project aimed to build the capacity of Protected Area stakeholders in the field of sustainable tourism. The project run for a period of 36 months, from September 2018 to August 2021, and was funded through the ERASMUS+ Key Action 2 (Strategic partnerships in the field of education and training).
The project brought together partners working on different fields in the sustainable tourism sector and two park authorities:
- Hasselt University (BE) as coordinator of the project;
- the University of Hull (UK);
- the network of European Protected Areas: EUROPARC Federation (DE);
- the network of ecotourism professionals in Spain: Asociacion de Ecoturismo en España (ES);
- Ente Parchi Emilia Occidentale (IT), and;
- Montagne de Reims Nature Regional Park (FR).
Aiming to jointly develop a European standard for Sustainable Tourism Training for protected areas and drawing from the experiences of the EUROPARC Charter for Sustainable Tourism, the partnership had the following objectives:
- to significantly increase the quality, supply and accessibility of training in sustainable tourism for Protected Area stakeholders across Europe;
- to develop an innovative, open access, online training platform which will enable access to sustainable tourism training for PA staff, businesses, local/regional authorities, and others;
- to provide high-quality e-learning and ‘blended learning’ opportunities, through the creation of a new, up-to-date curriculum, and supported by a training toolkit, based on end users’ needs;
- to disseminate the training curriculum across European and national networks through a comprehensive programme of multiplier events and dissemination initiatives.