21 Sustainable Destinations will be awarded!
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.
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!
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.
France and Italy