Tourism is one of the main economic drivers of Europe’s rural areas. EUROPARC has long recognised the need to ensure a thriving, living, working landscapes that support nature and people. Tourism, therefore, has to be developed and managed along with sustainable principles, if we are to ensure a positive future. Parks and Protected Areas are at the core of the natural and cultural assets of an area and are often the main reason for visiting.
Through various programmes and awards, EUROPARC seeks to encourage, celebrate and champion the efforts made by Sustainable destinations, businesses and tour operators – to be more sustainable and help to protect their natural and cultural heritage.
EUROPARC acknowledges these efforts with the Charter Awards (awarded every year).