The Evaluation Committee of the European Charter for Sustainable Tourism in Protected Areas has met during two days in EUROPARC headquarters in Regensburg to analyse the Auditors' report of the 19 Areas that are working to become ‪#‎SustainableDestinations‬!  

In 1993 EUROPARC published the ground breaking report “Loving them to death”, which called for sustainable tourism in Europe’s Protected Areas. Further in 1995, EUROPARC took the initiative to set up the European Charter for Sustainable Tourism in Protected Areas.

The European Charter for Sustainable Tourism in Protected Areas is a practical management tool that enables Protected Areas to develop tourism sustainably

The core element of the Charter is working in partnership with all relevant stakeholders to develop a common sustainable tourism strategy and an action plan on the basis of a thorough situation analysis. The aim of all Charter projects and activities is the protection of the natural and cultural heritage and the continuous improvement of tourism in the Protected Area in terms of the environment, local population and businesses as well as visitors. For all detail in the benefits sustainable tourism can bring to your area see our magic numbers infographics at the end of this page.

Now, after over 20 years experience, the “Charter” has been shown to be a useful and important tool that delivers social, environmental and economic benefits and indeed can be described as a model of governance that delivers Protected Areas as sustainable tourism destinations.