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Project on Sustainable Tourism Strategy for the Carpathians

The overall goal of the project is to elaborate a tourism strategy for the Carpathians. The strategy will support the implementation of the Carpathian Convention Tourism Protocol. Wide participation of stakeholders was assured during the development of the strategy.

The Strategy for Sustainable Tourism Development of the Carpathians was adopted by the Parties at the 4th Conference of the Parties of the Carpathian Convention in September 2014.

Fourteen case studies on Good Practices of Sustainable Tourism in the Carpathians were collected and presented to relevant stakeholders also as seven posters at the Carpathian Convention COP4.

News

On 4 March 2015 in Berlin, ETE will take part in the following event: Sustainable Tourism Strategies for the Carpathians and the Wadden Sea World Heritage – Successful Stories. Read more about the event >>

Project specifics

The project lasts from March 2013 till November 2014. The official title of the project is Development of the „Sustainable Tourism Strategy for the Carpathians“ (CarpatSusTourStrat). The project is managed by Ecological Tourism in Europe E.T.E., in the implementation these project partners participate: CEEweb for Biodiversity (CEEweb), WWF Danube Carpathian Programme (WWF – DCPO), Interim Secretariat of the Carpathian Convention (UNEP – ISCC) and the Carpathian Network of Protected Areas (CNPA).

Project activities

During the implementation of the project a series of stakeholder meetings and national consultations will be conducted, supplemented by 14 case studies on sustainable tourism development in the countries involved. It is hoped that the project can be a model for preparing a strategy on sustainable tourism development also in other regions, particularly mountain regions. Therefore, the methodology of the elaboration of the strategy will be documented. Specific activities of CEEweb include:

  • Organisation of the 1st NGO Meeting The first meeting of NGOs from the Carpathians organized in the framework of the project took place in Slovakia on June 12-15, 2013. The purpose of the meeting was to gather the comments from the Carpathian NGOs on the very first draft of the strategy and discuss how to assure the involvement of other NGOs from the countries concerned. Read more about the meeting >>
  • Organisation of the 2nd NGO Meeting (June 16-17, 2014). Read more about the meeting >>
  • Organisation of the 3rd NGO meeting “Next Steps after the Adoption of Strategy for Sustainable Tourism Development of the Carpathians” (October 8-9, 2014). Read more about the meeting >>
  • Participation in other project events combined with support to facilitation and reporting, and assuring the input of NGOs:

* October 21-22, 2013, Carpathian Convention Working Group on Sustainable Tourism Meeting
Read more about the meeting >>
Read the press release issued about the event

* May 12-14, 2014, Carpathian Convention Working Group on Sustainable Tourism Meeting
For more information check the event’s page >>

*  September 23 – 26, 2014, the Fourth Meeting of the Conference of the Parties to the Carpathian Convention (COP4) took place in Mikulov, the Czech Republic. Right before the meeting the Conference on Sustainable Tourism in the Carpathians was organised.

* November 24-26, 2014, Carpathian Convention Working Group on Sustainable Tourism Meeting
For more information check the event’s page >>

Background

In 2003, the countries of the Carpathian Mountains (Czech Republic, Hungary, Poland, Romania, Serbia, Slovakia, and Ukraine) signed the Framework Convention on the Protection and Sustainable Development of the Carpathians, which has been ratified in the meantime. United Nations Environment Programme with its branch office in Vienna is hosting the Interim Secretariat of the Convention (UNEP – ISSC). The Convention aims at conserving fragile mountain regions in the Carpathians and at promoting sustainable development in the Carpathian region. In 2010, a Protocol on Sustainable Tourism was adopted, which provides a legally binding frame for the development of sustainable tourism in the Carpathians. To assure the implementation of the protocol a strategy is needed. In response to that need, this project seeks to elaborate the requested strategy for the Carpathians in co-ordination with all relevant stakeholders.

The project is generously supported by