Sustainable Tourism Strategy for the Carpathians in development



Posted on 30 July 2013  | 
Representatives of governments, tourism agencies and NGOs of the seven Carpathian countries will be involved in the development of the Sustainable Tourism Strategy, the first common strategy for tourism across the Czech Republic, Slovakia, Poland, Hungary, Ukraine, Romania and Serbia.

The strategy will be delivered for adoption at the next Conference of the Parties to the Carpathian Convention in October 2014.

In 2010, a Protocol on sustainable tourism was adopted by the Conference of the seven Parties to the Carpathian Convention, which provided a legally binding framework for the development of sustainable tourism in the Carpathians. To assure the implementation of the protocol, the project “Development of a Sustainable Tourism Strategy for the Carpathians” (CarpatSusTourStrat) seeks to elaborate the strategy for the Carpathians in co-ordination with all relevant stakeholders.

The project is managed by Ecological Tourism in Europe (E.T.E.) with the support of WWF International Danube-Carpathian Programme, CEEweb for Biodiversity, the Interim Secretariat of the Carpathian Convention and the Carpathian Network of Protected Areas.

Over the course of the project, various meetings with stakeholders are being organized – at a national, regional and local level , including state, non-governmental and private stakeholders - to reflect their opinions and needs in the strategy.

The first meeting with NGOs from the Carpathians took place on 12-15 June 2013 in Slovakia, where the first draft of the strategy was up for discussion. 

Additionally, 14 tourism development initiatives will be compiled and the process of the elaboration of the strategy will be documented. This will potentially serve as a model for other regions where there are attempts to develop such a tourism strategy.

The project duration is March 2013 - November 2014. The project is financially supported by the German Federal Ministry for the Environment, Nature Protection and Nuclear Safety.

About the Carpathian Convention

The Carpathian Convention with the Interim Secretariat based at UNEP Vienna aims to protect and sustainably develop the Carpathians by improving the quality of life, strengthening local economies and communities, and the conservation of natural values and cultural heritage.

The Framework Convention on the Protection and Sustainable Development of the Carpathians (Carpathian Convention) was adopted and signed by the seven Parties (Czech Republic, Hungary, Poland, Romania, Serbia, Slovak Republic, Ukraine) in May 2003 in Kyiv, Ukraine, and entered into force in January 2006. It is the only multi-level governance mechanism covering the whole of the Carpathian area and, besides the Alpine Convention, the second sub-regional treaty-based regime for the protection and sustainable development of a mountain region worldwide.

WWF Danube-Carpathian Programme has been an important player in the development of the Carpathian Convention from the very beginning and seeks to support the implementation of the Convention through various projects related to nature conservation and regional development.
Green Mountains - The Carpathian Mountains in eastern Slovakia, Polana National Park
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Safeguarding traditions in Maramures, Romanian Carpathians.
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