WWF co-hosts a discussion about the Carpathian Sustainable Tourism Strategy
The discussion starts at 6 pm on 23 October 2013 at Sport Hotel in Poiana Brasov, Romania. It is one-hour side event at the Second European Ecotourism Conference which takes place in the Romanian mountain resort on 22-25 October 2013.
A variety of stakeholders from governments, national tourism agencies, NGOs and tour operators from across the Carpathians will learn about the outcomes from several workshops on ecotourism that have already taken place in order to help draft a Sustainable Tourism Strategy.
The strategy is being developed under the umbrella of the Carpathian Convention.
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, a special project - “Development of a Sustainable Tourism Strategy for the Carpathians” (CarpatSusTourStrat) - seeks to elaborate the strategy for the Carpathians in coordination with all relevant stakeholders. The project is managed by Ecological Tourism in Europe (E.T.E.) with the support of WWF, 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 runs until November 2014 and 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 United Nations Environment Programme (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 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.