T1 - Thematic Work Package 1

Diagnostic Phase

The natural capital is a key asset for Central Europe. CEETO focuses on Protected Areas (PAs) because they are both rich in biodiversity and are sites of intense human activity. As PAs are the backbone of current and future Natura 2000 network, they are also the most appropriate areas for developing tools aimed at supporting a successful implementation of EU environmental policies.

T1 is organized in 2 parallel sessions: the first session of T1 (1.1 and 1.2) carries out a diagnostic on most innovative and successful policies/tools currently in practice for tourism management inside natural PAs in EU and worldwide. In the second session (1.3 and 1.4) each Project Partner implementing pilot actions in T2 carries out a site-specific analysis on the PAs involved in the pilot in order to better focus/target each single pilot action on the needs/peculiarities/hotspots identified.

1.1. Analysis on current sustainability policies applied to tourism management inside PAs in Europe.
1.2. Inventory of existing planning, management and monitoring tools for a sustainable tourism within PAs at EU and international level and identification of most successful case-studies worldwide.
1.3. Analysis of the local needs of the Protected Areas and outline of tourism-related hotspots and priorities to be addressed in pilot actions.
1.4. Report on the potential socio-economic benefits in applying a sustainable approach to tourism management in PAs (structured interviews with relevant target groups in each CEETO Country).

Handbook of successful and innovative practices for a sustainable tourism inside Protected Areas.

NIMFEA is the T1 coordinator; 1.1 & 1.2: PPs who are not implementing pilot actions will collect data
(national/regional) to obtain the most complete/inclusive set of information. Project Partners involved in pilot actions develop activities 1.3 & 1.4.