Central Europe Eco-Tourism: tools for nature protection

The last European ‘State of Environment Report’ states that the most effective goal related to nature conservation is to foster ecosystems resilience, a vision in which human activities are the main driving force. Within protected areas, tourism can be the most effective tool to valorize natural heritage, to contribute to its conservation, and to achieve well-being of local communities. The identification of appropriate, cost-effective and low-impact models to manage a sustainable tourism, however, remains an open challenge in central Europe. In this context, the CEETO project aims at implementing an innovative governance system for tourism based on a participatory planning approach that will help to improve the managing capacities of managers of protected areas. Moreover, CEETO aims at identifying and testing innovative management and monitoring tools specifically focused on sustainable tourism activities in different contexts.

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Start Date

June 1 2017

End Date

May 31 2020

CEETO Conference on Protected Areas and Sustainable Tourism - Registrations are open!

22nd to 24th of October - Opatija, Croatia.

From October 22nd to 24th, high level speakers from countries implementing CEETO project will share their experience in the development and management of a responsible and sustainable tourism in protected areas and Natura 2000 network. The Conference will take place at the Amadria Conference Park in Opatija, the traditional tourist destination of Croatia. 

The aim of the CEETO project and the Conference is to promote an innovative sustainable tourism planning model which reduces usage conflicts, sustains social and territorial cohesion, improves the quality of life of local communities, and encourages the tourism industry to concretely contribute to nature conservation.

Practical experience in a participatory planning, development of tourism governance models and testing of tourism monitoring tools will be presented by pilot areas included in the project, while the PRIRODA Public Institution for Managing Protected Nature Areas in the County of Primorje and Gorski Kotar will co-host a field trip to the island of Cres and the Visitor center and the griffon vulture rehabilitation center Beli.

 Here you can download the Agenda of the Conference and further Information for Participants.

For any other information you may need, please contact the organizers at ceeto@wwfadria.org or through the phone number 00385989099219.


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