The project will strengthen protection of globally significant
mountain ecosystems in selected Biosphere Reserves of Central
and Eastern Europe. This will be achieved through the development
of new and innovative management systems with a special focus
on tourism-related uses of these sites. Concurrently, awareness
raising and capacity building systems will be developed and
implemented, to ensure long term sustainable impacts. Tourism
model initiatives and activities will be initiated to ensure
distribution of returns for conservation purposes as well
as to local stakeholders. The official project title is Conservation
and Sustainable Use of Biodiversity through Sound Tourism
Development in Biosphere Reserves in Central and Eastern Europe.
The overall goal of this project is to promote the conservation
and sustainable use of biological diversity through the development
and implementation of sustainable tourism practices in the
3 participating Biosphere Reserves. These practices are consistent
with the conservation and sustainable use of vulnerable mountain
ecosystem biodiversity by using the UNEP/CBD International
Guidelines for Biodiversity and Tourism Development.
In this context the project goal consists of four parts:
A) Support to the development and implementation of tourism
management plans in relation to biodiversity objectives.
B) Create and strengthen an enabling environment for combining
sustainable tourism development and biodiversity conservation.
C) Support international cooperation among the participating
countries, especially with regard to trans-boundary cooperation,
to enhance knowledge on tourism and biodiversity.
D) Facilitate a consultative process with key stakeholders
(in the public and private sectors) to ensure their active
participation and influence in the development of public policies
for sustainable tourism development and management in vulnerable
mountain and forest areas.
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