Conservation and Sustainable Use of Biodiversity in Biosphere Reserves in Central and Eastern Europe

The overall goal of this project was to promote the conservation and sustainable use of biological diversity through the development and implementation of sustainable tourism practices in the Biosphere Reserves Aggtelek (Hungary), Babia Gora (Poland) and Sumava (Czech Republic). This has been achieved through the development of new and innovative management systems with a special focus on tourism-related uses of these sites. Following the development and implementation of awareness raising and capacity building systems, a great number of tourism initiatives and activities have ensured the distribution of returns for conservation purposes as well as to local stakeholders. These initiatives were consistent with the conservation and sustainable use of vulnerable mountain ecosystem biodiversity by using the UNEP/CBD International Guidelines for Biodiversity and Tourism Development.


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The project website tourism4nature.org has been closed. Outcomes of the project are summarized in the publications.


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Project goals, duration, donors


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The project partners of the international project were biosphere reserves and nature conservation NGOs from Germany, Hungary, Poland, and the Czech Republic.



Series of guiding documents on sustainable tourism development and management planning


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Team meeting, conferences, workshops etc. and COP9!