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Svalbard Tourism and Environment Conference
Fresh start for Sustainable Tourism at Svalbard archipelago, Norway.
Tourism and Environment Conference.
This week at Svalbard (Norway) different international politicians, park managers, business representatives, scientists and other stakeholders have gathered in the “Friske Fraspark Svalbard Reiselivskonferanse – Tourism and Environment Conference”.
This Conference wants to be a “fresh kick-start” meeting for re-structuring Svalbard, and is being hold with the objective of discussing key factors for developing sustainable tourism in combination with the conservation of the environment at this archipelago.
EUROPARC brings examples of European Charter for Sustainable Tourism in Protected Areas
Carol Ritchie, Executive Director of EUROPARC Federation, has joined this Conference and discussed how touristic development can be combined with environmental protection. In this framework, the European Charter for Sustainable Tourism in Protected Areas brings some good examples. Therefore, several cases of European Charter members, like La Garrotxa (Spain), Parque Cinque Terre (Italy), and Lands of Priolo (Portugal), have been presented, being the latter a perfect example for Svalbard scenario.
A reference for wildlife management and tourism development
Located at Sao Miguel Island, in the Azores archipelago, Lands of Priolo is one of the parks that belong to the European Charter Network. At this place, tourism development is being undertaken in combination with the protection of the Azores bullfinch, or “Priolo”, and endemic and highly threatened species that inhabits the island. In the case of Svalbard, a similar approach could be taken to guarantee the preservation of species residing in it, like the Polar bear or the Arctic fox, whose populations are endangered worldwide.
With Carol’s presentation, and thanks to the lessons learned through the European Charter of Sustainable Tourism in Protected Areas, EUROPARC wants to collaborate with the development of a new and more sustainable Svalbard.
You can find more information on the Conference’s page.
About EUROPARC Federation
The EUROPARC Federation is the network for Europe’s natural and cultural heritage. Created by their members, the Federation works, to improve the management of Protected Areas in Europe through international cooperation, exchange of ideas and experience, and by influencing policy.
As the representative body of Europe’s Protected Areas they are the collective voice for all nature and landscape areas and they seek to build a stronger, unifying, European network organisation that is better placed to support their members and to respond to current and future challenges Europe’s nature is facing.
The EUROPARC Federation is dedicated to practical nature conservation and sustainable development of Europe’s biodiversity, fostering holistic landscape approaches in its management.
They come together from across Europe, with a shared passion for nature and landscapes to look beyond their parks and highlight their importance to the environmental, social and economic development of their regions, countries and European society.
[Source: EUROPARC-Media Relations}
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