The Sila National Park received the award for the renewal of the European Charter for Sustainable Tourism (CETS). A fundamental project for the development of our territory.
The European Charter for Sustainable Tourism in Protected Areas, supports Parks and Regions to become Sustainable Destinations, based on 5 principles: giving priority to conservation, contributing to sustainable development, involving all stakeholders, effective planning of sustainable tourism, pursuing improvement continuous.
There are nine Italian Protected Areas awarded in Europe, five in Spain, three in France, one in Germany and one in Great Britain.
For Italy, CETS for the first time get the Alpi Apuane Regional Park and the Porto Cesareo Marine Protected Area; it is renewed at the Regional Parks Veglia -Devero – Ossola; the Val Grande National Park; the National Park of Abruzzo, Lazio and Molise; the Euganean Hills Regional Park; the Regional Park of the Coastal Dunes from Torre Canne to Torre San Leonardo; the Adamello Brenta Nature Park and, indeed, the Sila National Park.
The CETS is a complex procedure, a process of participation in which the operators who operate in the Protected Area are an active part on the themes of sustainable tourism.
The CETS foresees the elaboration of strategies and detailed action plans for the territory with the aim of producing benefits for the communities, for the environment and for the development of the communities.
Sustainable Tourism in Protected Areas provides significant experience of quality and conservation in protected areas and of the natural and cultural values of the territory, supporting the economy and the quality of local life and is economically feasible.
An important recognition, that of the CETS, which attests the participatory process of collaboration of the National Park of the Sila (and other Italian parks) with tour operators and national and foreign tour operators, always aiming at the growth of sustainable tourism in Calabria.