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"PARKS & BENEFITS" is a 1st round Baltic Sea Region Programme project, running from February 2009 to January 2012.


Aims: Parks & Benefits wants to ensure the sustainable regional development in eight large protected areas in six countries around the Baltic Sea. The project's main instrument will be the transfer of the European Charter For Sustainable Tourism in Protected Areas to the Baltic Sea Region and its joint implementation in National, Regional and Nature Parks and a Biosphere Reserve.

Parks & Benefits will research and point out the economic, ecological and social benefits of sustainable tourism for both the parks and the regional stakeholders. Among the results there will be a network of protected areas around the Baltic Sea, new nature tourism products and enlarged commitment of citizens and tourism entrepreneurs to the Charter and their protected Parks.

Background: The Baltic Sea Region holds many sites of typical Baltic or even outstanding natural heritage which are preserved in protected areas. When Nature Tourism respects their conservation and development objectives, it has the potential to be an important and sustainable element of regional economies within and around these protected areas.

Up to now this economic potential is on the one hand underdeveloped and offers vast possibilities for the development of tourism, of public-private partnerships and improved nature conservation. At the same time can existing economic performance be widely underestimated, which often results in mislead discussions and prejudices about the use of nature protection. On the other hand all stakeholders within regions with protected areas need to practice cooperation and communication on an equal footing for truly sustainable development.

 
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Parks & Benefits - concluded successfully

Dear friends and supporters of the Parks & Benefits project,

The project “Parks & Benefits” which has ended officially on 24 January 2012 introduced and strengthened sustainable nature tourism approaches in the Baltic Sea Region and communicates the mutual benefits to protected areas and to their surrounding regions for regional development and sustained natural development. In close and trustful cooperation the partnership has achieved the following results:

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6th project newsletter published

Dear partners and friends of the Parks & Benefits project,
I am looking back to our successful final event on 10 October 2011 in Sellin / Rügen (DE) and the following last meeting of all project partners from 11 – 14 October 2011 in Lauterbach /Rügen (DE).

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Final brochure published

October 2011  -  The Guide To Sustainable Tourism in Protected Areas has been published. It is a work of the partner parks, partner universities, other related partner, EUROPARC and the projectmanagement. 

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