The Regional Park of the Euganean Hills was awarded European Charter for Sustainable Tourism certification in an official ceremony which took place at the annual Europarc conference in Genk (Belgium) on 25 October 2012.

 

The President of the Park Gianni Biasetto receives the European Charter for Sustainable Tourism certification

 

 

 

WHAT IS THE EUROPEAN CHARTER FOR SUSTAINABLE TOURISM?

The European Charter for Sustainable Tourism in Protected Areas (ECST) is a methodological tool and a certification system that encourages improved management of protected areas in order to develop sustainable tourism. The central aspect of the Charter is the cooperation between all parties interested in developing a common strategy and an action plan for tourism development based on an in-depth analysis of local circumstances. The aim is to protect natural and cultural heritage and encourage on-going improvements in the management of tourism in protected areas, safeguarding the environment, local residents, businesses and visitors. The Charter is managed by the EUROPARC Federation, the organisation that runs the process for awarding the Charter to protected areas and coordinating the network of certified areas with support from national branches of the federation (such as Federparchi-Europarc Italia).


SIGNATORIES TO CHARTER PROJECTS

Each line features a link displaying the name of the organisation that has joined the Charter programme and a second link of projects planned by that organisation for the European Charter for Sustainable Tourism. 

Parco Regionale dei Colli Euganei - Azioni per la CETS - Nuove Azioni CETS

Associazione Astronomica Euganea - Azioni per la CETS

Associazione CFP CNOS-FAP Manfredini - Azioni per la CETS

Associazione Culturale "L'Artificio" di Este - Azioni per la CETS

Associazione Culturale "Studio D" - Azioni per la CETS

Associazione Giovane Montagna - Azioni per la CETS

Associazione Pro Loco Monselice - Azioni per la CETS

Associazione Ville Venete - Azioni per la CETS

Atestina Superbike - Azioni per la CETS

Azienda Altaura e Monte Ceva - Azioni per la CETS

Azienda Agrituristica Fattoria Morlungo - Azioni per la CETS

Club Alpino Italiano - Azioni per la CETS

Comune di Este - Azioni per la CETS

Comune di Montegrotto Terme - Azioni per la CETS

Comune di Vo', Pro Loco e Associazione "Da Vadum a Curtis" - Azioni per la CETS

Consorzio Vini DOC - Azioni per la CETS

Cooperativa Sociale "Terra di Mezzo" - Azioni per la CETS

Dipartimento dei Beni Culturali - Università di Padova - Azioni per la CETS

La Costigliola s.r.l. - Azioni per la CETS

Podere Villa Alessi - Azioni per la CETS

Pro Loco di Teolo - Azioni per la CETS

Regione Veneto, Unità di Progetto Foreste e Parchi - Azioni per la CETS

Strada del Vino Colli Euganei - Azioni per la CETS

Thermaesport - Azioni per la CETS

Turismo Padova Terme Euganee - Azioni per la CETS

Turismo Verde - CIA (Confederazione Italiana Agricoltori) - Azioni per la CETS


Newest signatory:

Consulting&Software - Azioni per la CETS

 

SUMMARY PAGE of Newest actions CETS 2014

 

 

HOW THE PARK WAS AWARDED CHARTER CERTIFICATION

 

In order to be awarded Charter certification (PHASE I), the Regional Park of the Euganean Hills went through the following steps:

It handed in its application to the EUROPARC Federation in 2009;

It began training staff working in the protected area about the Charter, it set up and ran forums and working groups involving the various local stakeholders directly involved in different ways in the tourism industry (from businesses to local public authorities to trade associations) and completed an analysis and diagnosis of the protected area’s tourist market, of the strategies already in place, of the opportunities and the environmental, economic and social impact. The working groups and forums were launched to mark the park’s 20th anniversary in 2009. The Diagnostic Report was presented in the forum held on 3rd October 2011, while the commitments made by all the stakeholders involved were assessed and signed on 12 December 2011.

It produced a final Strategy and Action Plan.

All the materials produced were sent to the Europarc Federation and the park received a visit from an action plan evaluation officer on 11th and 12th April 2012. Having obtained its certificate from the European Charter for Sustainable Tourism in Protected Areas, the park will have to apply its Action Plan (PHASES II and III).

 

The Charter certificate is valid for five years.

Once the five years have expired, Federparchi and Europarc will assess the results achieved and will re-issue the certificate. During this phase, new groups will be able to join the scheme.