Sustainable Tourism Strategy

The Carpathian Convention

The Framework Convention on the Protection and Sustainable Development of the Carpathians (Carpathian Convention) was adopted and signed by the seven Parties (Czech Republic, Hungary, Poland, Romania, Serbia, Slovak Republic, Ukraine) in May 2003 in Kyiv, Ukraine, and entered into force in January 2006. It is the only multi-level governance mechanism covering the whole of the Carpathian area and besides the Alpine Convention the second sub-regional treaty-based regime for the protection and sustainable development of a mountain region worldwide.

The common vision of the Parties to the Carpathian Convention is to pursue comprehensive policy and cooperation in order to guarantee protection and sustainable development of the Carpathians. The improvement of the quality of live, the strengthening of local economies and communities, and the conservation of natural values and cultural heritage should go hand in hand in the Carpathian area.

Strategy for Sustainable Tourism Development of the Carpathians

While being aware of the challenges ahead, the Carpathian stakeholders strive to make tourism more sustainable. The vision encompasses three dimensions – competitiveness, conservation and cooperation, which are fundamental to adding value to tourism, agreed by the Parties of the Framework Convention on the Protection and Sustainable Development of the Carpathians:

  • The Carpathians are a top competitive sustainable tourism destination in Europe, based on its unique natural and cultural heritage preserved and maintained on large integral areas.
  • The people in the Carpathians are successful in and proud of, maintaining their local authentic traditions, cultures, and landscapes, which contribute to unique tourist experiences.
  • Good cooperation, local management and partnerships contribute to the high quality of responsible tourism and ecosystem services, which ensures continuous benefits for local communities and economies.

In order to become a top sustainable tourism destination the Parties agree that the following three objectives form the targets to accomplish the vision by 2024:

Objective 1

Establish supportive conditions for sustainable tourism products and services, including development of a marketing scheme for the promotion of the Carpathians as a unique sustainable tourism destination. Establish supportive conditions for sustainable tourism products and services, including development of a marketing scheme for the promotion of the Carpathians as a unique sustainable tourism destination The unique offerings of the Carpathians when it comes to visitor experiences are the cultural and natural assets. Surviving authentic features make this mountain range very different to other destinations in Europe. However, this unique authenticity needs to be reflected in products and services, which can compete on the international market. The first objective will ensure that sustainability guidelines and standards are developed and implemented and that products and services are put on the market effectively.e

Objective 2

Develop innovative tourism management, fully integrating the needs of local people and economies and other supporting sectors, and respecting the preservation of natural and cultural heritage”] Balancing the needs of local people with the goals of conservation through careful management at local, national and Carpathian level is one of the main pillars in sustainable tourism development. The second objective establishes a system of management tools respecting the objectives of the Carpathian Convention while up scaling communication on sustainable tourism throughout the Carpathians. This innovative management approach sets new standards of sustainable tourism in destinations and protected areas and also contributes to enhancing the performance of other economic sectors.

Objective 3

Establish a continuous process of awareness raising, capacity building, education and training on sustainable tourism development and management at all levels”] Creating an enabling environment for the implementation of sustainable tourism in the Carpathians is crucial for success. Enhancing the knowledge of tourism stakeholders with regards to developing and managing tourism in a responsible way creates the fundamentals for reaching our vision of the Carpathians becoming a top sustainable tourism destination by the year 2024. Institutions involved  in training and education should work together to create efficient methods ensuring mainstreaming of sustainable practices throughout the Carpathians.

 

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