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WWF Adria: The fundamental role of protected areas is nature protection, not tourism

first_imgNEW TOURIST PACKAGE FOCUSED ON ECO-TOURISM TESTED IN NP KORNATI This meeting was organized by the World Conservation Organization WWF at the initiative of Croatian protected areas who liked the results of the DestiMED project, which helped WWF design two eco-tourism offers in the Kornati National Park and the Lastovo Islands Nature Park.”The impression we can often get from the media when talking about national parks and nature parks is that the success of a protected area is measured by the number of visits, and this can by no means be a true indicator. Namely, tourism is often the biggest threat to the preservation of these most beautiful and biologically most important areas of our country.”, Points out Mosor Prvan, DestiMED project manager at WWF Adria.Tourism can be an opportunity to protect nature, but also to create a sustainable local economy, which increases the quality of life and business of the local population. “Through the DestiMED project, we have managed to create two success stories about the coexistence of nature protection and tourism – where revenues remain with the local community, tourists contribute to nature protection, and the negative impact of tourism on nature is far within sustainability. Now we want to replicate these two stories, Lastovo and Kornati, in other Croatian parks. “, points out Prvan, adding that building cooperation and trust between the local population and public institutions that manage the parks is crucial. The fundamental role of protected areas is nature protection, not tourism – agreed representatives of the nature protection sector who gathered in Zagreb for a two-day workshop “Creating an eco-tourism offer in protected areas – opportunities and threats to conservation goals.” The ecotourism packages developed in NP Kornati and PP Lastovo are entering the commercial phase this summer and, together with other protected areas in the Mediterranean that are part of the DestiMED project, will be sold to agencies dealing with sustainable tourism. The workshop brought together representatives of about twenty Croatian protected areas, as well as representatives of the Ministry of Environmental Protection and Energy, the Ministry of Tourism and the Institute of Tourism, but also the business sector (Intrepid Travel – PEAK, Šibenik Plus). Through the presentation of the results of the DestiMED project, both by WWF and the project partners of IUCN and NP Kornati, the participants were given the idea of ​​how to develop an eco-tourism package. In this, they were additionally assisted by employees in the tourism sector who, with their knowledge and experience, pointed out possible challenges.center_img AFTER KORNAT AND LASTOV, AND OTHER PROTECTED AREAS INTERESTED IN ECO-TOURISM RELATED NEWS: Cover photo: NP Krkalast_img read more