05.03.2009 -

Conservation and Sustainable Use of Biodiversity through Sound Tourism Development in Biosphere Reserves in Central and Eastern Europe - Aggtelek Biosphere Reserve (Hungary) 4-5 March 2009

The third and final meeting of the International Advisory Committee (IAC) of the UNEP/GEF Project on "Conservation and Sustainable Use of Biodiversity through Sound Tourism Development in Biosphere Reserves in Central and Eastern Europe", with an official representation of the MAB Secretariat and UNESCO-BRESCE, will be held in the Aggtelek Biosphere Reserve, Hungary, on 4-5 March 2008.
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|BACKGROUND|

The official project title is Conservation and Sustainable Use of Biodiversity through Sound Tourism Development in Biosphere Reserves in Central and Eastern Europe. The project will strengthen protection of globally significant mountain ecosystems in selected Biosphere Reserves of Central and Eastern Europe. This will be achieved through the development of new and innovative management systems with a special focus on tourism-related uses of these sites. Concurrently, awareness raising and capacity building systems will be developed and implemented, to ensure long term sustainable impacts. Tourism model initiatives and activities will be initiated to ensure distribution of returns for conservation purposes as well as to local stakeholders.

Partners of this project are Biosphere Reserve und National Park Šumava(Czech Republic); Institute of Systems Biology and Ecology (ISBE), Academy of Sciences of the Czech Republic (Czech Republic); Biosphere Reserve und National Park Aggtelek (Hungary); Ecological Institute for Sustainable Development (EISD) (Hungary); Biosphere Reserve und National Park Babia Góra (Poland); Friends of Babia Gora Association(FBGA)(Poland); and Donors are: United Nations Environmental Programme (UNEP) Global Environmental Facilities (GEF) ; UNESCO Man and Biosphere Programme (MAB); as well as, national, regional and local organisations and institutions.
|OUTPUT|

At the third IAC of the UNEP/GEF Project on "Conservation and Sustainable Use of Biodiversity through Sound Tourism Development in Biosphere Reserves in Central and Eastern Europe", the final review of project activities was the basis for discussing the sustainability and replicability of project results and possibilities of up-take and further dissemination. The IAC members evaluated the project as an outstanding example of how the MAB network of BRs can be used as an experimental and promotional one, to use the Biosphere Reserve as learning places. The IAC members will engage in disseminating the project outcomes and promote the further development of sustainable tourism concepts.

The publications on sustainable tourism jointly-published by UNEP-GEF, MAB, UNESCO-BRESCE and, edited by Ecological Tourism in Europe (ETE):

- <//font>Background Study<//font> [1,1 Mb]
- <//font>Sustainable Tourism. Training the Trainers Programme<//font> [852kb]
- <//font>Criteria for Sustainable Tourism for the 3 BRs Aggtelek, Babia Góra and Šumava<//font> [452kb]
- <//font>Trans-boundary Cooperation for Sustainable Tourism in Protected Areas<//font> [794kb]
- <//font>Trail planning<//font> [1,9 Mb]
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