29.04.2009 -

Launch of Sustainable Tourism Development in UNESCO Designated Sites in SEE. A training workshop

UNESCOVENICE Media Advisory (Montenegro) 29/4/2009 :

An International workshop for Sustainable Tourism Development in UNESCO Designated Sites in South-Eastern Europe, organized by the UNESCO Office in Venice – UNESCO Regional Bureau for Science and Culture in Europe (BRESCE), World Heritage Centre; UNEP Regional Office for Europe and the National Park Dolomiti Bellunesi in co-operation with the Montenegrin Ministry of Tourism and Environment, Montenegrin National Commission for UNESCO, Durmitor National Park, UNDP Montenegro and the Central European Initiative (CEI) will take place from 3 to 8 May in Podgorica and Zabljak, Durmitor National Park (NP) in Montenegro.

The main goal of the workshop is to prepare and conduct a Sustainable Tourism Training and Exchange Programme with the aim to bring forward the concept of sustainable tourism development and to encourage national and local authorities, the private tourism sector and NGOs to engage in the implementation of the Convention on Biological Diversity Guidelines on Biodiversity and Tourism development.

Effective sustainable development includes the conservation of biodiversity and sound economic tourism management. An essential prerequisite for the successful implementation of sustainable tourism development is a defined planning process. To generate this planning methodology/planning process, continual interactive community involvement amongst all stakeholders: private sector, industries, site managers, national and local decision makers is essential. Sustainable tourism management can be used as leverage for enhancing and promoting local/national goods and services. It can lead to increased national economic growth and benefits for the local people.

Based upon the regional “learning platform” strategies developed by the WHC, designated sites such as UNESCO World Heritage and Biosphere Reserve Sites, can also serve as training hubs for best practice issues in tourism planning and to strengthen tourism management. During the training workshop, UNESCO, UNEP and IUCN-SEE will also elaborate platforms for networking, sharing experiences and coaching (improving capacity building).

The series of Ecological Tourism in Europe (ETE) publications sponsored by UNESCO-BRESCE on sustainable tourism will be promoted during the workshop.

Participants coming from 14 South Eastern European countries (Albania, Bosnia and Herzegovina, Bulgaria, Croatia, the Czech Republic, the Former Yugoslav Republic of Macedonia, Hungary, Greece, Montenegro, Romania, Serbia, Slovakia, Slovenia and Turkey) will attend the training workshop.

A press conference will be convened on Monday 4 May 2009, at 9:00, at the Hotel Podgorica in the presence of Philippe Pypaert, representing UNESCO-BRESCE, Zeljka Radak Kukavicic, General Secretary of the Montenegrin Ministry of Tourism and Environment, Marija Raznatovic, Secretary General of the Montenegrin National Commission for UNESCO, Tomo Pajevic, Director of the Durmitor National Park, Art Pedersen, UNESCO-WHC, Harald Egerer, UNEP Vienna, Nino Martino, the National Park “Dolomiti Bellunesi” and Ljubica Milojevic, UN World Tourism Organization (UNWTO).

For more information please contact: Philippe Pypaert, UNESCO-BRESCE E-mail: p.pypaert@unesco.org Phone: + 39-041-2601512 Fax: + 39-041-5228995 Website : www.unesco.org/venice

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Author(s): UNESCO Venice Media Advisory N° 2009-06 Source: UNESCOVENICE PRESS 29/04/2009




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