Tourism for Nature presents the achievements of the UNEP/GEF and UNESCO funded project "Tourism and biodiversity in Central Eastern Europe", implemented from April 2005 til May 2008 by Ecological Tourism in Europe (ETE), Germany, together with project partners from Czech Republic, Hungary and Poland.

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The project Tourism and biodiversity in Central Eastern Europe aimed strengthening protection of globally significant mountain ecosystems in selected Biosphere Reserves of Central and Eastern Europe. Eco-tourism while still at a relatively modest level of development in the region, provides opportunities as well as challenges for the sustainable use of biodiversity. Read more >>
Project Results After three years of implementation the project has achieved a lot of outcomes. Manifold project activities have been implemented and an important consultation process has been initiated in the three project regions. On their way to become sustainable tourism destinations many stakeholders contributed to the project. Read more >>
Project presentation at CBD COP 9 in Bonn The project was presented at the Conference of Parties to the Convention on Biological Diversity that took place in Bonn from May 19 to May 30, 2008. See all dates and press releases Read more >>
High potential for tourism Babia Gora Biosphere Reserve in Poland is uniquely diverse. The communities living on the different sides of the mountain ridge have different architecture, folklore, clothing and dialects. The range of climatic and vegetation zones of the massif host 70 alpine species as well as 54 species under protection.

Species that live nowhere else Aggtelek Biosphere Reserve and National Park is situated on the Hungarian part of a vast karst area. The caves are a unique habitat where many rare and endemic species live, like the Aggtelek cave shrimp (Niphargus aggtelekiensis). Visitors usually come for one or two days. Read more >>

Green Roof of Europe Highly valuable and strictly protected glacial lakes and remnants of primeval forests at the Sumava Biosphere Reserve in Czech Republic attract 600,000 tourists per year. Some villages inside the biosphere reserve are mainly depending on tourism development. Read more >>

Widely recognised importance The project is supported by more than 20 organisations. Check the list of contributors >>
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