The overall goal of the project is the protection of globally
significant mountain ecosystems in the Šumava Biosphere Reserves
through the development of new and innovative management systems
with a special focus on tourism-related uses of these sites.
Also Junior Rangers want to help.
There is in fact no official planning and management structure
for the Šumava BR, and there is no special paid staff. The
basic agenda, data collecting, participation at some events
organised e.g. in the frame of MaB programme have been done
by the Šumava NP and PLA Authority. There is a small group
of people having above-mentioned activity in their duties
according to their specialisation at the NP Authority. The
goal is to design a proposal of a management system of BR
as a whole, including its institutional and organisational
framing (embedding of the system into a broader regional socio-economic
context). Then a design of sustainable tourism development
strategy within the BR, including forms of its promotion an
„image-building“ strategy, will be done.
Based on the above-mentioned study an appropriate institution
will be introduced to manage the BR, which should administrate
a system of support to sustainable tourism as well.
People want to explore nature – a chance for
There is some limited, but still not fully used potential
for development of newly emerging activities of sustainable
tourism, such as e.g. horse riding, canoeing… etc. To evaluate
that potential of the BR, in terms of opportunities and risks,
is a challenge for both a project team and local tourism operators.
Tourism potential of the area will be assessed from an international
aspect as well to propose a Bavaria-Austria-Czech net of cross-border
Preserving the heritage, culture and nature.
To introduce a system of regional certificates of high quality
products and services those are related to sustainable tourism
will create the first part of real support local small tourism
System of incentives to start new activities through “Entrepreneurial
hatchery” will follow.
Cultural aspect of the Šumava BR has been slowly forming
as an interaction among local people and nature for centuries,
however substantial changes have brought new priorities to
the area of BR since 1989 agriculture and forestry as a main
job for local inhabitants have been largely substituted by
new orientation towards tourism. Area suitable for recreational
and sport activities has attracted more and more customers
and new jobs represent big opportunities both for tourism
business and for local people.
To support an awareness of local people on their cultural
heritage, and also to offer other aspects of the area to visitors,
a program of revitalisation of cultural potential of the BR
territory will be developed.
Many of formerly used techniques and practices were forgotten;
many of new ones should be learned. To introduce a system
of education, training, round table discussions, etc. to solve
concrete problems related to sustainable tourism development.
It is necessary to find a common approach.
The results, both positive and negative, will be shared
with partners from all Biosphere Reserves participating in
the project. Regular bilateral consultation and information
exchange with our friends from the cross-border protected
area of the Bavarian Forest National Park will be held to
find a common solution.