On September, 12 – 14 the 9th Meeting of the Carpathian Convention´s Working Group on Sustainable Tourism will take place in Brasov, Romania.

The main purpose of the meeting is finalisation of the 5th Conference of the Parties Decisions for the Tourism Working Group as well as setting up priorities for the future. The Carpathian Sustainable Tourism Platform (CSTP) and its arrangements will also be discussed.

Moreover, results of the project Support for the implementation of the Strategy for Sustainable Tourism Development of the Carpathians supported by German Ministry for the Environment and coordinated by the Ecological Tourism in Europe (ETE) will be also presented in Brasov. One of this project results are databases of Handbooks and Guidelines, Financial Instruments and  implemented Tourism Projects.

Carpathian Sustainable Tourism Centre Romania

As we were lately informed by our colleague and sustainable tourism international expert, Mr. Michael Meyer, the recently created Carpathian Sustainable Tourism Centre in Romania just finalized development of its work program, indicators and reporting format.

Carpathian Sustainable Tourism Centre Ukraine

The recently created Ukrainian National Task Force on Sustainable Tourism of the Carpathian Convention and Transcarpathian Regional Tourism Organization are also aimed at support of the implementation of the Strategy for Sustainable Tourism Development of the Carpathians. Last week the meeting of cross-sectoral working group took place in the capital of Ukraine, where among other the Carpathian Sustainable Tourism Centre in Uzhhorod was discussed. Next planned step is the cooperation with international partners, particularly from Romania and Poland, according to the Memorandum of Understanding signed on the UNESCO conference in Slovakia this year.

As it was already confirmed (see also Memorandum of Understanding, signed with Transcarpathian Regional Administration, Decission № 1312) European Wilderness Society, is ready to provide its international support and expertize to launch more sustainable tourism projects in the Carpathians, also respecting the unique wilderness and people of this beautiful region!

More details and registration to the meeting can be found on the Website of the Carpathian Convention.

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Iryna Shchoka is a regional development expert and is based in Uzhhorod, Ukraine.

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