Tourism is a growing sector worldwide. Increasingly people are looking for outdoor experiences in a natural environment; where they can learn about wildlife, the history of the places they visit and enjoy nature. Importantly natural and cultural values are usually best preserved in protected areas and along national borders. With the greater number of visitors, it is a good opportunity to promote the natural and cultural resources of these
protected areas. As a result, new challenges present themselves to protected area managers, who face the rapidly increasing number of tourists to these natural environments.
Recently the IUCN published the ‘Sustainable tourism management in the transboundary areas of the Dinaric Arc region’ manual. Additionally, the publication presents practical steps required to secure sustainable development tourism. Well-planned and effectively managed tourism can provide economic benefits. Helping local people, increasing the support for conservation of the natural environment and the cultural resources it depends upon.
The IUCN manual intends to increase the understanding of how important planning, management and monitoring of tourism is in the protected areas of Dinaric Arc. Additionally, it reflects the specifics of protected areas and how to develop tourism in a transboundary context. Simultaneously it also covers potentials arising from a joint cooperative management of tourism in the region. There are already previous examples of excellent management ongoing in the transboundary areas of the Dinaric Arc, some of which are presented in the publication. We hope that the guidelines in the publication will encourage more to follow.