The 8th Meeting of CC STWG
The Eighth Meeting of the Carpathian Convention Working Group on Sustainable Tourism was held in Romania, in Brasov, from 12 to 14 April 2016.
The purpose of the meeting was to discuss about implementation of the Strategy for the Sustainable Tourism Development of the Carpathians.
The meeting took place in a Green tourism location in Brasov a nearly “zero-energy” Hotel. The meeting documents were: Joint proposal of the Carpathian Sustainable Tourism Coordination Platform with comments of the parties .
Proposal for a Detailed Description to the Country Action Plan of the Strategy for Sustainable Tourism Development in the Carpathians.
Proposal for a Detailed Description to the Joint Action Plan of the Strategy for Sustainable Tourism Development in the Carpathians.
Database on Sustainable Tourism in the Carpathians.
Updated Terms of Reference for the Working Group on Sustainable Tourism First Update the Draft of the Terms of Reference for the Coordiantion Platform.
More about the Agenda, Programme and Meeting documents are avaible here.
Greentourism Ecological Association, represented by Mr. Constantin Serban, the president of the association and the founder of Green Tourism concept in Romania contributed as observer together with representatives of several NGOs like European Ecologic Turism Organization-OETE/ETE, CEEWEB for Biodiversity, European Wilderness Society, Romanian Association of Ecoturism and NGO’s representatives from Central and Eastern Europe and of World Tourisme Organization – UNWTO.
The Opening of the meeting and welcome remarks by the UNEP Vienna – SCC , UNWTO and the host country – Romania and briefly presentation of participants was followed by the Report of the Secretariat on the outcomes of facilitation of the joint proposal of the Carpathian Sustainable Tourism Coordination Platform to support the implementation of the Sustainable Tourism Protocol and its Strategy.
The representatives parties of the seven Carpathian discussed around the three proposal of the Carpathian Sustainable Tourism Coordination Platforms.
The second day was focused on the proposal for a Detailed Description to the Country Action Plan of the Strategy for Sustainable Tourism Development in the Carpathians and an proposal for a Detailed Description to the Joint Action Plan of the Strategy for Sustainable Tourism Development in the Carpathians.
In the afternoon, the meeting was continued with a study field trip on the new Visitor Centre of the Piatra Craiului National Park, practically a museum dedicated to the exquisite national park in Romania.
The Piatra Craiului National Park holds a large population of large carnivores: bears – Ursus arctos; wolves – Canis lupus; lynx – Lynx lynx. Studies conducted so far have revealed the presence of three migrating corridors, used by these species, between the Piatra Craiului and Bucegi massifs.
The Piatra Craiului National Park also holds a rich bird fauna, including the 111 species identified so far, on the territory, rendering the area an ideal destination for bird watching. Over 40% of the 100 mammal’s species found in Romania live here. Up to this day 21 species of bats have been identified in caves or old tree hollows throughout the national park.The invertebrate fauna is particularly rich counting 35 endemic species and 91 species identified as new for science. There is also a large number of butterfly species, up to this day 216 species being identified as either rare or endemic. More info you can find here!
After the wonderful Centre and the short hiking in Piatra Craiului National Park, the field trip continued with a visit in Bran Castle knowed like Dracula Castle. More info about Count Dracula and the Castle, here!
The evening was closed with a “wallachian” cultural typical style dinner in “Coliba Haiducilor” from Poiana Brasov.
It is known that in the tourism industry usually after some big group events the left foods that is usually wasted. Since the most of meeting participants are concerned that the travel industry become greener from the social point of view, at the initiative of Greentourism association, the leftover food was used to feed a mother, Adriana and his four children, (Cristian, Marin, Codrut and Maria) a poor social case family nearby Brasov.
The sustainable tourism includes the social contribution&implication of the tourism sector to help people who live in the Carpatians.
In the last day of the meetig, in the eleven point of the agenda of the meting, “Project opportunities and initiatives “, Mr. Constantin Serban presented a possible common project for cooperation, “Wallachian Vatra trail”, a common cultural heritage across Carpathians, a niche product in a green holystic approach.
He mentioned the motto: “We live where others only in vacations can live” and the traditional wallachian values in few key words of the project: Freedom, Nature Hamony, Healtly life, Mistic and Spiritual.
In his updated presentation was highlighted the importance of Cooperation, not for Competition. The project could be a good initiative&reason for starting to build a functioning cooperation network between Parties in this implementation period of the Protocol.Mr Constantin Serban, proposed the Wallachian Vatra project to be considered as a tool of Sustainable tourism development, a common project for the entire Carpathian teritories to help realising, implementing and upscaling sustainable tourism in the Carpathians. The first step of the project would be to start a common consensus between all stakeholders, by opening a Wallachian Culture Hub, to cooperate for developing sustainable tourism in Carpathians trough common culture heritage.
The meeting was held by UNEP secretariat of Carpathian Convention, Romania Ministry of Environment, Water and Forests, Romanian Authority of tourism, Brasov County Council, Brasov Metropolitan Agency. More info about the event,including the meeting report, here!
More about previous meetings of Carpathian Convention Working Group on Sustainable Tourism, here.
About Green Ecological Tourism in Romania:
Turismverde* Association is the creator and promoter of first principle “Green Business Scheme” in Romania, called “PGL-3WT(3 Win Tourism)” the most durable, sustainable and responsible&rezonable principle of tourism development. Details here!
The mission of our tourism sustainable promoting association is to pre serve as much as possible the environment, aesthetic valences of all areas (protected & unprotected) like delta, mountain, sea, urban-rural etc and social ties with residents, preserving their cultural heritage material or immaterial values and their traditional while contributing to understanding and tolerance in human-nature symbiosis, that future generations could enjoy their travels even in the same conditions as us today.
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