Project CEETO – Central Europe Eco-Tourism: tools for nature protection


Program: Interreg Central Europe

Duration of the project: 1st of June 2017 – 31st of May 2020


Lead partner:

Region Emilia – Romagna – Protected Areas, Forestry and Mountains Development Department



Europarc federation

UNESCO Biosphere Reserve Salzburger Lungau

Soelktaeler Nature Park

NIMFEA – Environment and Nature Conservation Association

Authority for the Biosphere Reserve South east Ruegen

The Italian Federation of Parks and Reserves – Europarc Italy

Regional development centre Koper

Public institute Landscape Park Strunjan

WWF Adria – Association for nature protection and biodiversity conservation


Associate partners: Italian Ministry for the Environment, Land and sea; Ministry of Environment and Nature Protection; Office of the state Government of Styria, Department for Environment and Spatial Planning, Subsection Nature Conservation; Federal Ministry of Agriculture, Forestry, Environment and Water Management; Tourist Authority Rugen Ltd.; Ministry for Agriculture, Environment and Consumer Protection Mecklenburg-Vorpommern.

The identification of appropriate, cost-effective and low-impact models to manage a sustainable tourism is still an open challenge in Central Europe: CEETO project therefore aims at implementing an innovative governance system for tourism based on a participatory planning approach (as described in the European Charter for Sustainable Tourism in Protected Areas-ECST), able to improve the managing capacities of PAs managers and implement an actual sustainable use of nature and its assets. Moreover CEETO aims at identifying and testing innovative management and monitoring tools specifically focused on sustainable tourism activities in different contexts, well represented by the PAs involved in the pilot actions.

Project is divided on 3 main work packages:


M- Management


T-Thematic work packages

–          Diagnostic Phase

Work package T1 is organized in 2 parallel sessions: the first session carries out a diagnostic on most innovative and successful policies/tools currently in practice for tourism management inside natural PAs in EU and worldwide. In the second session, each PP implementing pilot actions in T2 carries out a site-specific analysis on the PAs involved in the pilots.

Main output of the T1 work package is Handbook of successful and innovative practices for a sustainable tourism inside Protected Areas


–          Testing

–          Creating CEETO Guidelines

–          CEETO network



RRC Koper is a lead partner of work package T3, but it will be involved in all project activities. Main goal of the work package T3 is creating CEETO guidelines. T3 aims at making a synthesis of the pilot actions results within T2, a tool designed to support policy makers at international/national and regional level in the process of shaping the tourism planning and management within and around PAs.


Contact informations:

Tina Primožič:


Slavko Mezek



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