MINISTRY OF ENVIRONMENT
AND ENERGY SECURITY

Asinara National Park gets European Sustainable Tourism Charter

After a long process of international accreditation, Asinara National Park obtains the prestigious recognition of the European Charter for Sustainable Tourism of Protected Areas together with 7 other European entities, officially joining the pan-European federation Europarc and, if covid measures allow, will participate in the Diploma award ceremony on July 1, 2021 in Sabugal, Portugal, during the next Ects Network Meeting.

A path pursued with the Ministry of Ecological Transition, which funded all accreditation actions, and with the Italian Federation of Parks. The municipalities of Porto Torres, Stintino and Castelsardo have also joined the certification path.

Today the Europarc Cets network involves 37 countries representing thousands of protected areas and Natura 2000 sites. Altogether, the organizations united in the federation manage more than thirty million hectares belonging to the Natura 2000 Network (accounting for 40 percent of the total extent of the network), and CETS represents the most authoritative certification for management quality. The main reason for this lies in the fact that it is a process certification, attesting to the completion of a participatory path by which the protected area brings forward a shared territorial strategy for sustainable tourism.

A choice brought forward by the Authority, economic operators and local governments, such as Porto Torres, Stintino and Castelsardo in an active management of sustainability in tourism, under the scrutiny of an external and independent body such as EUROPARC.”