Tourism in protected areas is a sensitive issue. It is sometimes hard to find the right balance between preserving these and opening them up to visitors. The HUMANITA project develops evidence-based and participatory management tools that allow regions to better monitor and evaluate the impact of tourism in protected areas. The partnership involves tourists and local communities in the development of their solutions, which helps to collect data, create more awareness and change behaviour.
With a growing number of visitors and visitor activities, protected areas in Central Europe experience an increase of human-nature conflicts arising. Recreational activities, like hiking, mountain biking, or skiing lead to various environmental impacts on physical and hydrological processes as well as on ecology and wildlife.
OBJECTIVES AND EXPECTED CHANGES
5 Pilot actions testing new innovative monitoring methods
1 Transnational monitoring strategy
6 Solutions assessing the impact value of different types of tourist activities on nature
5 Local action plans to monitor and resolve human-nature conflicts in pilot sites
University of Žilina, Slovakia
Duration: 1.4.2023 – 31.03.2026
This project is supported by the Interreg CENTRAL EUROPE Programme with co-financing from the European Regional Development Fund.
With this newsletter, we will start a series of newsletters with the purpose of presenting our longstandingwork and effort in addressing the human-nature interactions and impacts of tourist activities on protected areas. Our goal is to show you what we have been doing in this regard until now, and what we expect toachieve in the future.