Sustainable Tourism

Why it is important?

Tourism is one of the world’s largest industries and one of its fastest growing economic sectors. It has a multitude of impacts, both positive and negative, on people’s lives and on the environment. There are several places in the Carpathians having well equipped and relatively easy accessible recreation and seasonal sport facilities. The Carpathians are also rich in medicinal mineral water sources and spas. Tourism is one of the most dynamically developing branches of the economy in the Carpathians that could be developed further in a more sustainable way. Moreover, this area benefits from a great potential of traditional professions, local SMEs and sustainable industries, relevant for a diversified mountain economy and its endogenous development.

Article 9 of the Carpathian Convention asks parties to further investigate on a sustainable tourism, which must be ecologically bearable in the long term, economically viable, as well as ethically and socially equitable for the local communities. 

Related WG and Initiatives

  • WG on Sustainable Tourism

Key documents

  • Protocol on Sustainable Tourism download
  • Strategy for the Sustainable Tourism Development of the Carpathians download 
  • Good Practices of Sustainabel Tourism in the Carpathians download
  • Updated Terms of Reference for the Working Group on Sustainable Tourism download
  • Innovation in Rural Tourism (InRuTou) Transferability Manual download
  • InRuTou Final Publication download

Documents produced with support of the Centralparks project:

  • Strategy for local sustainable tourism development based on natural and cultural heritage of the Carpathians: Full document | Factsheet


Centralparks - The Carpathians belong to the most important European eco-regions. Biodiversity loss and increasing pressures threaten its outstanding natural values. Traditional approaches to resource management and nature conservation are no longer sufficient to guarantee long-lasting economic benefits and provision of ecosystem services. 

Duration: 2019 - 2022



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Development of the „Sustainable Tourism Strategy for the Carpathians“ (CarpatSusTourStrat)

Duration: March 2013 - November 2014


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Innovation in Rural Tourism

Duration: December 2012 - November 2015



Access2Mountains - Sustainable Mobility and Tourism in Sensitive Areas of the Alps and the Carpathians

Duration: 2011 - 2014



ClimAlpTour - Climate Change and its impact on Tourism in the Alpine Space

Duration: 2007 - 2011



Carpathian Project - Protection and Sustainable Development of the Carpathians in a Transnational Framework

Duration: 2005 - 2008


Sustainable Tourism Coordination Platform

According to the provisions of the Strategy for the Sustainable Tourism Development of the Carpathians and following an exhaustive consultation process, the Carpathian Sustainable Tourism Platform has been initiated by signing an agreement which reflects support of Ukraine and Romania for closer and more coordinated cooperation on implementation of the Protocol on Sustainable Tourism to the Carpathian Convention. 

The Agreement have been preceded by a Joint proposal of the Carpathian Sustainable Tourism Platform.