Developing a transboundary network of protected areas to improve nature experience

PaNaNet
Publicado: 22 Noviembre 2016
Última edición: 02 Octubre 2020
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Resumen

The main aims were to create a lasting network between protected areas to achieve a better understanding of protected areas among locals and visitors, and to create awareness of the parks’ value for quality of life and local economy in West Pannonia at the border between Austria and Hungary. Intending the creation of a transboundary gateway to a sustainable nature experience, the project provides the development of tourism offers supporting nature while contributing to regional development.

Classifications

Región
Europa Occidental y del Sur
Escala de aplicación
Subnacional
Ecosistema
Bosque templado caducifolio
Ecosistemas forestales
Tema
Actores locales
Comunicación y divulgación
Conectividad / conservación transfronteriza
Turismo
Challenges
Falta de conciencia del público y de los responsables de la toma de decisiones

Ubicación

Lake Neusiedl, Austria | West Pannonian Region

Impactos positivos

The project achieved the intended transboundary development of nature tourism and environmental education to provide an improved nature experience. This contributes to a more sustainable tourism and a raised awareness of natural processes and conservation among visitors. The targeted cooperation of protected area administrations persists also after the end of the project. The project also raised awareness for regional stakeholders and policymakers regarding potential benefits from transboundary cooperation and enhancing personal contacts especially in the field of nature tourism. Raising awareness enables further coordination and thus improvement of nature tourism and nature protection in the area. This improved cooperation allows for enhancement of the nature experience in an efficient way through creation of joint tourism activities. Furthermore, regional-development stakeholders in the West Pannonian region gained for the first time an insight in the characteristics of the ecosystems in the respective neighboring countries. A better bilateral understanding of the administrative structures and decision levels in the respective neighboring countries is an important added value of the project.

Contribuido por

Sophia Fettinger University of Natural Resources and Life Sciences, Vienna