Sustainable Tourism in La Gomera

Business recomended by the Garajonay National Park:

Companies involved with the Charter of La Gomera, actively collaborate with Garajonay National Park and are committed to promoting sustainable tourism on the island.

Today, there are about 30 businesses working with Garajonay National Park to improve their environmental behavior, its offer and its connection to the park itself and the island of La Gomera, in addition to taking action to support local development and heritage conservation.

  • Sustainable Tourism in La Gomera: is a showcase of La Gomera ecotourism product, and this group of businesses providing friendly tourism on the island.

  •  Tourist information:

Logo-turismo-gomeraLa Gomera Island

(Official tourism website of La Gomera)

logo-parqueGarajonay National Park

(Official Canary Islands National Parks website)

Garajonay National Park

(Official Spain National Parks website)

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The European Charter for Sustainable Tourism

The European Charter for Sustainable Tourism in Protected Areas is a practical management tool for ensuring that tourism contributes to a balanced economic, social and environmental development of protected areas in Europe. The Charter is a voluntary agreement and aims to encourage good practice by recognising protected areas, which are meeting agreed requirements for the sustainable development and management of tourism.

CETS-en-1The Charter considers the sustainable development to be such as meets the needs of the current generations without compromising the ability of future generations to meet their own needs.

The aim of the Charta is the commitment of the agents who signed it to put into practice a local strategy in favour of the sustainable tourism, which takes form of two strategic aims:

  1. On the one hand to foment the knowledge and the support to Europe's protected areas, which represent a fundamental part of the world patrimony and must be maintained for the current and future generations in order to enjoy these spaces.
  2. On the other hand, to improve the sustainable development and the management of tourism in the protected areas, but also to take care of the environmental needs of the residents, the local companies and the visitors.

You'll be able to enjoy some of the most valuable nature areas in Europe thanks to their outstanding scenic beauty (including national parks and biosphere reserves), and you can make the most of your visit while conserving the ecological and scenic values of each destination.

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The Charter in La Gomera

In the year 2005, The National Park Garajonay, together with the Insular Association of Rural Development of La Gomera (AIDER La Gomera), took the decision to promote the implantation of the European Charter European Charter for Sustainable Tourism in La Gomera. Thus it was putting the Charter at the disposal of the island as a tool to promote the sustainable tourism.

When the European Charter for Sustainable Tourism began his official career in La Gomera in 2008, the expectation of all participants and stakeholders was high, diverse, challenging and uncertain.

The preparation of the Dossier of Candidacy (2006-2007) allowed us to perform a broad participatory process, which included several hundred people, becoming itself in an unusual event.

In addition, the requirements for collaboration, coordination and cooperation that had to be applied to push through these five years of accreditation, gave it a particular novelty character.

After the first five years (2008-2012), all actors and entities involved have reviewed the course of events, the meaning of the Charter for the Island and the Park, the usefulness and application of this tool work in such a unique space as La Gomera, as well as the achievements and future goals.

The unanimous conclusion was the need to initiate a process of renewal of the Charter for a further period of five years (2013-2017).

All actors and entities involved in the development of sustainable tourism in La Gomera have participated intensively in this work-process including evaluation of all the previous period, the definition and validation of the objectives and working lines for the next period, and the joint development of both a new Strategy and an Action Plan for Sustainable Tourism for 2013-2017.

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