Catalonia is committed to responsible tourism. It promotes tourism development models with a reduced impact on the region and that seek integration and orderly coexistance with Catalan society. The government and the tourism sector work to promote tourism that is sustainable over time, with the least possible impact on the region.
How you can help when you visit
When planning your trip, choose suppliers and accommodation facilities that offer guarantees of quality and respect for the environment. How can you know which ones they are? Look for those who have Catalan certifications: the Environmental Quality Guarantee and the Ecological Agro-Food Product emblems controlled by the Catalan Council for Ecological Agricultural Production (CCPAE). Another possibility is to choose companies with the EMAS badge, which are a part of a regularly audited, respectful environmental management system. Among the listings, you'll find hotels, lodges, campsites, experiences and all kinds of options committed to the environment.
Protected Natural Spaces
Four natural parks have been accredited with the European Charter for Sustainable Tourism seal in Protected Natural Spaces(CETS), which aims to promote respectful tourism in Europe's protected natural spaces. They are the Natural Park of the Volcanic Zone of La Garrotxa, the Sant Llorenç de Munt y l'Obac Natural Park, the Ebro Delta Natural Park and the Montseny Natural Park. The last two are also UNESCO Biosphere Reserves. The four parks can be visisted and you'll find companies that organize activities that respect the natural environment. They also have certificates to guarantee this.
Experiences accessible to everyone
Part of appreciation for the environment is to make it accessible for everyone. Catalonia has experiences for everyone, and especially for people with disabilities or reduced mobility, such as more than 150 km of Green Routes and accessible trails that wind through the mountain ranges, wooded areas and fishing villages. There's so much more to enjoy outdoors, such as paragliding or hot air balloon rides and skiing... And you can combine them with other tourist experiences, such as gastronomy, culture, wellness...
Catalonia: Biosphere Responsible Tourism Destination
Catalonia's commitment to the environment has been recognized with the Biosphere Responsible Tourism Destination certificate, granted by the Institute of Responsible Tourism, an organisation linked to UNESCO. This recognition was groundbreaking, as it is the first time that the distinction has been given to a tourist region. The Biosphere certificate recognizes the quality, environmental sustainability and social responsibility of tourist destinations.
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