Conference "Tourism in Protected Areas"

The conference took place from 14th to 16th of September 2017 in Suure-Kõpu manor, Viljandi County, Estonia.  The goal of the conference is to get answers to the question how tourism can support local communities, nature, cultural heritage and diversity protection and to present best-practice examples of cooperation in protected areas.

Presentations can be found here.

Day plan

Thursday, 14th of September
09:30-12:00 Excursion for visitors from abroad to the Visitors Centre of the Soomaa         National Park and the beaver trail     
12:00-12:30 Welcome coffee
12:30-13:00 Opening of the conference, greetings and introduction
13:00-13:30 Conference questions
13:30-14:00 Lunch
14:00-14.30 EUROPARC, network of Europe’s Protected Areas - Kaja Lotman
14:30-15:00 Role of Environmental Board in nature tourism today and tomorrow - Tarvo Roose, Keskkonnaamet  
15:00-15:30 Why nature tourism in not developing? - Marika Mann, Estonian Nature Tours                          
15:30-16:00 Coffee break    
16:00-16:30 How can sustainable tourism support local communities in the protected areas? - Dominika Zareba, Partnership Fund / Environmental Partnership Association, Poland and Central & Eastern Europe
16:30-17:00 Case study of Hossa National Park, Finland -  Matti Tapaninen (english)

17:00-17:30  Case study: Nemunas Delta Regional Park - Monika Dobrovolskytė 17:30-17:45 Closing remarks
19:00-22:00 Dinner and evening program 

Friday, 15th of September
10:00-10:30 Welcome coffee
10:30-13:30  Open Space discussion and summary 
13:30-14:00 Lunch 
14:00-14:30  Case study: Gauja National Park Tourism Cluster - Andris Klepers
14:30-15.00   Case study: Notranjska Regional Park, Slovenia - Ljoba Jenče
15:00-15:30  Protected areas and sustainable development in tourism policy of Estonia - Annika Anton, Ministry of Economic Affairs.
15:30-16:00     Closing remarks and introduction of the excursion program
16:00-16:30 Coffee break
16:30   Tour to Riisa bog renaturation area – Priit Voolaid, State Forest Department

The Estonian presentations will be translated into English!   

Saturday, 16th of September
10:00 Departure to different tours

  •    Canoe and bogshoe hike in Soomaa National Park
  •    Visit of Saarde Mushroom Festival  

      
Organizer:

Tipu Looduskool MTÜ - Dagmar Hoder dagmar@tipulooduskool.ee 53536961
Soomaa Turism MTÜ - Aivar Ruukel aivar@soomaa.com 5061896

The organizers may change he program.