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General Information
IUCN Constituent: 
Centre for Mediterranean Cooperation
IUCN Constituent type: 
IUCN Secretariat
Period covered: 
2018
Geographic scope: 
Mediterranean Sea
Country/Territory: 
Albania
Croatia
France
Greece
Italy
Lebanon
Spain
In implementing this Resolution your organization has worked/consulted with...
IUCN Secretariat: 
Yes
Other non-IUCN related organisations: 
Global Footprint Network, WWF Mediterranean, George Washington University
Implementation
Indicate and briefly describe any actions that have been carried out to implement this Resolution: 
ActionDescriptionStatus
Capacity-buildingWe have trained nearly 100 ecotourism stakeholders, including protected area managers and local SMEs working in ecotourism, on how to apply ecotourism standards and monitor/improve performance over time.On-going
Field activitiesWe have developed and pilot tested in more than 20 protected areas a standard for managing the quality and sustainability of ecotourism products, and have developed an online monitoring tool to support protected areas in measuring and improving ecotourism performance. In order to improve protected area capacity in understanding the environmental impact of ecotourism products, we have also developed and tested a methodology based on the Ecological Footprint which has been applied to ecotourism for the first time.On-going
Please report on the result /achievement of the actions taken: 
The standard has now been integrated into the MEET Network model for protected areas and is being used to support protected area members in managing ecotourism and developing ecotourism products that benefit conservation.
Identify and briefly describe what future actions are planned for the implementation of this Resolution: 
Future ActionDescription
Capacity-buildingThe online platform will evolve to be more user-friendly and will incorporate capacity building modules related to the standards in order to improve their effectiveness and uptake and increase the likelihood of scalability.
Field activitiesThe next phase of improving the standard will entail strengthening and pilot testing criteria and indicators related to socio-economic impacts and impacts on biodiversity, with a goal of utilizing the standard to measure and manage the net impact of ecotourism in regards to conservation of protected area destinations.
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