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DestiNet - connecting sustainable tourism

What is DestiNet?

DestiNet is an independent portal which brings together the global community of people and organisations working for making tourism more sustainable.

DestiNet leads you to helpful organisations and information sources, potential partners for exchange and collaboration, tools and good practice examples, sustainable tourism certification programmes and their certified products and services world wide.

DestiNet offers a free Knowledge Base and DestiNet Services for making tourism more sustainable.

Since 2015 DestiNet is registered as SDG Partnership and will be further develped to support destination development along the Sustainable Development Goals.

Who runs DestiNet?

DestiNet is managed by ECOTRANS - a independent not-for-profit European network of experts and organisations who are working for making tourism more sustainable - in partnership with the European Environment Agency (EEA), the United Nations Environment Programme (UNEP) and the World Tourism Organization (UN WTO). Since 2004 DestiNet is officially regristered as a United Nations "Partnership for Sustainable Development".

In 2015 DestiNet joined the new SDG Partnership network to contribute to the Sustainable Development Goals 2030, above all to the Goal 12 of "ensuring sustainable consumption and production patterns" in tourism. 

Who uses DestiNet? 

With support from the European Commission (CIP Programme) DestiNet is used for the creation of Sustainable tourism knowledge networks for competitive and sustainable European tourism on local/regional, national and international level (FAST-LAIN project 2011-2012). In the field of Ecotourism DestiNet is used to build and manage the European Ecotourism Network (EEN). Certificates and awards use DestiNet to show their certified businesses, services and destinations on the global Market Place and the Atlas of Excellence

Bringing you in

DestiNet invites you to show your own organisation with your sustainable tourism related activities, your tools, good practices and events on DestiNet - with links to your website for further information.

If you coordinate a network or manage a destination you can get your own folder for knowledge networking in your language on DestiNet. The many features will allow you to manage all your contacts and activities in your protected section and to publish good practices and certified tourism as "green map" on the global DestiNet Market Place.

History 2002 - 2012

DestiNet was originally designed in 2002 to present and disseminate the results of the Sustainable Tourism Information Portal (European Environment Agency - EEA) and the Network Evolution for Sustainable Tourism - NEST (Nordic Industrial Fund). The Portal definition was finally oriented by the World Summit on Sustainable Development in 2002, which developed an Agenda 21 policy line that included tourism (Item 43 of the Johannesburg Plan of Implementation). In response to this, the European Environment Agency and ECOTRANS formed a public-private partnership for the further development of DestiNet.  The partnership was registered in 2004 as a "UN Type II Partnership for Sustainable Development".

Since 2005 ECOTRANS, as executive directors of the partnership,  has developed the coherent international content structure and has feeded DestiNet with information. EEA has further developed the technical content management system and the design. In 2006 the World Tourism Organisation WTO and the United Nations Environment Programme joined the partnership.

Further support for its development has recently been given by the European Union - CIP programme - in the FASTLAIN Project, which promotes research to market-place innovation processes for competitiveness and sustainability in tourism regions through ICT-based knowledge networking. Currently DestiNet is in use in over 20 countries, with a growing global information and knowledge networking coverage.

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