Subject: 10 Good Principles for Outdoor Sports in Protected Areas 🚴‍♀️🌳

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10 Good Principles for Outdoor Sports in Protected Areas
Get Out & Get Into Nature

On the occasion of the 2019 European Week of Sports, the EUROPARC Federation and the European Network of Outdoor Sports (ENOS) launched the 10 Good Principles for Outdoor Sports in Protected Areas (PAs) during their respective Conferences. These Principles aim to promote good conduct among outdoor sports practitioners.

The exponential growth of sport activities in protected natural spaces brings the necessity to structure the way these activities are carried out. At a time when preserving our ecosystems is vital to guarantee a healthy future of nature and people, it is especially important to reduce the environmental impact of our activities.

This is the result of a fruitful cooperation of both associations and the first outcome of the Memorandum of Understanding signed last year between EUROPARC and ENOS.
The 10 Good Principles
Why?
At a time when institutions and organisations across Europe are celebrating European Week of Sport 2019, with all kinds of initiatives and events around the world of sport and physical activity, EUROPARC together with ENOS have decided to make their contribution and launch the 10 Good Principles for Outdoor Sports to lower the impact of outdoor sports on the environment.
When?
During the European Week of Sports, EUROPARC and ENOS hold their respective annual conferences in which they largely disseminate the 10 Good Principles of Outdoor Sports in Protected Areas:
How to endorse it?
Now that you know how the principles work, the next step is to back them up. How? Very simple! Here are a few examples:
  • Show the 10 Good Principles on your website. Visitors who prepare their trips will be better informed.
  • Disseminate information on social media. Use your network to spread the word!
  • Use your visitor centre to show and talk about the principles during the visits.
  • If you organise or participate in an outdoor sports event, make sure participants know the principles before the activity starts.
  • When working with young people, teach them and highlight the importance of respecting these principles. Five minutes of teaching can develop into many years of good practice.
  • Talk and spread the word to anyone interested, in any way. All diffusion is important!
Remember that although it may be obvious, this behavior when practicing outdoor sports is not so widespread, so any collaboration on your part can be very important to take care of our natural heritage.
More info...
The 10 Good Principles for Outdoor Sports will soon be launched in different digital formats and languages so that they can be better adapted to the context of each Protected Area. We will prepare more promotion material that you can personalise with your Park's photos and share with your visitors.

The next step in the project will be to go deeper into each sports discipline in order to create principles that are more related and applicable to each activity.

Now it is your turn! Let us know which sports you find the most interesting and important to focus on. Or, contact us with any other suggestion! You can send us your suggestions to a.robles@europarc.org.


To know more about it and get the different versions of the 10 good principles, check our page www.europarc.org/outdoor-sports


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