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2012 was a turning point for this area. In December 2012, the premises for a Local Partnership were created, a partnership which would help it develop into an official ecotourism destination and which would manage it harmoniously.

The vision for this area is based on a medium and long-term view and it was shaped and agreed within this Local Partnership framework. The Partnership includes local public authorities, the administrators of the 7 protected areas, local environment NGOs and representatives of the private sector. Its goals refer to: the preservation of the protected areas and the cultural heritage; the improvement of the tourism infrastructure and the inclusion of tourism services into an integrated network; growing the partners’ capabilities to manage and promote the destination; promoting the area in a consistent way.

Before launching this initiative, the area was subject to several threats stemming from local policies that were not adapted to environmental needs, from a chaotic tourism development, a weak cooperation between private enterprises and between them and the public sector, the gradual disappearance of wooden houses and traditional architecture, and the lack of funding for the maintenance of protected areas.

Ecotourism was identified as a major opportunity for the preservation of the 7 protected areas in Mara-Cosău-Creasta Cocoșului, as well as for enhancing the quality of tourism services and creating a positive social and economic impact in the local communities.

The context in which this initiative took place was a favourable and encouraging one:

→ ecotourism is growing worldwide, as people everywhere become aware of environmental issues and the way our personal choices can make a positive difference;

→ there is an international network of non-profit organisations which support and promote ecotourism and which created a framework of principles, standards and criteria based on which ecotourism offers and destinations can be developed anywhere;

→ Romania was the first country in Europe to adopt these criteria, targeting the creation of a national network of ecotourism destinations to sustain the country brand;

→ WWF, who facilitated and supported the development of Mara–Cosău–Creasta Cocoșului into an ecotourism destination, along with the Romanian Ecotourism Association, had been active in the area for years, with conservation projects on specific fields of interest (forests, particularly virgin and ancient forests; brown bears – identification of migration routes in the area;
ecotourism – involvement in the creation of the Maramureș Heritage Trail).

by flavius frantz | eeessential.tools