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Experiència de Michael Pugh, membre de la de la Secció d'Europarc del Bàltic Nord.

Experiència de Michael Pugh, membre de la de la Secció d'Europarc del Bàltic Nord.

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  • Since the Countryside and Rights of Way Act 2000 all public bodies including parish councils and even individuals holding public office are charged with responsibilities (for which we can be held to account by Defra), to have regard to the purposes of AONBs in taking any decisions that affect land in an AONB.  What are these purposes?  To conserve and enhance the natural beauty of the AONB (which includes wildlife and cultural heritage as well as scenery). 
  • Since the Countryside and Rights of Way Act 2000 all public bodies including parish councils and even individuals holding public office are charged with responsibilities (for which we can be held to account by Defra), to have regard to the purposes of AONBs in taking any decisions that affect land in an AONB.  What are these purposes?  To conserve and enhance the natural beauty of the AONB (which includes wildlife and cultural heritage as well as scenery). 

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    • Mike Pugh
    • Business Development Officer
    • Forest of Bowland AONB
  • In 1949 Legislation established “Areas of Outstanding Natural Beauty”.
    • The primary purpose of AONB is to conserve and protect
    • Account should be taken of the needs of agriculture, forestry, other rural industries and of the social and economic needs of the local communities.
    • Particular regard should be paid to promoting sustainable forms of social and economic development that in themselves conserve and enhance the environment.
    • Recreation is not an objective of designation, but the demand for recreation should be met so far is this is consistent with the conservation of natural beauty and needs of the communities
    What is an AONB?
    • Established 1964
    • 803 sq km
    • Population in the park - 16,000
    • 13% Natura 2000
    • Important for peat moorland
    • Rare (in UK) birds
    • 4% woodland
    • Local Government
    • 2 County Councils - 6 Boroughs - 54 Parishes
    • National and NGOs
    • Conservation (Natural England)
    • Environmental control and protection
    • Wildlife protection (includes RSPB)
    • Private Sector
    • Recreational associations (walking, horse-riding, etc.)
    • Landowners (farming, water catchment ,shooting estates)
    • Tourism Operators (Bowland Experience Ltd)
    Partnership ethos
    • Landscape conservation
    • Farming – land use - Development control advice
    • Biodiversity
    • Plants, birds, animals
    • Heritage
    • Social history - Land ownership - Boundaries, travel
    • Local Economy
    • Accommodation - Products (food, crafts)
    • Access
    • Foot/cycle/horse “Rights of Way” - Disability
    • “ Open Access” - Public transport
    • Communities
    • Services – Education - Volunteering
    Partnership ethos
    • By 1990s, declining farming incomes
      • Final blow was Foot and Mouth 2001
    • No farmers means no land management
    • No land management means no protection or conservation
    • No farming means economic decline
    • The only alternative for community survival?
      • Visitor economy = “Tourism”
  • Sustainable Tourism in the Forest of Bowland AONB
  • Not a Marketing Brand but a Management Tool – for the PA and the Tourism operators.
  • Sustainable Tourism Strategy
    • Sensitive management of tourism
    • Strengthened performance of local tourism economy
    • Good quality visitor information readily available
    • High quality visitor experience
    • Visitor products which enable discovery
    • Tourism which supports the quality of life of local communities
  • January 2007 Business Conference “ SAVE THE PLANET & MAKE MONEY”
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  • Sustainable Tourism Network
    • Located or operate in AONB
    • Have appropriate Quality Accreditation
    • Agree an action plan to cover:-
    • Local Economy
    • Conservation and Environmental Management
    • Marketing and Information
    Membership Criteria
    • 122 members committed to Sustainability principles
    • 48 were not in Tourism business in 2006
    • 36 are farm diversifications or ex-farms.
    • Fund Raising - from visitors, e.g.Visitor pay-back
    • Grant scheme (max: £500) for ‘community projects’
    Social enterprise “charity” Trustees are Tourism Operators
    • Training – local Sense of Place, visitor education about the PA
    • Tourist information – maps, guides, website
    • New products – e.g. cycle holidays, disability access
    • Trading company
    • Directors are Tourism Operators
    • 62 member organisations
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