Sustainable Tourism Development Strategy: case of Soomaa National Park, Estonia

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Sustainable Tourism Development Strategy: case of Soomaa National Park, Estonia

  1. 1. Sustainable Tourism Development Strategy: case of Soomaa National Park Estonia Aivar Ruukel Estonian University of Life Sciences MMV 2010 - Wageningen, The Netherlands - 30 th May – 3 June 2010
  2. 2. Soomaa – Land of Peat-Bogs
  3. 3. Where is Soomaa?
  4. 4. Soomaa - Capital of Estonian Wilderness
  5. 5. Nature values – reasons why to visit Soomaa: <ul><li>Large untouched mires, among them the largest raised bog in Estonia – Kuresoo; </li></ul><ul><li>Naturally meandering rivers; </li></ul><ul><li>Regular floods on rivers; </li></ul><ul><li>Floodplain and swamp forests; </li></ul><ul><li>Floodplain meadows; </li></ul><ul><li>Vascular plants orchids, wild cladiolus, Siberian Iris; </li></ul><ul><li>Eagles, woodpeckers, owls, great snipe and corn crake. </li></ul><ul><li>Elk, wild boar, beaver, wolf, lynx, brown bear </li></ul>
  6. 6. Large untouched bogs
  7. 7. Naturally meandering rivers
  8. 8. Regular floods – a fifth season
  9. 9. april 2010
  10. 11. Fifth Season
  11. 13. Living Culture of Dugout Canoes
  12. 15. Dugout-Canoe Building Camps since 1996
  13. 16. Dugout-Canoe Trips on Ancient Waterway
  14. 17. Floodplain Meadows
  15. 18. Soomaa is RAMSAR and Importand Bird Area
  16. 19. Nominated for UNESCO World Heritage list
  17. 20. Home for big carnivores
  18. 21. Wildlife Tracking
  19. 22. Snow shoeing
  20. 23. Kick-spark trips on frozen rivers
  21. 24. Sustainable Tourism Strategy Vision Vision Soomaa NP that belongs to the network of European wilderness areas is the most popular wilderness tourism destination of the Baltic’s. Its tourism products base on wilderness experience, uniqueness of Soomaa, cultural heritage and quality service that are offered by the local tourism entrepreneurs and stakeholders.
  22. 25. 1.Ecological aim – tourism supports the nature conservation objectives of the Soomaa NP 2.Economical aim – tourism supports local livelihood with creation of jobs and entrepreneurships 3.Social aim – tourism supports the welfare of local community and preservation of local way of life 4.Tourism development aim – Soomaa tourism products and services have strong quality and the tourism entrepreneurs are competitive and sustainable.
  23. 26. <ul><li>National park territory (39640 ha) </li></ul><ul><li>Other protected areas in the region (10770 ha) </li></ul><ul><li>Close surroundings of Soomaa NP (~52240 ha) </li></ul><ul><li>Further surroundings of Soomaa NP (~118300) </li></ul>Zoning for Sustainable Tourism
  24. 27. Zoning for Sustainable Tourism
  25. 29. Partners in Collaboration <ul><li>Cooperation Board of Soomaa - </li></ul><ul><li>Local PANPark Group </li></ul><ul><li>Enviromental Board </li></ul><ul><li>State Forest Center </li></ul><ul><li>Local Authorities </li></ul><ul><li>Friends of Soomaa </li></ul><ul><li>Soomaa Tourism Association </li></ul><ul><li>Village Groups </li></ul><ul><li>Green Riverland LEADER Group </li></ul>
  26. 30. Soomaa Tourism Region
  27. 31. EDEN Award 2009
  28. 32. Challneges - Local Food
  29. 34. Bogshoeing – a True Wilderness Experience
  30. 36. Людмила Руукел +3725029793 [email_address] Контакты: Challenges in 2010 Marketing Plan 2010 - 2012
  31. 37. Target Groups of Soomaa
  32. 38. Local PAN Park partners
  33. 39. Thank You!

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