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Compagnia dei parchi, for sustainable tourism

In general, protected natural areas in Italy are areas that, while historically important, are also the least developed areas of the country. Since the 1950s, various development initiatives have been implemented in these areas. However, they have met with little success as they have all been top-down in approach and re-applications of a standard industrial model. Since 1999, Compagnia dei Parchi (CDP) has promoted the relaunching of these rural and protected areas by setting in train a virtuous circle linking the environment, the territory, the economy and tourism. CDP enables income generation in areas that have been neglected but that possess a wealth of particular assets, and allows the local populations to relaunch a tourism-based microeconomy with a small investment outlay.

by Roberto Di Vincenzo