Sustainable tourism in the Geopark

Sustainable tourism contributes to the preservation of the Geopark's valuable geological, natural and cultural heritage and provides financial support to local communities and enhances the livelihood of the area.

How to act responsibly while visiting the Geopark

In the Geopark you can enjoy the uniqueness of the area. Your choices and actions may help to preserve these values to future generations, too. Travel sustainably in the Geopark and take nature and other people into account. Use local, sustainable services. Share your experiences with others and apply the principles of sustainability in your daily life as well. Read tips how to act responsibly while visiting the Geopark.

Principles of sustainable nature tourism

Most of  the Geopark’s tourist sites are located in national parks and other protected areas governed by Metsähallitus Parks & Wildlife Finland. The principles of sustainable nature tourism are taken into account in all activities of Metsähallitus Parks & Wildlife Finland and its partners, e.g. tourism enterprices. Read more about the principles of sustainable tourism of Metsähallitus Parks & Wildlife Finland.

National principles for sustainable tourism

The Geopark helps the region’s tourism companies to operate more sustainably and to develop their operations towards sustainability certification and the Sustainable Travel Finland label. The Geopark aims to become a sustainable tourism destination under the STF label. We have signed the national principles of sustainable tourism to work for a more sustainable tourism Finland. Read more about sustainable tourism in Finland.

Sustainable development in the Geopark 

Lauhanvuori – Hämeenkangas Geopark is part of the UNESCO Global Geoparks Network. Membership of this network obligates geoparks to contribute to the achievement of the UN Sustainable Development Goals. We are preparing a Sustainable Development Action Plan for our Geopark and the participation in the Sitoumus2050 campaign.

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Parkanon Säästöpankkisäätiö Foundation has supported the development of sustainable tourism in Geopark.