Swabian Alb Biosphere Reserve
10YFP STP Portfolio: Swabian Alb Biosphere Reserve wins Germany’s Federal Competition for Sustainable Tourism Destinations
The Swabian Alb Biosphere Reserve, located in the German state of BadenWürttemberg, won the 2016/17 edition of the Federal Competition for Sustainable Tourism Destinations in Germany. Competing against a total of 27 applicants, the Biosphere Reserve convinced the jury with its sustainable tourism concept that protects the environment and nature while ensuring an economic future for the region, fostering well-being and quality of life as well as a common identity for local communities.
The national competition, first conducted in 2012-2013, is a joint initiative of the German Federal Ministry for Environment, Nature Conservation, Building and Nuclear Safety (BMUB), The Federal Agency for Nature Conservation and the German Tourism Association aiming to raise awareness and mainstream successful sustainability concepts for destinations and to honor the efforts of outstanding destinations. The competition’s jury, composed of experts from the tourism sector, tourism associations and ministries, assesses applicant destinations according to 40 ecological, economic, social and management-related sustainability criteria, including the protection of nature and landscape, the common good and quality of life, and local prosperity.