Co-operation with local stakeholders
1. Co-operation with the “turtle-spotting” boat owners
Following several meetings with the turtle spotting
operators and a two years co-operation, two basic kind of contracts were signed with the NMZ Management
Agency. The first kind of contract, with generic title “Co-operation
framework between the NMPZ Management Agency and the Marine Excursions
Boat Owners” concerns two associations operating in the Lagana’s
bay (Lagana association and Agios Sostis association). The main features
of the contract are the obligation for the association to strictly implement
the code of conduct “Smooth observation of the Loggerhead sea
turtle Caretta caretta” with the prerequisite that each member
of the association accepts all the articles and obligations of the code.The
second kind of contract concerns each operator, member of the aforementioned
associations, and stresses the contractual use of the different awareness
material freely delivered by the NMPZ’ Management Agency. Thus,
the use of the logo “Endorsed by the NMPZ” is limited exclusively
to the turtle spotting activity. The logo was reproduced on tee-shirts,
panels and small flags positioned on the turtle spotting boats.
2. Co-operation with local tour-operators
The code of conduct for Eco-tourism activities was finalized by the end of May 2003. A specific logo was elaborated for three Eco-activities that are Marine excursions, Hiking and Green-accommodations. The first two logos were attributed to one local tour operator (Nature World Travel) in the framework of the eco-activities he offers to his customers. The contractual agreement that was signed include the implementation of the general code of conduct for Eco-Tourism activities and a detailed programme of activities (maximum number of participants, schedules, environmental information delivered, places visited…).
The logo with title “Eco-tourism sea tours in the area of the NMPZ” attends to promote the information / sensitization of the visitors on the particular environmental features of the marine area and on the biology of the Loggerhead sea turtle. Depending on the season, during these tours, observation of the sea turtle could be carried out. The sea-tours last between 3 and 6 hours.
The logo with title “Hiking in the
area of the NMPZ” attends to promote the information / sensitization
of the visitors on environmental specificities of both terrestrial and
marine area. The maximum number of persons for each tour is 15 persons.
3. Implementation of the Eco-Management Audit Scheme (EMAS) in the area of the National Marine Park of Zakynthos
In order to implement the Eco-Management Audit Scheme (EMAS) in the
area of the National Marine Park of Zakynthos, a public tender procedure
was launched by the Management Agency of the NMPZ on 1st July 2003.
a) Market research focused on the identification of
companies operating in the area of NMPZ and on the assessment of their
capacity in implementing the EMAS regulation.
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