Iberaves, a quality bonus that endorses the commitment to Natura 2000
- The commitment to promoting sustainable ornithological tourism companies operating in areas of the Natura 2000 network affects their activity as a quality bonus, the bestower SEO/BirdLife through its initiative IBERIA.
Cristina Yuste – EFEverde. A total of 15 companies already integrate this seal in their promotional catalogs, a recognition that assume as “a contract between two parties that requires a constant audit” and in which both must meet requirements and obligations.
IBERIA He was born in 2013 in the framework of the International Fair Ornithological (FIO) Monfragüe as a international training project ornithological tourism to ensure a high level of respect with the environment professionals the Natura 2000 network.
Camping Laguna, a different concept of camping by the sea
He joined in 2014 the Laguna campsite, located in the bay of Roses (Girona), next to the natural park of the Aiguamolls, an environment of birds that receives foreign visitors all year with a special interest in ornithology .
“Being in a protected area gives you the advantage of the land, you sell something you are looking for a special type of client”, Said Joan Marc Grau, director of the campsite, who nevertheless acknowledges the difficulties of turning part of the business “sell nature”.
“-HA Involves changing much added- methodology, follow a few guidelines that are not always profitable, but we believe we are in an area where you have to do so and it seems that we have achieved”.
They searched all environmental certifications and adhered to Iberaves; “It gives us a lot of notoriety”He has admitted Daniel Aguilar, deputy director; “We have much foreign tourism that values that are in an initiative that serves as a training us”.
Parque Natural Aiguamolls
The natural park owes its creation to the struggle of a handful of citizens and environmental activists who were able to stop in time urban expansion that began in Ampuriabrava, the largest residential marina in Europe, and sought to extend his arms around the lagoon system situated between the mouths of the Muga and Fluvià rivers.
Precisely on the margins of these rivers they live numerous species of shore birds, many of great interest to ornithologists and the most attractive for tourists.
A niche business that caught the attention of Pau Calero, a young fan from childhood to birds and kayak he found in the sport “another means to discover nature”To the point of launch to create a different product, the 'ornitokayak'.
“We are surrounded by two parks and an integral reserve and have a resource close at hand, the birds, which are the best ambassadors of nature, flashy, showy and a good vehicle on which have a speech”He acknowledged.
Adhere to Iberaves was an irrevocable option; “our monitors did join the online course SEO / BirdLife and training in the world of ornithology, and thanks to ornitokayak have made many people in our environment are buff birds regularly”He has reported.
His company, SK Kayak has two bases, one in Sant Pere Pescador, next to the Fluvià river, and another in Llançà, a maritime town of Cabo de Creus, migratory corridor of seabirds and shelter some as emblematic as the shearwater , gannets and terns.
An effort to reward
Jordi Prieto, Office of SEO / BirdLife in Catalonia, has applauded the efforts of these companies promote the ornithological tourism and, while acknowledging that its impact on the increase of their income is difficult to assess, it is pleased that “all still with us”.
IBERIA is a contract that SEO / BirdLife assumes a number of obligations with professionals and these in turn are evaluated by customers in a questionnaire to be provided on their website; “a mutual and permanent audit is renewed each year and applying increasingly professional”, has explained.
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