Principles of sustainable nature tourism in


The partners in Pasvik-Inari cooperation agreed in 2006 on a number of principles of sustainable nature tourism. These principles are promoted in all activities within the trilateral cooperation. The principles were introduced to the local nature tourism operators in a nature tourism seminar in Svanhovd in 2007 and were found practical by the participants.


1. Nature values are preserved, and tourism activities promote nature protection
  • Nature is an important reason for travel
  • Visitors are informed about nature and nature conservation
  • Tourism does not disturb nature - all areas are not suitable for tourism
  • Visitor groups are small and trails are used whenever possible
  • Tourism is channelled with the help of information and by placing of facilities
  • Facilities are constructed without harm to the environment and areas of natural beauty are left in their natural state
  • Degradation of nature and other impacts are monitored and, if necessary, measures are undertaken
  • Marketing supports sustainable nature conservation
2. All activities are environmentally friendly
  • Minimum loading of the environment is assured
  • The objective is rubbish-free hiking, with minimum stress on environment
  • Transportation systems with minimised impact on environment are given preference
  • Motorised transportation is guided to the most suitable areas
  • Firewood is used frugally
  • Emissions into water and air are minimised, and renewable energy sources are favoured
  • Visitors are provided with information about best practises for environmentally friendly behaviour
3. Local culture and heritage are respected
  • Local culture is met open-mindedly
  • Local people are involved in planning and implementing new activities
  • Sensitivity, rights and wishes of indigenous people are respected
  • Whenever possible, cultural heritage is included in information and experiences are offered
  • Historical and scientific sites are respected, and damage of important cultural heritage sites are prevented
  • Local guides familiar with culture are used
4. Local economy is supported
  • Products and services of local entrepreneurs are always used when possible
  • Local people are employed when possible, but also people and ideas from outside the region are seen as a potential
  • Involvement and partnerships with indigenous people and local communities are sought and supported
5. Visitors' appreciation and knowledge of nature and culture are promoted
  • Information is available beforehand
  • Knowledge is easy to find and in an interesting form and content
  • Trained guides have knowledge about nature, culture, history, and inspire visitors
  • Possibilities are created for feedback to enable participation in the management of the area
6. Quality and safety in all business operations are ensured
  • Information is reliable
  • Essential safety rules and regulations are followed
  • Training is organised in co-operation with entrepreneurs
  • Planning is open and interactive, and opinions of the visitors are appreciated
  • Priority is given to those wanting to commit themselves to these principles of sustainable nature tourism