Beli –Eco tourism program «Caput Insulae» -the best in the world

Beli –Eco tourism program «Caput Insulae» -the best in the world
The eco tourism program of the Eco centre Caput Insulae Beli on the island of Cres, was chosen as the best in the world in the field of sustainable development in tourism in the «General Countryside» category, on the recently held 72nd International World Congress of the SKAL International Associoation in Turk, Finland.

This research and education centre for the protection of nature has won an award in strong competition with many national parks and world tourist agencies for its program under the name «Eco tourism on Tramuntana as a method of protection of natural and culturally-historical heritage».

To bring the beauty of the northern part of the island of Cres closer to tourists, the Eco-centre has developed a network of 60 km long educational paths in nature which rub through former paths that connected the old villages on Tramuntana. Along these paths tourists can see 20 art sculptures created by Ljube de Karina, seven labyrinths (which are the enlarged replicas of the world`s most famous labyrinths), ancient oak forests and abandoned villages. The tour begins in the building of the Eco-centre in Beli, with exhibitions about white headed vultures, the bio diversity of Cres, the Tramuntana forest, the Tramuntana museum ethnological collection, the botanical garden, the butterfly garden and the shelter for donkeys and sheep.

One of the primary activities of the Eco-centre Caput Insulae Beli is the integral protection of white headed vultures, one of the most endangered species of birds in Europe. The rescue program of these injured or sick vultures has successfully been implemented since the founding of the centre in 1993. The rescued vultures are treated for a year and sometimes even longer, in the licenced Rehabilitiation Centre for White Headed Vultures. The most important and the most demanding part of their rescue is the release of the rehabilitated vultures back into natural surroundings. At the beginning of October, eight vultures that had fallen into the sea during their first flights but were rescued from drowning were released back into the nature.

The association SKAL International was founded in 1934 and is the largest organization of travel and tourism professionals in the world. It is the only association which encircles all the sectors of the travel and tourism industry on five continents, 90 countries and over 500 locations with 20000 members.

The goal of SKAL International is to encourage environment protection and to help the promotion of reliable and sustainable development. In 2002 the association launched «The Year of Ecotourism and Mountains» award, which was approved by the United Nations. This year the name of the award was changed to «Sustainable Development in Tourism».

The Tourist Board of Primorje-Gorje County

The Tourist Board of Cres

Eko-centar Caput Insulae Beli


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