A Charter was drawn up, based on a network consensus, thus formalizing the commitment of all partners towards the implementation of a durable development policy for tourism.
The signatories of this Charter declare that they adhere to the principles of the Charter of European Cities and Towns Towards Sustainability (Aalborg 27th May 1994), with, for example, the adoption of the procedure of Local Agenda 21, as well as that of the Charter of Sustainable Tourism (Lanzarote 28th April 1995).
The commitments of this Charter constitute the minimum objectives which are to be undertaken; they will be adapted to fit national and regional legal frameworks.
1. Town planning and urbanism
- Have at one's disposal a planning document (communal or supracommunal) which defines the purpose and the usage of each space and which ensures the preservation and the enhancement of the physical and morphological character of historic towns and its (their) surrounding area(s).
- Ensure that the general public is informed of and aware of issues concerning the effects of town planning and urbanism on the quality of life.
- Promote the diversification of economic activities or services which are not in direct relation to but which are compatible with tourism and which respect local resources, in view of a policy of integrated sustainable development.
- Promote economic activities which are related to the environment, culture, local traditions and know-how.
- Encourage the development of the concept of added value to a tourism related economy.
- Encourage tourism activities all the year round.
3. Housing and accommodation
- Encourage permanent housing in order to create the right balance throughout the year.
- Encourage an even distribution of principal and second homes in all of the communal area especially by improving the quality of life for the residents.
- Help the preservation, the re-introduction and the development of local traditions and know-how, in order to maintain the social and cultural identity of the population.
- Promote and support the organisation of cultural events all the year round.
5. The built heritage
- Ensure the protection and the enhancement of archaeological sites and other buildings of heritage interest which are not already protected by other authorities (national or regional).
- Work to save archaeological sites and buildings of heritage interest which are in danger.
- Draw up an inventory of the built heritage and its conservation requirements which are coherent with future interventions.
- Ensure its protection from badly integrated development alongside isolated buildings of heritage interest.
- Provide the general public with an architectural and technical consultant who is competent in heritage matters.
- Help to inform and make the public (local population and visitors) more aware of the built heritage in the town by installing informative signposting.
- Ensure the protection (communal or supracommunal) of the ecosystems and all other sites of ecological interest, particularly by setting up appropriate networks and by creating “ecological corridors”.
- Ensure the sustainable management of sensitive tourist sites, particularly by means of suitable regulations.
- Set up a policy for the prevention of environmental risks (on a communal and supracommunal level).
- Guarantee the environmental quality of communal buildings which are to be renovated or built, by means of the choice of building materials, the regulation of energy costs, the reduction of water costs and the prevention of natural risks
- Help to inform the public (local population and visitors) and make them more aware of the environment of the commune by means of informative signposting.
7. Living environment and landscapes
- Ensure the protection and the revitalisation of the landscapes of historic towns and the rural and natural scenery which are characteristic of the area.
- Promote, as far as is possible, the management of the local landscape through its agricultural, pastoral, forestry and fishing activities.
- Establish regulations for billboard posting and signposting.
- Provide the general public with a technical consultant who is competent in the subject of landscapes.
- Help to inform the public (local population and visitors) and make them more aware of local landscapes by means of informative signposting.
8. Traffic, transport and mobility
- Regulate the access of motorised vehicles within historic villages and other sensitive areas.
- Improve access and parking close to residential accommodation in historic villages.
- Improve the population's mobility as well as the mobility of physically disabled people and tourists by means of public transport.
- Improve access to all amenities and tourist sites for physically disabled people.
9. Village and town associations
- Promote the attachment of the town to any association which shares the same objectives as those which are presented in this Charter.
- Actively participate in the exchange of experiences and initiatives and the VillageTerraneo network project.