The day of 18 March is to be marking every year the importance of world protected areas and natural parks in the conservation of bio-diversity, in promoting environmental protection and awareness and avoiding economic exploitation and depletion of this areas.
From right to left: European Council on Tourism and Trade President-Anton Caragea, M.Prundianu, Academician Mircea Constantinescu, H.E. Dato Nik -Ambassador of Malaysia, H.E.Ahmed Aquel-Ambassador of Palestine.
Second line: H.E. Victor Carazo-Ambassador of Bolivarian Republic of Venezuela, Senators Dan Ionita and M. Florian, Ambassador of Cyprus.
The 18 March was selected as a day marking the arrival of spring, re-born of nature and according to the decision from 18 March 2013 of European Council on Tourism and Trade each year on 18 March, the world will celebrate world protected areas and natural parks and will raise awareness of the importance of every country establishing such areas and register them in a word data base and to control the economic activities in this areas and also support and promote tourism in this areas as a powerful economic promotion tool.
According to European Council on Tourism and Trade President, Professor Dr. Anton Caragea: 18 March is a day of action, for the establishment and protection of world natural areas, for the promotion of bio-diversity, as a powerful promotion tool for tourism activities.
According to the executive order, from 18 march 2013, all the tourism prizes and recognition offered by European Council on Tourism and Trade will have to incorporate the respect for world protected areas and natural parks.
Already, Lao PDR, the receiver of WORLD BEST TOURIST DESTINATION AWARD for 2013, had strongly tackled the issue of natural areas protection and the title was regarded as an encouragement for tighter sanctions and actions on the field of world natural protected areas.
The 2014 recipient of WORLD BEST TOURIST DESTINATION will also have to endeavor to promote bio-diversity protection or to support the establishment of natural protected areas and parks, as a tool for protecting nature and supporting sustainable development stated Professor Dr. Anton Caragea.
The event held on 18 March 2014, had united under the title of International Day of World Protected Areas and National Parks more than 23 ambassadors and diplomatic envois to the headquarter of European Council on Tourism and Trade.
The event contained a speech by Professor Dr. Anton Caragea, ECTT President reflecting the importance of world protected areas and natural parks, the screening of a movie regarding Lao PDR- WORLD BEST TOURIST DESTINATION FOR 2013 achievements on the field of natural conservation.
Other allocutions where held by Academician Mircea Constantinescu, European MP`s: Steliana Miron, Ionita Dan, Marcel Bujor etc. and by presentations of the environmental situation in their country held by the ambassadors of Malaysia, India, Pakistan and Algeria etc.
The first world celebration of International Day of World Protected Areas and National Parks, inspired by Professor Dr. Anton Caragea-Goodwill Ambassador for World Protected Areas and National Parks was unanimously considered by the parties present as a successful event that will channel the world attention to the issue of establishing and protecting natural areas and parks for the benefit of future generation and as an intricate part in sustainable development and in tourism development.