The ecological value of Svydovets and the traditional livelihoods of the region provide opportunities for a local economy that is based on an intact environment. Raising awareness of social and environmental issues among all stakeholders is essential.For example, hiking in a “Svydovets” natural park, accompanied by a local guide, generates an income for local communities without adversely impacting the ecosystem of Svydovets.
Currently, mushrooms, blueberries and other berries are picked by local people from the surrounding villages and sold unprocessed in Hungary, Italy and Switzerland instead of being processed on site. The infrastructure needed to ensure the added value of these products is at present beyond the reach of the local population. It is therefore essential to build up the infrastructure and knowledge to transform these high-quality products on site. In addition, alpine pastoralism, traditional in this region, should be supported and associated with ecotourism and gastronomy to provide a livelihood for hundreds of people.
The aims of this ecotourism are to:
- Discover the beauty of Svydovets with a low socio-environmental impact
- Raise awareness of the cultural and environmental issues of the site visited
- Generate sustainable economic benefits for the local population
- Provide positive experiences for both visitors and local communities
- Provide direct funding necessary to preserve the environment
- Recognize the rights and spiritual beliefs of local communities and work to promote their empowerment.