Our project is focusing on outdoor sports. More precise, the focus is on the environmental impact of recreational hiking and mountaineering activities on marked and maintained trails in nature.
We are geographically focused on the Western Balkans area as it has significantly more prominent environmental problems than the rest of Europe.
The outdoors is recognized by the European Commission as a key way to engage people with health enhancing physical activity as the analysis shows that 40% of those participating do so in the outdoors. The numbers of participants in such activities are going in a good direction, but the concern is how to ensure that this happens in ways that are sustainable, responsible and with minimized impact on ecosystems and the ecology of the natural areas, of which hiking trails, as probably the biggest public sport terrains are a part of.