Let Nature be Nature: Sustainable Lodging in Eifel National Park

Imran Mehr, Maryann IJeoma Egbujor, So Min Kim

Climate change is on move. The extinction of global species is proceeding unabated. Both the natural landscapes as well as its flora and fauna are threatened in many cases. It has serious consequences, especially for tourism regions and their service providers. The tourism sector is a victim but at the same time contributor to this unsustainable development.

This is where the concept ‘Viabono’ (sustainable lodging facilities) emerged. Viabono is a landmark, a kind of beacon to facilitate the guest ‘s decision for sustainable travel products without ruining the fun, neither by the host nor the guest himself. The core objectives of Viabono are to promote credible environmentally and climate-friendly but at the same time to certify a modern tourism in Germany also.

The Eifel National Park is the cooperation partner of Viabono. This park is situated around 65 kilometres southwest of Cologne. It is spread over an area of 110 square kilometres. Nature has been left once more to its own eternal cycle of growth and decay. It is set in a dramatic landscape of trees interspersed with water, which allow you to experience the fascinating natural diversity of a wilderness at first hand.

Can local people actually take benefit of growing market of tourism? Are we enjoying tourism at the expense of nature? The reflection on these two questions brought an idea of `responsible and sustainable’ tourism for our video-production project. Along with my fellows, Maryann, So Min Kim, and I visited the Eifel National Park last week to trace the answers of above questions.