The graph shows the evolution over years of areas protected under national designations both in terms of cumulative number of sites and cumulative area. The information is the one reported by EEA countries (and collaborative countries) as part of the EIONET priority data flow within the Common Database on Designated Areas (CDDA)
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Developing countries often gain little financial benefit from the influx of visitors to their shores. Only around 30 % of the money spent by tourists on their holiday remains in the host country. Eco tourism is promoted in some countries. For sustainable destinations, explore EU’s catalogue at www.eco-label.com or the National Geographic's portal at www.nationalgeographic.com/travel/sustainable.
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