STEP is a European-funded project focusing on Sustainable Tourism in Estuary Parks. It started in 2008 and will be finished in 2012. By then, the participating areas will have taken major steps towards more sustainable tourism.

The application for the project was developed by 4 organisations in 3 estuarine areas: Biesbosch (Netherlands), Broads (England) and the polders of Kruibeke – Bazel – Rupelmonde (Flanders).

The project involves joint as well as local activities, all focused on developing sustainable tourism. The total cost of the project is € 6 million, of which € 2,5 million is financed by European funding.

Joint studies are undertaken on the concept of sustainable tourism, on visitor management and public-private cooperation. Among the local and joint activities are the development of pedestrian, cycling and canoeing routes with ICT means, the development of a green label for tourist companies and branding and promoting sustainable tourism in the cooperating areas.