The objectives of STEP are:
1. The joint detailing of the concept of sustainable tourism in estuarine nature reserves (on the basis of the European Charter of Sustainable Tourism) in the field of infrastructure, accommodation, transport, fund development and promotion;
2. The jointly detailing and testing of new, sustainable forms of visitor management in wetlands and the involving of new target groups thanks to innovative concepts in the field of ICT and visitors’ centres;
3. Developing and testing innovative, sustainable methods, concepts and products, and stimulating and supporting companies to implement these and/or market them in conjunction with the tourist industry;
4. Involving as many local inhabitants and companies, regional organisations, national policy institutions and European organisations and institutions as possible in the project by means of a well-thought out communications strategy, interesting workshops and conferences, and much talked about publications.