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Chronology

1972
1983
1988
1989
2004
2007
2008
2009
2010
2012
2013
2014
2015
2016
2017
2018
2019

1972

Creation of “Caldeira do Faial” and Pico Mountain reserves

1983

UNESCO recognizes Central Zone of the Town of Angra do Heroísmo as World Heritage Site

1988

Implementation of the Blue Flag Program in the Azores

1989

Natura 2000 network creation

2004

UNESCO recognizes the Landscape of the Pico Island Vineyard Culture as a World Heritage Site

2007

Recognition of Corvo and Graciosa Islands as UNESCO Biosphere Reserves

2008

Creation of Island Natural Parks

2009

Recognition of Flores Island as a UNESCO Biosphere Reserve

2010

Geopark Azores

2012

Quality Coast Top 100 Award

European Charter for Sustainable Tourism

2013

Integration into the European and Global Geopark Networks

Quality Coast Gold Award

2014

Quality Coast Platinum Award

2015

Azores Geopark became a UNESCO territory

Implementation of the “Parque Escola” project

2016

Recognition of São Jorge Fajãs as a UNESCO Biosphere Reserve

2017

Beginning of the Azores certification process as a sustainable tourism destination (stakeholders workshops)

Congress: Azores, Towards Sustainability

Creation of the Sustainability Charter of the Azores

2018

Creation of Azores DMO

EarthCheck benchmarking process begins to certify the Azores as a sustainable tourist destination

2019

Involvement in the BLUE Azores project

Launch of LIFE Vidalia and LIFE IP Azores Natura Programs

Azores with bronze status in EarthCheck tourist destination certification process

HIGHLIGHT

1983

UNESCO recognizes Angra do Heroísmo Historic Center as World Heritage Site

2004

UNESCO recognizes the Pico Island Vineyard Culture Landscape as a World Heritage Site

2007

Recognition of Corvo and Graciosa Islands as UNESCO Biosphere Reserves

2009

Recognition of Flores Island as a UNESCO Biosphere Reserve

2014

Achievement of Quality Coast Platinum Award

2016

Recognition of São Jorge Fajãs as a UNESCO Biosphere Reserve

2017

Congress: Azores, towards sustainability

2018

Creation of Açores DMO – Sustainability Management Structure of the Azores Tourist Destination

2018

Benchmarking process begins for certification of the Azores as a sustainable tourist destination by EarthCheck

2019

Azores with bronze status in EarthCheck tourist destination certification process

2019

Azores have been recognized as a sustainable tourist destination thus becoming the first archipelago in the world with this certification