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Berchtesgaden National Park in a wheelchair

The model project "No Barriers at the Berchtesgaden National Park" is to get underway in Berchtesgaden/D in July 2005. The project is to look at ways in which people with physical disabilities or restricted mobility can gain access to unspoilt natural environments.
In future an Alpine national park should no longer be off-limits to wheelchair users, senior citizens with walkers or people with impaired senses or mental disorders; instead it should offer an unlimited experience of nature and educational opportunities.
According to Bavaria's Environmental and Health Minister Werner Schnappauf the concept also has considerable economic potential for the tourism industry. The project could also serve as a model and source of ideas for other parks in Germany. The model project is being financed until mid-2006 by Bavaria's Ministry of the Environment and the environmental foundation Deutsche Bundesstiftung Umwelt.
Source and information: www.umweltpakt.bayern.de (de)