Balaton Project
Implementing an Integrated Decision Support System for the Sustainable Management of Tourism in the Lake Balaton Region - An innovative Solution for Sustainable Tourism

The project sought to avoid the emerging risks of an environmental and socio-economic disaster in the Lake Balaton region and create a model for sustainable tourism. It aimed to tackle the still serious problem posed by the urban runoff because of its high nutrient concentration and the high content of suspended solids, pathogenic and other micro-organisms, as well as toxic, carcinogenic and mutagenic chemicals such as PAHs, metals and humic substances. Specifically, the project sought to establish an environmental and socio-economic monitoring system looking at on-line traffic and water quality with an array of other relevant monitoring instruments. It intended to develop an action programme based on an innovative and integrated Decision Support System to promote sustainable tourism, regional development and rehabilitation of the region.