UNWTO Regional Seminar on Climate Change, Biodiversity & Sustainable Tourism Development

As this year marks the first anniversary of the celebration of the International Year of Sustainable Tourism for Development, one of the main objectives of the UNWTO Regional Seminar on Climate Change, Biodiversity and Sustainable Tourism Development is to commemorate the International Year while continuing to advance the contribution of tourism to the new 2030 Development Agenda. Moreover, climate change and biodiversity constitute 2 important pillars of the United Nations’ 17 Sustainable Development Goals. Goal 13 for example is an urgent call to the international community for action to curb climate change and its impact on tourism destinations. It also highlights the lead role tourism can play to mitigate the effect of the climate change phenomenon on potentially vulnerable tourist areas, their competitiveness and their sustainability. Halting the loss of biodiversity is a very important plea embedded in Goal 15, and tourism’s vital role in this goes beyond the conservation and preservation of biodiversity to encompass terrestrial ecosystems, efforts towards reducing waste and consumption, conserving flora and wildlife as well as awareness-raising activities.

 

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