Tourism and biodiversity. Biodiversity, a complex network of species and ecosystems that make up our planet, provides us with the basic services on which our lives depend. However, this abundant diversity is becoming ever poorer at an alarming rate, which is largely due to the unsustainable nature of human activity. There are sites of extraordinary natural beauty that attract a large number of visitors.
Natural wonders of our planet. Indeed, biodiversity is one of the Earth’s best assets — its natural capital — and is fundamental to its long-term growth. Every year, millions of tourists submit to the call of nature to come and see wonders and experiences for themselves: scuba diving on coral reefs, watching wildlife on a safari, an adventure trip to the rainforests. All of these actions require healthy and pristine ecosystems. Even for a beach holiday, you need clean water and an ecosystem in good condition.
Tourism, a sector that depends on biodiversity, seeks to protect the diversity of life forms on Earth. Subject to sustainable development and management, tourism can play a key role in the conservation of biodiversity. It is the main source of income and employment for local communities, which provides financial resources for nature conservation. Sustainable tourism keeps the land in its natural state and provides other means of livelihood than the irrational use of land. As millions of people travel the world every year, tourism is also an ideal way to raise awareness of the importance of biodiversity in our lives and the urgent need to conserve.
Work over time has taken a number of actions in the context of global biodiversity goals. The organization is actively working within the framework of the United Nations to protect the indispensable natural resources of our planet, in particular by concluding an agreement with the secretariat of the Convention on Biological Diversity, which is an international treaty to maintain the incredible diversity of nature.
The Global Code of Ethics for Tourism, a comprehensive compendium of principles for guiding tourism development, invites all tourism stakeholders to preserve the natural environment to achieve healthy, continuous and sustainable growth. He also recognizes that nature tourism and ecotourism are particularly beneficial for the tourism sector. A large number of tourism projects under the Sustainable Tourism, Poverty Eradication Tool (ST-EP) program have a biodiversity component, for example, to support the creation of Laos forests in the heart of the forest or an eco-house in the ecological corridor in Kenya. also has a division specializing in tourism and biodiversity in Bonn, Germany.
It develops tourism projects related to biodiversity and provides members, upon request, with advisory services on tourism and biodiversity in accordance with the general guidelines provided by the secretariat. The organization and under its leadership. The General Assembly, concerned about the continuing loss of biodiversity, declared 2010 the International Year of Biodiversity.
This year placed World Tourism Day under the banner of tourism and biodiversity. This was an opportunity to demonstrate not only that tourism depended on maintaining biodiversity for its long-term growth, but that it could also make an important contribution to its protection. World Tourism Day 2010 brought together government representatives from around the world, leading biodiversity researchers and private sector representatives. Together, they developed Recommendations on Tourism and Biodiversity, which were submitted to the Conference of the Parties to the Convention on Biological Diversity. In this regard, delegates for the development of a global strategy to save the planet’s ecosystems took note of the role of tourism in biodiversity conservation.
“Revenues from sustainable tourism can provide great support both for nature conservation and economic development. In addition, sustainable tourism can help inform tourists and local communities about the importance of biodiversity in our daily lives.”