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Biodiversity: My hotel in action

A guide to sustainable use of biological resources
Biodiversity plays an important role in the day-to-day life of a hotel: from the food in the restaurant and wood in furniture and fittings, to the amenities in the spa, the products of biodiversity are everywhere inside hotels. Outside, plants and animals make a hotel’s public areas and gardens attractive for guests, while beyond the hotel gate, national parks, green spaces, coasts and natural habitats provide guests with opportunities for recreation and enjoyment.

The purpose of this guide is to help owners and managers of small and large hotels, located in all areas, from cities to mountain to coastal areas, to conserve nature. In particular, it is designed to guide the sustainable use of biological resources in the day-to-day operations of hotels.

This guide is meant to complement the many tools that are already available to help you reduce environmental impacts in your hotel, by using appropriate siting, design and construction practices, and by improving management of energy and water consumption, and disposal of wastewater and solid wastes.

To get a quick overview of what biodiversity is, why it is important and how hotels interact with it, read Part I, Biodiversity and Hotels. To find out about specific actions that your hotel can take to protect biodiversity and be biodiversity-friendly, go to the “Taking action …” sections in Part II. Each section focuses on a different area of hotel operations, including:
• Restaurants;
• Guest rooms and public areas;
• Hotel souvenir shops;
• Hotel grounds and gardens; and
• The wider destination beyond the hotel’s gates, including
recreation opportunities for your guests.

Each section in Part II gives practical suggestions for what hotels can do to help conserve biodiversity, testimonials of what some hotels around the world are already doing, and a summary of the local and global biodiversity issues surrounding each topic. You may want to use these sections with managers and senior staff in each of the operational areas.

If you need more information to help you implement actions suggested in the “Taking action …” sections, go to Part III, where 13 technical factsheets developed by TRAFFIC, the wildlife trade monitoring network, provide detailed information on procuring and using a variety of biological resources, from seafood to wood to souvenirs.

For ideas on how you can communicate your hotel’s biodiversity actions to staff, guests and other stakeholders, go to Appendix 1. And for guidance on ways to set up partnerships in a destination, go to Appendix 2.

When using this guide, remember that it is important to involve all relevant managers and staff in putting the actions into practice.
The same action may need to be implemented in different ways according to the management structure of your hotel (and in particular how management roles and responsibilities are assigned). Take procurement for example: in small hotels, the hotel manager might handle all procurement, while in larger hotels, senior staff may take on this role in each operational area, and hotel groups may organize procurement through a central procurement department. So it is important to make sure that the right people within your hotel or group are involved.

This report is written by IUCN (International Union for Conservation of Nature) (2008)
Click on the green link to download the IUCN-hotel-guide.

This knowledge source was provided by Elisabeth Fahrni Mansur, Training & Education Coordinator at Bangladesh Cetacean Diversity Project/Wildlife Conservation Society.

The article is uploaded by Majbritt Thomsen, administrator on ‘Views On Tourism’.

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