Below quote is from the publication ‘Linking Tourism and Biodiversity 2009’
Assist the recovery of post-tsunami tourism
Our aim: The United Nations World Tourism Organization (UNWTO) set up the Consulting Unit on Biodiversity and Tourism for Tsunami Affected Countries in Bonn, Germany, in October 2006 with funding from the government of the Federal Republic of Germany. The Consulting Unit’s primary mission is to provide expertise and advisory support to the national and local governments of countries that have been struck by tsunamis. The aim of its work is to help these countries re-develop their tourist infrastructure on the basis of biodiversity principles.
In many regions, the deforestation of intact coastal vegetation (particularly mangroves), over-exploitation of coral reefs and loss of sand dunes have weakened and reduced ecosystem safeguards against natural disasters such as tsunamis. Poorly planned tourism development – as manifested in unregulated and inappropriate infrastructure – has been partly responsible for the loss of biological diversity so critical to the people who live and work in coastal regions which also provide destinations for millions of people on holiday. Consequently, respect for nature is increasingly vital to reducing future risks to local populations and foreign and domestic tourists.
Based on this awareness, the UNWTO Consulting Unit promotes a form of tourism development that supports biodiversity conservation, social welfare and economic security in equal measure in host countries and their communities.
The following chapter titles from this publication are: Our Approach, Guiding Principles, Realizing changes (project experience from Thailand and Indonesia) and Outlook.
Special focus should be given to the Guiding principles of the work of the UNWTO Consulting Unit. These inspiring principles are:
• Ensure the broad participation and involvement of stakeholders in the planning and implementation of sustainable tourism development and management.
• Use cross-sectoral co-operation and the exchange of knowledge at all levels to harmonize biodiversity conservation with tourism development.
• Provide target-group-specific workshops and training to boost the area’s institutional and human capacity for effective tourism management.
• Create an enabling environment for tourism planning and biodiversity conservation by coaching and supporting existing structures and personnel in conjunction with the development of tourism management plans for model sites.
Follow the link to download the publication Linking Tourism and Biodiversity 2009. This publication is highlighted by UNWTO as part of their World Tourism Day 2010 with the theme ‘Tourism & Biodiversity. Read more about the World Tourism Organization (UNTWO) and the World Tourism Day Resources .
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