Highlighting tourism's contribution to biodiversity conservation and sustainable development.
World Tourism Organization
Date and Time
10 October 2012 13:15 - 14:45
In the context of the 11th Conference of the Parties to the Convention on Biological Diversity, UNWTO in collaboration with the CBD will host a side event on Tourism and Biodiversity, in which the most significant contributions of sustainable tourism to the CBD Strategic Plan for Biodiversity within the framework of sustainable development will be highlighted. The side event will examine key inter-linkages between biodiversity and tourism, the contribution of the tourism sector to biodiversity, as well as main existing innovative initiatives in the field of sustainable tourism for development. Experiences in the implementation of sustainable tourism practices, projects and tools linked with biodiversity conservation in all natural destinations, such us the findings on the application of the CBD Guidelines on Biodiversity and Tourism Development as well as from the Report on the implementation of Resolution 65/173, Promotion of ecotourism for poverty eradication and environment protection, prepared by UNWTO, will be presented and discussed. The side event will include an interactive panel with the participation of local and international leaders and experts working on issues of biodiversity and tourism.