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A Sustainable Global Future

Postado por: raquel em 25/ago/2008 | 1 Comentário

What’s that about???

Refocusing and re-adapting!

   An industry which attempts to make a low impact on the environment and local culture, while helping to generate income, employment and the conservation of local ecosystem.

   A balance must be found between limits and usage – in a way that monitored and planned, tourism can be managed!

This requires long-term thinking (10/20 years)

    All sustainable development must include interest of all local communities, industry, people, visitors, industry and government. 

Pillars of Sustainable Tourism: 

-          Social Justice

-          Environmental Integrity

-          Economic Development

 

 As forecasted by global economists there will be a continuing international tourism growth, ranging between 3 and 6% annually (depending on the location).

 2007:                                                                                                   2010:

842 million             people travelling internationally          1.6 billion 

  The Global Travel and Tourism Industry creates 10% of World Employment (direct and indirectly).

As one of the world’s largest and fastest growing industries, this continuous growth will place great stress on remaining biologically diverse habitats (which are often used to support mass tourism).

SOME FACTS:

-          Biodiversity has declined 40% from 1970 to 2000

-          Since 1970, 1/3 of the natural world has been destroyed by human activity.

-          Seawater is expected to rise 70 cm in the next 10 years

-          70% of marine mammals are threatened

-          A species of animal or plant life disappears at a rate of 1/every 3 minutes!

We can reduce this impact in many ways:

-  Getting informed about: culture, politics and economy.

- Antecipating and respecting local cultures’ expectations and assumptions

-   Contributing to intercultural understanding and tolerance

-   Suporting the integrity of local cultures by favoring businesses which conserve cultural heritage and traditional values

-   Supporting local economies by purchasing local goods and even participating with a small, local business

-   Conserving resources by seeking out businesses that are economically conscious and using the least possible amount of non-reusable resources

 

What is your/our level of responsibility??

(Economically, Environmentally and Socially)

- Do you hire local staff? What kind of training do you have for your staff?

- What conservation/reduction measures are you undertaking for water, waste and energy?

- Do you offer carpool or use public transport to your staff and/or to guests? (the bigger, the better!)

-  Reduce, use or recycle? How do you reduce waste, water and energy? Do you recycle?

 - Do you make suggestions to your clients to purchase local products to support the local community?

- Do you inform your guests of cultural or religious issues where they should considerate of their hosts?

- Do you make sure you do not purchase products made from endangered species?

- Am I acting responsibly and providing such guidance to my guests? (e.g. pre/post departure information?)….For sure, that’s an important parto of my GOAL! 

Research: www.world-tourism.org www.en.wikipedia.org , www.sustainabletourism.netwww.gdrc.org/vem/eco-tour/eco-tour.html www.whc.unesco.org.len/activities

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