Tourism leaders urge world governments to work urgently to protect the oceans

The United Nations Environment Program (UNEP) and France co-hosted a session entitled “Tourism in the blue economy”, attended by high-level representatives who agreed that the establishment of such an economy could combat the threats of climate change, plastic pollution and the overexploitation of resources.

In a press release issued on February 11, the World Tourism Organization (UNWTO) noted that during the meeting, the panel representing Colombia, Kenya, Seychelles and Palau, explained how sustainably would help create a more competitive and inclusive tourism sector, SchengenVisaInfo. com reports.

UNWTO Executive Director Zoritsa Urosevic told those present at the Summit that tourism is a key player in preserving the blue world through incentives and financial mechanisms.

But we can and must do more. As part of the recovery, tourism must play a key role in regenerating coastal and marine ecosystems for resilience, putting people at the center of our effortss,” Urosevic said.

In addition, according to the UNWTO, the resurgence of global tourism due to the impact of the pandemic represents an opportunity for the sector to accompany the transformation of coastal and maritime destinations into more sustainable and oriental models, stable in the protection of the oceans. .

The Seychelles Minister of Foreign Affairs and Tourism, Sylvestre Ragedonde, stressed that the blue economy represents an integrated approach to tourism and the local economic sector.

“The fates of tourism and the blue economy must be linked to make responsible use of limited resources. Our mother ocean should play a prominent role in tourism strategies,” he added in this regard.

In addition, business leaders from Accor, ClubMed, Costa Cruises, Iberostar Group, PONANT, TUI Group and the Blue Climate Initiative have joined the call for policy makers to focus on protecting oceans. They are also committed to tackling plastic pollution by aligning their policies with the framework of the Global Plastic Tourism Initiative, which supports the transition to a circular plastic economy.

Hervé Gastinel, CEO of PONANT, expressed his joy for the announced activity against the Global Plastic Tourism Initiative.

Like the polar exploration vessel Le Commandant Charcot, PONANT is deploying its “Single-use plastic” objective on all of its vessels“, he also noted.

The seminar was moderated by One Planet network manager, Jorge Laguna-Celis, and closed by Accor’s director of sustainable development, Brune Poirson, who spoke about the tourism community which is in the collective movement around the Global Tourism Plastics Initiative and the Glasgow Declaration on Climate Action in Tourism. .

One Planet Network Manager Jorge Laguna-Celis said he was very pleased to work with the One Ocean Summit to increase commitments from tourism businesses and governments.

“The tourism sector can be a vehicle for education and prevention of plastic pollution and a source of sustainable recovery from the pandemic and generation of decent incomes for millions of people”, he underlined.

According to the United Nations Conference on Trade and Development (UNCTAD), tourism now accounts for around 40% of the blue economy, which constitutes a significant portion of the value of exports.

For nearly ten years, UNWTO and WTM have worked together to create such a high-level summit that focuses on the key challenges facing the travel and tourism industry.

During this year, the Summit will focus on the sustainable future of this sector and the important role that “green investments” play in achieving this objective.

According to National Geographic, marine pollution remains a growing problem today. Marine fertilizers that end up in the ocean include all manufactured products, most of which are plastic. The increase in algal bloom is due to the increase in the concentration of nitrogen and phosphorus, which can be harmful to human life.

Thus, the negative health effects caused by algal blooms harm the local fishing and tourism industry. Garbage, storms and poor waste management contribute to the accumulation of this waste, approximately 80% of which comes from the ground.

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