On May 22nd its International Day for Biological Diversity (IDB)! This year, the date will be celebrated under the theme: ‘Biodiversity and Sustainable Tourism’, indicated by the Secretariat of the Convention on Biological Diversity (CBD).
The theme coincides with the designation of 2017 by the UN General Assembly (UNGA) as the International Year of Sustainable Tourism for Development.
Biodiversity is the basis for many aspects of tourism. Attractive landscapes and rich biodiversity supports the political and economic argument for biodiversity conservation. The tourism sector is affected by many issues addressed under the Convention on Biological Diversity, for example sustainable functioning and use of the agricultural, forest, and natural ecosystems. The benefits from a well-managed tourist sector include threats reductions and the maintenance or increase of wildlife populations and biodiversity.
Tourism is also related to many of the 20 Aichi Biodiversity Targets. For some Targets (for example 5, 8, 9, 10 and 12) this is primarily about ensuring greater control and management to reduce damage to biodiversity from tourism. For others (1, 11, 15, 18, and 20) this is about pursuing the positive contribution of tourism to biodiversity awareness, protected areas, habitat restoration, community engagement, and resource mobilization. A further dimension is the better integration of biodiversity and sustainability into development policies and business models that include tourism, thereby supporting Aichi Biodiversity Targets 2 and 4.
The celebration of the IDB under the ‘Biodiversity and Sustainable Tourism’ theme is an opportunity to raise awareness and action towards the important contribution of sustainable tourism both to economic growth and to the conservation and sustainable use of biodiversity.
The selected theme is also expected to contribute to ongoing initiatives such as the Sustainable Tourism Programme of the 10-Year Framework of Programmes on Sustainable Consumption and Production Patterns and to promote the CBD Guidelines on Biodiversity and Tourism Development.
Regional governments have clear and unique competencies in ecosystem-level landscape, territorial planning, management plans for sustainable services -including water and food security-, environmental footprint, preparedness plans for environmental disasters and risk reduction, forest and fisheries management, connectivity plans for protected area systems, ecotourism and more. In terms of biodiversity conservation, this level of government is also fundamental for defining, implementing and monitoring environmental policies. Besides, regional governments develop policies and programs that drive sustainable and ecological tourism in its territories.
The Regions for Biodiversity Learning Platform and the RegionsAdapt Initiative, two nrg4SD flagship projects, reveal many biodiversity actions on the ground confirming the high level of commitment of regional governments in this field. Every action and good practice contribute to inspire and increase the recognition of regional governments’ efforts on biodiversity conservation and towards the Aichi Targets.
For this reason, the nrg4SD would like to invite all members to join efforts and celebrate the IDB by sharing with the world a message of action!
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For this reason, the nrg4SD would like to invite your government to join this communication campaign and celebrate the IDB by sharing with the world a message of action on biodiversity!