Tourism and Biodiversity

UNWTO strives to promote tourism development that supports, in equal measure, the conservation of biodiversity, the social welfare and the economic security of the host countries and communities.

UNWTO was involved in providing expertise and advisory support to national and local governments of the countries hit by the tsunamis in 2004 and 2006, to assist in redeveloping their tourist infrastructure.  Through the UNWTO Consulting Unit on Biodiversity and Tourism, a unit funded by the Federal Government of Germany, one of the initial programs was in the district of Phang Nga, on the Andaman coast in Thailand which was heavily hit by the 2004 tsunami. The other project site was in Pangandaran (West Java) in Indonesia which was devastated by another tsunami in 2006.

The UNWTO Consulting Unit also provided inputs for cross-cutting issues such as energy efficiency, tourism security and climate change. These sectors have a direct impact on tourism and vice versa. In 2009, the "Program for Energy Efficiency in Kho Khao" (PEEK) was launched by the Consulting Unit in Thailand to mitigate the effects of climate change. 

In addition the Unit implemented projects in Central Europe and with UNEP for the Carpathian Convention.

Tourism in the Carpathian Convention
UNWTO was approached by UNEP to assist in the development and finalization of a Strategy for the Future Tourism Development of the Carpathians and of a Tourism Protocol under the Carpathian Convention. The first official meeting of the Carpathian Convention Working Group on Sustainable Tourism (WGST-CC) was held in Rytro, Poland in September 2010. 

Projects Undertaken

Related Publications

STREAM

STREAM Brochure English (405 KB)
STREAM Brochure Bahasa (405 KB)

PEEK

PEEK Hotels Case Studies Booklet - English (0.79 MB)
PEEK Hotels Case Studies Booklet - Thai (1.17 MB)

Hotels fact sheets:
C&N Kho Khao Beach Resort
Kho Khao Island Beach Resort
Khao Lak Seaview Resort & Spa
Khao Lak Mohin Tara Hotel
Khao Lak Suwan Palm Resort
 

Energy Efficiency Handbook - English (3.72 MB)
Energy Efficiency Handbook - Thai (4.42 MB)

Indonesia: Tourism development supporting biodiversity conservation in Pangandaran

Tourism Management Plan (10.76 MB)
Foreword and Summary (1.64 MB)
Project Organization (0.65 MB)
Review of Laws and Regulation (2.33 MB)
Sustainable Use (1.64 MB)
Traditional Knowledge (1.06 MB)
Trail Development (3.53 MB)
Code of Conduct and Code of Ethic (0.78 MB)
Community Involvement Plan (2.45 MB)
Coral Reef Rehabilitation (5.8 MB)
Development of Destination Management Organization (1.46 MB)
Engaging Community in Linking Tourism and Biodiversity (1.84 MB)

Other Publications


Practical Guide for the Development of Biodiversity-based Tourism Products

 


Tourism and Biodiversity – Achieving Common Goals Towards Sustainability

Electronic version
Printed Version


       

UNWTO Factsheet: Tourism and Biodiversity

 

 

 

User's Manual on the CBD Guidelines on Biodiversity and Tourism Development (3.48 MB)

 

 

 

CBD Guidelines on Biodiversity and Tourism Development (245 kB)

 

 


Practical Guide for the Development of Biodiversity-based Tourism Products

 


Tourism and Biodiversity – Achieving Common Goals Towards Sustainability

Electronic version
Printed Version

 
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