Presentation on theme: "Convention on Biological Diversity AOSIS Workshop on Trade and Environment Montego Bay, 12-15 December 2001 The sustainable planning and management of."— Presentation transcript:
Convention on Biological Diversity AOSIS Workshop on Trade and Environment Montego Bay, 12-15 December 2001 The sustainable planning and management of tourism developments in vulnerable ecosystems: a common concern for the Convention of Biological Diversity and Small Island Developing States. A presentation from the Social, Economic and Legal Unit of the SCBD:
Convention on Biological Diversity Tourism is a double-edged activity It has the potential to contribute to socioeconomic achievements … but it can also cause degradation of the environment and loss of local identity and culture.
Convention on Biological Diversity The impact of tourism on the economy BPoA: very important for past and future growth and as a spur for the development of other sectors CBD: opportunity for economic development, economic diversification and growth of related activities
Convention on Biological Diversity The impact of tourism on biodiversity and… BPoA: tourism could significantly degrade the environment on which it is so dependent CBD: direct use of natural resources in the provision of tourist facilities has a significant direct impact of tourism in given areas
Convention on Biological Diversity … on local and indigenous communities BPoA: The protection of the diversity and fragility of SIDS environments is an important condition for the protection of their cultures. CBD: Tourism can limit the access by indigenous and local community to their land and resources.
Convention on Biological Diversity Need for sound planning and management BPoA: considers imperative that the development of tourism be carefully planned CBD: to be sustainable, tourism should be managed within the carrying capacity and limits of acceptable change for ecosystem and sites
Convention on Biological Diversity Need for guide… lines CBD: mandate to contribute to international guidelines for activities related to sustainable tourism development in vulnerable ecosystems BPOA: calls for the development of guidelines and standards for design and construction
Convention on Biological Diversity The name Draft International Guidelines for Activities Related to Sustainable Tourism Development in Vulnerable Terrestrial, Marine and Coastal Ecosystems and Habitats of Major Importance for Biological Diversity and Protected Areas, Including Fragile Riparian and Mountain Ecosystems
Convention on Biological Diversity To whom they may concern Policy and decision makers Tourism managers Private sector Indigenous and local communities NGOs
Convention on Biological Diversity 10 management steps baseline information and review visions and goals objectives review of legislation impact assessment impact management decision making implementation monitoring adaptive management
Convention on Biological Diversity Notification process and information …provide full and timely advance notice to relevant authorities and all stakeholders who may be affected, including indigenous and local communities, of proposed developments through a formal process of prior informed approval
Convention on Biological Diversity Public education and awareness raising Public education and awareness raising campaigns need to be addressed to both the professional sectors and the general public to inform them about the impacts of tourism on biological diversity, and good practices in this area
Convention on Biological Diversity Capacity-building Capacity-building activities can include strengthening human resources and institutional capacities; the transfer of know- how; the development of appropriate facilities; training in relation to biological diversity and sustainable tourism issues, and impact assessment and impact management techniques.
Convention on Biological Diversity What’s next? WSSD preparatory Committee (New York, 28 Jan- 8 Feb 2002) Prep. Process and World Eco- tourism Summit (Quebec City, May 2002) Booklet in all UN languages email@example.com
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