The United Nations Environment Program (UNEP) and France co-organized a session entitled “Tourism in the Blue Economy” attended by high-level officials who agreed that the introduction of such an economy would reduce the threats of climate change and plastic could combat pollution and resource overexploitation.
In a press release published on February 11, the World Tourism Organization (UNWTO) noted that the body representing Colombia, Kenya, the Seychelles and Palau explained during the meeting how sustainable it 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 factor in preserving the blue world through financial incentives and mechanisms.
“But we can and must do more. As part of recovery, tourism is intended to play a key role in regenerating coastal and marine ecosystems for resilience, putting people at the center of our effortss,” said Urosevic.
In addition, according to UNWTO, the resurgence of global tourism due to the impact of the pandemic presents an opportunity for the sector to support the transformation of coastal and marine destinations into more sustainable and eastern models that are stable in marine conservation.
Seychelles Minister for Foreign Affairs and Tourism Sylvestre Ragedonde stressed that the blue economy represents an integrated approach to tourism and the local economic sector.
“The fortunes of tourism and the blue economy must be intertwined to use limited resources responsibly. Our mother ocean should have a dominant role in tourism strategies,” he added in this regard.
In addition, company executives from Accor, ClubMed, Costa Cruises, Iberostar Group, PONANT, TUI Group and the Blue Climate Initiative joined the call for politicians to focus on protecting the oceans. They also pledged to tackle 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 delight at the announced action against the Global Plastic Tourism Initiative.
“Modeled after the polar research vessel Le Commandant Charcot, PONANT introduces the single-use plastic target on all its ships‘ he also remarked.
The seminar was moderated by One Planet Network Manager Jorge Laguna-Celis and concluded by Accor Sustainable Development Director Brune Poirson, who spoke about the tourism community involved in the collective movement around the Global Tourism Plastics Initiative and the Glasgow Declaration on Climate Action in Tourism located .
One Planet Network Manager Jorge Laguna-Celis said he is excited to be working with One Ocean Summit to increase engagement with business and tourism governments.
“The tourism sector can be a vector for education and prevention of plastic pollution and a source for a sustainable recovery from the pandemic and generating decent income for millions of people.” he pointed out.
According to the United Nations Conference on Trade and Development (UNCTAD), tourism now accounts for about 40 percent of the blue economy, which accounts for much of the export value.
For almost a decade, UNWTO and WTM have been working together to create such a high-level summit that focuses on the key challenges facing the travel and tourism industry.
This year the summit will focus on the sustainable future of this sector and the important role that ‘green investments’ play in achieving this goal.
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 made of plastic. The increased bloom of algae is due to the increased concentration of nitrogen and phosphorus, which can be harmful to human life.
So, the negative health effects caused by algal blooms harm the local fishing and tourism industries. Litter, storms, and poor waste management all contribute to the accumulation of this waste, with about 80 percent of it coming from the ground.