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Tourism Leaders Urge World Governments to Urgently Work on Protecting the Oceans

The United Nations Environment Program and France jointly organized a session entitled “Tourism in the Blue Economy”, in which high-level representatives agreed that implementing such an economy could combat the threats of climate change and plastics. Pollution and overuse of resources.

Through a press release issued on February 11, the World Tourism Organization (UNWTO) noted that during the meeting, the committee representing Colombia, Kenya, Seychelles and Palau explained how it can sustainably help create a more competitive and inclusive tourism sector, Schengen Visa Info. com reports.

UNWTO Executive Director Zorica Orosevic told summit attendees that tourism is a key player in preserving the blue world through incentives and financial mechanisms.

But we can, and should, 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 efforts,” Orosevic said.

In addition, according to the World Tourism Organization, 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 stable eastern models in ocean protection.

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

“The fates of tourism and the blue economy must be intertwined for the responsible use of limited resources. Our home ocean must play a leading role in tourism strategies.”

Alongside this, corporate leaders from Accor, ClubMed, Costa Cruises, Iberostar Group, PONANT, TUI Group and the Blue Climate Initiative joined in calling on policymakers to focus on ocean protection. 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.

Herve Justinel, CEO of PONANT, expressed his delight at the stated activism against the global plastic tourism initiative.

He also noted that “following the example of the polar exploration vessel Le Commandant Charcot, PONANT is working to spread its ‘single-use plastic’ target on all of its ships.”

The seminar was moderated by One Planet Network Director Jorge Laguna Seles and concluded by Accor’s Director of Sustainable Development Brune Poirson, who spoke about the tourism community in the collective movement around the Global Plastic Tourism Initiative and the Glasgow Declaration on Climate Action in Tourism. .

One Planet Network Director Jorge Laguna-Celes said he is very pleased to be working with One Ocean Summit to increase commitments to businesses and tourism governments.

He noted that “the tourism sector can be a vector for education, prevention of plastic pollution, a source of sustainable recovery from the epidemic and generate decent revenues for millions of people.”

According to the United Nations Conference on Trade and Development (UNCTAD), tourism now accounts for about 40 percent of the blue economy, a major part of the value of exports.

For nearly ten years, the World Tourism Organization and the World Tourism Organization have been working together to create such a high-level summit focused on the major 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 investment” plays in achieving this goal.

According to National Geographic, nowadays marine pollution is still a growing problem. Marine fertilizers that end up in the ocean include all manufactured products, most of which are plastic. The increased blooming of algae is due to the increased concentration of nitrogen and phosphorous, which can harm human life.

So the negative health effects caused by algal blooms are detrimental to the local fishing industry and tourism. Waste, wind storms, and poor waste management contribute to the buildup of this waste, with about 80 percent of it coming from the Earth.

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