International Day for Biological Diversity

Today’s #biodiversity day got me focussing on the position of biodiversity conservation in achieving sustainable tourism practises.Biodiversity resources are vital and are considered to be of utmost value in enhancing long-term success of the tourism industry.Biodiversity plays different roles in different types of tourism. All tourism – even in city centres – relies on natural resources for supplies of food, clean water and other ‘ecosystem services’ that ultimately depend on biodiversity. For most other types of tourism, biodiversity contributes significantly to the attractiveness and quality of destinations, and therefore to their competitiveness: for example, coastal water quality and natural vegetation are both ecosystem services that contribute to destination attractiveness. And biodiversity is a direct attraction at the heart of nature-based tourism products – such as wildlife watching, scuba diving or tourism in protected areas (UNWTO).

Tourism professionals and practitioners ,in their efforts to promote sustainable tourism ,biodiversity conservation and protection should be our ultimate goal. Implementation of sustainable tourism practices is helping to reduce pressures on biodiversity, particularly, by reducing waste generation and improving waste handling and management,by promoting more sustainable use of natural resources.Ideally it’s about minimising all the negative impacts that are posed as a result of tourism practises .

Conservation of biodiversity will lead us to achieving six sustainable development goals namely:
SDG 6 clean water and sanitation
SDG 7 Affordable and clean energy
SDG 12 Responsible consumption and production
SDG 13 Climate action
SDG 14 Life below water

By Ann Mucera

Young Sustainable Tourism Champion and Change Maker

Dedan Kimathi University of Technology

22nd May 2020