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Five sustainable tourist destinations that celebrate biodiversity

Responsible Business | May 22, 2018

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“It’s surely our responsibility to do everything within our power to create a planet that provides a home not just for us, but for all life on earth.” – Sir David Attenborough

International Day for Biological Diversity is a celebration of the global conservation of biodiversity, its sustainable use and the equitable sharing of its benefits which occurs every year on May May 22nd. This year’s theme is “Celebrating 25 Years of Action for Biodiversity” with an aim to highlight the progress made in the achievement of its objectives at the national and global levels.

A few interesting facts about Biological Diversity:

  • Forty per cent of the biodiversity in the Americas will be lost by 2050

Below you will find 5 eco-friendly destinations that actively promote the safeguarding of its biodiversity:

1. Rwanda

Mountain gorilla tourism has contributed both wealth and peace in Rwanda. Communities living near the area receive a share of tourism revenues to fund development projects and empower them economically.

2. Iceland

Siglufjordur is the most northern town in Iceland. It is less than 30 miles from the Arctic Circle, and is a historic fishing village. The small town of only about 1,200 people needed to be creative and resilient to following the collapse of the herring fishing industry. Opportunities for tourism now includes fishing, hiking and enjoying the wonderful hospitality of the local people.

3. Brazil

Bonito has a voucher system for tourists, which regulates the number of tourists entering the region, so that natural beauty remains intact. Among the natural treasures of Bonito are the pristine rivers, hundreds of waterfalls, a lush landscape and a diverse range of wildlife, which are significant tourist attractions.

4. Botswana

Nearly a fifth of Botswana’s surface area is set aside as wildlife reserves for its astonishing biodiversity and animal density. Appreciating the role elephants and other wildlife play in bringing in tourism revenues, the community has a lasting incentive to conserve this key habitat.

5. Palau

In order to secure a visa, visitors to Palau are required to sign the Palau Pledge, a written commitment to look after the country’s natural and cultural heritage. To foster widespread conservation, the government is discouraging mass tourism in favor of high-value ecotourism.

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