Last year, we launched the Nature Positive Travel & Tourism report and toolbox, closely followed by the Nature Positive Vision for Travel & Tourism. Over 150 tourism businesses, destinations, and civil society representatives registered their support, ensuring our sector was represented at the UN Biodiversity Conference (COP15) in December. Together, we showed that Travel & Tourism companies can be “Guardians of Nature”.
COP15 also saw the adoption of the Global Biodiversity Framework. Hailed as the ‘Paris Agreement for nature’. This calls on governments to put in place stringent regulations for corporate biodiversity assessment, monitoring and reporting. Our Nature Positive Travel & Tourism report and toolbox provide the guidance and resource to help travel businesses respond to this call to action.
Working with our partners, ANIMONDIAL, we have joined the UNWTO, the Sustainable Hospitality Alliance and others to integrate the “Nature Positive” approach throughout our sector. In 2023, we will continue to support Travel & Tourism providers to measure their impact on nature, adopt biodiversity safeguards, and seize opportunities to act. This community is still growing, and we invite more organisations to join us through signing up to our Vision.
The Nature Positive Vision for Travel & Tourism aspires to a future in which the industry has adopted a Nature Positive approach by 2030: integrating biodiversity safeguards and reducing impacts throughout operations and value chains while also undertaking actions to protect and restore nature. It also encourages Travel & Tourism to support and inspire governments, business, and society to implement the Global Biodiversity Framework and help transform humanity’s relationship with the natural world.