Sustainable Tourism at GRID-Arendal

Sustainable tourism incorporates positive economic, socio-cultural, environmental considerations and impacts, both during planning and implementation. Tourism is the largest industry sector supporting protected areas, and the biggest service industry around the world. It is estimated that nearly 70 million new jobs will be created as a result of tourism industry over the next 10 years (WTTC 2011).

Expedition Cruise participant experiencing unique wildlife, The Antarctic Peninsular. Photo: Peter Prokosch.

More than 50% of all tourists visiting a foreign country make use of protected areas and this in it self can be of great support for protected areas and bio-cultural conservation if managed well. In addition, experiences facilitated by interpretation and guiding in these protected areas can influence visitors to engage in conservation more directly. Sustainable tourism can therefore serve as a conduit for bio-cultural conservation and regeneration, and has major potential to raise investments for conservation.

GRID-Arendal specialises in facilitating synergies to create environmental knowledge for positive impact.

We support and communicate the UNWTO/UNEP 12 Aims of Sustainable Tourism and the UN Convention on Biological Diversity (CBD).

GRID-Arendal has Sustainable Tourism capacity in the following areas:

  • Bio-cultural Conservation
  • Resource Efficiency
  • Finance and Investment
  • Policy Frameworks and Knowledge Networks
  • Climate Change and Adaptation
  • Payment for Ecosystem Services including Blue Carbon
  • Poverty Alleviation

The Sustainable Tourism expertise at GRID-Arendal is organised in two main sections:

GRID-Arendal supports informed decision-making and awareness-raising around the role that tourism can play as a tool for bio-cultural conservation and regeneration.

Sustainable Tourism is intertwined with the core organizational focus areas at GRID-Arendal: Polar and Cryosphere, Marine and Africa.

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