Ecotourism key to eradicating poverty and protecting the environmentListen /
The UN World Tourism Organization (UNWTO) has welcomed the adoption of what it calls, a landmark resolution recognizing ecotourism as key in the fight against poverty, the protection of the environment and the promotion of sustainable development.
UNWTO Secretary-General, Taleb Rifai said "The remarkable support that the resolution has received, from all regions and across the development spectrum, is a clear testimony that sustainable tourism has a vital role to play in a fairer and sustainable future for all".
The General Assembly resolution, entitled, "Promotion of ecotourism for poverty eradication and environment protection", calls on UN Member States to adopt policies that promote ecotourism highlighting its "positive impact on income generation, job creation and education, and thus on the fight against poverty and hunger". It further recognizes that "ecotourism creates significant opportunities for the conservation, protection and sustainable use of biodiversity and of natural areas by encouraging local and indigenous communities in host countries and tourists alike to preserve and respect the natural and cultural heritage".
Donn Bobb, United Nations.