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The UNWTO and UNDP recently issued an analysis of country and company reports on sustainability initiatives in tourism. Their report shows where the most activity has occurred and where opportunities lie for the industry to address the SDGs. There is a lot to unpack in this report, but I want to hone in on one concept: the role of small to medium enterprises (SMEs).

“…the private sector – particularly small- and medium-sized enterprises (SMEs) which represent the bulk of the tourism sector – must be sensitized and given access to knowledge and capacity, including in new technologies that encourage investment in greener and more sustainable businesses…[SMEs] often lack awareness of how efforts and investment in sustainable business operations can also significantly boost competitiveness and profitability, while increasing customer and host community satisfaction” (p. 13).

Read the full article to find out more about reasons why many SMEs are not sustainable and possible solutions here.

By Aurora Dawn Reinke for Travindy.

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Mangroves For The Future

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To celebrate International Mangroves Day, Mangroves for the Future (MFF) has released a multimedia story showcasing its achievements and efforts across 11 countries towards achieving the recently adopted Sustainable Development Goals (SDGs).  The SDGs are part of the 2030 Agenda – a new global framework – to help eradicate poverty and achieve sustainable development by 2030.


Mangroves for the Future: An elevated walking path through the mangrove forest of Peam Krasop Wildlife Sanctuary

Image Source: MFF Cambodia/Steve Bernacki

Mangroves For The Future – Contributing to the 2030 Agenda for Sustainable Development Goals

Mangroves for the Future (MFF) is a partnership-based regional initiative which promotes investment in coastal ecosystem conservation for sustainable development. Co-chaired by IUCN (International Union for Conservation of Nature) and UNDP, the programme focuses on the role that healthy, well-managed coastal ecosystems play in building the resilience of ecosystem-dependent coastal communities in Bangladesh, Cambodia, India, Indonesia, Maldives, Myanmar, Pakistan, Seychelles, Sri Lanka, Thailand and Viet Nam.

Find the whole photo story here!

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