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Reducing Local and Direct Environmental Impacts Associated with Diving and Snorkelling Tourism Activities to Increase Reef Resilience

 

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Green Fins is currently active in 18 locations throughout Asia including the Maldives. Photo © The Reef-World Foundation

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Green Fins is currently active in six countries: Indonesia, Malaysia, The Maldives, The Philippines, Thailand, and Vietnam

 

The Challenge

Coral reefs are globally important ecosystems facing intense and unprecedented pressures. Major global issues like marine debris, coral bleaching and illegal fishing mean that experts predict at least 60% of the world’s coral reefs will be destroyed within the next 30 years. Meanwhile, the tourism industry dependent upon these reefs continues to show considerable economic growth. According to the World Travel and Tourism Council (2014), tourism and travel sector activities generate 9.8% of GDP and support nearly 277 million people in employment, representing one in every eleven jobs globally. The World Tourism Organization predicts that, by 2020, over 1.56 billion international trips will be made each year, most of them intra-regional and with the highest numbers in Europe, followed by East Asia and the Pacific, with coastal tourism constituting a significant part of this. By Reef Resilience Program.

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What is sustain.pata.org?

PATA’s sustainability website, sustain.pata.org, is an online platform that allows users to easily search, browse, and find information related to sustainable and socially responsible tourism. The aim of the website is to serve as the ‘go-to’ resource for all things related to sustainable and socially responsible tourism.

Developed in part with support from the German Ministry for Economic Cooperation and Development, BMZ, implemented by Deutsche Gesellschaft für Internationale Zusammenarbeit (GIZ) GmbH, this site is open to everyone and is the first dynamic portal that not only offers general information on sustainability in tourism for the Asia Pacific region, but also features case studies from all over the world. This website supports the increasing efforts of the tourism sector by offering access to carefully selected information on the latest in tourism sustainability, presented in a user-friendly format.

Search, Browse, and Find!About-Sustain

The site features handbooks and guidelines, tips and tools, and a curated library of recommended reading. Information regarding PATA’s own sustainability initiatives as well as articles from guest bloggers within the industry are also provided, with new content being added on a near-daily basis.

Sustain.pata.org also features a suite of case studies from Sustainable Tourism Online, which has been made available for download on sustain.pata.org, courtesy of EarthCheck. It includes examples of more than 800 best practice initiatives. The case studies are the result of more than US$260 million worth of research from the Australian government. The information included offers tools for destinations including situational analysis, business operators with – for example carbon calculators, case studies on parks and culture, as well as different processes of sustainable tourism development.

Other featured content from PATA partners include Know How Guides and Destination Asia Pacific Case Studies from the International Tourism Partnership/Green Hotelier, and WTTC Tourism for Tomorrow Awards Winners and Finalists.


All materials submitted to sustain.pata.org are licensed under a Creative Commons Attribution – NonCommercial 4.0 International License. To submit case studies or recommended reading for publication on the site, or for more information, please contact ssr@PATA.org.

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This benchmarking report shines the spotlight on The Alto Hotel on Bourke, the first hotel in Melbourne’s central business district to become fully certified using EarthCheck science.

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The Alto Hotel on Bourke, Australia

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This benchmarking report shines the spotlight on Mexico’s Grand Palladium Riviera Resort & Spa, which is part of a cluster of five luxurious properties owned by Palladium Hotels & Resorts. After two years of successful benchmarking, the resort underwent Certification services and achieved EarthCheck Certified Silver status in 2010.

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This benchmarking report shines the spotlight on Mexico’s Bahías de Huatulco, which is the first sustainable community in the Americas, and the third worldwide to be recognised by EarthCheck.

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This case study focusses on Grupo Vidanta Riviera Maya, one of Mexico’s most lavish destinations. It started on the path towards sustainable tourism in 2004 using the EarthCheck Program, which has since created an ecological culture for employees, suppliers, and the surrounding community. Grupo Vidanta has undergone six years of benchmarking; achieving Silver Certified status in 2005 and Gold Certified status in 2010.

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EarthCheck Case Study: Grupo Vidanta Riviera Maya, Mexico

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