Tuesday July 17, 2012
Lanzarote Selected For Sustainable Tourism Pilot
Lanzarote has been chosen as one of only six destinations in a pilot project exploring Sustainable Tourism - and as a result the island will be evaluated by the Global Sustainable Tourism Council (GSTC) which is an organization formed by the United Nations.
The six destinations around the world that have been selected as examples of tourism which works in harmony with its local environment are the Okavango delta in Botswana, the Norwegian fjords, Huangshan in China, the Caribbean islands of St Kitts and Nevis, Teton County in Wyoming and Lanzarote.
The proposal to include Lanzarote in the pilot project was put forward by TUI UK, as a result of their familiarity with the island’s long term adherence to the principles of sustainable tourism. The criteria on which destinations will be judged come under four main headings which will include the effective management of a sustainable tourist strategy and maximizing benefits to local communities and the local environment as well as minimizing harmful aspects for both. With particular attention paid to the protection of the surrounding eco-system, energy conservation, water consumption and how waste products are disposed of.
To this end a consultation group will be visiting Lanzarote between 5th and 14th August this year to evaluate the island’s fulfillment of the criteria. The results from this visit will then be reported to a meeting of the GSTC in Washington between 25th and 27th September.
The president of Lanzarote, Pedro San Gines, was delighted with this ‘magnificent news’ as the six chosen destinations will be promoted throughout the world by the United Nations as models of sustainable tourism. It also strengthens the government’s case in resisting the proposed prospecting for oil off the island’s coastline, as such exploration is totally incompatible with the aims of a sustainable tourist strategy.