The Spanish Ministry of the Environment, the Biodiversity Foundation and the Iberia airline have joined forces to present a campaign aimed at raising public awareness and awareness, promoting responsible behaviour and good environmental practices during the summer holidays.
Iberia has placed an informative leaflet in the pockets of airplane seats during the summer of 2006. These pieces contain a decalogue on sustainable tourism with practical advice for tourists to become aware of what they should or should not do in their destinations and why their actions may endanger the biological richness of the place they visit. The “Ten Recommendations for Sustainable Tourism” are:
1- When planning your trip, choose suppliers who offer guarantees of quality and respect for human rights and the environment.
2- Use natural resources such as water and energy sparingly. Remember that these are scarce goods.
3- Try to minimize waste generation. They are a source of pollution.
4 – When you have to dispose of a waste, do it in the cleanest way that facilitates its destination.
5- In a natural space, make sure that the only trace left behind is that of your footwear.
6- If you visit sensitive ecosystems, such as coral reefs or jungles, find out how to do it to cause the least possible impact and not degrade them.
7- When buying gifts and souvenirs, look for products that are an expression of local culture. It will favour the economy of the people who welcome you and cultural diversity.
8- Do not acquire flora and fauna protected by the Convention on International Trade in Endangered Species of Wild Fauna and Flora (CITES), or products derived from such species. It is a crime and contributes to its extinction.
9- In your destination enjoy getting to know the culture, customs, gastronomy and traditions of the local populations. Respect them and approach them, they have a lot to tell you.
10- Try to contribute with your presence to the development of a responsible and sustainable tourism, building with your trip a healthier and more solidary planet.
Following these ten recommendations the tourist will contribute to preserve the biological richness of the Earth and to improve the development opportunities of many people.
Author: Fundación Biodiversidad