Biological Diversity and Tourism


The tourism industry represents one of the main sectors in the global economy, often referred to as the world’s largest single industry. Harnessing the opportunities and dealing with the challenges of the largest ongoing migration of people in history is of utmost importance, and is particularly significant for developing countries.

The Secretariat’s tourism activities provide bridges and links between various thematic programmes to ultimately facilitate the implementation of the Convention. These programmes, such as island biodiversity, marine and coastal biodiversity, forests, and invasive species, are crucial to a complementary approach to tourism issues.

Guidelines for tourism partnerships and concessions for protected areas: Generating sustainable revenues for conservation and development

  The aim of these guidelines is to provide information to support protected area authorities to achieve sustainable tourism operations in their protected areas; to bring benefits to conservation and other purposes for which the protected area has been declared; and to avoid or mitigate negative impacts.
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Upcoming Meetings

27 September 2019, Madrid, Spain
World Tourism Day 2019
11 December 2019, New York, United States of America
International Mountain Day 2019

New guidelines

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Mainstreaming Biodiversity into Tourism Development

Mainstreaming biodiversity into the tourism sector was considered at CBD COP 13 under agenda item 10, along with agriculture, forestry and fisheries. At COP 14 under item 22, while Parties will consider other additional sectors, a review of progress with respect to these sectors since 2016 has been posted by the Secretariat, FAO and the UN World Tourism Organization, and the document on tourism posted here served as background. This information document compiles desk research from the Secretariat, inputs from UNWTO and other partners, as well as a survey conducted with Parties under Notification 2018-070.

Holidays for a living planet

Green Passport

Visit the Green Passport campaign by the United Nations Environment Programme (UNEP) and learn how you can going green while you are on the go!

Tourism Brochure

Tourism Brochure