Tourism: eco-cultural and responsible?

Project description by stefano valentino

What we want to do

Our team intends to investigate and recount the way tourism can contribute to sustainable development, and whether the measures taken both by governments and by the world of business make sure that tourism goes in the right direction.

Our goal is answering the two-folded crucial question: is it possible to develop tourism through a better management of its ecological and cultural implications, and to which extent public and private decision-makers are concretely acting to tackle this challenge?


How we can work together

We’re constantly looking for specific issues, cases and initiatives concerning different countries and places across the planet.

Join our collaborative community. Contribute with information and comments on what happens around you. We’ll use your material to enrich our research and documentation activities.

Promote and support our common project, to help involving as many people as possible and gathering the resources needed to carry on our collective work.

Thanks to you and to all other participants, we’ll produce multimedia updates and regularly spread them through news outlets, in order to raise awareness among the general public in the long term.


Why the project is important

Tourism makes an important contribution to economic development. However, the tourism industry needs to grow in a sustainable way, in order to preserve the quality of its destinations while, at the same time, protecting and promoting unique ecosystems and cultures, often endangered by invasive human activities.

Recently, the concept of responsible tourism has brought a set of principles which aim to foster public understanding and respect for both nature and people in all travelling-related activities.

According to these principles, tourism should limit the depletion of natural resources and invest, instead, in the preservation of such resources as key elements for both natural and cultural biodiversity, which, in turn, can bring new added value to all travelling experiences.

Several operators have started to put in place new standards, itineraries and projects which often are based on environmental impact and benefits assessments or allow the participation of local communities.

Clear objectives in regards of responsible tourism have been formally set out by the United Nations Environment Programme (UNEP) and the World Tourism Organization.