On the United Nations 2023 Water Convention, the World Tourism Group (UNWTO) supplied substantial inputs, underscoring the function of tourism in safeguarding water sources and contributing to the acceleration of Sustainable Growth Purpose 6, to “Guarantee entry to water and sanitation for all”, and to the broader 2030 Agenda for Sustainable Growth. Emphasising the sector-wide willpower to do extra, UNWTO joined tourism stakeholders in committing to the Water Motion Agenda, a significant consequence doc of the UN 2023 Water Convention and assortment of all water-related voluntary commitments.
In New York, UNWTO was joined by the Authorities of Austria to host a particular high-level facet occasion on “Tourism and Water: Challenges and Alternatives”. Bringing collectively the companions of the recently-launched Alliance for a Nature Optimistic Strategy to Tourism, UNWTO, the World Journey and Tourism Council (WTTC) and the Sustainable Hospitality Alliance (SHA), the occasion outlined the tourism sector’s important water footprint and its reliance on clear and dependable oceans and water provides. “Tourism and Water: Challenges and Alternatives” famous the sector’s affect on water, together with destructive impacts from consumption and wastage in addition to air pollution, whereas underscoring the progress being made in advancing motion plans to make sure sustainable water administration in any respect ranges of the tourism worth chain.
Contributors had been supplied with an summary of the initiatives being undertaken by UNWTO and companions below the umbrella of the One Planet Sustainable Tourism Programme, most notably the Glasgow Declaration on Local weather Motion in Tourism, the International Tourism Plastics Initiative and the International Roadmap for Meals Waste Discount in Tourism, emphasizing the interconnectedness of the challenges of local weather change, air pollution and water shortage and the requirement well timed and common monitoring efforts.
In direction of harmonized sustainability knowledge
A world effort is underway in direction of a Statistical Framework for Measuring the Sustainability of Tourism to fill the hole for harmonized knowledge at worldwide, nationwide and subnational ranges, with Austria chairing the UNWTO Skilled Group main this course of. UNWTO Govt Director, Ms. Zoritsa Urosevic, mentioned “Water permeates all of tourism exercise. Because the world meets ever-complex challenges, we should not lose sight that we nonetheless have widespread targets. We want harmonized knowledge to make sure that tourism motion on the bottom actually responds to our shared imaginative and prescient”. Towards this backdrop, the Worldwide Community of Sustainable Tourism Observatories (INSTO), was introduced as main the way in which in assessing the progress being made on the vacation spot stage in addition to the challenges nonetheless to be overcome, together with sourcing higher knowledge.
Mr. Norbert Totschnig, Federal Minister of Agriculture, Forestry, Areas and Water Administration of Austria highlighted that “tourism can’t solely carry prosperity, however it may also be a driver to enhance water high quality and availability in areas. Efforts are required to handle water effectively, to maintain our rivers, lakes and the ocean clear”. Additionally through the facet occasion, WTTC introduced new knowledge on international and nationwide water consumption, whereas the Sustainable Hospitality Alliance introduced its water stewardship initiatives, together with the Lodge Water Measurement Initiative, and the up to date Vacation spot Water Threat Index.