International Year of Sustainable Tourism for Development 2017


2017 International Year of Sustainable Tourism for Development

The United Nations General Assembly declared 2017 as the International Year of Sustainable Tourism for Development recalling the potential of tourism to advance the universal 2030 Agenda for Sustainable Development and the 17 Sustainable Development Goals (SDGs). This is 12 months to celebrate and promote the contribution of the tourism sector to building a better world.

The #IY2017 will promote tourism’s role in the following five key areas:

(1)        Inclusive and sustainable economic growth

(2)        Social inclusiveness, employment and poverty reduction

(3)        Resource efficiency, environmental protection and climate change

(4)        Cultural values, diversity and heritage

(5)        Mutual understanding, peace and security.

Parks and Wildlife manages more than 28 million hectares of diverse lands and waters and is the largest provider of nature-based tourism opportunities in Western Australia. Much of Western Australia’s nature-based tourism is focused on experiences in protected areas (national parks, State forests, marine parks and other reserves) and often includes interaction with the State’s unique wildlife. Parks & Wildlife practices sustainable tourism development through mechanisms such as a requirement for tourism operators to obtain a licence to undertake commercial activities and tours in protected areas, and adhere to sustainability criteria.

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