Pioneering Sustainable Tourism Organisations Offset Emissions and Support UN Sustainable Development Goals
South Pole Group and LT&C (Linking Tourism & Conservation) announce exclusive partnership on climate neutrality.
Zurich, Switzerland and Arendal, Norway 18 January 2017
The contribution of
tourism to greenhouse gas (GHG) emissions is increasing. Today, the tourism and
ecotourism industry is already feeling the numerous impacts of climate change :
sea-level rise and more acidic oceans are threatening coastal tourism
infrastructure and natural attractions, and climate change is leading to
significant changes in biodiversity. It is against this backdrop that leading
sustainability solutions provider South
(Linking Tourism & Conservation)
, the global sustainable
tourism & conservation network, announce their exclusive partnership on
The partnership offers LT&C members the possibility to offset
the GHG emissions associated with their travels by investing in a charismatic
conservation project, which also contributes to specific Sustainable
Development Goals. By taking this approach, South Pole Group and LT&C
demonstrate that tourism can be a driver for sustainable development and lead
the fight against climate change.
South Pole Group and LT&C have selected the Kariba REDD+
in Zimbabwe to support climate neutrality efforts. This project is rooted in
the vision to fight poverty, hunger and deforestation, and at the same time,
contribute to nature- and climate protection. These outcomes are achieved by
actions to adapt to climate change, and conserve natural ecosystems by reducing
forest loss and avoiding desertification. The true agents of change in living
up to these ambitions are the people from the communities living within the
This South Pole Group solution supports pioneering tourism
organisations that want to compensate for the global climate impact of travel
and further environmental conservation efforts. LT&C’s and South Pole
Group's collaboration also complements the aspirations of the International Year of Sustainable
Tourism for Development (IY2017)
, launched today by the World Tourism Organization (UNWTO)
in Madrid: the IY2017 aims to promote the role of tourism in sustainable
economic growth, poverty reduction, environmental protection and conservation,
climate change, and peace. To take further climate action ahead of the thematic
year, South Pole Group has partnered with UNWTO to compensate all emissions of
the official IY2017 launch event with the Kariba REDD+ project.
The South Pole Group and LT&C plan to work together throughout 2017 to
engage LT&C's stakeholders and encourage tour operators and individual
travellers to address their travel carbon footprint through the Kariba REDD+
Tags: Biodiversity Management | Partnerships/Cooperations | Case Studies | Tourism
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