SUSTAINABILITY AND ECOTOURISM
Ecotourism is a form of tourism involving responsible travel (using sustainable transport) to natural areas, conserving the environment, and improving the well-being of the local people.
Its purpose may be to educate the traveler, to provide funds for ecological conservation, to directly benefit the economic development and political empowerment of local communities, or to foster respect for different cultures and for human rights.
Ecotourism focuses on socially responsible travel, personal growth, and environmental sustainability. Ecotourism typically involves travel to destinations where flora, fauna, and cultural heritage are the primary attractions. Ecotourism is intended to offer tourists an insight into the impact of human beings on the environment and to foster a greater appreciation of our natural habitats. Ecotourism aims at minimal environmental impact on the areas visited. Besides fostering respect towards the natural environment, ecotourism also helps in creating socio-economic benefits for the communities of the area visited.
Many consider the term "ecotourism", like "sustainable tourism" (which is a related concept but broader), an oxymoron. Like many forms of tourism, ecotourism often depend on air transportation, which contributes to climate change.
SUSTAINABLE TOURISM AND GOALS
Sustainable tourism is a concept that covers the complete tourism experience, including concern for economic, social and environmental issues as well as attention to improving tourists' experiences and addressing the needs of host communities. Tourism can be related to travel for leisure, business and visiting friends and relatives and can also include means of transportation related to tourism. This might be transportation to the general location as well as local transportation to and from accommodations, entertainment, recreation, nourishment and shopping. There is now broad consensus that tourism should be sustainable.In fact, all forms of tourism have the potential to be sustainable if planned, developed and managed properly.
Global tourism accounts for about eight percent of global greenhouse gas emissions. This percentage takes into account airline transportation as well as other significant environmental and social impacts that are not always beneficial to local communities and their economies. Tourist development organizations are promoting sustainable tourism practices in order to mitigate negative effects caused by the growing impact of tourism.
THE 17 GOALS SUISTANABLE DEVELOPMENT
The 2030 Agenda for Sustainable Development, adopted by all United Nations Member States in 2015, provides a shared blueprint for peace and prosperity for people and the planet, now and into the future. At its heart are the 17 Sustainable Development Goals (SDGs), which are an urgent call for action by all countries - developed and developing - in a global partnership. They recognize that ending poverty and other deprivations must go hand-in-hand with strategies that improve health and education, reduce inequality, and spur economic growth – all while tackling climate change and working to preserve our oceans and forests.
1 NO POVERTY
Ends of poverty in all its forms everywhere
2 ZERO HUNGER
End hunger, Achieve food security and improved nutrition and promote sustainable agriculture
3 GOOD HEALTH AND WELL BEING
Ensure healthy lives and promote well-being for all at all ages
4 QUALITY EDUCATION
Ensure inclusive and equitable quality education and promote lifelong learning opportunities for all
5 GENDER EQUALITY
Achieve gender equality and empower all women and girls
6 CLEAN WATER AND SANITATION
Ensure availability and sustainable management of water and sanitation for all
7 AFFORDABLE AND CLEAN ENERGY
Ensure access to affordable, reliable, sustainable and modern energy for all
8 DECENT WORK AND ECONOMIC GROWTH
Promote sustained, inclusive and sustainable economic growth, full and productive employment and decent work for all
9 INDUSTRY, INNOVATION AND INFRACTURE
Build resilient infrastructure, promote inclusive and sustainable industrialization and foster innovation
10 REDUCED INEQUALITIES
Reduce inequality within and among countries
11 SUSTAINABLE CITIES AND COMMUNITIES
Make cities and human settlements inclusive, safe, resilient and sustainable
12 RESPONSIBLE CONSUMPTION AND PRODUCTION
Ensure sustainable consumption and production patterns
13 CLIMATE ACTION
Take urgent action to combat climate change and its impacts
14 LIFE BELOW WATER
Conserve and sustainably use the oceans, seas and marine resources for sustainable development
15 LIFE ON LAND
Protect, restore and promote sustainable use of terrestrial ecosystems, sustainably manage forests, combat desertification, and halt and reverse land degradation and halt biodiversity loss
16 PEACE, JUSTICE AND STRONG INSTITUTIONS
Promote peaceful and inclusive societies for sustainable development, provide access to justice for all and build effective, accountable and inclusive institutions at all levels
17 PARTERSHIPS FOR THE GOALS
Strengthen the means of implementation and revitalize the global partnership for sustainable development
SOUTH FACE PARADISE SUSTAINABLES GOALS AND DRIVER
South face paradise wants to promote a sustainable and responsible tourism. Our goals is to follow and develop some goals regarding "Sustainable Development Goals" Define by the United member in particular regarding the goals:
GOAL 3: GOOD HEALTH AND WELL-BEING
3.9 By 2030, substantially reduce the number of deaths and illnesses from hazardous chemicals and from pollution and contamination of air, water and soil
3.d Strengthen the capacity of all countries, especially developing countries, for the prevention, reduction and management of national and global health risks
GOAL 8: DECENT WORK AND ECONOMIC GROWTH
8.9 By 2030, elaborate and actuate polytics directly promoting and developing ecoturism, which create new job position and promote folklore.
GOAL 11: SUSTAINABLE CITIES AND COMMUNITIES
11.a Support positive economic, social and environmental relations between urban, peri-urban and rural areas by strengthening national and regional development planning
GOAL 12: RESPONSIBLE CONSUMPTION AND PRODUCTION
12.b Develop and apply tools to monitor sustainable development impacts for sustainable tourism that creates jobs and promotes local culture and products
GOAL 13: CLIMATE ACTION
13.3 Improve education, awareness and human and institutional capacity regarding climate change in terms of mitigation, adaptation, impact reduction and early warning
GOAL 15: LIFE ON LAND
15.1 By 2020, ensure the conservation, restoration and sustainable use of terrestrial and inland freshwater ecosystems and their services, in particular forests, wetlands, mountains and arid areas, in line with obligations deriving from international agreements
15.4 By 2030, ensure the conservation of mountain ecosystems, including their biodiversity, in order to improve their ability to deliver performance that is essential for sustainable development
Each of the goals is followed by South Face Paradise in order to help the local valley to develop in a more sustainable way.
Each instructor, guide of SFP is also putting the attention on the sustainable impact of the turism in order to educate and develop a more responsible turism and to reconnect human with nature.
Outdoor activies and nature are reducing statistically the human diseases and deceases basically due to lowering exposure on chemicals and reducing stress. In particular SFP believe in a more friendly way of work, based on Smartworking and home office.
In order to reduce the impact of climate change, even though it's a simbolic action - SFP gives to all the associates a trash bag, that's basically to collect garbage during the outdoor activiy.