UNEP/GRID Arendal Announces Tourism and Conservation Initiative

12 August 2010: The UN Environment Programme (UNEP)/GRID-Arendal centre has announced the “Linking Tourism and Conservation” initiative, launched in response to continuing breakages from Greenland's ice sheet.

The new initiative will investigate how sustainable tourism can help support the management and development of protected areas. According to UNEP/GRID-Arendal, the polar regions are the ideal place to see the link between the impact of climate change and biodiversity.

In late August, UNEP/GRID-Arendal will host a study expedition to Svalbard, Norway, for conservationists, journalists and members of the public. UNEP/GRID-Arendal also plans to produce an interactive map of tourist destinations that are participating in conservation work to encourage investment in tourism projects that support conservation, and allow tourists to view a destination's green credentials before finalizing their trip. [UNEP Press Release]