Sustainable Tourism In Tenerife: How The Canary Island Is Committed To Its Environment, Local Communities And Economy

When people cannot travel, tourism disappears, and yet the ability for individuals to travel and countries to welcome tourists brings with it a massive impact on the world’s economy. Tourism is one of the driving forces of world economic growth and it currently provides one in 11 jobs around the world.

With the world as it is today with not only the pandemic forcing millions to stay at home, but the environment struggling with human impact, the growing need to pave the way for a more sustainable future within the tourism sector is growing ever more apparent. Sustainable tourism has three principal responsibilities – it must benefit the environment, help local communities and consider economic advantages, too.

We spoke to the Tenerife Tourism Corporation, who outline their commitment to sustainability within tourism for this beautiful Canarian paradise below.

What is known as Agenda 2030, established by the United Nations with the agreement of the international community, sets 17 sustainable development goals (SDGs) that, among other things, aim to put an end to extreme poverty, fight inequality and injustice, and tackle climate change.

The cliffs of Los Gigantes boast an array of sensitive natural resources that need to be taken into consideration

The nations committed to the SDGs highlighted that three of the 17 goals are closely linked to tourism. These are:

  • Promote sustained inclusive and sustainable economic growth full and productive employment and decent work for all.
  • Ensure sustainable consumption and production patterns.
  • Conserve and sustainably use the oceans seas and marine resources for sustainable development.

These are the goals that were established at a global level, but at the Tenerife Tourism Corporation we think that it is appropriate to include three more due to our island status and strong ties to the tourism sector: 

  • Ensure availability and sustainable management of water and sanitation for all.
  • Ensure access to affordable reliable sustainable and modern energy for all.
  • Protect, restore and promote sustainable use of terrestrial ecosystems, sustainably manage forests, combat desertification and halt and reverse land degradation, and halt biodiversity loss.

In accordance with these sustainable development goals, we would like both the tourists that come to visit us and the local population to engage with them and help us to look after our land ecosystems and traditions acting respectfully and leading by example.

Since 2018, at the Tenerife Tourism Corporation, we have been carrying out the following actions always with a zero-footprint objective and with sustainable measures in different areas such as training, recovery actions, hiking events, and achievements.

There are plenty of zero-footprint activities to enjoy in Tenerife, from paddle boarding to hiking.

Training focuses on the following five main points:

1. Talk concerning wounded fauna

Educational initiative on the protocols of action in the presence of a wounded marine being, addressing businesses that are part of the whale-watching industry with the purpose of increasing their training and compromise to protect the environment in which they carry out their activities.

2. Talk on the cliffs of Los Gigantes

Awareness raising and informative talk on the most sensitive natural resources of the cliffs of Los Gigantes, such as Osprey.

3. Training on managing ecotourism companies

Within the training for the DIOMEDEA project, the main objective of this training event is to learn the basics for creating and managing an ecotourism activities company in protected natural spaces, offering accessible products and services aimed at enjoying and getting to know the natural spaces of Tenerife and Mauritania.

4. Sustainable audio-visual productions

Organised by the Tenerife Film Commission and the Festival Internationale de Cine Medioambiental de Canaries FICMEC, this training aims to provide tools that allow audio-visual industry professionals to implement sustainability strategies throughout the entirety of an audio-visual project.

Islanders and tourists have a responsibility to do their bit on respecting the local environment and working towards optimum sustainability

5. Training on how to manage public nature tourism facilities

Training within the DIOMEDEA project, the objective is to gain the necessary knowledge for the management and operation of public facilities intended for nature tourism, in a sustainable way, that ends up being viable for companies and the local authority, by implementing assessable programmes and through effective promotion and marketing systems.

Article Source: Luxury Lifestyle Magazine