GIS - 15 October, 2014: “The quest for sustainable tourism development is more than ever a matter of necessity than a choice for survival in the global market place. It is imperative for tourism policy makers and tourism operators to position the fight against climate change at the heart of tourism agenda underscoring the need for greater responsibility from the sector”.
The Minister of Tourism and Leisure, Mr M. Sik Yuen , made this statement this morning at Ebène at the inauguration of an . awareness workshop on MS165:2014-Sustainable Tourism. In his address the Minister recalled that Mauritius is at the threshold of a new era where all economic fundamentals are being challenged and climate change is redefining the mode of operation and production.
The Minister outlined the need for urgent action at global, regional, national and enterprise level to move to a low carbon growth path and avert climate change crisis.
On his part the Executive Chairman of the Maurice Ile Durable Commission, Mr O. Mahomed, recalled that greening the tourism industry will go a long way in allowing the country to move forward to achieve clearly set targets, be it in terms of resource efficiency and cleaner production and consumption.
The workshop brings together stakeholders of the tourism industry who, with the assistance of the Mauritius Standards Bureau (MSB), have developed an Eco Label for sustainable tourism in Mauritius. The MSB was inspired from EcoMark and the Global Sustainable Tourism Criteria, taking into account local specificities and context.
The overriding objective of the is to provide a structured framework for managing an organisation’s environmental impacts, particularly waste, emissions, energy use, transport and consumption level.
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