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Advancing sustainable consumption and production in the tourism sector

The 10YFP Sustainable Tourism Programme (STP) envisions a tourism sector that has globally adopted sustainable consumption and production (SCP) practices resulting in enhanced environmental and social outcomes and improved economic performance. Its mission is to catalyze a transformation for sustainability, through evidence-based decision making, efficiency, innovation, collaboration among stakeholders, monitoring and the adoption of a life-cycle approach for continuous improvement.

10YFP STP offers a major opportunity for global sustainable tourism over the next decade, ensuring that the sector contributes effectively to sustainable development, all within the framework of the Sustainable Development Goals (SDGs). 

Through the development and implementation of activities, projects and good practices in resource efficient and low-carbon tourism, 10YFP STP steers the tourism sector towards enhanced sustainability by reducing the loss of biodiversity, preserving ecosystems and cultural heritage, while advancing poverty alleviation and sustainable livelihood. 
As a 10YFP Programme, the 10YFP STP serves as a collaborative platform to bring together and scale up existing initiatives and partnerships and facilitate new projects and activities with the potential to accelerate the shift to SCP. 

Why a 10YFP Programme on Sustainable Tourism?

One of the most significant characteristics of tourism is its transversal nature as an economic sector with multiple links across related industries, elaborate supply chains and multi-stakeholder networks. These can be used to systematically encourage the shift towards the more sustainable development of the sector. Adopting a life cycle approach in tourism design and operations will also engage consumers in actively promoting SCP. 

Tourism is one of the main economic sectors in the world, accounting for 10% of GDP (direct, indirect and induced), 7% of the world's exports, and one in 10 jobs.
International tourist arrivals (overnight visitors) in 2016 grew by 3.9% to reach a total of 1,235 million worldwide, an increase of 46 million over the previous year. UNWTO forecasts international tourists to reach 1.8 billion by 2030.
SDG 12 focuses on ensuring SCP and includes targets related to the sustainable management and efficient use of natural resources, food loss, waste generation, sustainability reporting of business and the development and implementation of tools to monitor sustainable development impacts of sustainable tourism, among others. 



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