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Accelerating sustainable consumption and production in the tourism sector

The One Planet Sustainable Tourism Programme aims to enhance the sustainable development impacts of the tourism sector by 2030 by developing, promoting and scaling up sustainable consumption and production practices that boost the efficient use of natural resources, while producing less waste and addressing the challenges of climate change and biodiversity.

To  catalyse the transformation of the tourism sector for sustainability, the Programme:

- promotes evidence-based decision making, life-cycle thinking along the tourism value chain and collaboration among stakeholders for continuous improvement.

-brings together initiatives which address Sustainable Development Goal 12 on sustainable consumption and production, and also Goals 13, 14 and 15, respectively on climate action and the protection of marine and terrestrial resources.


The Programme has been operational since 2015. It operates as a multi-stakeholder partnership.

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Why a One Planet Programme on Sustainable Tourism?

Tourism is a transversal economic sector which connects multiple industries and stakeholders.

The tourism value chain can be used to systematically encourage the shift towards sustainable consumption and production in order to enhance the environmental and social outcomes of the sector as well as its economic performance.

Tourism accounts for 10% of global GDP (direct, indirect and induced), 7% of the world's exports, and 10% of global employment (one in 10 jobs).
International tourist arrivals (overnight visitors) in 2019 grew by 4% to reach a total of 1,5 billion. UNWTO forecasts international tourists to reach 1.8 billion by 2030.
SDG 12 focuses on ensuring sustainable consumption and production 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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