Spain’s Balearic Islands first destination to adopt UN Agenda 2030 on Sustainable Development

Spain’s Balearic Islands first destination to adopt UN Agenda 2030 on Sustainable Development
Spain is leading the way as the first tourism destination set to implement the UN Agenda 2030

The Balearic Islands (Mallorca, Menorca and Formentera), are leading the way, as the first tourism destination to implement the objectives of the UN 2030 Agenda for Sustainable Development, which sets out a global framework to eradicate poverty and achieve sustainable development by 2030. 

The Memorandum of Understanding, an agreement between the United Nations World Tourism Organisation(WTO) and Impulsa Balears Foundation, and in force until 31 December 2021, focuses on the sustainability of the tourism industry on the Islands. 

Spain’s Balearic Islands first destination to adopt UN Agenda 2030 on Sustainable Development
The project will look at how to reduce environmental and social impacts in the tourism sector across the Balearic Islands.

The new project will look at tourism consumption on the Islands, especially within the hotel sector, and identify measures which help tourism become more sustainable. The project will also look at how the sector can have less environmental and social impact. This is expected to come about through deploying new funding and resources.

The expectation is, that the progressive development of the Balearic Islands (Mallorca, Menorca and Formentera) to the objectives of Agenda 2030, will be achieved through working in collaboration with regional sustainable tourism stakeholders.

Spain’s Balearic Islands first destination to adopt UN Agenda 2030 on Sustainable Development
The project will identify best practice in the Island’s tourism sector

The first initiatives of this new agreement will look to establish circular economy guidelines for the island’s hotel and accommodation sector, with the identification of best practices, and recognition, for those already implementing them. 

The UNWTO have said “Its aim [Agenda 2030] is to jumpstart the process of the strategic reformulation of tourism in order to make an effective contribution to sustainable development.” 

Further reading 

  • UN WTO (11 April 2019) Press Release (click here)
  • UN WTO (2017) Report, Tourism and the Sustainable Development Goals – Journey to 2030 (click here)

Spain’s Balearic Islands first destination to adopt UN Agenda 2030 on Sustainable Development

Catherine Wilson
Catherine Wilsonhttp://www.enviconsulting.wordpress.com
Catherine Wilson is a sustainability-focused social researcher and communications’ professional, and journalist. Her consultancy includes social, market and policy research, evaluating corporate CSR programmes, and developing content marketing and communications. Catherine oversaw the technical management of the ABTA hotel certification service, Travelife, and was formerly Sustainability Business Writer, and Managing Editor, at Thomson-Reuters and Haymarket Media Group. Catherine has a social research PhD in Human Geography, from Kings College London, and a MSc in EU Environmental Policy and Regulation, which included tourism, from Lancaster University. Consultancy website: enviconsulting.wordpress.com

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