Tourism represents an internationally important economic factor, but it also exerts both, positive and negative influences on social, cultural and economic aspects. Therefore, a multitude of initiatives are dedicated to the sustainable development of tourism. ETE supports such initiatives in Germany and other European countries. ETE aims at fostering the implementation of international work programmes and guidelines for sustainable tourism development and carries out model projects.

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The principle of sustainable development

In 1992 in Rio de Janeiro, the United Nations invited the member states to the Conference on Environment and Development (UNCED), also known as the Earth Summit. Among the most important achievements of this conference are the establishment of the UN Framework Convention on Climate Change, the Rio Declaration on Environment and Development, the UN Convention to Combat Desertification, the UN Convention on Biological Diversity as well as the Agenda 21. At the end of the 1990s the discussion on tourism and sustainable development officially started to take place within two international processes: The UN Commission on Sustainable Development (CSD) and UN Convention on Biological Diversity (CBD).


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Biodiversity and tourism                                                                             

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