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Tourism’s footprint: Travel Foundation launches Mauritius green project


A four-year project to reduce the effect of tourism’s greenhouse gas emissions and improve resource efficiency has been launched in Mauritius.

The international project is led by UN Environment and supported by €5 million from the International Climate Initiative on behalf of the German Federal Ministry for the Environment, Nature Conservation, Building and Nuclear Safety. Mauritius Green Project

Entitled 'Transforming Tourism Value Chains in developing countries and Small Island Developing States (SIDS) to accelerate more resilient, resource efficient, low carbon development”, the project’s lead partner in Mauritius and St Lucia will be The Travel Foundation.

Without introducing greener practices, by 2050 tourism’s energy use and greenhouse gas emissions are set to double, with even greater increases in water use and waste disposal.

Salli Felton, CEO of the Travel Foundation, said: “Tourism relies on healthy ecosystems and can often be a positive force behind conservation efforts. Yet it is through more efficient use of natural resources that the industry can, and must, make a difference at scale. By the end of this project we will have provided Mauritius and Saint Lucia with support and national policy recommendations that will lead to greener tourism economies and benefits for both businesses and the environment.”

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