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DENR pushes for regenerative tourism to further boost eco-tourism

May 6, 2023 Joel dela Torre 215 views

A SHIFT towards a “regenerative” tourism is what the country needs to further boost the ecotourism sector amid the recovery from the COVID-19 pandemic.

This was pointed out by Environment Secretary Antonia Loyzaga during the International Ecotoursim Forum held in Manila recently.

Loyzaga who was a keynote speaker during the event said “regenerative” tourism is leaving a place better than it was before.

“It (regenerative tourism) goes beyond the environment and looks at the social and economic development of communities, preservation of local cultures, and protection of biodiversity,” she said.

The DENR chief also emphasized the importance of transitioning towards tourism that regenerates the environment and provides economic, social and environment benefits, and taking into account climate change.

“It is the understanding that everything is connected and the interactions between every stakeholder throughout the tourism value chain have impacts on each other and our ecosystems,” she added.

She added that the tourism sector is facing challenges brought by climate change, extreme weather events, and slow and rapid onset hazards, which impede its potential to be a driver of environmental and cultural protection, economic progress, and social development.

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