Business & biodiversity: the role and the potential of the tourism industry

Traditionally the tourism industry has had a negative impact upon biodiversity, in particular along coasts. Except for ecotourism, the tourism industry in general has had very little involvement in the conservation of its main resource: landscape, nature, the sea, beaches. While the debate on corporate social and environmental responsibility is widely present, we should find ways in order to involve the tourism industry in biodiversity conservation and in the regeneration of natural capital (marine and coastal ecosystems). After all, that is the base of the tourism business.

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