Caring For Our Natural Resources

“We do not inherit the earth
from our ancestors,
we borrow it from our children.” Native American Proverb
 

Tackling climate change

Kuoni Group recognises that climate change poses risks and opportunities to our company, to the travel and tourism industry and holiday destinations, and to society as a whole. The United Nations World Tourism Organisation has characterised the tourism sector as being highly sensitive to the impacts of climate change (Davos Declaration, 2007).  Further information can be found here

Managing water resources

In countries in which water is scarce, conflicts arise time and again between the requirements of the tourist sector and the needs of the local population, and of local farmers in particular. Kuoni Group’s aim is to ensure adequate access to this precious resource for people at water-scarce destinations where such discrepancies occur. In 2011 we have analysed the projected water scarcity of destinations according to the World Business Council for Sustainable Development’s Global Water Tool, in order to channel our efforts to those destinations which have the highest need. Further information can be found here.

Safeguarding biodiversity

To support conservation organisations to develop sustainable tourism, Kuoni Group and the International Union for Conservation of Nature (IUCN) collaborated on a joint project from 2011-2013 in East Africa, Southeast Asia and Sri Lanka.  The focus of the project was to provide conservation organisations, which have little knowledge of the tourism market, with the business skills necessary to design successful ecotourism products. By targeting natural World Heritage Sites, community-based organisations and ecotourism businesses, the project raised awareness on the need for effective and responsible tourism management near protected areas.