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Joint Leaders Statement on Sustainable Coastal and Marine Tourism: Supporting Climate, Biodiversity and Sustainable Ocean Economies

Mar 3, 2023
Fuente: Ocean Panel

Coastal and marine tourism represents at least 50 percent of total global tourism.1 It constitutes the largest economic sector for most small island developing states and coastal states.

Coastal and marine tourism is highly dependent on the quality of ecosystems to attract visitors—and it is extremely vulnerable to threats such as climate change and biodiversity loss. 

A healthy ocean provides the foundation for a sustainable ocean economy. A sustainable, regenerative and resilient coastal and marine tourism sector can deliver protection, production and prosperity by stimulating new high quality, year-round, economic opportunities for local communities, restoring and strengthening the resilience of ecosystems in which they operate, and revitalising culture and heritage.  


The long-term viability and sustainability of coastal and marine destinations depends on enhanced efforts now to invest in regenerative approaches and improve its future resilience.  

Ambitious action to improve the sustainability of coastal and marine tourism can also make a significant contribution towards the implementation of the Paris Agreement, the Kunming-Montreal Global Biodiversity Framework, and the 2030 Agenda and its Sustainable Development Goals.  

We, the members of the High Level Panel for a Sustainable Ocean Economy (Ocean Panel)*, under the Transformaciones para una economía oceánica sostenible: una visión para la protección, la producción y la prosperidad committed to the goal that by 2030 ‘coastal and ocean-based tourism is sustainable, resilient, addresses climate change, reduces pollution, supports ecosystem regeneration and biodiversity conservation and invests in local jobs and communities’ and the following priority actions to achieve it: 


  • Invertir en un turismo sostenible que regenere los ecosistemas de los que depende, desarrolle la resiliencia de las comunidades costeras y los pueblos indígenas, reduzca la desigualdad mediante la promoción de la igualdad de oportunidades y la distribución equitativa de los beneficios y aborde el cambio climático y la contaminación. 
  • Implementar estrategias de gestión del turismo sostenible que promuevan las prioridades ambientales, sociales y económicas y permitan el monitoreo y la presentación de informes transparentes con la plena participación de las comunidades costeras y los Pueblos Indígenas. 
  • Implementar mecanismos para aumentar la reinversión de los ingresos del turismo en las comunidades locales e indígenas para desarrollar la capacidad y las habilidades para aumentar el empleo local en el turismo, diversificar las oportunidades económicas y aumentar los recursos para la restauración y protección costera y marina. 
  • Acelerar los incentivos financieros para incluir soluciones basadas en la naturaleza en la infraestructura turística sostenible. 
  • Invertir en infraestructura de alcantarillado y aguas residuales para el turismo costero y marino para mejorar la salud de las comunidades costeras y reducir los impactos en los ecosistemas costeros y marinos. 


To support an acceleration of progress on these priority actions, the Panel commissioned an expert report on ocean tourism, Oportunidades para Transformar el Turismo Costero y Marino: Hacia la Sostenibilidad, la Regeneración y la Resiliencia. As members of the Ocean Panel, we call on governments and marine and coastal tourism sector stakeholders to promote: 


  • Greater co-operation and collaboration. Everyone in the tourism sector has a role to play, including supporting genuine partnerships that provide opportunities for leadership from local communities. 
  • A seat at the table. Ensure tourism is integrated into the ocean, climate and biodiversity agendas and relevant international platforms. 
  • Action on climate change. Accelerate efforts to reduce emissions across the tourism sector and align with the temperature goal of the Paris Agreement and keeping within reach a 1.5oC limit to temperature rise, including through collaboration with countries and relevant non-state actors and initiatives, such as the Glasgow Declaration on Climate Action in Tourism. 
  • Nature-positive tourism. Utilise nature-based solutions to improve the resilience of coastal and marine tourism and ensure alignment with the Kunming-Montreal Global Biodiversity Framework. 
  • Investment to support the transformation. To finance a positive transformation of tourism, existing financial and incentive structures will need to be revised and many destinations will require new innovative and sustainable financial mechanisms, including blended finance. 
antonio albanés   

Primer Ministro de Australia  


William Samoei Ruto 

presidente de Kenia  

justin trudeau  

Primer Ministro de Canadá  


andres manuel lopez obrador   

presidente de mexico  

Gabriel Boric 

presidente de chile  


Hage G. Geingob
presidente de namibia 
Sitiveni Rabuka 

Primer Ministro de Fiyi  


Tienda Jonas Gahr   

Primer Ministro de Noruega  

 Nana Addo Dankwa Akufo-Addo   

presidente de ghana  


Surangel Whipps, Jr.   

presidente de Palaos  

joko viudo   

presidente de indonesia  


antonio costa   

primer ministro de portugal  

Andrew Michael Holness  

Primer Ministro de Jamaica  


Rishi Sunak 

Prime Minister of United Kingdom 

Fumio Kishida   

Primer Ministro de Japón


Joseph R. Biden, Jr. 

Presidente de los Estados Unidos de América 

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