Cities and Businesses Tackling the Tourism Plastic Crisis

Everyday, plastic flows into our natural environment at an unprecedented rate, posing a threat to land and marine ecosystems, local economies and human health.

The tourism sector, including destinations and business, has an important role in contributing to the solution for plastic pollution. Tourism is responsible for up to 40% increase of marine litter in some areas like the Mediterranean and at the same time, plastic damages the aesthetic of tourist destinations resulting in major economic costs and losses in tourism-related incomes.

Many cities and tourist operators are already acting to reduce plastic consumption and pollution.

We would like to invite you to a discussion on the policies and initiatives that destinations and businesses can develop to keep plastic away from our sea and nature.

See the recording:

Agenda | Tuesday, 21 May 2024 | 10.00 – 12.00 CEST

  • Opening: WWF Mediterranean & WWF’s Plastic Smart Cities (Access PDF)
  • UN Global Tourism Plastics Initiative Introduction (Access PDF)
  • Cities’ Representatives:
    • Paris, France Leading the way for large sport events without plastic (Access PDF)
    • Barcelona, SpainThe Zero Plastic Commitment (Access PDF)
    • Trogir, CroatiaTackling single use in public events (Access PDF)
    • Sentosa Island, SingaporeA Playbook for Reducing Disposables (Access PDF)
  • Tourism businesses:
    • Costa Navarino, GreeceSolutions to tackle single use plastics (Access PDF)
    • Jaya House River Park, CambodiaThe Refill not Landfill Initiative (Access PDF)
  • Discussion

Organized by: WWF’s Plastic Smart Cities and the UN Global Tourism Plastics Initiative

Supported by: Blue Planet Foundation | Virginia Böger Stiftung

For more information: Stefania Campogianni

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