Sustainable Tourism

The Wider Caribbean Region is one of the most highly dependent on tourism in the world. The tourism sector in the Wider Caribbean Region makes the greatest use of the coastal and marine resources and as a result not only do the benefits of tourism impact on the entire economy, but the adverse impacts of tourism development also have socio-economic implications through the investment decisions and the ecosystem linkages which adversely affect other resources.

The SPAW Sub-Programme supports activities for the protection and management of sensitive and highly valuable natural marine resources and as such promotes sustainable tourism practices. In 1996, the Caribbean Environment Network (CEN) Project was implemented by the CEP as a joint venture with the the United States Agency for International Development (USAID), as a main donor agency and with key partners such as the Caribbean Tourism Organization (CTO), Caribbean Action for Sustainable Tourism (CAST), Caribbean Public Health Agency (CARPHA), The Association of Universities and Research Institutions of the Caribbean (UNICA) and the University of the West Indies-Center for Sustainable Tourism.

The goal of the CEN Project was to improve environmental quality and coastal and marine natural resource protection in the Wider Caribbean Region, by promoting the use of environmentally sound practices by the tourism industry. The Project was completed in the beginning of 1999, however initiatives that resulted from the Project have continued to develop through the CEP and other partners.

The following are a few of the results of the CEN Project:


Other publications relating to Sustainable Tourism includes :

SPAW Protocol Documents

  • SPAW Protocol (text only)

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  • Final Act, Resolutions 1990

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  • Final Act, Resolution, Appendix and Species Annexes I, II, III 1991

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  • SPAW Factsheet

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  • SPAW Brochure

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  • SPAW Benefits Sheet

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  • Guildines for Marine Mammal Watching in the WCR
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  • Ratification Map

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