Plastic Pollution

Global tourism sector should continue fight against plastic pollution during and after COVID-19 – new UN recommendations – UN Environment

  • Preventing the spread of COVID-19 in a recovering tourism sector does not mean a return to single-use plastic products.
  • Global Tourism Plastics Initiative releases key recommendations for the tourism sector to continue fighting plastic pollution, while maintaining public health and hygiene in the face of the pandemic.
  • Tourism companies such as Accor, Club Med, Iberostar Group and major tourism business associations announce their commitment to fighting plastic pollution in tourism.

Nairobi ,22 July 2020 – The ongoing COVID-19 pandemic has hit the tourism sector hard, putting more than 100 million jobs at risk; as countries begin to recover, new UN recommendations advise that the tourism sector builds back better, continuing its push to fight plastic pollution.

The Recommendations for the Tourism Sector to Continue Taking Action on Plastic Pollution During COVID-19 Recovery were released today by the Global Tourism Plastics Initiative, led by the United Nations Environment Programme (UNEP) and the World Tourism Organization (UNWTO) in collaboration with the Ellen MacArthur Foundation, which unites the tourism sector behind a common vision to address the root causes of plastic pollution.

Representing 10% of global GDP, tourism is one of the economic sectors hardest hit by the COVID-19 pandemic and may face a decline in international tourist arrivals of 58-78% during 2020, putting 100 to 120 million direct tourism jobs at risk. The sector has responded with a strong focus on health and hygiene, however these measures, if not properly managed, may have an environmental impact such as additional waste generation, water
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