Tourism Development Supporting Biodiversity in Pangandaran, Indonesia; supported by UN World Tourism Organization (UNWTO).
Indecon has been working with UN World Tourism Organization (UNWTO) in Pangandaran since 2007. The World Tourism Organization (UNWTO) had supported many countries in Asiathat were affected by the tsunami on December 2004. UNWTO has joined forces with the Government of Germany to provide a range of consultancy and advisory support in the field of biodiversity and tourism development following the Guidelines on Biodiversity and Tourism Development of the Convention on Biological Diversity (CBD).
The Indonesian Government had agreed to cooperate with UNWTO in the framework of a project in Ciamis Regency(West Java Province). The project aimed to build sustainable tourism practices in the model site of Pangandaran. It provided these communities with the expertise to develop tourism in a sustainable manner giving special emphasis to the conservation of biodiversity and risk prevention through intact functioning ecosystems.
Pangandaran, a tourism destination area located in the southern tip of West Java, is famous amongst beach lovers. However, tourism have developed rather spontaneously, which in some area had damaged ecosystems and might potentially decrease environmental functions. Poor solid waste management polluting drainage canals, leakage of domestic waste into water bodies thus polluting sea and poisoning marine biota, continuous violation of conservation area such as wood and shell collecting are only the most visible problems. Irresponsible tourism has greatly increased the natural risk prevention potential of intact ecosystems, thus increasing potential of more devastating impacts of natural disaster.
In July 2006, Pangandaran was severely hit by tsunami caused by a 6.8 Richter earthquake. It has damaged more than 2000 houses, 5800 boats, and 41 home industries. After two years of the disaster, tourism has started to recover, yet still with very little attention to responsible tourism.
UNWTO, Ministry of Culture and Tourism, local government of West Java Province and Ciamis Regency, together with Indecon and supported by constant participation from local stakeholders have been trying to initiate planning and implementation of more sustainable tourism development by linking tourism and biodiversity.
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