To a certain extent, the Arctic consists of large tracts
of untouched areas with a unique blend of nature and cultural
values. These vast areas of wilderness are one of the primary
reasons why tourists visit the Arctic and therefore it is
of great importance to promote maintenance of these untouched,
remote areas. Strengthen of conservation efforts will enhance
the natural integrity of places visited. As well, there
is a need for nature preservation and conservation due to
the biodiversity, science and in the search for future understanding
and knowledge concerning the uniqueness of the Arctic's
nature and inhabitants. This principle stands for conservation
efforts and the need for local inhabitants, indigenous peoples
and tourism operators to participate in land-use planning
at a local and regional level. Tourism operators should
have thorough knowledge about the Arctic environments, cooperate
with other operators and provide active support to preferable
local conservation projects.
- Support conservation of local nature
Tourism activities should not conflict with conservation
efforts in the area. Operators should cooperate and support
local and regional authorities as well as the efforts
of nature conservation organisations. Contribute time
and/or money to local conservation organisations and projects.
Tourism planning that supports conservation efforts and
incorporates conservation plans should be encouraged.
- Plan all tourism
Tourism operators active within the sensitive areas of
the Arctic need a plan describing how tourism and associated
development will be managed and impacts minimized. Consideration
must be given to the vulnerability of the sites visited
depending on the time of year and other impacting factors.
Nature and wildlife vulnerability will set the limits
for the size of visiting groups able to visit the area
at any given time.
- Cooperate with other operators who
use conservation ethics.
Cooperation with other
operators, accommodation providers, carriers and other
businesses in the area who work with conservation ethics
that serve to enhance the tourism experience.
- Inform indigenous people, locals
and voluntary groups about conservation efforts.
This will encourage respectability for your conservation
efforts and tourism activities as well as give good marketing
- Keep informed of current Arctic political
and environmental issues.
Support for initiatives such as the further development
of the Circumpolar Protected Area Network (CPAN) and other
efforts, and as well as keeping informed of the work by
the Arctic Council.
- Encourage environmental awareness.
Both management and staff of all tourism related projects
and activities should apply environmental and conservation
principles in their daily work.