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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 and wildlife.
    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 activities.
    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 values.
  • 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.
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