Tourism development and tourist activities
– in the Arctic and elsewhere – become sustainable when
a business is not only concerned about its economic success,
but also looks at environmental and social aspects of its
activities. This means in practise that tourism activities
and business development should be respectful of and in
agreement with local people and indigenous cultures. And
of course they should not harm the natural environment.
In the Arctic, people’s livelihoods
are still very closely connected to nature and “sustainability”
is not a new concept. The fragile arctic environment and
its unique indigenous cultures – the main tourist
attractions of the Arctic - need to be treated respectful
and on their premises.
You can find a definition of “ sustainable
tourism ” and “sustainability”
in the Glossary.