This voluntary initiative came from Partnerships for SD (CSD11/WSSD)
DestiNet - Sustainable Tourism Information Portal
ECOTRANS e. V. (Germany)
United Nations Environment Programme (UNEP) - Production and Consumption Branch (France)
Other intergovernmental organizations:
European Environment Agency (EEA) (Denmark)
World Tourism Organization (WTO) - UN Agency (Spain)
Description/achievement of initiative
DestiNet http://destinet.ew.eea.europa.eu - is a portal that provides information on sustainable tourism, and is primarily targeted at tourist destinations. Started in 2002 by the EEA the portal is now expanded to include Partner inputs from a wide range of tourism disciplines, via the ECOTRANS network of European sustainable tourism interests. The information provided on DestiNet includes tips on best practice in resource management, links to relevant websites and uploaded reports and articles.
The Partners intend to enhance the effectiveness of their multilateral efforts to protect the environment by focusing on improving communication and knowledge exchange among themselves and their stakeholders The effort will optimise decision making on issues relevant to developing, enhancing, and evaluating, policy measures, and the success of regulatory and voluntary actions concerning tourism and tourism destinations.
DestiNet website shall represent the leading communication and information dissemination platform for partners and relevant tourism communities to collaborate on information development and publishing Additionally the website will be used to organize events, select indicator methodologies, report on best practices, compare service eco-efficiency statements and labels, post news and announcements, propose models and tools for managing technologies and natural resources.