The IUCN has a number of best practice guidelines for protected areas, planning and management and marine protected areas. Not all completely relating to tourism, however, these guidelines offer some valuable insight into the planning and management needed for sustaining our valuable resources.
Coral Reef Alliance guide to Good Practice
According to the Coral Reef Alliance, ‘for marine recreation providers – from dive operations to boat rentals to wildlife viewing tours – improving environmental performance can not only contribute to marine conservation and the economic development of coastal communities, it can also improve business, by increasing their attractiveness to companies seeking responsible suppliers’. These guidelines produced in conjunction with The Centre for Environmental Leadership in Business (CELB), the Coral Reef Alliance (CORAL), the International Hotels Environment Initiative (IHEI) and the Tourism Operators’ Initiative for Sustainable Tourism Development (TOI) developed this guide for good practice in marine environments.
Marine Recreation Guidelines
The Centre for Environmental Leadership in Business (CELB) was created by Conservation International to engage the private sector worldwide in creating solutions to critical global environmental problems in which industry plays a defining role. Most recently CELB, TOI & CORAL released “Practical Guide” to help marine recreation providers minimize the environmental impacts of their operations. This guide provides core questions which marine recreation providers can ask to assess their environmental impacts.