Bula Vinaka from the Sustainable Tourism & Research Division at SPTO.
In this issue of the Sustainable Tourism Newsbeat, our feature country is Fiji with highlights on key initiatives and projects being undertaken in Fiji’s tourism sector, progress being made towards the 2030 Agenda, local sustainability champions, as well as the partnership between SPTO and the United Nations World Tourism Organisation in hosting the recent UNWTO Workshop on Sustainable Tourism Product Development held virtually and physically in Suva.
The stories this month include the Plastics Repurposing Training Workshops as part of the Pacific Tourism Waste Action Initiative (PTWAI) – a joint programme on capacity building for small island states, between Pacific Islands Forum Secretariat and SPTO. Read about what the Fiji participants thought about the workshop that turns plastic waste into an income generating art whilst conserving the environment.
We will bring to you other conservation initiatives in Fiji, one of which is Ocean Ventures whose efforts support the sustainability of local communities through reef to forest efforts in the Natewa Bay peninsula on Vanua Levu. SPTO acknowledges with appreciation our contributors for this month in sharing their stories and conservation journey with our readers.
We hope these stories will be useful information and continue to inspire support and wider awareness on the importance of making tourism in the Pacific sustainable now and in the future. Next month, we will feature Tonga’s sustainability journey. Stay tuned!
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