Gréoux-les-Bains Declaration on tourism and global warming

INTRODUCTION

The Web Sustainable Tourism Days, organised by the European City of Heritage and Sustainable Tourism (ECHST/CECTD in french) thanks to a wide public private partnership, welcomed several events of local and global perspective, on 25 and 26 June 2015, in the Congress Hall, l’Etoile of Gréoux-les-Bains.

The fair, the meetings, the short film festival and the on-line broadcasting of sustainable development best practices in Tourism and connected activities have been inaugurated by Paul AUDAN, Mayor of Gréoux-les-Bains, Vice President of Durance Lubéron Verdon Agglomération (Association of Municipalities), Serge SARDELLA, President of the ECHST, elected representative of the Alpes-de-Haute-Provence Province and Charles LAUGIER, elected representative of Provence-Alpes-Côte-d’Azur Region, in charge of forest and green tourism.

The event Meeting21 ” Climate and resource, issues and challenges for sustainable Tourism ” (cf. program Meeting21 in appendix 1) has been held in presence of Christian MANTEI, Managing director of Atout France, of Gilles BERHAULT, President of the Committee 21, Pedro ORTUN, managing Director Growth to the European Commission, of Mgr. Agostino MARCHETTO, highly skilled Secretary to the Papal Council for the migrants and the people in movement and of representatives of national and European networks of the tourism.

This face-to-face and multimedia event benefited from the participation and support of Henri MALOSSE, President of the European Economic and Social Committee, Gérard RUIZ, former president of the World Partnership for the Sustainable Tourism, the honorary general inspector of the Ministry of Ecology, the Sustainable development and the Energy, Consulting for the International Organization of the Francophonie regarding sustainable tourism, as well as Major Stakeholders (cf. appendix. 2) Local Authorities, National Associations of the Awarded Destinations and Tourist Municipalities, French Chambers of Commerce, Tourism Offices of France, French National Parks, French Regional Natural reserves , Universities, Training Centres and enterprises, companies, associations and NGO specialized in sustainable and responsible tourism…

In Gréoux-les-Bains, in the Provence-Alpes-Côte-d’Azur Region, health and tourism destination, head office of the ECHST, in the heart of experimental territories regarding sustainable Tourism and collective implementation of Climate Energy Territorial Plan, the Alpes-de-Haute-Provence Province and Durance Lubéron Verdon Agglomération,
Following to the workshop Meeting21 / 5th Entretiens de Gréoux on sustainable Tourism, during the plenary session on Friday 26 of June 2015, the following Declaration was adopted:

Gréoux-les-Bains Declaration on tourism and global warming

Professionals of the tourism sector, gathered in Gréoux-les-Bains the 25th and 26st of June 2015, during the Web Sustainable Tourism Day, declare their awareness concerning the challenges of global warming and of the urgency to address the latter in a short term and efficient way. Therefore, they have expressed their commitment for a truly sustainable and long-lasting tourism.

Taking into account both, the already stated climatic evolutions and the upcoming ones produced by human activity and greenhouse gas emission in particular within tourism activities, the tourism professionals call for the mobilisation of all stakeholders for a responsible tourism.

Tourism, the world’s largest economic activity, generates important transports flows, accommodation needs and numerous activities translated today by important fossil fuels consumption
The dynamic of these activities, added to the demography of emerging countries show early that, within actual conditions, the energy bill and its impact on greenhouse effect can’ t be mastered.

In addition:

-Given the role to be endorsed by tourism, as a vehicle of cultural links – essential between the different human communities, of openness to all, of the respect of cultures and the comprehension between the population,
-Given The major role of tourism in the economic development of southern countries, as source of currencies, but also through its direct impact on employments, health and education;
-Given how tourism can contribute to the protection and enhancement of both natural and cultural heritage;
the professionals and experts gathered in Gréoux-les-Bains, call for mobilization for a fully responsible and engaged tourism system, committed to finding ways and means enabling to pursue its mission of development, while actively participating to the battle against greenhouse gas emission and its consequences for the planet.
A truly sustainable tourism within the framework of a sound ecology must be, and will be, a leverage of peace and progresses for mankind.

Done in Gréoux-les-Bains the 26st of June 2015

Signatories:

 

Jacques BREGEON
President of Competences 21

 

Jean-Pierre MARTINETTI
European City of Heritage and Sustainable Tourism

 

Eric NANCHEN /Malcom BELL
Coordinators of NECSTouR’s Taksforce “Climate Change and Tourism”
(a network of European regions committed to the issue of sustainable and competitive tourism)

 

Me Yves-Marie MORAY
President of Eurolaw
1st Vice-President of Europe Entreprise Challenges (EEC)

 

Éric RAULET
Coordinators of DEFISMED

 

Thierry BEGAUD
President of Bougainville committee

 

Jean-Pierre BAUX
President FADTE (French Association for the Development of the Technical education) Region Provence-Alpes-Côte-d’Azur

 

Stéphane POUFFARY
Honorary President ENERGIES 2050

 

Jean-Marc PARIS
Président of Ecociné Verdon

 

 

Véronique BREGEON
LECOQ-GADBY
(Hotel establishment in Rennes)

It is possible for every person or organization sharing the objectives of the Gréoux Declaration to subscribe to this one, by going on the wstdays.org site, the section ” Tourism and Climate Declaration”.
This document is a contribution of the Civil society and an accelerator for a consideration of the interrelations tourism vs climate within the framework of the works of the Conference climate, COP 21, next December to Paris.

Appendix 1: Program

Appendix 2:

Appendix 3: The Partners of Web Sustainable Tourism Days