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close this bookSustainable Tourism and Poverty Elimination (UNED-UK, 1999)
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View the document2.1 Framework for policy development
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close this folder3. The role of certification, incentives regulation
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View the document6.1 The UN commission on sustainable development should:
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2.7 Capturing good practice

One of the key routes to progress is the collection and dissemination of examples of "good practice". At the seminar some very good examples of different approaches that are being taken around the world were put forward. The collection of these, and others, in a rigorous way would be beneficial to everyone (see e.g. project being completed by Tourism Concern, VSO and University of North London). What is required is practice that demonstrates under particular economic, ecological and social situations, tourism can contribute positively to sustainable development. Also example of "bad" practice can provide important lessons and raise new issues for consideration.

The development of agreed criteria for such "good practice" would be an important advancement, as would the agreement of a clearing house to house these examples.

There are some examples of good practice that the tourism industry has initiated dealing with the use of natural resources. Though important as a first step this needs to be built on to take into consideration the impacts on the local economy, cultural and social norms of the destination. Long term monitoring and evaluation of examples of good practice is needed