Goal 15: Life on Land | The Agenda 2030 and Tourism
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    || The 2030 Agenda and Tourism > Goal 15: Life on Land

    Protect, restore and promote sustainable use of terrestrial ecosystems, sustainably manage forests, combat desertification, and halt and reverse land degradation and halt biodiversity loss

    By Katrin Karschat and Cornelia Kühhas, Naturefriends International

    Beautiful landscapes, rich fauna and flora, and natural heritage sites are among the main reasons why tourists visit a destination. Tourists are searching for recreation and peace in natural areas, but also for fun activities. Tourism and biodiversity can thus be in a symbiotic relationship. However, there are also negative consequences for biodiversity from tourism. Building tourism infrastructure like hotels, streets, facilities, and attractions needs a lot of space. Ecosystems are degraded or even destroyed.  Moreover, visitors can harm ecosystems, especially if their numbers are not regulated and if the visitors are not guided.