DESTINATION OSOYOOS COMMITS TO SUSTAINABILITY BY SIGNING 2030 SUSTAINABILITY PLEDGE.
We are excited to announce that Destination Osoyoos (DO) has signed the Sustainable Tourism 2030 Pledge to demonstrate our commitment to improving the sustainability performance of our organization, and as a destination, between now and 2030.
The UN World Tourism Organization defines sustainable tourism as “tourism that takes full account of its current and future economic, social and environmental impacts, addressing the needs of visitors, the industry, the environment and host communities”.
Our goal is to inspire visitors to make a positive difference in our destination while also providing them with suggestions on how to enjoy our town in an eco-friendly and responsible manner. We invite all stakeholders in our region to partner with us in promoting this sustainable initiative.
DESTINATION OSOYOOS IS WORKING TOWARD OBTAINING THE BIOSPHERE CERTIFICATION
Destination Osoyoos has achieved the Biosphere Committed distinction in working to achieve the 17 Sustainable Development Goals of the United Nations 2030 Agenda.
“The Sustainable Development Goals are the blueprint to achieve a better and more sustainable future for all. They address the global challenges we face, including those related to poverty, inequality, climate change, environmental degradation, peace and justice. The 17 Goals are all interconnected, and in order to leave no one behind, it is important that we achieve them all by 2030”. (United Nations – Sustainable Development Goals at https://sdgs.un.org/goals )
Sustainability requires the combined contributions of all, including our valued visitors, to be embraced alongside our local community.
As a guest, you have the power to contribute to the Osoyoos’ sustainability endeavours by:
Acknowledging our Indigenous Host Nations
When travelling in Osoyoos, it’s essential to begin your journey by acknowledging the privilege of travel and adhering to the guidelines and protocols established by local Indigenous communities. Learn more at http://oib.ca/.
Leaving No Trace
Adhering to the “Leave No Trace” principle is crucial for all visitors in our region. Ensure you clean up after yourself, dispose of the waste properly, minimize campfire impacts and respect wildlife.
Learn more about The 7 Principles of Leave No Trace at: https://lnt.org/why/7-principles/.
Reducing Your Consumption
To reduce your consumption, adopt simple habits like switching off lights when not in use, carrying a reusable water bottle or coffee mug, and steering clear of single-use plastic items, just as you would do at home. Learn more at https://cleanbc.gov.bc.ca/.
Choosing Greener Transportation
Bikes, electric vehicles, and car sharing are encouraged when visiting Osoyoos. Learn more at https://www.destinationosoyoos.com/getting-around-osoyoos/.
Visiting During the Off-season
Visiting Osoyoos during fall, winter, and spring is an amazing experience.
Ultimately, our request for visitors is quite straightforward: show respect for the Osoyoos’s natural surroundings and its residents.