- Özgür Töre
Every year on March 21, the United Nations celebrates the International Forest day. This year’s theme is: ‘Forest restoration: a path to recovery and well-being’.
Forests are the lungs of this Earth. People around the world depends on for livelihood and daily needs and they help prevent global warming.
On this occasion, the President of the Africa Tourism Board Alain St.Ange encourages all members and the tourism world to take the opportunity of these periods of reflection given to undertake efforts to spread consciousness about the importance of protecting forests and recovering the ecosystems.
Moreover, during the Africa Tourism Board Forum held on 22nd March 2021, the necessity to address issues that could lead to the extinction of some of the endangered species and threats to biodiversity are discussed.
"We are all aware of the escalating of poaching will not only diminish the diversity of the wildlife but also impact negatively on the tourism industry," said the President.
He wishes to intensely highlight that the commitment to the anti-poaching strategy discussed during the Forum will surely benefit the global wildlife conservation efforts.
With his constant and firm commitment to the protection and preservation of the planet, the President also joined in the celebration of World Water Day on the 22nd of March 2021 under the theme ‘Valuing Water’.
Through this message, President Alain St.Ange wishes to call Africa Tourism Board members and encourage them, directly and indirectly, to multiply efforts making everyone understand the importance of a drop of water and act in a responsible way while consuming this finite and irreplaceable resource. Water is ‘life’ he said. In fact, water has an enormous value for our households, food, culture, health, education, and economics as well as for our natural environment.
‘Water, forests, and biodiversity are key elements of the planet's survival’ he concluded and as a tourism propeller, the Africa Tourism Board has the noble duty to also make a contribution.