Ecotourism Center of Excellence in France
10YFP STP Portfolio: Ecotourism Center of Excellence in France
Over recent years, France has been attracting a growing number of international tourists seeking environmentally-friendly tourism. The country is blessed with exceptional natural heritage, including the second largest maritime territory in the world that harbors 10% of the world’s coral reefs and lagoons as well as a diverse range of wildlife. Yet in spite of France’s tremendous potential for ecotourism and sustainable tourism initiatives, it still lacks recognition internationally as an ecotourism destination.
In response, the Ministry of Foreign Affairs and International Development has created a Center of Excellence dedicated to the development and promotion of country’s ecotourism, including “slow travel” – journeying across long distances using eco-friendly modes of transport, and accommodations close to nature and local communities.