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UN officials stress tourisms role in safeguarding environment reducing poverty

“Tourism and biodiversity are closely intertwined,” Secretary-General Ban Ki-moon noted in his message for the Day, pointing out that millions of people travel each year to experience nature.“The income generated by sustainable tourism can provide important support for nature conservation, as well as for economic development,” he stated. “Furthermore, sustainable tourism can help to raise awareness among tourists and local communities of the importance of biodiversity to our everyday lives.”Mr. Ban pointed out that despite repeated global pledges to protect the planet’s species and habitats – and the goods and services they provide – the variety of life on Earth continues to decline at an unprecedented rate, adding that human activities are the cause. This year, which happens to be the International Year of Biodiversity, provides a timely opportunity to focus on the urgency of safeguarding biodiversity for the wealth, health and well-being of people in all regions of the world, he added.The tourism community is becoming increasingly aware of its responsibility, he stated. “Indeed there is much the sector can contribute to protecting biodiversity, including by integrating simple measures such as managing tour groups to minimize disturbance to wildlife or buying supplies only from sustainable sources.”He added that through initiatives such as its “Sustainable Tourism – Eliminating Poverty” project, and its collaboration with the UN family, national tourism authorities and the private sector, the UN World Tourism Organization (UNWTO) is helping to highlight the links between tourism, poverty alleviation and biodiversity. The Secretary-General of the UNWTO, Taleb Rifai, noted the “immeasurable” value of biodiversity for tourism in his message. “A healthy tourism industry depends on a healthy resource base, and sustainable growth in tourism means increased funds for conservation,” he stated. Tourism revenues resulting from the enjoyment of biological diversity, often located in the world’s less developed regions, are a significant source of income and employment for local communities, said Mr. Rifai.“It is this relationship between tourism and biodiversity and the resulting positive impacts on local livelihoods, development and poverty alleviation that must set the tone for sustainable tourism development.”Observed annually on 27 September, World Tourism Day serves to foster awareness among the international community of the importance of tourism and its social, cultural, political and economic value.This year’s celebration is being hosted by China in Guangdong province, under the theme “Tourism and Biodiversity,” with many other events taking place around the globe. 27 September 2010Top United Nations officials today stressed the important role that sustainable tourism can play in conserving the diversity of life on the planet and in helping to reduce poverty as they marked World Tourism Day. read more

Football Quarterback JT Barrett named Big Ten player of the week

Redshirt senior quarterback J.T. Barrett wades through a crowd of fans after Ohio State’s 39-38 comeback win over Penn State on Oct. 28. Credit: Nick Clarkson | Social Media EditorOhio State quarterback J.T. Barrett’s efforts in leading the Buckeyes to a 39-38 victory against Penn State Saturday were recognized Monday as he was named the Big Ten Player of the Week.Barrett has received the award nine times in his career, tying him with former Wisconsin running back Ron Dayne and former Michigan quarterback Denard Robinson for the most awards in conference history.Barrett was near perfect Saturday as he completed 33-of-39 passes, including four drops from receivers. He threw 328 passing yards with four touchdowns and rushed for 95 yards on 17 carries. The three-time captain led the Buckeyes’ fourth-quarter comeback Saturday as he completed his final 16 passing attempts — a program record — and threw three touchdown passes in the fourth quarter, including one to tight end Marcus Baugh to give Ohio State its first lead of the game with less than two minutes left. After the game, Meyer said he had never had a quarterback play perfect before, but Barrett was “close tonight.” read more