Timanfaya Sub becomes the first dive centre in the Canary Islands to be certified with the new Biosphere Sustainable methodology.

The Lanzarote Tourism Federation leads the business sector's commitment to sustainable management and the 17 SDGs, promoting the participation of the business sector with some thirty companies adhering to Biosphere Sustainable with more than 360 actions and 625 activities.

Taking another step towards the consolidation of Lanzarote as a sustainable destination, the Lanzarote Tourism Federation (FTL) in collaboration with Turismo Lanzarote and the ITR (Responsible Tourism Institute), works to ensure that more and more companies in the island's tourism sector join the promotion and implementation of management practices based on the sustainability criteria established in the 17 Sustainable Development Goals of the 2030 Agenda.

The company TIMANFAYA SUB, becomes the first dive centre in the Canary Islands and the first company in Lanzarote to obtain this Biosphere certificate under the new methodology "Sustainable Lifestyle", complying with the 17 SDGs and the 2030 Agenda.Timanfaya Sub has developed its sustainability plan with 48 actions and around one hundred activities.

"The Biosphere Sustainable Lifestyle certification is a sustainability label that identifies and values all those companies that develop their economic activity contributing to the environment, the local economy and the commitment to the Lanzarote Biosphere Reserve".

The Biosphere methodology is the only one in the world that certifies continuous improvement in all the SDGs of the 2030 Agenda and the 169 goals and has been rated with a 100% score, the highest received among all the certifications analysed in the market, in a study conducted by the University of Sherbrooke, Canada.

"From the Lanzarote Tourism Federation we work in collaboration with Turismo Lanzarote and ITR so that companies continue to join the system and thus contribute to the positioning of Lanzarote as a leading sustainable destination internationally," said the president of the employers' association, Susana Pérez. "Our efforts are aimed at integrating all companies in the tourism value chain, so that they assume the commitment to sustainable Lanzarote and are able to develop their own plans aligned with the 17 SDGs".

During 2021, despite the added difficulties of the pandemic and its impact on tourism activity, some thirty companies have already joined and have begun to develop their sustainability plans, adding up to 360 actions and 625 activities to date, which is evidence of the commitment of the tourism sector.

The current tourism demand demands more and better sustainable experiences, but above all, aware of the need to preserve the environment, the Lanzarote Tourism Federation (FTL) is working in parallel on other sustainability projects, such as the project for the reduction of the carbon footprint, electric mobility, favouring the conservation of biodiversity.

The award ceremony of the Biosphere certification to the first diving centre in the Canary Islands, located in Puerto del Carmen, was attended by its mayor, Mr. José Juan Cruz, who congratulated its managers and workers for the effort and determination they have shown to achieve this distinction and to achieve the goals related to the 2030 Agenda and stressed the importance that the institutions "go hand in hand with citizens and companies in fulfilling this 2030 Agenda, with its 169 goals and 17 Sustainable Development Goals".

The ceremony of delivery and recognition of Timanfaya Sub was also attended by the CEO of Tourism Mr. Benjamín Perdomo, the CEO of Tourism Lanzarote Mr. Héctor Fernández, the General Secretary of the ITR, Mr. Patricio Azcárate  and entrepreneurs of the island's tourism sector.

From the Responsible Tourism Institute and Biosphere we encourage all the tourism business to join and adhere to the Biosphere Sustainable methodology for the development of their business sustainability plans.

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