Land use change
We risk turning nature into a destination.
What’s going on?
Development or modification of land for accommodation; tourism infrastructure and the seven deadly commodities used by tourists and the industry, can threaten biodiversity in tourist destinations.
We sometimes convert natural areas into destinations for tourists and modify many of these (for example overly groomed gardens and beaches, mangroves or trees removed, introduction of non-native trees), to make them meet their perceptions of what looks attractive, trapping or pushing out wildlife.
We build along coastlines and replace natural habitats with hotels and resorts or modify land, so it meets perceptions of what looks attractive.
Loss of habitat and roadkill create isolated wildlife populations in areas that are often encircled by development including hotels, because of little or no regulation.
The rapid and unplanned building of infrastructure can lead to deforestation, drainage of wetlands, and the destruction of natural ecosystems.
Manicured golf courses and roads can replace natural habitats, causing crowding of species which disrupts breeding and feeding.
Reliance on seven commodities including intensively produced beef, leather, cocoa, palm oil, pulp and paper, rubber, soy, and timber can fuel the destruction of natural habitats around the world. When sustainably sourced and certified, this destruction can be mitigated.
- Coastal margins (habitats where the land meets the sea) are rich in biodiversity but have declined by about 10% across the UK because of development. 
Get nature positive
We need business, in every area of tourism, to understand the impact of land use change and how it affects biodiversity in nature, both locally and globally.
Explore the actions your business can take to get nature positive.