In response to the concerns of Caribbean IUCN Members and stakeholders about the impacts of hotel siting and design on coastal ecosystems critical to biodiversity in the Caribbean, IUCN collected evidence of the biodiversity risks and opportunities linked to the development of hotels and resorts in the Caribbean. This research led to the development of the Biodiversity Principles for siting and design and the adaptation of the guide Biodiversity: My Hotel in Action.

The study is an analysis of the current threats to biodiversity in the Caribbean linked to the siting and design of hotels and other vacation accommodation. Its purpose is to raise awareness of these impacts among key stakeholders and to demonstrate the need to address this issue for the long-term well-being of the Caribbean region.

The report is divided into five sections:

  1. An introduction on the importance of tourism to the region, the uniqueness of Caribbean biodiversity and the tensions between hotel development and biodiversity conservation in the coastal zone, which is both the hub of hotel development and critical to biodiversity.
  2. An overview of the hotel sector and main trends in the development and construction sector, using a value chain analysis. 
  3. A discussion of the main negative impacts to biodiversity from current hotel siting and design trends, drawing on evidence collected from the region. This section also includes examples of good hotel siting and design practices that have been implemented by hotels to minimize biodiversity impacts.
  4. An assessment of tools that are available to influence siting and design practices, including guideline documents and certification schemes, as well as corporate policies.
  5. An overview of public policies and instruments relevant to the management of biodiversity in the development process, accompanied by an analysis of the problems and gaps in the development planning process.