According to Postal, this is a global competition for local and regional destinations that, within the scope of sustainability, aims to encourage destinations to tell their stories and share their experiences and successes, serving as a model and inspiration for other destinations.
“This competition offers an excellent first step for participants seeking recognition for their efforts in Sustainable Tourism, sharing and promoting stories that chronicle innovative and effective initiatives and projects from destinations working towards more sustainable development globally. Municipalities, islands, protected areas and other destinations committed to more sustainable tourism can apply for this award”, explains the municipality in a statement.
Lagos applied for the prize by sharing its good practice on the restoration of the Meia Praia dune cordon, with a story entitled: “Walking in Harmony – How Nature was Recovered and Valued”.
The list of the 100 best stories in the world by Green Destinations was revealed during the main annual event, the Green Destinations 2023 Conference, in Estonia, with Lagos joining this list, together with six other Portuguese destinations (namely, Alto Minho, Amarante, Braga, Castro Daire, Nazaré and Torres Vedras), which share and promote innovative and effective stories of initiatives and projects that work towards a more sustainable life globally.
This good practice in Lagos is in the TOP 6 of the Green Destinations Stories award, in the Nature and Scenery category.
Criteria such as quality, transferability, level of innovation in the stories and presence of all pillars of sustainability were considered in the selection.
The stories of each destination can be found on the Green Destinations TOP 100 2023 page and, specifically, that of Lagos can be found here.
The Green Destinations Top 100 Stories competition has been running annually since 2014, celebrating and promoting 100 destinations and companies as inspiring examples of Sustainable Tourism for other destinations, tour operators and visitors.
The competition selects 100 Sustainable Tourism stories through an open call for proposals. Stories are judged in terms of effectiveness, innovation and transferability.
In 2019, the municipality of Lagos had already reached 7th place in the TOP 10 of the “People's Choice” category of Green Destinations internationally and 2nd place nationally.
For the municipality of Lagos “This award is, above all, recognition for the good sustainability practices that the municipality has been promoting and implementing”.