The World Economic Forum has identified climate change as one of the major global risks facing the future of our planet. The past decade has served to build an awareness of the significant impacts that climate change has on the travel and tourism industry. Future mitigation and adaption strategies need to be developed at a destination wide level to address extreme weather events, the depletion of natural resources and the transition towards a decarbonised economy.
The tourism industry is vulnerable and often unprepared to manage climate risks. Against a back-ground of record growth in global tourism, and already-observed and future climatic changes, it is clear the later the sector responds, the costlier it becomes and the more challenging it is to capitalise on economic, environmental and social benefits associated with new ways of doing business.
The development of a climate change strategy provides an opportunity for your destination to collaborate and take stock of current activities and resource use, identify the main climate risks and possible impacts, and describe a clear vision to ensure the future of the industry in a changing climate and low-carbon economic landscape.
EarthCheck’s ClimateCheck Toolkit provides a timely, practical resource to help destinations both gain an understanding of their readiness to address climate change and the action that can be undertaken to help their industry to respond to climate risks and opportunities.
Use the toolkit to identify areas for potential improvement in your current management practices and to discover hands on solutions, strategies and plans for action.