Climate Change, Resource efficiency, Governance, Sustainable consumption, Protected areas, Local communities, Indigenous groups
This Sustainable Tourism and Climate Change strategic research program builds on and connects two established areas of expertise at GIFT. This program focuses on how to ensure that tourism activity is sustainable (economically, environmentally, socially and culturally) and resilient to major pressures, such as climate change or resource depletion. Of particular interest to this program is tourism that occurs in the most vulnerable sites on our planet. This includes tourism in Protected Areas, including World Heritage Sites, and tourism in small island states and coastal environments. The management and development of nature-based tourism, and the benefits generated for both the environment and communities, is of particular interest to researchers at GIFT.
Building on broad expertise at Griffith University in the area of global environmental change and climate change in particular, this program addresses the issue of climate change by conceptualising tourist destinations as human-environment systems that are exposed to external and internal stress and that can respond by increasing adaptive capacity and enhancing resilience. Tourist destinations, including communities and businesses, can proactively adapt to climate change, for example by making better use of climate services. At the same time, destinations can reduce vulnerability by decarbonising their operations and by advancing resource efficiencies, in particular in relation to energy and water. Research on global change and environmental management (e.g. through Corporate Social Responsibility) recognises the business risks associated with some of the major environmental challenges this planet is facing. To assist the tourism sector in preparing for these changes, this program brings together tourism experts with researchers from other disciplines, for example engineering, ecology, and meteorology.
Research Program Leaders:
This program is run in partnership with the following organisations:
- Griffith Centre for Sustainable Enterprise, Griffith University
- Griffith Climate Change Response Program
- Environmental Futures Institute
- Land, Environment and People Centre, Lincoln University
- Smart Water Research Centre, Griffith University
- BehaviourWorks, Monash University