Mainstreaming climate change adaptation

Prof Susanne Becken will work with partners from the University of Waterloo and PerfectLink (Thailand) to deliver a project on 'Mainstreaming Climate Change Adaptation into the Tourism Sector' in Thailand.  The project is funded by the German GIZ and will be implemented in close cooperation with the Thai government and key tourism stakeholders.

Thailand is in the top 10 most vulnerable countries of the Global Risk Index.  At the same time, its tourism industry is growing rapidly, now reaching well over 30 million arrivals.  Understanding future climate changes and protecting the industry and communities from adverse impacts is a Government priority and this project will assist in advancing policies and programs for a more future proof tourism sector.

Climate Check Toolkit

The World Economic Forum has identified climate change as one of the major global risks facing the future of our planet. 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.

Griffith Institute for Tourism together with Earthcheck have developed the ClimateCheck Toolkit to provide a 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.

Queensland Climate Change Response Plan

The world’s first industry-led climate change response plan has been launched in a bid to build a more resilient future for Queensland’s tourism industry.

The Building a resilient tourism industry: Queensland tourism climate change response plan is the culmination of more than six months work by Griffith Institute for Tourism and Queensland Tourism Industry Council and the Department of Environment and Science.  The plan aims to help the tourism industry promote building business resilience and reduce its footprint, as well as lead the way in supporting and driving a successful transition to a low carbon economy.

Carbon offsetting and aviation

Carbon offsetting will play an increasingly important role in the global Travel and tourism industry.  However, despite the important contribution that offsetting can make, there is considerable misunderstanding about what it is and whatit can and cannot achieve.  Analysing the  carbon offsetting practices of 139 airlines, a set of five best-practice principles was developed to help airlines improve the reporting of their offsetting schemes.  

This research  is a collaboration between Griffith Institute for Tourism and Griffith Climate Change Response Program.  The full paper was published in the Journal of Air Transport Management.  You can find a summary article and discussion in GreenAir Online.

Carbon reporting in Travel and Tourism

Measurement, reporting and disclosure of greenhouse gas emissions are becoming more mainstream, especially amongst larger corporations.

Written in partnership with Amadeus, the report concludes that both industry leadership and an enabling policy environment are required to achieve fast progress in reporting, disclosure and reduction of carbon emissions. Customer support for low-carbon products exists but greater pressure from the travelling public is currently limited due to lack of willingness to change behaviour, incomplete knowledge about impacts, and lack of readily available and easy-to-understand options.

Eco-adapt in the Pacific

Ecosystem-based Adaptation (EbA) is an approach that uses natural processes and systems to help communities adapt to climate change and reduce the risk associated with climate-related hazards. GIFT is leading the social component of the 5-year project, led by the Griffith Climate Change Response Program. The project focuses on Vanuatu and Samoa, and involves collaborations with key stakeholders in the Pacific region.

The research aims to address key climate adaptation questions and provide useful knowledge to decision-makers.

An infographic on Traditional knowledge and ecosystem-based adaptation in the Pacific illustrates how GIFT's research in Vanuatu and Samoa is being incorporated and used in ecosystem-based adaptation.

Project team: Dr Johanna Nalau, Professor Susanne Becken

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