GREEN TOURISM - Climate Change Milestones


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Milestones in the area of climate change (and sustainable development of tourism) in the last six years

1. DJERBA, 2003
- The first International Conference on Climate Change and Tourism. The conference at Djerba focused on climate change and its impact on water sources, coastal destinations, islands and mountain areas. It defined a range of recommendations for organisations, governments and private agencies at all levels of operation.

2. DAVOS, October 2007 - The second International Conference on Climate Change and Tourism. The conference also drew attention to the urgent need for an immediate response to climate change on the part of the tourism sector.

3. LONDON, November 2007 - London Ministerial Meeting.

4. CARTAGENA DE INDIAS/COLOMBIA, November 2007 - UNWTO General Assembly. The London Conclusions and the Resolution from Colombia reflect the consensus achieved at forums to date, and send the following messages:
1. Climate change needs to be tackled without losing out on the other priorities (poverty) and the Millennium Development Goals;
2. Developing countries should not face discrimination;
3. Funding should be provided for countries that are most sensitive to climate change;
4. Tourism should not bear a disproportionately large burden;
5. Incentives for measures against climate change in tourism must be included within the existing framework of the United Nations.

5. BALI, December 2007 - United Nations Climate Summit. The message communicated by the climate summit: Tourism will contribute to the joint efforts related to climate change being conducted by the United Nations.

6. GöTEBORG, September 2009 - The Travel and Tourism in the Green Economy. Tourism can play the positive role of an interdepartmental coordinator to improve
the farming, industrial, energy and transport sectors.
Key points of emphasis from the symposium:
1. On the road from Agenda 21 to Copenhagen – the Davos Declaration and the campaign “Seal the Deal”;
2. Sustainable tourism and the activities of the travel chain in a global green economy;
3. Sustainable destinations in the market of green certification;
4. Networking and knowledge as well as ICT;
5. Pursuing NTO policies on the European and global levels.

7. COPENHAGEN, COP 15, December 2009

Institutions that formulate and direct policy in the area of green tourism – on the global level

The table below gives a brief overview of which institutions formulate and direct policy in the area of the environment and tourism.

European Commission – EC, DG Enerprise, tourism
UN World Tourism Organisation – UNWTO
European Environment Agency – EEA
European Travel Commission – ETC
World Tourism and Travel Committe – WTTC
United Nations Environment Programme – UNEP
World Economic Forum –
Forum for the future
International Tourism Partnership − ITP
Intergovernmental Panel on Climate Change − IPCC
The International Ecotourism Society −
Partnership for Global Sustainable Tourism Criteria – GSTS
Conservation International – CI
Tour Operators Initiative – TOI
United Nations Educational, Scientific and Cultural Organisation –
International Hotel & Restaurant Association – IHRA
World Wide Fund for Nature – WWF
Organisation for Economic Cooperation and development − OECD
World Meteorological Organisation – WMO

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