With its close connections to the environment and climate itself, tourism is
considered to be a vulnerable and highly climate-sensitive economic sector,
similar to agriculture, insurance, energy, and transportation. At the same time,
tourism is a contributor to Greenhouse Gas (GHG) emissions, including emissions
from transport, accommodation and activities. In 2005, tourisms contribution
to GHG emissions was estimated to be approximately 5%.
According to the Davos Declaration on climate Change and Tourism the sector
has to rapidly respond to climate change, within the evolving UN framework
and progressively reduce its Greenhouse Gas (GHG) emissions, if it is to grow
in a sustainable way.
In response to this challenge this publication is designed to provide a pragmatic
platform to strengthen the capacity of professionals to understand and respond
effectively to the global challenges of climate change in tourism destinations.
It is the result of the ongoing cooperation between UNEP, UNWTO and WMO in the
context of the wider UN response to climate change.
The publication presents an overview of the current science and policy of
climate change, followed by self-guidance material on mitigation and adaptation,
exploring tools, methods and techniques associated with the management of climate
change in tourism. It also identifies examples of good practice from which
stakeholders might learn in order to develop their own capacities for implementing
climate change strategies.