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Climate Justice and Tourism
October 02, 2009 to October 02, 2009

Click here to download the details of this event 'ECOT Workshop on Climate Justice and Tourism - 2 October 09.pdf', 116Kb. The same can be read below too.

Ecumenical Coalition On Tourism (ECOT)

2 October 2009

Workshop on "Climate Justice and Tourism” facilitated by the Ecumenical Coalition on Tourism (ECOT)
under the People’s Action on Climate Change (PACC)
during the Bangkok climate talks, 2009

Tourism is not only a victim of climate change, but it also contributes to its cause through its emissions, mainly from aviation and shipping  (also known as bunker fuels emissions).  However, no specific regulations cover these emissions from tourism.  Some   stakeholders argue that an international regulative framework for tackling emissions from bunker fuels could have a negative impact on tourism revenues that contribute to poverty alleviation in destinations of the Global South  (so‐called  “spill‐over effects”).  

Tourism critical groups from the Global South have concerns about this simple equation:  tourism growth  = poverty alleviation.  A differentiated look at those destinations raises questions on the profit from tourism and the negative impact that tourism has on local communities. 
At the end of the year, a new global climate deal will be finalised at COP 15, United Nations Climate Change Conference, in Copenhagen.
In order to protect the climate, emissions from tourism will also have to be taken into account within the regulative frameworks of UNFCCC  (even though in the case of COP 15, only bunker fuels will be negotiated).  Unfortunately, tackling emissions from tourism will not be enough to protect poor countries from the negative impact from tourism and climate change.  Just mitigating emissions might even cause new problems.  The UNWTO asks for the earliest introduction of  “sustainable biofuels” for aviation.  This carbon mitigation attempt will certainly cause bigger problems in poor countries e.g. endangering food security etc.

Decision‐makers have to think about alternative and sustainable tourism concepts and link the problem of tourism and climate change to issues like gender justice, land rights, resources management, water consumption, indigenous people’s rights, child protection etc.

Under the umbrella of the People’s Action on Climate Change, ECOT is taking the opportunity to highlight the interrelation between tourism and climate change, and raise awareness about the negative impact on communities and about its resulting social problems.  

ECOT calls for climate justice in tourism on policy level by challenging the UNWTO to develop climate protection policies by fulfilling the MDGs.  

You are warmly invited to actively participate at the workshop.  Your presence will be very valuable. 

Date:   2 October, 2‐5pm 
Venue:   Mathayom Wat Benchamabophit School, Bangkok 
14:00   Welcome  
Caesar d’Mello, Executive Director of ECOT, Thailand 
In case of his absence, Amélie Vignaud, Coordinator of Communications and Research (ECOT) will introduce the session.

14:10   Climate change and tourism  – global perspective on policies 
Sabine Minninger, Consultant to EED‐TW and ECOT, Germany 
(Each  presentation  will  take  20  minutes  and  will  be  followed  by  a  10  minutes  discussion)

14:30   Climate  change,  land  rights  and  tourism 
Sumesh Mangalassery, Kabani, India 

15:00 Climate change, water shortage, and tourism

Kenneth Odero, Climate XL, Kenya 

15:30   Climate change and tourism  ‐ links with energy and resource use

Aditi Chanchani, EQUATIONS, India 
16:00   The impact of using agrofuels for tourism transport on poor communities 
Souparna Lahiri, India 
16:30   Plenary discussions 
17:00   Wrap‐up, concluding remarks


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