Tourism

FAO Releases Report on the State of Mediterranean Forests [viewed]

FAO21 March 2013: The Food and Agriculture Organization of the UN (FAO) has released a report, titled “State of Mediterranean Forests 2013,” which details the social and environmental changes affecting forests in the Mediterranean region, as well as the contributions that forests make to agriculture, water, energy, tourism and other economic sectors.

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Event: ICAO Symposium on Aviation and Climate Change [viewed]

The International Civil Aviation Organization (ICAO) "Symposium on Aviation and Climate Change: Destination Green" aims to foster a dialogue on environment and aviation among member States and other key stakeholders, leading to the 38th Session of the ICAO Assembly in September 2013. The purpose of the event is to inform and facilitate environment-related discussions and high-level decision-making at ICAO's triennial Assemblies. The Symposium will allow participants to gain knowledge and exchange information on the key areas of ICAO's environmental protection activities, and will showcase the Organization's environmental accomplishments pursuant to the related decisions of the 37th ICAO Assembly (October 2010), and will examine how States can continue to build upon these milestones through: States' Action Plans to reduce CO2 emissions; ICAO's strategy on Assistance to States; New technology Standards including the CO2 Standard for aircraft; and Sustainable alternative fuels for aviation.  

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ICAO, UNWTO to Cooperate on Aviation and Tourism [viewed]

18 March 2013: The International Civil Aviation Organization (ICAO) and the UN World Tourism Organization (UNWTO) have signed a Joint Statement on Aviation and Tourism, which includes an intention to contribute to the reduction of greenhouse gas (GHG) emissions from aviation and tourism. 

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UNWTO Tourism Project Raises Climate Change Awareness Among Young Indonesians [viewed]

7 March 2013: Indonesian school students have urged tourism leaders to “take climate change seriously,” through the Mangrove Ambassadors Programme, part of the Sustainable Tourism through Energy Efficiency with Adaptation and Mitigation Measures in Pangandaran (STREAM) project of the UN World Tourism Organization (UNWTO).

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New Zealand Supports SPREP's Biodiversity, Climate Change and Waste Projects [viewed]

SPREP25 February 2013: The Secretariat of the Pacific Regional Environment Programme (SPREP) has announced that it has signed a funding agreement with the Government of New Zealand for NZD4.5 million. The funding package will support programmes in Pacific Countries to improve the management of solid waste, protect biodiversity and encourage economic development through ecotourism, and assist Pacific countries in responding to climate change.

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IBD Fund Approved to Support Small Guyanese Enterprises in Low-Carbon Sectors [viewed]

IDB28 February 2013: Approved by it's Board of Directors on 27 February 2013, the Inter-American Development Bank (IDB) will administer a US$5 million grant program to support implementation of the portion of Guyana's Low Carbon Development Strategy (LCDS) devoted to expanding microfinance for micro and small enterprises in low-carbon sectors (LCSs).

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Event: Sustainable Tourism through Energy Efficiency with Adaptation and Mitigation Measures in Pangandaran [viewed]

The World Tourism Organization (UNWTO) and the Ministry of Tourism and Creative Economy, Indonesia are presenting their jointly implemented project “Sustainable Tourism through Energy Efficiency with Adaptation and Mitigation Measures in Pangandaran” (STREAM), at the International Tourism Bourse (ITB) Berlin 2013. The event will discuss how the project be adapted and transferred to other tourism destinations in Indonesia and worldwide.  

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Event: Forum on Tourism, Sustainability and Climate Change in Central America [viewed]

Jointly organized by the UN World Tourism Organization (UNWTO) and the National Chamber of Tourism of Honduras, with support from the Central American Commission on Environment and Development (CCAD), the Inter-American Development Bank (IDB), the Adaptation Fund, the US Agency for International Development (USAID), Honduras' Environment and Natural Resources Secretariat (SERNA) and several national and regional tourism bodies, this Forum aims to focus on the impact of climate change on Central America's tourism sector, strengthen the sector's ability to address climate change threats and challenges, examine adaptation opportunities and techniques, and discuss steps to implement the 2007 Davos Declaration on Climate Change and Tourism Responding to Global Challenges. The Forum will feature roundtables on: sustainable tourism opportunities; climate impacts and adaptation in coastal tourist destinations; climate impacts and adaptation in cultural and natural tourism destinations; climate change and mitigation measures in the tourism sector; and policies for climate change and tourism. The Global Environment Facility (GEF) provides secretariat services to the Adaptation Fund Board (AFB) and the World Bank serves as trustee of the Adaptation Fund, both on an interim basis.  

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Acclimate Project Concludes, IOC Member States Adopt Regional Adaptation Strategy [viewed]

22 January 2013: The Indian Ocean Commission (IOC) has reported on the conclusion of Acclimate, a four-year project dedicated to climate change adaptation. The culmination of the project's work, a regional strategy for climate change adaption, was adopted by the IOC's 28th Council of Ministers on 17 January 2013, in the Seychelles.

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Last Update of 2012 [viewed]

We at IISD RS wish you all the best for this holiday season and throughout the coming year. We will resume publication of our knowledgebases on 7 January 2013. Thank you for your support during 2012.

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