Vanuatu's Forward Leap Towards Climate-Resilient Tourism

Posted on 24 May 2024

Vanuatu has launched a Rapid Climate Risk Assessment Framework, specifically designed for the tourism sector. This innovative approach is set to fortify the industry against the increasing threats posed by climate change. Developed through a collaboration between the Vanuatu government, the Secretariat of the Pacific Regional Environment Programme (SPREP), Beca, and key tourism stakeholders, the framework offers a quick analysis of climate-related risks and their potential impacts on tourism infrastructure and services. It stands out for its adaptability to different tourism sub-sectors, such as eco-tourism, adventure tourism, and cultural tourism, aiming to boost resilience and sustainability throughout Vanuatu’s varied tourism experiences.

The framework’s practicality was demonstrated through a Tourism Case Study, conducted with dive industry experts, which explored the specific climate risks facing Vanuatu’s tourism sector. These include extreme weather events, sea-level rise, and ecosystem degradation. The case study was informed by extensive stakeholder engagement, ensuring that the framework is comprehensive and fit for purpose. A three-day workshop to finalise the framework saw the participation of representatives from various departments and tourism provincial officers, highlighting the collaborative spirit driving this initiative. The framework signifies Vanuatu’s commitment to protecting its natural and cultural assets while promoting sustainable tourism practices in the face of global climate challenges.
Source: SPREP


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