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Tourism and Environmental Health in a Changing Climate »

On-Line Forum on Tourism and Environment at Harvard »

Global On-Line Learning Project with TIES »

Latin America
Tour Operators Plan for Sustainable Tourism »

Sustainability Training Needs Rural and Urban China »

Community-Based Tourism in Protected Areas  »

Dominican Republic
Connecting Local Artisans to the Tourism Economy  »

El Salvador
Financial Sustainability of Parks and Sea Turtle Conservation Program »

El Salvador
Developing a Sustainable Tourism Economy »

The Gems of Nature Tourism along the Estrada Real »

Sierra Leone
Social and Environmentally Responsible Tourism »

Kerala, India
Educational Centre for Ecotourism »

Micro and Small Business Enterprise Feasibility »

Regional Supply Chain Analysis for Community Tourism »

Sustainable Tourism Training Program »

Sustainable Tourism Market & Development for Imperial Beach »

Corporate Social Responsibility in Tourism »

Sri Lanka
Model Rainforest Ecolodge »

Market & Finance Analysis for Ecolodge Development »

International Market for Ecotourism in Indigenous Territories »

Tourism and Environmental Health in a Changing Climate

EplerWood International is partnered with the Department of Environmental Health at the Harvard T.H. Chan School of Public Health to review the broad environmental costs of managing tourism with a new project in Tunisia supported by the German cooperation agency, GIZ.  The project will use the Paris Accord framework to assess how the tourism economy can be managed to mitigate factors which cause higher GHG emissions, such as energy, solid waste, waste water, and transportation.  Data will be gathered for two destinations in Tunisia, Tozeur and Djerba as a pilot to test how well 1) the destinations can measure their total costs and impacts from tourism development 2) Plan for lowering costs per tourist and mitigate the rising costs of tourism consumption, 3) develop strategies for long term low impact tourism infrastructure to power the future of Tunisia. 

The framework helps local governments measure consumption of resources related to tourism activities and monitor progress towards a selected set of environmental strategies.  It is designed to go beyond operational impact and include broader systems, such as the vital natural resources that need to be protected to improve resilience to climate change impacts.

Local authorities will benefit in a number of ways. For example, the framework will:

  • Reveal the indirect costs of tourism growth, and the investment required to protect environmental health and local population well-being
  • Measure municipal costs for servicing tourism and guide decision making on policies and infrastructure
  • Help to develop strategic mitigation and adaptation plans to protect tourism economies and local populations when climate impacts worsen
  • Trigger international funding, subsidies, and impact investment for sustainable infrastructure projects, such as solar energy and alternative waste treatment for tourism areas
  • Create a new category of research based on empirical data to drive global research cooperation on destination planning

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