An international, high-level practical seminar for tourism stakeholders is to focus on capacity building and pragmatic adaptation and mitigation techniques, tools and methods for developing countries and small island states to address the problems and meet the challenges presented by climate change.
Organised and coordinated UNEP (United Nations agency for Environmental Protection, OUCE (Oxford University Centre for the Environment) UNWTO, WMO (the World Metoerological Organisation) has also been approached.
The seminar will be attended by approximately 25 senior tourism, environment and climate change officials and aims to strengthen the capacity of professionals to understand and respond effectively to the global challenges of climate change in tourism destinations. The seminar delegates will be provided with a publication specifically designed and developed for this event and future regional seminars, prepared and printed by UNEP, OUCE and UNWTO, along with interactive information and working collateral for the seminar.
The delegates will contribute to and take part in a series of practical sessions for a period of three days (8, 9, 10 April 2008) in a residential seminar based at Balliol College, one of Oxford University's most prestigious colleges.
The seminar builds on the Davos Declaration, a key output from the 2nd International Conference on Climate Change and Tourism, and will result in the facilitation of tourism stakeholders' efforts to integrate the mitigation of and adaptation to climate change into their broader institutional, policy and national goals, and programs in a practical manner. The seminar will build the capacity of the tourism sector in developing countries and small island states to address the threats, challenges and opportunities of climate change and implement the Davos Declaration recommendations.
The seminar will be supported by a publication on Climate Change and Tourism. This publication has two main components: an overview of the science and policy of climate change; and interactive self-guidance sessions on mitigation and adaptation to explore the tools, challenges and opportunities associated with climate change in tourism.
In a three-day international seminar participants will receive high level training and will interactively debate on climate change and its interrelations to tourism, as well as follow up the way forward towards integrating efforts for the mitigation of and adaptation to climate change in a practical manner.
Further information from Liz Gladin at the following email address: unep-[email protected]