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Climate Protection in Nature-Based Tourism

As of: January 2021

The project aimed to contribute to the sustainable development of the tourism sector in Thailand by helping the Thai partners to take into account aspects of climate change and nature conservation when preparing and implementing tourism development plans within the context of a national strategy. The project partners were testing management tools for sustainable tourism development in the pilot region of Ko Chang. Furthermore, the project partners were seeking to build capacity among the relevant authorities and raise awareness among policymakers of the impact of climate change on the tourism sector.

State of implementation/results

  • Project completed
  • Carbon footprint strategy introduced into planning and management processes together with the Designated Areas for Sustainable Tourism Authority (DASTA) and operators of hotels and holiday complexes
  • Climate mitigation aspects integrated into masterplan for tourism development in the pilot region
  • Implementation of feasibility study 'Development of a traffic and transport management system for the island of Ko Chang to reduce CO2 emissions in this sector'
  • Awareness raised among decision-makers on the development of a green marketing strategy, hotel and resort operators were awarded 'Green Leaf' certification during these activities
  • Creation of the inter-administrative working group 'Low Carbon Tourism'

Project data


Implementing organisation:
Deutsche Gesellschaft für Internationale Zusammenarbeit (GIZ) GmbH

Political partner(s):
  • Ministry of Natural Resources and Environment (MoNRE) - Thailand

Implementing partner(s):
  • Designated Areas for Sustainable Tourism Administration - Thailand
  • Ministry of Natural Resources and Environment (MoNRE) - Thailand

BMU grant:
1.391.591,38 €

11/2008  till  06/2013


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