Transforming tourism value chains in developing countries and Small Island Developing States (SIDS) to accelerate more resource efficient, low carbon development
As of: July 2018
Objective and activities
The project supports the countries in reducing GHG emissions and improving resource efficiency in key tourism sector value chains with high resource use i.e. accommodation, food & beverage, and meetings, incentives, conferences and events (MICE). Transforming the sector to low carbon, resource efficient operations, requires an increase in sustainable consumption and production (SCP) practices by businesses and tourists through more coherent actions in countries. The project will 1) establish and analyse the sector’s inventory of GHG emissions and sustainable products and services in the tourism value chains; 2) establish an integrated emissions reduction and resource efficiency action framework based on life cycle approaches, with specific indicators for mitigation / adaptation priorities; 3) build local institutional and networking capacities; 4) support national implementation and results reporting; and 5) enhance regional tourism networking, lessons and learning.
State of implementation/results
1. Phase Assessment (2017-2018):
- Stakeholder advisory groups in each of the four target countries have been established
- four country reports have been developed to examine the value chains, identify critical areas for improvement, and create a list of potential solutions
- Ten workshops have been held across the four countries, which attracted over 500 representatives from the public and private sector and civil society
- in the PHL: the project has been included in the National Tourism Development Plan of 2016-2022
- next steps aim to assist businesses in tracking their energy and resource consumption through customized tools and methodologies in order to develop national action plans to be implemented in the project’s implementation phase (2. phase).