UNWTO launches sustainable tourism project in Indonesia 

The World Tourism Organization (UNWTO) and the Indonesian Ministry of Culture and Tourism (MoCT) have launched a new project for a low emission development close to the population in Indonesia, particularly in the tourism sector, which is funded by the International Climate Initiative (ICI). The project, "Sustainable Tourism through Energy Efficiency with Adaptation and Mitigation Measures in Pangandaran" (STREAM), aims to serve as a model of innovative climate change mitigation and adaptation measures in tourism destinations in Indonesia and South-East Asia.  

The project will implement climate change mitigation and adaptation measures in Pangandaran - a popular tourism destination in Java, Indonesia - adopting a technical advisory approach, while strengthening local structures for the long-term success of the destination. Measures include seminars and workshops to increase the knowledge and capacity of local tourism stakeholders, applying energy efficiency and renewable energy technologies in hotels and public buildings, low-carbon tourism planning tools, and adaptation measures such as the rehabilitation of mangroves and coral reefs which naturally capture and store carbon emissions and help alleviate climate risks.    

As such, the project will significantly increase the climate change resilience of Pangandaran and the competitiveness of its tourism sector, thereby serving as a model for other destinations in Indonesia and South-East Asia. 

The official presentation of the project was held in Jakarta, Indonesia, at an event attended by the UNWTO Secretary-General, the Indonesian Minister of Culture and Tourism, representatives from other Ministries, representatives from the West Java province and the Ciamis district, and tourism associations.