Tourism, the second fastest growing industry in the world in 2019, is estimated to be responsible for 8% of global greenhouse gas emissions.
The 2022 International Panel on Climate Change (IPCC) report showed that scientific evidence unequivocally indicates that climate change is a threat to human wellbeing and the health of the planet, and that “any further delay in concerted global action will miss a brief and rapidly closing window to secure a liveable future.”
To achieve goals set forth in the Paris Climate Agreement, the travel sector must implement far-reaching and rapid efforts to reduce emissions, restore and protect nature, and support local communities as they adapt and build resilience to climate impacts.
The Glasgow Declaration for Tourism Climate Action has identified regeneration as one of five shared pathways for the industry, and there is untapped potential for tourism to embrace regenerative business models that address both the causes and consequences of climate change by simultaneously supporting the resilience of communities and protecting natural ecosystems.
Our white paper on Climate Action Through Regeneration: The Power of Communities and Nature in Tourism looks at whether tourism can be an effective way to manage and facilitate nature-based solutions and which factors make a tourism-based solution regenerative.
The white paper outlines practical examples, available support, and clear action steps so that travel businesses can take action today.