white paper 2022
Climate Action through Regeneration
Unlocking the Power of Communities and Nature through Tourism
This whitepaper outlines practical examples, available support, and clear action steps so that travel businesses can take action today.
The tourism industry and planet as a whole—depend on it.
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 livable future.”
Tourism, the second fastest growing industry in the world in 2019, is estimated to be responsible for 8% of global greenhouse gas emissions.
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 pathwaysfor 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.
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Citation: King, C., Burns, O. (2022). Climate Action through Regeneration: Unlocking the Power of Communities and Nature through Tourism. Washington, D.C., USA and Edinburgh, Scotland, UK: Regenerative Travel, Solimar International, and University of Edinburgh.
Media Contact: Kerry Skinner
This Ground Breaking Study
This Ground Breaking Study
Led by researchers and tourism practitioners at the University of Edinburgh, Solimar International, and Regenerative Travel, this white paper surveyed travel businesses around the world to understand how tourism, in the face of climate change, can ground their work in both the ability of communities to thrive and the protection, management, and restoration of nature.
Using the IUCN Global Standards for Nature-based Solutions to assess participating businesses, the findings reveal five core principles for businesses that seek to make a regenerative shift—placing greater value on human wellbeing and nature through a holistic, place-based, community-led, and environment-centered approach.
- Blue Apple Beach
- Binna Burra Eco Lodge
- Borana Conservancy
- Chole Mjini Treehouse Lodge
- Chumbe Island Coral Park
- Finca Rosa Blanca
- Grupo Rio Da Prata
- Misool Eco Resort
- Nikoi Private Island
- Playa Viva
- Regenerative Travel
- Six Senses Laamu Atoll
- Solimar International
- The Brando
- The Datai Langkawi
- The Long Run
- Tranquilo Bay Eco Adventure Lodge
- University of Edinburgh
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