Ladies and Gentlemen, Dear Friends,
As people in the Pacific islands find sea levels rising and water reservoirs turning salty, and the Maldives government is planning land acquisitions to resettle up to 400,000 people, these are more than slight indications of a looming climate change.
The Lakhshadweep islands in India are another example: Those who have contributed the least to climate change will be affected the most. Though there is a political consensus that temperatures must not rise beyond two degrees Celsius, there are hardly any signs that similar amounts will be invested in climate change mitigation, adaptation, disaster preparedness and resettlement as have been made available to save banks and stabilise the eroding economy. It remains unclear if and when the tourism industry, which is part of the problem, will understand that "business as usual" is no solution.
As tourism has hardly played a role in climate reports and negotiations, tourism NGOs and allied networks have joined hands in demanding a more active commitment of the tourism industry and its international business associations. With this "TourismWatch Climate Change Special" in English, we would like to contribute to the debates surrounding the climate negotiations in October in Bangkok, in December in Copenhagen, and beyond.
We have included articles and abstracts from the current issue of the German TourismWatch (No. 56, September 2009) which has a focus on climate change, as well as from TourismWatch No. 52 and 53 (September and December 2008), in which we took up climate change and tourism on the occasion of World Tourism Day 2008.
You will also find all these articles and more in our website http://www.tourism-watch.de/, which has been upgraded to include an English section. It regularly brings you abstracts and articles from the German TourismWatch, which is published four times a year. To receive e-mail notifications of new TourismWatch issues, you are welcome to join our mailing list. Please contact us at firstname.lastname@example.org.
We hope that you will find our coverage of the tourism and climate change nexus useful and look forward to your critical and constructive feedback.
Heinz Fuchs Christina Kamp
Perspectives on Climate Change
Small Islands under Pressure
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