Transforming Tourism Value Chains

Transforming Tourism Value Chains —Project Overview

The project Transforming tourism value chains in developing countries and Small Island Developing States (SIDS)to accelerate more resource efficient, low carbon development, which is a 4 year project that started last June 2017, aims at 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 achieved through coherent in- country actions. Activities will focus on countries where tourism plays an outstanding role for the national economy: the Philippines, the Dominican Republic, Mauritius and St. Lucia (the latter in representation of the Organization of Eastern Caribbean States).

The project will help focus countries to:

  1. Establish and analyze 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 and 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.

The 2 Phases of the Project (2017-2018: Assessment Phase)

  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

2019-2020: Implementation Phase

  1. Build local institutional and networking capacities;
  2. Support national implementation and results reporting and,
  3. Enhance regional tourism networking, lessons and learning
  4. Project-specific Objectives

Project-specific Objectives

  1. The private sector’s perspectives, insights, data and key players inform the value chain map, hotspots analysis, and solutions.
  2. Selected businesses participate in the implementation of project-specific activities, promoted best-practices, and value chain solutions with relation to GHG and RE.
  3. Tourism value chain businesses in target countries participate and contribute to awareness raising, capacity building and knowledge sharing efforts.

Long-term Objectives

  1. The private sector in the tourism value chain is a key contributor to the discussions, planning, and policy-making to advance the countries’ towards meeting the NDC targets and the 2030 Sustainable Development Agenda in relation to GHG emissions and resource efficiency.
  2. Selected businesses embrace, replicate, and escalate the solutions and best-practices developed and promoted by the project to decouple GHG emissions and environmental impacts from economic growth.
  3. The tourism value chain businesses increase their capacity to mitigate GHG emissions and increase resource efficiency based on evidence-based decision making and collective learning.

 

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Project Coordinators:

  • UNEP:
    Ms. Helena Rey De Asis, Programme Officer
  • PCEPSDI:
    Ms. Maureen Grace Lebria, Programme Director
    Mr. Kiko Velhagen, Project Officer

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