Tourism and Climate Change Adaptation in Small Island Developing States (SIDS)

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1 Tourism and Climate Change Adaptation in Small Island Developing States (SIDS) Pradeep Kurukulasuriya Head Climate Change Adaptation Programming, UNPD

2 UNDP Support to Sustainable Tourism Over $100 million portfolio 1. Formulate tourism policies and plans that support sustainable development 2. Develop sustainable nature-based tourism in critical biodiversity areas as alternatives to conventional practices that degrade ecosystems 3. Enhance the tourism sector and local communities resilience to climate change as well as reducing the sector s negative impact on GHG emissions 4. Support sustainable tourism public-private partnerships, the integration with local value chains, and the design of new financing mechanisms Community-based and eco-tourism support UNDP GEF-SGP over 1,700 grants Equator Initiative over 70 initiatives prized

3 SIDS High Vulnerability Low Adaptive Capacity High Reliance on Tourism

4 UNDP Support to SIDS Adaptation Belize Cape Verde Comoros Cook Islands Cuba Dominica Grenada Guyana Guinea Bissau Haiti Jamaica Kiribati Maldives Mauritius Papua New Guinea St. Vincent & the Grenadines Saint Lucia Samoa Sao Tome & Principe Seychelles Solomon Islands Suriname Timor-Leste Tuvalu Vanuatu Size of circle is proportional to amount of active grants per country

5 UNDP Support to SIDS Adaptation Belize Cape Verde Comoros Cook Islands Cuba Dominica Grenada Guyana Guinea Bissau Haiti Jamaica Kiribati Maldives Mauritius Papua New Guinea 25 SIDS St. Vincent & the Grenadines Saint Lucia Samoa Sao Tome & Principe Seychelles Solomon Islands Suriname Timor-Leste Tuvalu Vanuatu Key Sectors water agriculture forestry infrastructure coastal management health tourism Integrated Approach Community-to-cabinet Ridge-to-Reef Ecosystem-Based Adaptation Disaster Risk Management Pacific Adaptation to Climate Change (PACC) support 14 Pacific SIDS, program ended in 2015 National Adaptation Plans opportunity for tourism sector to engage Climate Public Expenditure and Institutional Reviews (CPEIR) Economics of CCA

6 Maldives Joint adaptation actions by resorts and local communities Small grants program managed by the Maldives Tourism Adaptation Platform (MTAP) Maldives Ministry of Tourism and other Government entities Tourism private sector associations Island Councils CSOs Beach erosion protection Mangrove replanting Waste management Bird protection breeding platforms Corel reef restoration and protection Alternative livelihoods linking to tourism supply chain grouper and pearl farming Policy guides and practical manuals

7 Mauritius Implementing adaptation projects in coastal zones ADAPTATION FUND Shoreline Erosion Protection Mon Choisy Beach beach nourishment seagrass restoration mangroves replanting wave attenuation marine conservation area setting Supported by National Coastal Zone Adaptation Strategy Environmental Impact Assessment Coastal zone use regulations

8 Samoa Enhancing resilience of tourism-reliant communities Implemented by the Samoa Tourism Authority Focus on tourism SMEs operated by families Beach hut fale operations shoreline erosion protection enhance water supply climate-proof tourism-related infrastructure climate early warning system product diversification of beach tourism to adapt to climate variability (stormy weather) Local tourism destination planning (Tourism Development Areas) integrated with: Watershed Management Plans Community Integrated Management Plans Village Sustainable Management Plans Participatory 3D Model visual tool for destination planning

9 Next Level Scaling up adaptation in SIDS direct and indirect links to tourism Maldives Supporting Vulnerable Communities in Maldives to Manage Climate Change Induced Water Shortages $28 million approved GREEN CLIMATE FUND Samoa Integrated Flood Management to Enhance Climate Resilience of the Vaisigano Catchment in Samoa $62 million USD submitted

10 Upcoming UNWTO-UNDP Collaboration Tourism and the Sustainable Development Goals: An Atlas To advance guidance on how the tourism sector can contribute towards the implementation of the SDGs, including climate change resilience aspects

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