Ulysses Foundation
Ulysses Foundation
Climate Change

Climate change refers to any long-term significant change in average temperature, precipitation and/or wind patterns. The Earth’s climate has always varied naturally but it is anticipated that it is now changing as a result of human activities.

Tourism is both a contributor to this problem and will be a casualty of climate change. Portfolios of adaptation and mitigation strategies are required to reduce the impacts of climate change and enhance adaptive capacity. Adaptive capacity can be improved by integrating climate change issues into broader development planning such as land use and infrastructure design. This is a highly appropriate approach for tourism. It must be acknowledged that the adaptive capacity of countries, states and regions will increasingly be challenged through the increased incidence of natural abnormal events, crises and other disasters.

Concerted global action is needed to enable developing countries to adapt to the effects of climate change that are happening now and will worsen in the future. Certainly the ability of developing countries, particularly Less Developed Countries and Small Island Developing States, to respond, as well as the achievement of the Millennium Development Goals will be compromised. There is a need for development strategies to be climate resilient.

The Ulysses Foundation members have many years experience in tourism policies and programmes aiming to avoid or moderate the negative impacts of tourism on climate change and its subsequent effects on biodiversity and the quality of life of populations worldwide. This involves both scientific and technological expertise and the knowledge of the most effective and efficient governance and managerial methods relating to tourism. This expertise can be tapped through Ulysses Foundation participation in projects and tourism governance activities.