Author : Stephen Wearing, Paul Chatterton, Amy Reggers & Hanna Sakata
School/Work Place : University of Technology Sydney, Australia (Stephen Wearing, Amy Reggers, Hanna Sakata), World Wide Fund for Nature, Austria (Paul Chatterton)
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Year : 2014

Development in developing countries often results in mass land-use change and subsequent increase in greenhouse gas emission by deforestation or forest degradation. For instance, approximately a-fifth of global greenhouse gas emissions was a result of altered land-use in the period of 1990 to 2000 (Houghton, 2005). To tackle this relationship at a global scale, REDD+ (Reducing Emissions from Deforestation and Forest Degradation in Developing Countries) emerged as an international strategy to incentivise developing nations to commit in forest conservation and sustainable forest management. This is faciliated by generating financial incentive for developing nations' verified effort for the additional carbon stored in trees or not emitted to the atmosphere. To put it simply, it involves operationalised financial transactions between carbon emitters, developing countries, and carbon sequestrators, local govenrments and communities in forest environment where the emitters purchase environmental stewardship from sequestrators. It is one of the largest carbon emission reduction initiatives targeting developing nations to protect forest. It also reflects an enormous potential for developing nations to gain from 'clean' modes of development as it creates two sources of economic benefit; payment for environmental protection and revenue generated by non-extractive economic activities. Community-based ecotourism appears to present an enormous potential under this context where a local community can benefit from environmental payment and tourism income.

We examine some of the progress being made by REDD and examine how in other work in community based ecotourism there have been failures in implementing the on ground projects and discuss what might be learned and how it might be implemented in the REDD Forest Climate Change Initiative.

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» Think Tank XIV Exploring the potential of Community Based Ecotourism ... file 4824 Jun 27, 2014

Development in developing countries often results in mass land-use change and subsequent increase in greenhouse gas emission by deforestation or forest degradation. For instance, approximately a-fifth of global greenhouse gas emissions was a...

Author: Stephen Wearing, Paul Chatterton, Amy Reggers & Hanna Sakata 

Year: 2014 

10 Think Tank XII The Climate Footprint of Nature-based Tourism - The ca... file 19750 Nov 06, 2013

Nature-based tourism is a form of travel that is often believed to lend itself more to sustainable development than other tourism segments. In fact, the concept of ecotourism – defined as nature tourism that is sustainable – was developed in...

Author: Wolfgang Strasdas 

Year: 2012 

9 Think Tank XII Virtual Mobilities and Sustainable Tourism: Virtual Fi... file 2745 Nov 06, 2013

Due to the financial constraints on the part of the educational institution as well as the student, offsetting the GHG emissions generated by the fieldtrip is often not regarded as financially feasible, or subject to doubts about the integri...

Author: Christian Schott 

Year: 2012 

8 Think Tank XII Sustainable Tourism: Is it better to travel or not to ... file 4753 Nov 06, 2013

Tourism’s growing contribution to climate change has come to the forefront of the sustainable tourism literature as evidenced by the Journal of Sustainable Tourism’s (JOST) 2010 publication of a special issue titled “Tourism: Adapting to Cli...

Author: B. Bynum Boley 

Year: 2012 

7 Think Tank X Climate Change Mitigation among Accommodation Provider... file 5289 Oct 13, 2013

This paper explores the relationship between network membership and innovation towards more sustainable tourism development. In particular it examines the extent to which tourism businesses have introduced measures to mitigate the effects of...

Author: Tim Coles, Anne-Kathrin Zschiegner & Claire Dinan 

Year: 2010 

6 Think Tank X The Impact of Climate Change on Alpine Leisure Tourism... file 8300 Oct 13, 2013

This paper presents an interacting multi-agent model as a new method of examining the impact of climate change on Alpine leisure tourism and ski areas in a complex interacting model network. Since tourism varies at a small scale concerning ...

Author: Alexander Dingeldey & Anja Soboll 

Year: 2010 

5 Think Tank X Drowning with Tourism? Stakeholder Perspectives from T... file 5937 Oct 13, 2013

Climate change and its impacts on nations, regions and populations as well as its anthropogenic causes have become one of the prevailing issues of global society and, hence, subject to ongoing debates among e.g. the natural, political and s...

Author: Anna Huebner 

Year: 2010 

4 Think Tank X New Media for Climate Change Communication and Collabo... file 5535 Oct 13, 2013

The Climate Change Collaboratory1 aims to strengthen the relations between Austrian scientists, policy makers, educators, environmental NGOs, news media and corporations - stakeholders who recognize the need for adaptation and mitigation, b...

Author: Arno Scharl 

Year: 2010 

3 Think Tank IX Exploring Tourists’ Environmental Learning, Values, an... file 4442 Oct 13, 2013

There is a need for a research agenda, which achieves a holistic understanding of the nature and influences of environmental learning on tourists’ environmental values and travel experiences in relation to climate change. Why, because touri...

Author: Ulrike Kachel & Gayle Jennings 

Year: 2009 

2 Think Tank VIII Responding to Climate Change in Australian Resort Hote... file 5813 Oct 13, 2013

Extensive infrastructure and client expectations of luxury will mean that their carbon footprint and water usage is likely to exceed significantly that of average urban households. Often located in coastal or riverine settings, they are vuln...

Author: Charles Arcodia & Chantal Dickson 

Year: 2008 

1 Think Tank VIII Tourism Professionals’ Attitudes towards Climate Chang... file 3218 Oct 13, 2013

This paper discusses three aspects of the interrelationship between tourism and climate change: the perception of the problems related to global warming by tourism professionals, their suggestions concerning possible actions that can be tak...

Author: Xavier Matteucci & Dagmar Lund-Durlacher 

Year: 2008