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Climate Change and Tourism Policy in OECD Countries

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Undertaken jointly with United Nations Environment Programme, the report analyses policies and issues related to climate change adaptation and mitigation in the tourism sector. It provides policy recommendations, with the objective to identify priority areas to be included in a framework for action in the area of climate change and tourism.  A review of the state of policy-making on this important issue clearly indicates that greater efforts could be made by countries to understand the likely impacts of climate change on tourism; there is a low awareness of the tourism sector's climate change mitigation and adaptation needs; and that current policy, with few exceptions, is inadequate to the scale of the challenge, both on mitigation and adaptation.

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Executive summary

The OECD works closely with governments to help them identify and implement least-cost policies to reduce greenhouse gas (GHG) emissions, in order to limit climate change. It also works with governments on integrating adaptation to climate change into all relevant sectors and policy areas. Similarly, the United Nations Environment Programme (UNEP) recognises the need to raise awareness within the tourism industry and among consumers on the topic of climate change, to facilitate adaptation to its existing and expected effects, and to anticipate and mitigate its future impacts.

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