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Australia to assess vulnerability of its tourism sector to climate changes

( By Satish Gupta / eTN Asia/Pacific
Australia has shared its plans for assessing the impact of climate change on its tourism sector.
The Australian Ministry of Tourism has announced it is initiating a Tourism Action Plan on Climate Change to assess the impact of climate change on tourism and develop adaptation strategies in consultation with the tourism industry and State Tourism Ministers. The action is being initiated by Tourism Minister Fran Bailey.

As per the information available with eTurboNews, the Action Plan will assess the impact of climate change, review best practices at home and abroad, and develop adaptation strategies.

This initiative is a result of the Council of Australian Governments (COAG) adoption of the Climate Change Adaptation Framework, which identified tourism as one of the most vulnerable sectors.

“Tourism is a $75 billion industry employing more than half a million Australians and is dependent upon a sustainable environment. For example, the Great Barrier Reef, employs 33,000 people and generates more than $5.8 billion for our nation,” said Bailey. “The tourism industry is at the cutting edge of practical initiatives on climate change, from research on the Great Barrier Reef to eco-tourism resorts with the smallest possible eco-footprint. But more can be done to make Australia a world leader in environmentally responsible tourism.”

“I am confident that with the expertise already here in Australia, along with overseas best practice, that together, working with industry and my state colleagues, that we will deliver real action,” Bailey said.

The action follows warnings related to killings of the reef’s famous corals by rising sea temperatures blamed on global warming, which is in turn blamed on greenhouse gases from burning fuels such as those used by airlines.

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