Description/achievement of initiative
The objective of the Partnership is to advance a policy framework and best practice guidelines for a resilient and sustainable tourism sector in the Pacific (focusing on SPTO member countries). Explicit consideration of knowledge and experience both related to disasters and climate change impacts will be integrated in a holistic approach. The Partnership will contribute to the sustainable development of SIDS by:a. reducing risk arising from natural hazards in the Pacific, which is critical to ensure that investments into sustainable tourism development are not compromised;b. addressing the vulnerability of South Pacific island states to natural hazards (both climate and non-climate related) in which pose substantial risks for their vital tourism industries.
Arrangements for Capacity-Building and Technology Transfer
Capacity building and knowledge/technology transfer will happen at multiple levels. Most directly, and within the South Pacific, capacity building initiatives will be led by SPTO through regional forums and selected country workshops. The other partnership organisations will support SPTO in these initiatives and provide input and expertise. In addition, UNWTO will build capacity within the South Pacific by providing knowledge gained from other country projects, e.g. in the Caribbean, Indian Ocean or other comparable destinations. In turn, UNWTO will also take insights gained from activities within the South Pacific to share with other international destinations as case studies and/or lessons learnt.UNISDR maintains extensive networks of organisations and experts in disaster management and risk reduction with strong advocacy skills to work with Governments to influence policy.
Coordination mechanisms/governance structure
The partnership will be governed through (i) Steering Group and (ii) Coordinating Secretariat.(i) Steering Group: This Group will be the peak decision making group for the partnership, and consist of representatives from each collaborating organization. It will consider key policy directions for the initiative and would meet once a year face-to-face and at other times via electronic means as deemed necessary.(ii) Coordinating Secretariat: Will consist of representatives from SPTO and GIFT. It will provide the regular operational and financial management of the initiative.
1. United Nations International Strategy for Disaster Reduction (UNISDR)
2. South Pacific Tourism Organisation (SPTO)
3. Secretariat of the Pacific Regional Environment Programme (SPREP)
4. Griffith University (Griffith Institute for Tourism and Climate Change Response Programme), Australia
5. Lincoln University, New Zealand
The United Nations World Tourism Organisation (UNWTO) is a potential partner with whom discussions are at an advanced stage. UNWTO is expected to join this Tourism Resilience Partnership by September.
(Delivery is contingent on adequate funding). 1. Identify and collaborate with key agencies in the South Pacific working together towards a Strategy for Climate and Disaster Resilient Development for the Pacific (SRDP) to ensure tourism as a major regional economic sector in strategies to strengthen resilience and enable sustainable development.
2.Develop a database of relevant disaster/climate change and tourism projects already occurring or completed in the Pacific and add them to UNWTO’s climate information exchange service; link database to other similar initiatives of ‘stock taking’ currently occurring in the South Pacific
3. Identify new projects that help achieve the objective of the Partnership to advance the policy framework and to develop and disseminate best practice Disaster Risk Management guidelines for a resilient and sustainable tourism sector in the South Pacific (addresses PRTS recommendations under strategy ‘To strengthen the sustainable planning and management of the Pacific tourism sector’).
4. Provide a forum/ and new network to exchange knowledge, ideas, and progress in respective areas relevant to climate change and a resilient and sustainable tourism sector in the South Pacific.
Resources devoted to implementation