Island tourism and impacts on coastal areas


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    2011•09•21    11:00 - 12:00

    This seminar is the first in a series of talks on “managing coasts in a changing world.”

    The United Nations University Institute for Water, Environment and Health (UNU-INWEH) will organize a seminar on 21 September 2011 on the impacts of island tourism on coastal areas, as part of the  “Managing Coasts in a Changing World” seminar series.

    Coastal ecosystems are severely stressed in many parts of the world as a result of overpopulation, intense coastal development, spiralling resource use, pollution and spread of invasive species. Climate change is expected to exacerbate these stressors and the need for proactive action to help coastal ecosystems adapt to climate change is ever more pressing.

    This is the first in a series of seminars hosted by UNU-INWWH and delivered by industry experts. The series is intended to help respond to the urgent need to gain a better understanding of climate change impacts on coastal areas, how to realign current management practices and how to develop effective adaptation strategies.

    “Island tourism and impacts on coastal areas” will focus on case studies from Thailand. It will review the concept of sustainable coastal tourism, discuss issues on the island of Koh Phi Phi after the tsunami of 2004, and examine whether there is a willingness to pay for a more sustainable tourism destination.

    The seminar will be presented by industry expert Dr. Rachel Dodds, Director of Sustaining Tourism and Associate Professor at the Ted Rogers School of Tourism and Hospitality, Ryerson University (Canada).