Tourism and Climate Change
A new document has been produced by the Intergovernmental Panel on Climate Change (IPCC). It is a summary of the Fifth Assessment Report (AR5) on climate change aimed at the tourism sector. It was felt that the tourism sector could make more use of AR5, which is long and highly technical, if it were distilled into an accurate, accessible, timely, relevant and readable summary. A number of these reports will be produced and aimed at different business sectors. It is hoped they will show that climate change is everyone's business.
Key findings of importance on the Manhood Peninsula show that tourism is exposed to numerous direct and indirect impacts from climate change such as sea level rise and changing precipitation. These can affect tourism demand. However it is also felt that these changes are likely to create opportunities at both the destination and business level, matters that were explored during the Chichester Coastal Change Pathfinder Project a few years ago.
Travel and tourism can carry a heavy penalty in terms of emissions from long haul travel that contribute to the warming process. Lifestyle changes can help mitigate these effects, and suggestions include a reduction in the demand for long-haul tourism in favour of holidaying more locally, which would certainly work in favour of the visitor economy on peninsula.
Follow this link to read Climate Change: Implications for Tourism
Follow this link to read more about the Intergovernmental Panel on Climate Change
The Manhood Peninsula Partnership has been working recently to progress ideas about tourism and visitors to the peninsula with the Green Links across the Manhood (GLaM) group, a subgroup of the MPP. The ideas behind GLaM were originally put forward by the Medmerry Stakeholders Advisory Group (MStAG) in response to proposals to create the Medmerry Managed Re-alignment Scheme. These were expanded further in the Read More»
In late 2009 the Government awarded £11 million in grants to local authorities who demonstrated the best and most innovative ideas for dealing with and adapting to coastal change. To its delight, Chichester District Council was awarded £450,000 and and became part of the Coastal Change Pathfinder Project. The project began properly in May 2010 and continued until the end of June 2011. A total... Read More»
A large part of the Manhood Peninsula is less than 5m above sea level and at risk from flooding, both inland and coastal. It is likely that climate change will increase this risk, through rising sea levels, rising water tables and increased precipitation intensity. Drainage is an increasing problem on the peninsula as the existing ditches are proving inadequate... Read More»