Carbon Neutral Destinations Conference Series (CDNC2011)
|Event Date/Time: Apr 20, 2011||End Date/Time: Apr 21, 2011|
|Registration Date: Apr 15, 2011|
|Abstract Submission Date: Mar 30, 2011|
|Paper Submission Date: Mar 30, 2011|
The tourism industry needs to prepare for a possible change in tourism demand as a response to climate change. With transport as one of the most visible contributors to global warming, increased awareness on climate change might induce tourists to switch from long haul to short haul destinations. But these shifts could potentially harm least developed countries, most of which depend heavily on tourism income. During the Davos Conference, Sri Lanka announced the initiative, Earth Lung â€“ Carbon Free Sri Lanka.
As there are mounting concerns over climate change, we are planning to host a â€˜Carbon-Neutral Destination Conference, a topic that draws global attention on 20 & 21 April 2011 at the KL Convention Centre, Kuala Lumpur. The theme for this conference is â€˜Sustainable Eco-Tourism by Reducing Carbon Footprintâ€™. The conference will bring together national and international leaders in responsible tourism, thus presenting multiple sustainability policies and achievements for the future of sustainable and carbon-neutral tourism.
Suddenly, itâ€™s not enough to be green. Now truly eco-conscious travellers are also carbon neutral. For travellers, becoming carbon neutral involves calculating their â€˜carbon footprintâ€™, the approximate amount of carbon dioxide produced on flights, road trips or when they otherwise burn fossil fuels, and then buying â€˜offsetsâ€™ donating money for projects that promise to produce energy without burning fossil fuels or otherwise reduce the production of greenhouse gases. The reduction purchased is supposed to equal the amount of carbon dioxide the trip created, per passenger. The ultimate goal is a carbon neutral trip.
The main challenge that the tourism industry is facing now is to reduce the greenhouse gas emissions while sustaining the business. How can the industry mitigate the effects of global warming? It is now accepted that tourism is a significant contributor to global climate change, especially through air travel's high greenhouse gas emissions. Tourism destinations are currently faced with potential sea level rise, coastal erosion, extreme weather events, and increase in disease and consequent loss of employment, sustainable livelihood and economic development.
Dilemmas faced by tourism planning in many countries as well as small island developing states, prompted them to come up with model approaches in overcoming the challenges by adapting carbon neutral tourism policies. These involve issues such as:
1. What are the implementation issues facing carbon neutral tourism policies which are energy-intensive since the current plans to increase tourist numbers will entail growing emissions of greenhouse gases?
2. What are the opportunities available to develop an integrated and holistic practical approach to climate change challenges?
3. What are tourismâ€™s current levels of energy use and emissions, and explores ways to reduce them?
4. What are the options to implement and finance carbon neutrality, while outlining the complexities and limitations of such an objective
5. What are the best long-term examples of the successful marriage of tourism and conservation?
This conference will look at the importance of action and sharing of experiences among the whole range of stakeholders globally. The conference will include sessions on understanding, adaptation and mitigation of climate change effects and developments
WHO SHOULD ATTEND?
â€¢ Public and Private Stakeholders
â€¢ Key Decision-Makers
â€¢ Government & Regulatory Policy-Makers
â€¢ Donors & Development Agencies
â€¢ Environmental organisations e.g. WWF, Rainforest Alliance & Conservation International
â€¢ High Performance individuals, investors and entrepreneurs
â€¢ Government-Linked Corporations (GLCs)
â€¢ Industry Players, Experts & Analysts
â€¢ Industry & Business Consultants
â€¢ Top Government Officials
â€¢ Banks, Finances & Insurance Companies
â€¢ Corporate and Commercial Bankers
â€¢ Institutional Investors
â€¢ Development Banks including The World Bank
â€¢ Investment Advisors
â€¢ Investment Bankers
â€¢ Private Bankers
â€¢ Private Equity Fund Managers
â€¢ Public & Commercial Transport Operators
â€¢ Logistics & Haulage Companies
â€¢ Relevant Government Ministries, Departments and Division
â€¢ International Business & Industry Leaders Associations
â€¢ Venture Capitalists
â€¢ Individuals and companies interested to seek knowledge
OBJECTIVES / AIMS:
â€¢ To discuss the environmental challenges facing the tourism industry, highlighting â€˜greenâ€™ initiatives, technologies and solutions currently being integrated into mainstream industry practices
â€¢ To investigate rural and community based tourism, water management, protection of the cultures of the people and country, social responsibility and future tourism and sustainability trends
â€¢ To bring together key players in responsible tourism to share unique value-creating strategies, latest key and innovative trends, best practices, global certification programmes, new challenges and innovative solutions to create unlimited opportunities for the tourism industry
â€¢ To present countries such as Costa Rica, recognised by the world as the leader in sustainable tourism, as the viable model for creating a responsible destination where tourists can contribute to solutions and participate in responsible tourism
â€¢ To showcase the important role and leadership assumed in sustainable tourism and used as a tool to facilitate change in the definition of sustainable tourism
â€¢ To help promote the sustainability of Malaysia as a carbon neutral destination
â€¢ To raise awareness of climate change issues and actions that can be taken to reduce or offset greenhouse gas emissions
â€¢ To assess vulnerabilities
â€¢ To measure and evaluate knock-on impacts on tourism and livelihood
â€¢ To inform and develop regional policy
â€¢ To develop, implement and monitor adaptation and mitigation strategies
â€¢ To build capacity and transfer skills through design and implementation of initiatives
â€¢ To create â€˜Carbon Neutralâ€™ Tourism Region
â€¢ To outline carbon offsetting schemes that are robust, verifiable and legitimate
â€¢ To develop a new business model of eco-tourism aimed at realising low-carbon society
â€¢ To encourage the aviation industry to develop sustainable bio-fuels or the only possible alternative to offsetting is to restrict the total number of flights to and from global tourism destinations
â€¢ To create a plethora of networking opportunities, sharing of views, thoughts and ideas