Changing Climate, Changing Business

The Tourism Sector Adaptation Plan (Tourism SAP) represents an industry-led climate adaptation and mitigation roadmap for the tourism industry sector in alignment with the Queensland Climate Adaptation Strategy (Q-CAS). The Q-CAS is centred around a partnership approach that recognises that climate change is everyone’s responsibility and that a collaborative approach is needed to ensure resilience is embedded in Queensland’s diverse economies, landscapes and communities.

In the development of the Tourism SAP, a consultative committee was formed to represent the industry and drive the direction of the plan, determine the scope for inclusion and consultation and lead the advocacy toward the mainstreaming of climate change planning. The consultative committee was engaged throughout the project, and stakeholder workshops were held to refine the SAP and ensure it is relevant to the industry.

The Tourism SAP aims to bring climate risks and opportunities to the forefront of industry discussion, raising the profile of mitigation and adaptation strategies. The SAP addresses both adaptation and mitigation needs for the Queensland tourism industry, and as such contributes to Australia's international commitment to the Paris Climate Agreement. The agreement stipulates to limit global temperature rise to well below 2°C above pre-industrial levels.

The Tourism SAP also recognises that efforts to address climate change and recognises that these sit within the broader efforts of making progress along the United Nations Sustainable Development Goals. Australia is highly committed to the Sustainable Development Goals, and this sector plan provides an opportunity to contribute to their achievement.

The objective of the Tourism SAP is to provide a framework for the tourism sector to proactively respond to climate change risks and opportunities and lead the way as stewards for the environment and key contributors to community well-being.

Recognising the urgency of addressing climate change, the Tourism SAP will consider both a short-term and mid-term timeframe, with a long-term view towards the 2050 target of net zero emissions. In other words, the sector can begin immediately to implement actions that reduce risks and lay critical foundations for decarbonising tourism, and it also has to prepare mid- and long-term strategies towards a climate resilient, near-zero emissions industry.

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