Tourism in the Marine Environment

The earth’s oceans play a crucial role in maintaining the global environmental equilibrium. Healthy and functioning oceans provide essential services to human communities that support economic wellbeing, and human health. This includes marine and costal tourism and the significant impact the industry can have on costal communities, the marine environment and Small Island Developing States (SIDS).

Access route in vulnerable costal ecosystem, New Zealand. Photo: Yannick Beaudoin

Green Economy in the Blue World: Costal and Marine Tourism

GRID-Arendal is leading the production of a report on a future "Green Economy in the Blue World". The report is a supplement to the seminal Green Economy Report (GER) and just like the GER, the publication will make the economic case for greening economic activities, focusing on six sectors operating in the marine realm: small scale fisheries and aquaculture, transport, renewable energy, marine minerals, tourism and polluting activities. Christina T. Cavaliere led the production and editing of the Costal Tourism chapter of this report and will discuss the key points.

Blue Carbon

GRID-Arendal: Sustainable Tourism and Blue Carbon: A combined Blue Carbon and sustainable tourism strategy can link tourism to bio-cultural conservation and help mitigate climate change. In addition there is a potential for financial mechanisms that result in payment for carbon sequestration from Blue Carbon areas. Blue Carbon ecosystems are important for much coastal and marine-based tourism, such as boating, kayaking, snorkelling, fishing, guided wildlife viewing, and bird watching. Healthy and intact Blue Carbon ecosystems provide many other valuable ecosystem services important for nature-based tourism as well. These interconnections will be presented.

Integrated Coastal Zone Management

GRID-Arendal’s SUSTAINABLE SEAS: This capacity development programme aims to contribute to the development of relevant products and tools for Integrated Marine Management as well as the support of processes such as regional marine assessments, marine spatial planning and marine environmental indicator implementation. 

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