Reducing carbon emission to develop sustainable tourism
To implement the project on “developing sustainable urban tourism through carbon reduction initiatives: experience from Hue (Vietnam) and Chiang Mai (Thailand)", a seminar has been held by the People’s Committee of Hue City, the Sustainable Mekong Research Network (sumernet) and the Climate and Development Knowledge Network (CDKN).
Hue and Chiang Mai cities were selected for the project because of the similarities in social-economic development; in which tourism is considered as one of key sectors. The project aims to develop sustainable tourism in both cities through scientific knowledge improvement on greenhouse gas (GHG) in tourism sector, contributing to local policy making; offering GHG reduction solutions and creating to jobs for local people. At the seminar, some carbon reduction solutions were offered including reopening environmental friendly tours, promoting and developing vegetarian cuisine in tourism sector and carrying out waste classification in restaurants and hotels … The project also includes activities such as measuring emission level in tourism sector by Bilan Carbon tool; looking for opportunities to improve livelihood for local people. It is hoped that the project will help spread information about GHG emission in tourism sector and apply various solutions to reduce emission in practice. Translated by Thanh Pham (TITC)