Paving a low carbon pathway for tourism
10YFP STP Portfolio: Paving a low carbon pathway for tourism in Small Island Developing States – Bahamas Ministry of Tourism and Aviation assesses mitigation options
The Caribbean is home to many Small Island Developing States (SIDS), where tourism is a main economic activity supporting the livelihood of many local communities. In 2016, the region welcomed over 29 million tourists to its idyllic islands for the first time in history. Amidst a changing climate, however, the Caribbean islands are particularly vulnerable, owing to their geographical isolation, limited size and availability of natural resources. Faced with this reality, it is imperative that small island nations pursue climate change adaptation measures and low carbon pathways.
In The Bahamas, where tourism accounts for 45% of its national GDP and employs roughly half of the Bahamian workforce, a greenhouse gas (GHG) emissions inventory was implemented in Harbour Island as part of the Caribbean Climate Smart Islands Project (CCSIP), a regional technical cooperation initiative supported by the Inter-American Development Bank (IDB). CCSIP aims to demonstrate ways of moving towards a low carbon and climate resilient development through the implementation of targeted measures in three pilot islands: Harbour Island in The Bahamas, Caye Caulker in Belize, and Tobago in Trinidad and Tobago.