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R. Klingbeil & A. Sabran, 2013: Water and Sustainable Development in the Tourism Industry: Examples from the Region.


Klingbeil, R. & Sabran, A., 2013. Water and Sustainable Development in the Tourism Industry: Examples from the Region. Presentation at the Oman Water Society (OWS) "Seminar on Water for Sustainable …

Klingbeil, R. & Sabran, A., 2013. Water and Sustainable Development in the Tourism Industry: Examples from the Region. Presentation at the Oman Water Society (OWS) "Seminar on Water for Sustainable Tourism Industry", Nizwa, Oman, 24-25 Sep 2013.

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  • 1. Water and Sustainable Development in the Tourism Industry: Examples from the Region Nizwa, Oman 24-25 September 2013 Ralf Klingbeil Augustin Sabran
  • 2. Outline • UN ESCWA: The UN Regional Commission for Oman • ESCWA Assistance to Member States • Green Help Desk – Oman • Examples from the Region for Water, Sustainable Development and Tourism • Suggestions for Recommendations 227 September 2013
  • 3. 27 September 2013 3 UN ESCWA
  • 4. Sustainable Development and Productivity Division 27 September 2013 4 Implementation Approach Regional Convening Power for Intergovernmental Mechanisms Informing Regional Processes for Global Negotiations and National Action Partnerships Productive Sectors Section Green Economy Food Security Sustainable Development Goals Energy Section Energy Efficiency Renewable Energy Energy Security Water Resources Section Shared Water Resources Climate Change Adaptation MDGs Integrated Water Resources Management Support to Intergovernmental Mechanisms ESCWA Committees (Water/Energy); LAS Councils: CAMRE (JCEDAR), AMWC, AMCE
  • 5. Green Help Desk (GHD) The Green Help Desk aims to support production sectors – particularly small and medium enterprises (SMEs) – to engage in the emerging green economy by developing their products and/or their production processes to become in line with the principles and objectives of sustainable development. 5 Development Objective 27 September 2013
  • 6. GHD in Oman 27 September 2013 6 Establishing GHD Sustainable Packaging Workshop
  • 7. GHD: Immediate Objectives Increase understanding among production sectors / SMEs of green national, regional and international policies and programmes Increase access by production sectors / SMEs to information and resources on national / local green production opportunities and options Improve access by production sectors / SMEs to capacity-building opportunities supporting green production 27 September 2013 7 1 2 3
  • 8. Lebanon: UoTM • Union of Tyre Region Municipalities (UoTM) • Sustainable Tourism for South Lebanon, 2012 • Awareness Raising Workshop in Tyre for Representatives from South Lebanon on Responsible Eco-Tourism in the Framework of Green Economy and Sustainable Development • Cooperation with Union of Tyre Region Municipalities (UoTM) and UN Interim Force in Lebanon (UNIFIL) 27 September 2013 8
  • 9. Oman: MRMWR • Ministry of Regional Municipalities and Water Resources (MRMWR) • Training Course “Mathematical Methods in ArcGIS Applications for Analysis and Display of Hydrogeological Data and Information”, 22-24 Sep 2013 • Objectives: • Enhanced knowledge and strengthened capacity of MRMWR to apply ArcGIS data analysis tools for regional water resources maps; • Enable MRMWR to address opportunities and constraints for sustainable management of water resources at local and regional level. 927 September 2013 23 Sep 2013
  • 10. Palestine: MEnA Tunisia: MoE • Ministry of Environmental Affairs (MEnA), Palestine Ministry of Environment (MoE), Tunisia • Senior Exchange Visit on Environmental Management to Tunisia, Apr 2013 – Areas • Environmental governance • Waste and hazardous waste management • Sustainable rural development and eco-tourism • Waste / wastewater treatment, links to aspects of sustainable energy production • Coastal zone management – Field Visits • Sustainable rural sanitation, Jougar, Zaghoan Governorate • Ecopark at the Technology Center “Technopole”, Borj Cedria • Sustainable tourism, Zaghouan – Memorandum of Understanding (MoU) between both Environmental Ministries 1027 September 2013
  • 11. Water, Sustainable Development and Tourism Examples from the Region Integration of tourism facilities in existing environmental settings Green technologies to increase water efficiency Corporate reporting, international standards 1127 September 2013
  • 12. Morocco: Eco Lodge - Green Detergent Eco Lodge ‘Atlas Kasbah‘ Description • Located in the high Atlas mountains, 20 min. from Agadir and the coastline • Holder of several eco-label such as the Green Key Recipe of “The Green Detergent” A local lemon, water, ecological detergent (1/4), sodium bicarbonate and white vinegar • Economical, • Ease waste water treatment 1227 September 2013 Integrationoftourismfacilitiesin existingenvironmentalsettings
  • 13. UAE: Desert Resort - Groundwater Al Maha Desert Resort and Spa Description • Located in the Arabian Desert, 45 min. from Dubai, • 11 international awards including • Best Environmentally friendly Hotel 2001, • Middle East's Responsible Tourism Award 2010 Peculiarity • Ensure protection of one of the largest and last existing groundwater reservoirs in UAE, • Since opening in 1999 no reduction of groundwater level and quality 1327 September 2013 Integrationoftourismfacilitiesin existingenvironmentalsettings
  • 14. Tunisia: Hotels – Desal / Wastewater Plant Al Maroudi Hotels Description • Leading hotel chain in Tunisia, offering a total of 16,000 beds Green Technology • Desalination plant, capacity 600 m3/d to fulfill hotel needs, • Independent water supply, quick and easy installation, low energy consumption (4 kWh/m3), • Waste water treatment system for sanitation and garden 1427 September 2013 Greentechnologiesto increasewaterefficiency
  • 15. UAE: Hotels - Water Free Urinals Dubai Crowne Plaza and InterContinental Description • Two luxurious hotels in Dubai plan to sign contract with Falcon, producer of water free urinals Green Technology Falcon Water Free Urinals: • Use trap insert filled with sealant liquid instead of water, • Lighter-than-water sealant floats on top of urine collected in U-bend, preventing odors from being released, • Save up to 170,000 l/yr water per urinal 1527 September 2013 Greentechnologiesto increasewaterefficiency
  • 16. Morocco: Hotels – Kikuyu Grass Kikuyu Grass • Native to East Africa, • Survives well at high temperatures (38°C), • Mostly used in semi-arid regions, i.e. southern Mediterranean countries (Morocco) • Stays green in summers • Consumes less water than any other grass (watering per week: once or twice) • Perfectly fitted for saline / arid environments 1627 September 2013 Greentechnologiesto increasewaterefficiency
  • 17. Tunisia: Hotels – Water & Green Strategy Accor Hotels Description • Major hotel chain with global Sustainable Development strategy Green pro-active strategy • Equipments (flow restrictors, concealed press flush valve, drip irrigation systems), • Information dissemination at all levels, • Awareness campaigns, • Publication of reports, • Transparency on its water footprint, • Acknowledge that direct consumption count for little, compared to food services: propose balanced and smart menus. 1727 September 2013 Corporatereporting, internationalstandards
  • 18. UAE: Hotels - Sust. Development Policy The Radisson Blu Hotels Description • Only group in UAE to currently have Green Key certification in all its hotels. Green strategy • Radisson Blu hotel in Sharjah received an award for Best Waste Water Management Project of the Year with its Grey Water Recycling Project which saves approximately 150,000 l/d of water, • Accor group, Radisson hotels put water frugality (lower water needs) at the center of its green pro-active strategy 1827 September 2013 Corporatereporting, internationalstandards
  • 19. The Green Key The Green Key Description • One of most respected Eco-labels in tourism industry 19 Corporatereporting, internationalstandards
  • 20. The Green Key International Baseline Requirements - Water Imperative • Total water consumption registered at least once a month. • Newly purchased toilets to flush not more than 6 l/flush. • Staff regularly check for dripping taps and leaky toilets. • Each bathroom must have a waste bin. • Water flow from at least 50% of showers must not exceed 9 l/min. • Water flow from at least 50% of taps must not exceed 8 l/min. • Urinals not allowed to use more flushing water than necessary. • Cover / tunnel dishwashers not allowed more than 3,5 l/basket. • Instructions for saving water & energy displayed near dishwasher. • All wastewater must be treated, comply w. national / local regulations. • Hazardous liquid chemicals must be stored avoiding leaks. 2027 September 2013 Corporatereporting, internationalstandards
  • 21. The Green Key International Baseline Requirements - Water Guidelines • Newly purchased dishwashers not allowed conventional domestic appliances. • Separate water meters installed in areas with high water consumption. • Water flow from taps and toilets in public not exceed 6 l/min. • Waste water re-used (after treatment). • Toilets flushed with rain water. • Newly purchased toilets are dual flush type 3/6 l/flush. • Purified tap water is offered to guests. • Swimming pools covered to limit evaporation. • Regular controls to ensure no leak in swimming pool. 2127 September 2013 Corporatereporting, internationalstandards
  • 22. Suggestions for Recommendations • Governmental institutions: • Capacity development and assistance to tourism sector through national initiatives, e.g. GHD, • Financial incentive systems, i.e. reduced interests for building green, green taxes, • Environmental friendly water tariffs. • Tourism industry / private sector: • Voluntary national standards, • Competitions organised by national tourism board, • Peer review: Internal self evaluation of tourism industry stakeholders. • NGOs, civil society: • National and local awareness raising campaigns, • National awards, certification for “creative / best water practice” 2227 September 2013
  • 23. Water and Sustainable Development in the Tourism Industry: Examples from the Region Nizwa, Oman 24-25 September 2013 Ralf Klingbeil Augustin Sabran