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Improve the link between tourism development and quality of water ecosystems

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1. Improve the link between tourism development and quality of water ecosystems Ljubljana – November 16th – 18th 2011 …

1. Improve the link between tourism development and quality of water ecosystems Ljubljana – November 16th – 18th 2011
2. Tourism: high stakes
3. Tourism: high impacts on water resources and ecosystems
4. Ways to improve the interaction between tourism development and water resources / ecosystems
5. What can we do?

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  • 1. Forging Targets and Solutions for Rivers and Water Ecosystem Restoration Workshop 4 Improve the link between tourism development and quality of water ecosystems Ljubljana – November 16th – 18th 2011
  • 2. Tourism : high stakes TIME FOR SOLUTIONSMediterranean area = 22% of world widetourism destinations, and also a biodiversityhotspots with 50% of plant species incoastal areasEurope: tourisme = 10% of GDP, 20 millionsof jobsConcentration of people summer anywhere winter in mountains with concentrations vulnerable ecosystems, key primary production – fisheries
  • 3. Tourism : high impacts on water resources and ecosystems TIME FOR SOLUTIONS negative impacts of tourism through the creation of man- made infrastructures, the use of scarce resources, the discharge of pollutions, the intense visits and uses of fragile ecosystems but tourism depends on water resources and on aquatic ecosystems: consumptive uses of water, disposal of liquid waste, quality of bathing waters, site-seeing, ecotourism positive impacts of tourism through raising financial resources, awareness, incentive to sustainable management of ecosystem services a wide diversity of local situations
  • 4. Ways to improve the interaction between tourismdevelopment and water resources / ecosystems TIME FOR SOLUTIONS technologies (possible water savings up to 50%) awareness and behaviours of tourists certification towards more or less sustainable tourism practices (more than 250 programs worldwide) development of ecotourism integrated long terme planning of land, tourism and water (tourism carrying capacity assessment, …) …
  • 5. what can we do? TIME FOR SOLUTIONSContribuition World Water Forum to Improve the link between tourism development and quality of water ecosystems ? collect solutions and share them on the web site www.solutionsforwater.org define a collective target to improve the situations Europe wide, with an action plan to raise commitments and promote suited solutions organise a consortium to implement the action plan and monitor the commitments and the implementations
  • 6. Round table session 1: what are the issues, drivers, stakeholders ? TIME FOR SOLUTIONS– What are the main problems with the impact of tourism on water resources and aquatic ecosystems and interaction between tourism and natural assets related to water?– What are the main drivers and stakeholders influencing this interaction in both ways (impacts on natural assets / incentives for their preservation, constraints on tourism development / natural attractors for tourism)?– What are the main obstacles to a sustainable development of tourism in regard to water resources and aquatic ecosystems?– How important are European / national/ local policies?
  • 7. Round table session 2: examples, experiences, good practices TIME FOR SOLUTIONS – Are suited technologies available to cope with highly seasonal fluctuations of population densities? with sensitive resources and ecosystems? – Are there drivers and ways to influence behaviours of tourists? of tourism industry? – Are there indicators and approaches to audit/assess and monitor the different dimensions of the sustainability of tourism assets and their operation? – How to combine land use, integrated water management and tourism development through long- term planning and management plans?
  • 8. Round table session 3: possible solutions ?possible action plan ? possible contributions ? TIME FOR SOLUTIONS – Can you recommend any good practice, available ones or promising ones under development? can you prioritize these according to their effect and to their current level of implementation? – Can you recommend any good practice guidance? – What are the solutions you propose, either for general implementation or for specific areas/situations? – What could be an action plan to improve the link between tourism development and the quality of water ecosystems? (what ? who ? when ?)