Reporting on the outcomes of workshop 4Improve the link between tourismdevelopment and quality of waterecosystemsLjubljana...
Problems• Water quality  (->depending on seasonable peaks in tourist numbers and on    the limited capacity of waste water...
(Main) Drivers• Pricing• Political support• Tourism potential• Increase of environmental awareness of tourists by  communi...
Actions• Awareness raising• Education (all levels, but start early)• Certification (e.g. Eco label, best available  techni...
Recommendations for solutions• Waterpricing as an instrument taking into account  the vertical, horizontal dimension as we...
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1. Problems: Water quality (->depending on seasonable peaks in tourist numbers and on the limited capacity of waste water treatment plants); Degradation of biodiversity; Availability of water and overconsumption; Waterpricing (lack of awareness); Politics and opposite; Energy consumption versus hydropower
2. (Main) Drivers: Pricing; Political support; Tourism potential; Increase of environmental awareness of tourists by communication, information and monitoring; Strong environmental stakeholders (lobbying); Legislation on tourism and environment

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Rijkswaterstaat, Improve the link between tourism development and quality of water ecosystems

  1. 1. Reporting on the outcomes of workshop 4Improve the link between tourismdevelopment and quality of waterecosystemsLjubljana, November 18th, 2011 Rijkswaterstaat1
  2. 2. Problems• Water quality (->depending on seasonable peaks in tourist numbers and on the limited capacity of waste water treatment plants)• Degradation of biodiversity• Availability of water and overconsumption• Waterpricing (lack of awareness)• Politics and opposite• Energy consumption versus hydropower Rijkswaterstaat
  3. 3. (Main) Drivers• Pricing• Political support• Tourism potential• Increase of environmental awareness of tourists by communication, information and monitoring• Strong environmental stakeholders (lobbying)• Legislation on tourism and environment Rijkswaterstaat
  4. 4. Actions• Awareness raising• Education (all levels, but start early)• Certification (e.g. Eco label, best available techniques, etc.)• Tell the story of your region (based on database and monitoring)• Implementation of “user pays principle” into IRBM• Participatory actions/stakeholder support Rijkswaterstaat
  5. 5. Recommendations for solutions• Waterpricing as an instrument taking into account the vertical, horizontal dimension as well the external costs• Promote the most important ecosystem service - the hydrological function! (not spatial plannig)• Economical next to environmental benefits but economics seem to be more important to politicians.• Develop a kind of carrying capacity for tourism in hydrologically vulnerable areas/regions Rijkswaterstaat

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