Prosperous tourism is inextricably linked to attractive and healthy environments. The degradation to ecosystems has a direct impact on national tourism income potential.
The majority of the Tourism and Tourism Development would like to ensure that their industry has a Net Positive Impact for Climate and Biodiversity. The Harmony approach, based on a multi-factorial analysis of harms, can help destinations and services achieve and verify this, in an authentic, credible and simple way; while emphasising prosperity.
We measure, assess and prioritize action on what is doing the most harm. And go both 'Beyond Carbon' and 'Beyond Net Zero'.
Lets look at Carbon Emissions and Hotels: The largest climate (carbon) impact is the Guest Travel to the hotel, often representing over 50% of the hotels operational Carbon emissions. The 'Embodied Carbon', the carbon used to make the hotel, can often represent 60 -70% of the carbon emissions of the hotels complete life-cycle. So while we welcome hotels tackling and reducing the carbon emissions of their operations like electricity, gas and consumables, we would like to remind them that there are things that they should do to mitigate the largest carbon emission issues related to tourism, travel and tourism development.
Measuring Carbon Dioxide and other GHG gasses through CO2 equivalence has been established
CO2 $51 US per ton, based on USA Interagency working group
Methane $1500 US per ton,
NO2 $18,000 per ton
The costs of road traffic related air pollution in Europe has been estimated in 2016 as € 66.7 billion; diesel vehicles contributed 83% of these costs
Mono-cultures of trees, plants or animals
UN System of Environmental-Economic Accounting (SEEA) Ecosystem Economic approach
Biodiversity Metric 3.0
Nano particles (e.g. zinc oxide NP)
Plastic and plastic micro-particles
Hazardous wastes and Eco-Toxins
Sewage in rivers and sea
UN SEEA Ecosystem Economic for Water
Deloitte, cost of removing plastic waste from the marine environment, Cost per person globally is $1.61, but this cost varies according to region.
Fisheries financial impacts
There is an estimated 8m ton of plastic pollution enter the world’s oceans every year, Plastic waste is reported to cost up to $33,000 per ton in reduced environmental value
Toxins in soil
UN SEEA Ecosystem Economic land approach
Disease and Pathogens spread
Loss of culture
Loss of historic artifacts
Loss of sustainable employment
Low wage or poor work conditions
Discrimination and exploitation
Reduced prospects & Intergenerational Injustice
Potential gain or loss of tourism revenue, if the culture or heritage site were not there or was seriously eroded, based on similar sites locally, regionally or internationally.
Gender race inequalities there is significant data on economic impacts
National Level via the Happiness Index
The Audit Team
We have a team of academic, public sector and commercial practitioners and specialists in:
• Site Development;
• Concrete, Construction and Materials Analysts and Technologists;
• Hotel Development;
• Hotel Operations;
• Coastal Zone Management;
• Health and Social Impacts;
• Heritage and Cultural Interactions;
Who provide a multi-disciplinary team approach to scope, audit, verify and put a financial value to your environmental and ecosystems impacts for current or future operations and services.
The Role of the Guest and Consumer
The greatest influencers on how a destination impacts upon ecosystems and biodiversity, are the guests and travelers.
They want to know that the resort in its development and operation is a net positive contributor to the environment.
And how the they can ensure and contribute to:
• tackling climate change
• preventing biodiversity loss;
• restoring species and ecosystems;
It is essential that the customer is integrated and involved in the company or organisations sustainability journey, and given the choice to give back to the Environment.
The return to the environment is based on the True Value of each guests impacts upon the climate and environment, but with a little bit more, (one percent above neutral) to ensure their impact is positive.
Tourism & Biodiversity
“The sudden fall in tourism cuts off funding for biodiversity conservation. Some 7% of world tourism relates to wildlife, a segment growing by 3% annually. The impact on biodiversity and ecosystems is critical. In many African destinations, wildlife accounts for up to 80% of visits, and tourism revenues enable marine conservation efforts.
Several examples of community involvement in nature tourism show how communities, including indigenous peoples, have been able to protect their cultural and natural heritage while creating wealth and improve their wellbeing.
Biodiversity loss is financially material can be based on:
- The cost to restore biodiversity
- The volume of biodiversity finance
- Totaling the value added to the economy of industries qualitatively assessed to be dependent on nature Cambridge Biodiversity Loss and Land Degradation