Centring culture in public engagement on climate change adaptation: re-shaping the future of the NZ tourism sector

Climate change adaptation Economic development Tourism New Zealand

This report delineates the key findings of a research project on climate change adaptation in the specific context of tourism in New Zealand and how understanding the interface between culture and climate change can help respond to the challenges of adaptation. The authors have drawn on targeted engagement with tourism operators, industry representatives, policy planners and analysts in central and local government institutions, and community organisations, including Māori collectives.

Recommendations for policy makers

  1. Investigate the development of a national strategy for climate change adaptation in the tourism sector. In addition, there is a need for place specific and co-designed strategies at a regional scale that are developed alongside the tourism sector, local communities, iwi and hapū. These strategies need to consider regionally targeted knowledge building and specifically include a focus on the importance of Māori knowledge and values in underpinning adaptation strategies.
  2. Increase and strengthen the communication of climate change data and information in order to contribute to awareness of adaptation needs in the tourism sector and the design and implementation of adaptation plans.



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