May 15, 2017
In episode 41 of America Adapts, Australia Adapts is back! Dr. Johanna Nalau from Griffith University interviews a fellow adaptation researcher, Dr. Susanne Becken, Director of the Griffith Institute for Tourism at Griffith University, in Queensland, Australia. Professor Becken is an expert in Sustainable Tourism, specifically the impacts of climate change on tourism.
Also in this episode, I wrap up my coverage of the National Adaptation Forum in St. Paul, Minnesota. I talk with a few more conference attendees about their impression of the conference and the adaptation work they are involved in. It’s a nice wrap up to a fantastic event!
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In this episode:
TOURISM AND CLIMATE CHANGE – Johanna introduces Dr. Becken and they provide some context on the field of sustainable tourism. Dr. Becken describes her background and her pivot from mitigation to adaptation.
RELUCTANT INDUSTRY – The two discuss the difficulties of getting the tourism industry to tackle climate change and its current and potential impact on the industry.
LAST CHANCE TOURISM - Dr. Becken describes the phenomenon of ‘last chance’ tourism, where tourism is marketing specifically to the concept that a resource, e.g., Great Barrier Reef, won’t exist in the coming years, so it’s your ‘last chance’ to visit. They are trying to combat this fatalist approach to the industry.
TOURISM DASHBOARD - Johanna and Dr. Becken discuss the “Tourism Dashboard” that uses seven specific indicators, which have all global data to monitor them and that provides a snapshot of how we are fairing under each of the indicators currently.
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Coming up next week on America Adapts, I talk with Dr. Ben Preston at Rand Corporation.
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