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Published on : Friday, November 11, 2016
Climate change has become a major concern for the world tourism sector. On 11th July 2016, Casablanca welcomed the fourth Conference of the 5+5 Dialogue of Tourism Ministers on the Western Mediterranean. The conference had the theme, “Tourism and Climate Change” and was an opportunity for exchanges between Western Mediterranean countries, link between climate and tourism and adaptations and measures to be taken for dealing with climate changes.
The UNWTO says that climate change is affecting various destinations and tourism also contributes to causes of climate change, mainly by emissions from transport used in the industry. The tourism sector faces the challenges of climate change and sustainability through better sustainable production and consumption. The tourism sector often faces vulnerability coping with climate change and also in terms of job creation, poverty reduction, development of natural resources and reconciliation of people and civilizations. The “Casablanca Declaration” aims to carry out measures to both assess and monitor the impact of tourism on climate change in the region and to mitigate and limit effects of climate change on touristic development.
The 5+5 Dialogue brought together ten countries bordering the Western Mediterranean, i.e. the five countries of the Arab Maghreb Union (Morocco, Mauritania, Tunisia, Algeria, and Libya) and five countries of Western Europe (Spain, France, Italy, Malta, and Portugal).