This transnational project will be launched in 2020 and explore an area new for GEF. It aims to identify and create conditions for collective action against detrimental social and environmental impacts of tourism. These impacts of tourism-induced economic activities are often underestimated, and while social impacts are increasingly being considered in some of the tourist hubs of the project partners’ countries, for instance in Barcelona, Dubrovnik, Salzburg, or Ohrid, environmental impacts in particular are often not (yet) addressed.
The project will work to develop a European transnational discussion and policy platform that strives to build a community interested to transform this sector and steer it towards low or zero carbon intensity, while keeping a specific focus on the social dimension as tourism continues to generate inequalities. Throughout 2020, the project will entail desk research, several site visits as well as expert meetings and public debates to increase visibility and build a community around this topic.