Climate change governance in Australian tourism: collaboration for low-carbon tourism

Zeppel, Heather and Beaumont, Narelle (2011) Climate change governance in Australian tourism: collaboration for low-carbon tourism. In: 2011 Research Symposium: Sustainability, Collaborative Governance and Tourism, 17-18 Feb 2011, Gold Coast, Australia.

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Abstract

The Australian tourism industry is vulnerable to the impacts of climate change on natural areas and the destination choices of long-haul travellers concerned about carbon emissions. Human impacts on biodiversity, natural resources and the atmosphere are also increasing, along with research interest in environmental, climate, and sustainability governance. Governance involves the development of new relationships between the state (i.e. politicians, bureaucracy), civil society and corporate interests, where citizens and diverse interest groups actively engage with government and business on key policy and planning issues (Marsh, 2002). Governance structures and processes are expressed in policy networks based on ‘strategic development of partnerships and alliances between public and private spheres’ (Dredge & Jenkins, 2007, pp. 54-55). Beaumont and Dredge (2010) examined the structure and operation of three different local tourism governance networks for their effectiveness and impact on sustainable tourism management. Collaborative governance for planning and policy-making ‘refers to cooperation, support and mutual assistance between actors and agencies in the pursuit of common interests’ (Dredge & Jenkins, 2007, p. 461). For example, collaboration between tourism organisations and land trusts in the USA is based on mutual conservation goals and preservation of scenic natural areas (Chancellor, Norman, Farmer & Coe, 2010). This paper assesses the collaborative governance of climate change in Australian tourism, focusing on the carbon reduction initiatives promoted by government tourism agencies.


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Item Type: Conference or Workshop Item (Commonwealth Reporting Category E) (Paper)
Refereed: No
Item Status: Live Archive
Additional Information: This is an unrefereed extended abstract of the paper. No evidence of copyright restrictions.
Depositing User: Dr Narelle Beaumont
Faculty / Department / School: Historic - Faculty of Business and Law - School of Management and Marketing
Date Deposited: 02 Aug 2011 04:43
Last Modified: 03 Jul 2013 00:34
Uncontrolled Keywords: climate change; governance; Australia; government tourism agencies; carbon; mitigation
Fields of Research (FOR2008): 15 Commerce, Management, Tourism and Services > 1599 Other Commerce, Management, Tourism and Services > 159999 Commerce, Management, Tourism and Services not elsewhere classified
16 Studies in Human Society > 1605 Policy and Administration > 160507 Environment Policy
16 Studies in Human Society > 1605 Policy and Administration > 160513 Tourism Policy
Socio-Economic Objective (SEO2008): B Economic Development > 90 Commercial Services and Tourism > 9098 Environmentally Sustainable Commercial Services and Tourism > 909899 Environmentally Sustainable Commercial Services and Tourism not elsewhere classified
URI: http://eprints.usq.edu.au/id/eprint/18705

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