Tourism is one of the economic drivers of mountainous zones of the Pyrenean range and in turn one of most vulnerable sectors to climate change. The ADAPTUR project will use two case studies—in the comarca of la Jacetania (Huesca) and the municipality of Calviá (Balearic Islands)—to analyse the vulnerability of the tourism sector in mountain and coastal areas.
This is the first time that a climate change adaptation study will be used to understand the climatic and social vulnerability of mountain tourism destinations. The main challenge is to research the socio-economic dimension of climate change adaptation in the tourism sector, working in collaboration with the stakeholders involved.
The main objectives of the ADAPTUR project are as follows:
- Carry out a diagnostic exercise on the climate vulnerability of mountain tourism using the comarca of Jacetania (Huesca) as a case study.
- Carry out a participative diagnostic exercise by means of workshops with key stakeholders from the sector.
- Define support measures, the legal impetus, adaptation of itineraries and offers, adaptation indicators, climate services, key stakeholders, benchmarking for defining new trends in the sector, etc.
- Put together a guide for the adaptation of mountain and coastal tourism destinations to climate change. This should inform the adaptation strategies in each location.
- Define draft planning strategies for the sector which centre around the different stakeholders involved.
The project has not yet been implemented.
Case study developed and implemented as a climate change adaptation measure.
The project is being developed by ECOUNION in collaboration with the key tourism stakeholders from the case study regions: the comarca of Jacetania (Huesca)—winter resorts and other mountain tourism subsectors in the comarca.
Success: need to demonstrate the threats of climate change to the tourism sector, particularly snow tourism; pioneering participative research in the sector; preparation of guidance materials for achieving a more diverse sector.
Limiting: complexity of conducting an economic assessment of the proposed measures; little knowledge of climate services; the target sector is fragmented and there is little investment in innovation; hard to attract large stakeholders from the tourism sector into project partner roles.
The ADAPTUR project has funding of €33,105 from Fundación Biodiversidad, part of the Ministry for Ecological Transition.
The project has received support through the 2018 round of grant funding for climate change adaptation through Fundación Biodiversidad, thus contributing to the objectives of the National Climate Change Adaptation Plan (PNACC).
2018-2019 (1 year - in progress)